Weekly News: August 31, 2015

New provincial administration elected, provincial appointments made, prayer requests and updates, address updates, new staff for a new school year at SHSST, Fr. General’s letter in response to Pope Francis’ comments on Fr. Dehon, Labor Day schedule and a group shot of the Election Assembly.

A new provincial administration!

The US Province elected a new administration during its Election Assembly August 24-27. Fr. Ed Kilianski, SCJ, becomes the 15th provincial superior. Members of the new Provincial Council include: Fr. Quang Nguyen, Fr. Duy Nguyen, Fr. Christianus Hendrik, Fr. Jack Kurps
and Br. Frank Presto

Fr. Ed Kilianski elected as provincial superior

On the first ballot during the Election Assembly today, August 25, Fr. Ed Kilianski, SCJ, was elected as the 15th provincial superior of the US Province of the Priests of the Sacred Heart. He succeeds Fr. Stephen Huffstetter, SCJ, who was elected to the General Council in June.

“I stand before you as your servant,” said Fr. Ed in accepting the election. “There is a lot of good here in us, and in the Church. “I hope each of you will challenge me and our council, but I especially hope that you will challenge yourselves — challenge ourselves –– to be who we have been called to be as Dehonians.”

Former superior general named bishop

On August 24, the Vatican announced that Fr. José Ornelas Carvalho, SCJ, former superior general of the Priests of the Sacred Heart, has been named bishop of Setúbal, Portugal (approximately 25 miles south of Lisbon).

Weekly News: August 24, 2015

Election Assembly begins, September birthdays, SCJ featured in alma mater’s publication, photo reminder, Fr. Tom back in India, SHSM helps low income families get students ready for school, students from St. Joe’s Indian School cap off a math and science week with a visit to Ellsworth Air Force Base.

Weekly News, August 17, 2015

Fraters Justin Krenke, James Nguyen, Juan Carlos (“Juancho”) Castañeda Rojas and Joseph Vu renew their vows; election assembly next week; mugshot updates; prayer requests; news from the JPR Commission; Canadian SCJs conclude annual assembly.

Weekly News: August 10, 2015

Construction adds parking to the front of SHSST; Fr. Stefan Tertünte main presenter at Canadian Region’s annual assembly; JPR grants; prayer requests; an invitation to Ste. Marie; Vocation Central takes part in Marian Days.

Weekly News: August 3, 2015

Last council meeting of the current administration; prayer requests; a new member of the Canadian Region; plane tickets for volunteer hours; St. Joe’s staffer reflects on ministry; Fr. Steve heads to Rome; province history comes to life for SCJ student in Ste. Marie; ESL summer session in final weeks.

Bringing history to life

In conjunction with Ste. Marie’s annual “Cork and Pork” festival, the Ste. Marie Foundation opened “Amazing Grace: 1837 to Now,” a historical look at the role of churches in the small Illinois town. Fr. Wayne Jenkins, province archivist, helped to develop one of the displays. Fr. Wayne, along with Frater Justin Krenke, Fr. Patrick Gutib and Fr. Joseph Butlig, traveled to Ste. Marie for the July 25 opening.

48 years later, SCJ celebrates Mass at church of 1st profession

Fr. Wayne Jenkins, province archivist, went to Ste. Marie, Il., the weekend of July 25 to attend the Ste. Marie Foundation’s opening of “Amazing Grace: 1837 – Now.” While there he was invited by the foundation to celebrate Mass at St. Mary of the Assumption Church. It was the same church that he professed his first vows in 1967. This was Fr. Wayne’s first time celebrating Mass in the church. Click here to read his homily.