The Dehon Formation Community: preparing for ministry and religious life

The Dehon Formation Community in Chicago is home to an international, intergenerational community of professed SCJs and those discerning religious life with the congregation. The community not only houses the initial formation programs (candidacy, novitiate, philosophy and theology) of the province but also welcomes SCJs from around the world on sabbatical or in graduate programs. Want to learn more about joining us in ministry and community? Contact our vocation office at 800-609-5559 or email

Weekly News: Nov. 2, 2015

All Saints Day at SCJ parishes in Toronto; an invitation from OLG to SCJ priests; updates and prayer requests; information about Bishop José Ornelas Carvalho’s ordination; remembering Fr. Don Barnd who died October 23; provincial’s visitation schedule; and a closing shot of one of our elder SCJs: Br. Gabriel Kersting.

Fr. Don Barnd dies

Fr. Don Barnd, 93, died October 23 in suburban Milwaukee. He was a member of the Sacred Heart Community at SHML with residence at the Congregational Home in Milwaukee. Originally from Morris, Minn., Fr. Don entered the Priests of the Sacred Heart in 1952 after six years in the Navy.  Initially, he served the province Read More…

Weekly News: October 19, 2015

Fr. Quang Nguyen named vice provincial of US Province; updates and prayer requests; Fr. John van den Hengel named regional superior of Canada; Fr. Tom Cassidy enjoys a five-cake birthday celebration as he prepares to leave India; SCJs help to sponsor Asian Pacific Unity Day in Milwaukee; Fr. Ed Kilianski and Fr. Jack Kurps attend former general superior’s installation as bishop of Setúbal; renovations almost complete in front of SHSST.

Weekly News: October 12, 2015

Fr. John Czyzynski main presenter at last week’s Dehon Lecture, prayer requests and health updates, new vicar general installed, Fr. Tom Cassidy receives SHSST’s Dehon Distinguished Ministry Award and Dr. Dan DiDomizio receives Cousins’ Award, and other updates. Click here to read more.

Fr. Tom Cassidy receives Dehon Distinguished Ministry Award

During the annual Alumni Week Awards dinner at Sacred Heart Seminary and School of Theology, Fr. Tom Cassidy, SCJ, was awarded the Dehon Distinguished Ministry Award. Fr. Tom is a former president-rector of SHSST, and previously served as provincial superior of the US Province and as a member of the General Council in Rome. Unfortunately, Fr. Tom was not able to receive his award in person; he is currently serving in India. He instead sent a video with his acceptance speech, the text of which follows…

What it means to be a priest

On October 7th Fr. John Czyzynski, SCJ, was the presenter at this year’s Dehon Lecture hosted by Sacred Heart Seminary and School of Theology. His topic: “The Year of Consecrated Life; the dynamic interchange between the vocations of religious and diocesan priests as they advance the Church’s mission in the world.” From the perspective of a religious priest who has been involved in the formation of men for the priesthood and/or religious life for over 40 years he spoke about what it means to be a priest as well as the differences and shared mission of diocesan and religious clergy.

Weekly News: October 5, 2015

New school year underway in formation community, prayer requests for Frs. Byron Haaland and Joe Dean; upcoming council meeting dates; province assembly scheduled for 2-16; local discussions on immigration begin; updates from Florida; Fr. John Czyzynski featured presenter at Dehon Lecture on Oct. 7.

Weekly News: Sept. 28, 2015

New faces in Rome, personnel directory info sought, prayer requests, October birthdays, action steps regarding migration and immigration, news from the Montréal community, news links, and an update from the Province Archives.

Weekly News: September 21, 2015

Fr. Stephen Huffstetter writes about his studies in Bologna and work of North Italian Province; Fr. Ed Kilianski to concelebrate Mass with Pope Francis in Washington; US – Canada calendar available online; prayer requests; updates from North American Immigration Committee; archivist at national conference; remembering Blessed Juan Maria.