We are the Priests of the Sacred Heart – Dehonians!
We live in community, are inspired by daily Eucharistic Adoration, and in a fragmented world we believe unity to be possible.
Our ministries are diverse, as are our members. Yet our goal is the same: to work with a common heart in service to God’s people, reflecting the love of Christ as experienced by our founder, Fr. Leo John Dehon.
Are you called to a life of prayer and service based in the love of the Sacred Heart? Are you called to religious life as a priest or brother?
Have a question, ready to learn more? Email our vocation director at: email@example.com, or call us at 800-609-5559.
Lights, camera, ACTION!
“When you were a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?” “Where are you from?” “What languages do you speak?” “How did you meet the SCJs?” “What attracted you to the community?” Our students in formation just released the first of several videos in which they hope to give others a window into who they are, as well as the community. Click on the image above to view the first.
Four profess first vows!
“Why do you want to profess vows with the Priests of the Sacred Heart; why do you want to be a Dehonian?”
This was the question posed to Thien Nguyen, Thuan Nguyen, Hung Pham and Truc Tran a week before they professed their First Vows with the Priests of the Sacred Heart. Each spent a year in novitiate trying to answer that question for himself, a year of seminars, prayer, reflection and service. Many hours were spent learning about Fr. Leo John Dehon and Dehonian spirituality, learning about religious life, and in particular, religious life as an SCJ.
“Why do I want to profess vows with the Priests of the Sacred Heart?” wrote Frater Thien Nguyen, SCJ. “It is simple. I want to be a prophet of love and a servant of reconciliation based in the spirituality of Fr. Dehon.”
Frater Hung Pham, SCJ, said that he made the decision to profess vows because he wanted to be a Dehonian who “lives in the spirit of love with affirmation, understanding and acceptance.”
Reflecting on the SCJ Constitutions, Frater John Tran Van Truc , SCJ, said that for him, his decision is based in Constitution No. 27: “This consecration itself already has a real apostolic fruitfulness. Like every charism in the Church, our prophetic charism places us at the service of the saving mission of the people of God in today’s world.”
And for Frater Thuan Nguyen, SCJ, the answer requires few words. Why did he become a member of the Priests of the Sacred Heart? “To love as I am loved.”
The four novices professed their first vows of poverty, chastity and obedience during a small ceremony at Sacred Heart Monastery. Due to the pandemic, the liturgy was only open to SCJs in the local area; for others, livestreaming was available on Facebook (click here to view the video). Fr. Ed Kilianski, SCJ, provincial superior, received the vows of Frater Hung, who is now a member of the US Province, as well as those of the three novices for the District of Vietnam (Fraters Thien Nguyen, Thuan Nguyen and Truc Tran). Fr. Joseph Quang Tran, SCJ, associate pastor at St. Martin of Tours in Franklin, WI, was the representative of the district; Fr. Francis Vu Tran, SCJ, was unable to be at the ceremony in person.
The newly professed are now members of the Sacred Heart Monastery community where they will continue their formation and academic studies. Click here to read more about them.
Click here to view the Mass booklet from the First Professions.
Click here to read the homily given by Fr. Ed Kilianski.
The newly professed are pictured at the top of the page: Frater John Tran Van Truc, Frater Hung Pham, Frater Thuan Nguyen and Frater Thien Nguyen
CONGRATULATIONS to Frater (Paul) Phong Hoang, SCJ, who renewed his vows August 7 during community prayer at Sacred Heart Monastery. The renewal was received by Fr. Ed Kilianski, SCJ, provincial superior. Frater Paul is in his fifth year of formation and attends Sacred Heart Seminary and School of Theology. He first professed vows in 2018. Fraters Henry Nguyen, SCJ, and Hubert Liassidji, SCJ renewed their vows during the celebration of feast of the Sacred Heart at Christ the King church in Southaven, MS. Bishop Joseph Kopacz joined Dehonians for the Mass; Fr. David Szatkowski, SCJ, received the vows.
Seminarians from around the world in song
Click on the image above to hear our Dehonian scholastics (students) from around the world sing “Charitas Christi Urget Nos.” Jacob Smith, a student for the US Province, is among those featured. The video was put together by Christian Hofer, an SCJ scholastic from Indonesia.
Summer ministry in Houston
Two of our Dehonian students, Michael and Frater Paul, are based at Our Lady of Guadalupe Houston for their summer ministry assignment. There, they have assisted with pastoral ministries such as funerals and baptisms, as well as daily and weekend liturgies. Both have also been asked to lend a little elbow grease, helping with renovations in the parish office. Michael and Frater Paul are pictured above in front of Martha’s Kitchen, a soup kitchen near OLG. The students regularly volunteer at the ministry.
“I was hungry and you gave me food”
Sacred Heart Southern Missions’ summer food program in northern Mississippi got underway last week with two locations (Walls and Holly Springs). The daily program offers free, nutritious meals and snacks to children 0-18. Many of the children served by SHSM qualify for free or reduced cost lunches during the school year. Programs such as this are critical for families who struggle to provide two or more meals each day during the summer for themselves and their children. COVID-19 has compounded the situation, especially in the case of parents who have seen their wages cut or even lost their jobs.
Previously, the program was a sit-down dinner. This year, to maintain safety procedures, all meals and snacks are prepared to go. Several of our Dehonian students are pictured here working with the program: Fraters Huan and Hubert.
Celebrating the life of George Floyd
Frater Paul Hoang, SCJ (right), and Fr. Rafael Querobin, SCJ, were among the clergy and religious who took part in the George Floyd Candlelight Vigil June 8th at Jack Yates High School in Houston. Floyd was an alumnus of the school. “As Dehonians, we are called to be present in these moments, sharing our fraternity and solidarity,” said Fr. Rafael, who is an associate pastor at Our Lady of Guadalupe in Houston. Frater Paul is an SCJ seminarian at Sacred Heart Seminary and School of Theology doing summer ministry at OLG.
Summer ministry begins!
Our students at Sacred Heart Monastery have begun their summer ministry assignments in Mississippi and Texas. Frater Henry Nguyen, SCJ, and Jacob Smith (SCJ candidate) share news from their first week with Sacred Heart Southern Missions in northern Mississippi:
“On Wednesday, we were busy at the food pantry in Walls, helping to distribute goods to our clients,” said Frater Henry. “Due to COVID-19, protocols have changed. Clients call to let us know they are outside. We then pack the boxes to deliver to the client’s cars. Safety is a priority for both SHSM and for those whom we serve. Yesterday (Thursday), we helped to distribute boxes of food at Christ the King parish parking lot. Alongside us were parish staff and volunteers. When the rain came, we just kept moving, learning firsthand the difference that SHSM makes in the lives of the many people who come to seek help.”
“I was incredibly touched by the big hearts of the people here at Sacred Heart Southern Missions,” added Jacob Smith. “My soul is edified by their love for the work they do and their eagerness to serve those caught in poverty and sorrow. I hope to learn much during my service this summer.”
Originally, Frater Henry was to be in Chile, beginning an intercultural year of pastoral ministry and Spanish-immersion. But COVID-19 called for an adjustment to those plans. As he waits for the Chilean border to reopen he starts his pastoral year in Mississippi.
Come and See!
Fr. Quang is pictured here with Alejandro, one of the participants in February’s “Come and See,” an opportunity for young men discerning a vocation to religious life to literally “come and see” the Priests of the Sacred Heart (Dehonians). Are you discerning a call to religious life, to the priesthood? Contact our vocation director at firstname.lastname@example.org
Meet our students!
Each year we ask our students in formation to introduce themselves. This year’s group includes six candidates, six professed seminarians, and four novices. They are men from a wide variety of cultural, educational and work backgrounds. Yet they all speak of their shared call to the spirituality found in the Priests of the Sacred Heart (Dehonians) and a desire to serve others.
“Religious life is a call but also a choice,” wrote Frater Hubert Kodjovi Liassidji, who just professed his first vows this year. “It is one thing to have a call but another to choose to respond to it. I chose to answer God’s call and through formation with the SCJs, I discovered and continue to discover my true identity. I recognize Christ by serving and giving myself to the poor, and further, I become a disciple of Jesus Christ through the teachings of Fr. Dehon.”
CLICK HERE to read more about our novices and candidates in formation.
Candidates and seminarians for the Priests of the Sacred Heart live at Sacred Heart Monastery in Hales Corners (Franklin), WI. They do their theological studies at Sacred Heart Seminary and School of Theology and undergraduate work at Marquette University in Milwaukee or Cardinal Stritch University . Our novitiate is located on a rural property approximately 15 miles south of Sacred Heart.
Are you discerning a vocation to the priesthood and/or religious life? Do you feel called to a life of community, prayer and ministry based in the love of the Sacred Heart? Contact our vocation director at email@example.com or call 1-800-609-5559.