Br. Ben Humpfer, SCJ, died Sunday, December 31, following a recent diagnosis of brain cancer. He was 74 and had been a member of the Priests of the Sacred Heart (Dehonians) for 51 years. He served many roles in the province including tailor, cook, superior, vocation director and teacher.
Fr. General’s Christmas letter; seminarian encounters the poverty of Venezuela firsthand; SHSST rector in Rome; updates and reminders; prayer requests; teaming up to help India’s poor; January birthdays; nominations sought for JPR award and provincial’s calendar
“This journey has helped me to commit to opening my heart to do whatever it is that I am called to do,” wrote Henry Nguyen about his first week in Vietnam. He and fellow novice Paul (Phong) Hoang were invited by Fr. Ed Kilanski to join him on his planned visit to the country so that they could learn more about the SCJ congregation (Dehonians) outside of the United States. Henry’s family is from Vietnam but this is the first time that he is visiting the country. “For me, this is a cross-cultural experience,”
Novice reflects on visiting the country of his parents for the first time; holiday schedules; the “Science of Forgiveness” examined at SHSST; International Migrants Day activities; Provincial’s calendar; Advent reflections; photos from Sacred Heart School in Southaven
Advent begins; International Dehonian Theological Commission meets; “Dreamer” speaks about DACA at SHML; Provincial Conference reminder; Bishop Joe honored; anniversary of approval of congregation; provincial’s calendar; prayer requests
Advent begins on Sunday, December 3 and runs though Sunday, December 24 (Christmas Eve). Our province vocation office has prepared a booklet that features reflections for each day of the season written by members of the Priests of the Sacred Heart (Dehonians). They are reprinted here. We invite you to join us in prayer as we anticipate the celebration of God’s Incarnation. May your Advent be Spirit-filled and joyful.
Cendi Trujillo Tena, a Milwaukee resident who is registered with DACA, shared her story with Dehonians during an informal gathering at Sacred Heart at Monastery Lake on November 28. She spoke of the challenges that the undocumented face, and the need for immigration reform. “Everyone can make a difference!” she said.
Following Black Friday, Shop Local Saturday and Cyber Monday, on November 28 people are invited to open up more than just their wallets, but their hearts as well for Giving Tuesday. Several entities within the US Province have special projects tied to Giving Tuesday. Join us in putting Faith in Action!
Province ministries encourage participating in Giving Tuesday; Advent and Christmas reflections available; DACA presentation at SHML; European meetings conclude; December birthdays; prayer requests; SCJ leads retreat in Toronto; provincial’s calendar
Provincialate schedule for the Thanksgiving holiday; SCJ defends doctoral thesis; DACA presentation at SHML; vocation director, provincial superior and provincial treasurer all on the road; Sacred Heart Southern Missions honors veterans.