Migration and internationality theme of NORAM meetings

St. Thomas More parish in suburban Toronto was a fitting backdrop for the October 18 meeting of the US and Canadian administrations. It is an immigrant parish with over 40 nationalities represented among its ranks ministered to by an international team of SCJ priests. As with the last meeting of the councils in May, migration and internationality were topics that repeatedly rose to the surface of discussions.

Weekly News: October 17, 2016

Hundreds attend Mission Education Conference in Mississippi; Dehon prayer card available; Fr. Paul Kelly first speaker at SHSST library’s “Spiritual Coffee Breaks;” prayer requests; first Congo mission remembered; pumpkin carving with ESL students

“Mercy in Mission” theme of 8th Mission Education Conference

“Mercy in Mission” was the official theme of the 2016 Mission Education Conference but the thread that wove the theme together was music: music that brought history to life, music that drew participants out of their chairs to clap, dance and sing along, and music that brought people –– from a variety of faith traditions –– together in prayer. Held October 10-11 in northern Mississippi, this was the US Province’s eighth Mission Education Conference.

Weekly News: October 10, 2016

Mission Education begins; Fr. Jim Schroeder in India to give presentations and workshops; St. Joseph’s Indian School updates blog site; priesthood jubilees on November 14; pet blessings in Mississippi; Fr. David Szatkowski installed as local superior in Chicago; Fr. Ed’s calendar; and happy Canadian Thanksgiving, eh?

New property blessed in Vietnam

Yesterday, October 9, 2016, the bishop of Phu Cuong Diocese, Mgsr. Joseph Tuoc Tan Nguyen, came and blessed our new property in Lai Thieu. We had around 100 guests and benefactors who joined us in the celebration. The ceremony marked an important step for our district. It is the first time since the beginning of our presence in Vietnam that we move beyond the boundary of the Archdiocese of Saigon.

Weekly News: October 3, 2016

Meet the 2016-17 Dehon Formation Community; “Intercultural Competence” the focus of 2016 Dehon Lecture; long-time maintenance worker at SCJ parishes dies; Centro Studi newsletter available; October is Theological Libraries Month; new superior installed in Chicago; Fr. Francis Vu Tran main celebrant at vow renewal in the Philippines

Meet the 2016-17 Formation Community!

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, philosophy and theology) of the province but also welcomes SCJs from around the world on sabbatical or in graduate programs. In their own words, members of the Dehon Formation Community introduce themselves.

Weekly News: September 26, 2016

St. Joseph’s Indian School celebrates 40th annual powwow; Ottawa SCJs welcome Syrian refugee; novice master named; latest blog posts; prayer requests; SCJ ministers to student group; SHSST Cultural Fair coming up; SHSST commemorates Bl. Juan Maria with bilingual liturgy; birthdays; photos; provincial’s time

The Feast of Blessed Juan María de la Cruz

“Today we commemorate Blessed Juan María de la Cruz, SCJ, one of the 233 who were martyred during the years of civil strife in Spain and beatified by Pope St. John Paul II,” said Fr. Jim Walters in his homily at a bilingual feast-day Mass at Sacred Heart Seminary and School of Theology. “¿Qué significa hacerse mártir? ¿Cuánto le cuesta a uno? What does it mean to become a martyr? The martyr is called, in the words of Bishop Richard Sklba, ‘to offer a counter-cultural critique, a cultural ‘revolution’ of values from within, not by violence from without.'”

Weekly News: September 19, 2016

SCJ seminarian “jumps into” ministry in Brazil; religious educator coordinator reflects on the impact of the Dehonian charism on youth; celebrating the Indian holiday of Onam with eggs; prayers requests; reminders; latest SCJ News available; SHSST receives grant; celebrating the feast of Bl. Juan Maria; and provincial superior hosts provincial superior