Celebrating where it all began!

The last of the three Centennial celebrations for the US Province of the Priests of the Sacred Heart (Dehonians) was held on July 30 in the place where it all began: Lower Brule, SD. It was there in 1923 that Fr. Mathias Fohrman, an SCJ priest from the German Province, first celebrated Mass at St. Mary’s parish. Dozens of SCJs from around the world joined parishioners for the celebration.


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A life devoted to serving those on the peripheries

Br. Leonard Zaworski, SCJ, died on September 6. A member of the Dehonian community at Sacred Heart at Monastery Lake, he was 80 years old. Br. Lenny professed his first vows in 1968 and his perpetual vows in 1975. Much of his life was devoted to social justice and serving those who were often found on the peripheries of society. After 12 years in India, he became a Braille translator, which he did until his death.

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Life-long commitment as a Dehonian

Congratulations to Frater Paul Phong Hoang, SCJ, who made his perpetual profession of vows with the Priests of the Sacred Heart (Dehonians) May 11. “Looking back, going from where I was to where I am now is nothing short of a miracle,” said Fra. Paul. “I believe that God had a plan for me and was involved throughout my journey. I am forever grateful for the SCJs and our culturally diverse community.”

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A ministry of beginnings

For nine years, Fr. Quang Nguyen, SCJ, was the vocation director for the US Province. In January, he moved to Houston to continue to work with young people in discernment. However, in his new role as a campus minister at the University of Houston’s Newman Center, the scope of the discernment is much broader. The students he sees aren’t necessarily discerning a vocation to religious life, but life itself. “They are always looking forward,” said Fr. Quang. “Their lives are wide open with possibilities.”

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We continue to remember and pray

Saturday, January 21, will mark six months since the disappearance of Fr. Anthony Kluckman, SCJ. He was last seen on security footage as he left Sacred Heart at Monastery Lake pre-dawn. Fr. Anthony suffers from significant memory impairment. If you have any information that you think may be relevant in the search for Fr. Anthony please contact the Franklin Police Department at: 414-425-2522.

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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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Thu Jan 12

May we all feel the support of the love of the Sacred Heart as we begin another year, a love that guides us in our day-to-day actions, and always, in our relationship with others.

Wed Nov 23

Let us give thanks for the many blessings seen and unseen in our lives, especially the blessing of faith and the blessing our compassion for each other. May we never let the darkness in the world overshadow the boundless light.

Wed Oct 12

It seems that every day we learn of another community devastated by a storm, or wild fire, or hurricane, or record-setting heat. Let us keep all who are affected by natural disasters in our prayers, including the many generous people who always come forth, ready to serve, ready to help their neighbors. May they feel Read More…

Wed Aug 31

We pray for Fr. Jim Schifano, SCJ, who died on August 29. Originally from Colorado Springs, CO, Fr. Jim was 77, and was ordained in 1975. Before pursuing his vocation, Fr. Jim served in the US Army. Her served in parish ministry, administrative support and with our retired priests and brothers. Fr. Jim retired himself Read More…