A winding road to Toronto

Pastoral ministry in the Amazon, mission work and administration in the Philippines, ministry to young people at World Youth Day… Fr. Benedito de Maraes Machado’s path to Toronto was a winding one. On July 31, Fr. “Bene,” as he is more often known, joined the international SCJ community in Toronto.

Fr. Dehon and “The Social Question” (Part 1)

We don’t seem to use the phrase “the social question” anymore, which is telling. Apparently there’s no longer any question that the Church should be concerned about social issues and the social life of society, nations, and the world – though there is certainly no agreement about what she should do about it.In Leo Dehon’s day, the social question was huge and much debated, for many reasons.

Called to live the Dehonian charism

Life-threatening complications from a badly injured knee set Silvia Bertozzi on a path toward her vocation as a consecrated virgin living the Dehonian charism. She was 33 and in an intensive physical therapy program near Bologna, Italy, when “I realized that I needed to mend more than my body, I needed to mend my heart and my faith,” she said. As Silvia struggled to regain her physical health, her faith began to heal with the help of an SCJ priest who became her spiritual director.

Weekly News: August 25, 2014

Fridge Notes publication schedule, youth ministry day, a gift well-appreciated, Spanish with a Polish accent in Houston, updates, new publications available for download, prayer requests, website updates and other news…

Dehonian youth initiative

From the general level to local communities, over and over SCJs cite outreach to youth as a priority for the congregation. At the US Provincial Chapter, it was youth themselves, the youngest members of the province, who once again emphasized the need to be present to young people. Energized by what he heard Fr. Christianus Hendrik felt called to respond to them “and get something started!”

Weekly News: August 18, 2014

Justin Krenke professes first vows; three SCJs renew vows; address updates; SHSST news; Canadian Region holds its chapter; reflecting on the role of the formation director; Vietnamese District celebrates first anniversary…

Justin Krenke professes first vows

Justin Krenke, 23, professed his first vows with the Priests of the Sacred Heart on Saturday, August 16. The ceremony took place at St. Martin of Tours parish, Franklin, Wis. Fr. Stephen Huffstetter, SCJ, provincial superior, received his vows. Justin has been a candidate with the Priests of the Sacred Heart since 2010;

Remembering the founder

“For him I lived, for him I die. He is my everything, my life, my death and my eternity,” said Fr. Leo John Dehon, pointing at a portrait of the Sacred Heart just moments before his death, 89 years ago today, August 12. The congregation which which he founded, dedicated to the Sacred Heart, is now located in over 40 countries around the world.

Weekly News: August 11, 2014

Vocation Central on the road, St. Joseph’s students back to school, new email addresses at SHSST, Canadian Chapter, prayer requests, remembering Fr. Dehon, upcoming first professions

Weekly News: August 4, 2014

Southern Missions camp helps young people to learn about responsible financial management, Dehon essay contest winner announced, updates, new logo and seal for Sacred Heart Seminary and School of Theology, remembering “the heart” at Divine Heart, birthdays, prayer requests and updates.