Fr. Ed Kilianski, former provincial superior, has died

On June 26, Fr. Ed Kilianski, SCJ, former provincial superior of the US Province of the Priests of the Sacred Heart, died. He was 67. A native of Buffalo, NY, Fr. Ed was elected to his first term as provincial superior in 2015. He professed his first vows in 1975 and was ordained in 1983.

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My Heart is Ready

“What do you think of when you hear the word HEART?” asks Fr. Vien Nguyen, SCJ, in his reflection for the feast of the Sacred Heart (June 24). “In the Catholic tradition, the Sacred Heart of Jesus is a symbol of God’s love for us, and so the feast of the Sacred Heart is a celebration of a love story.” View and read messages from Fr. Vien and from our superior general for the feast day. 

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A whirlwind tour of the US Province!

Delayed for two years by the pandemic, Frs. Carlos Luis Suarez Codorniú, SCJ, (Superior General) and Fr. Stephen Huffstetter, SCJ (Vicar General), made their way to the United States in May for the General Visitation of the US Province. Florida to Wisconsin to South Dakota to Mississippi to Texas! Schools, parishes, ordinations… they covered a lot ground in a few short weeks.

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Congratulations DEACON Henry

On May 7, Henry Nguyen, SCJ, was ordained to the diaconate by Bishop Joseph Potocnak, SCJ, bishop emeritus of De Aar, South Africa. The ceremony took place at Sacred Heart Seminary and School of Theology where Dn. Henry earned his M.Div the day before

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Remembering Fr. Johnny Klingler

On Saturday, March 12, Fr. Johnny Klinger, SCJ, died. Originally from Paterson, NJ, he was 86, professed his first vows in 1963, and was ordained to the priesthood in 1967. He served as provincial superior of the US Province from 1977-1983, and as General Councilor from 1985-1991. Fr. Johnny spent many years in administration, but his passion was always for social justice and working with the poor. In 2017, a social justice award was named in his honor.


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A new Provincial Superior!

On Wednesday, February 2, Fr. Vien Nguyen, SCJ, was installed as the 16th provincial superior of the US Province of the Priests of the Sacred Heart. “Please pray for me that I have the ear to listen attentively to the different voices in the province, the eye to see clearly the direction for the province, and the heart to be pastoral and compassionate to all,” said Fr. Vien.

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WATCH a brief video of the January 3-6 US Province Election Assembly during which Fr. Vien Nguyen was elected as the 16th provincial superior of the US Province. In the video are moments from the election process itself, but also comments from SCJs about their hopes for the future, the challenges the province faces, and those things for which Dehonians are grateful.



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Wed Jun 1

We pray for all of those dealing with health concerns, as well as their loved ones and caregivers. May they find strength in the love of the Sacred Heart. In particular, we pray for the mother of one of our novices, Jacob Smith, who was recently diagnosed with cancer.

Wed May 25

Over and over we hear the news of yet another shooting. Just yesterday, 19 children were killed by gunfire in Texas. We pray for their families, but just as strongly, we pray that their deaths aren’t in vain, that measures will be taken to minimize the risk of such unfathomable violence and pain happening yet Read More…

Mon Feb 28

WE PRAY FOR THE PEOPLE OF UKRAINE; we pray that they may feel strength and support from the prayers of so many around the world who are in solidarity with them. May a path to peace be found, even when no such path seems visible, or even seems possible. As Pope Francis said in reference Read More…

Thu Feb 10

FR. HENDRIK ARDIANTO’S BROTHER, FELIX, died unexpectedly on February 9. He was just 10 years old. Felix had been hospitalized with liver issues, but the death was unexpected. Fr. Ardi had called his mother, who was at the hospital, asking her to wake Felix so that he could talk to him. That’s when it was Read More…