As a Rule

The Constitutions trace the lines of our spirituality. They sketch the manner of living our religious life as Priests of the Sacred Heart, and they indicate our apostolic orientations. They are for us ‘This Day of God’ (144). They tell us how to ‘make this charism effectively live by responding to the urgent needs of the Church and of the world’ (1). For each of us, they are the book which, after the Gospel, reminds us of what is essential if we are to live our religious consecration faithfully.”

-Fr. Antonio Panteghini, former superior general

For 20 years, beginning in 1992, the US Province published a simple, two-page photocopied newsletter titled As a Rule. Starting with No. 1 and concluding with No. 144 (the entirety of the SCJ Constitutions at that time; there are now 147), the publication featured reflections by SCJs on each of the Constitutions.

Just as there is no one commentary on scriptural passages, there is no one reflection on the Constitutions. We brought back As a Rule ten years after its last issue so that we can continue the dialogue on what it means to live SCJ spirituality. Much of the reboot of As a Rule is similar to the first 20 years in that it features a passage from the Constitutions along with one or more reflections. However, instead of going sequentially, each issue will focus on a topic. Reflection questions are included. Reflections are written by SCJs, but also by employees, Dehonian Associates, and others whose lives intersect with the Dehonian charism and SCJ spirituality.

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February 2023 – Constitution No. 84, theme: “Eucharistic worship,” writers: Joe Tyrell and Mark Mastin

January 2023 – Constitution No. 77, theme: “The Word of God,”  writers Victoria Stirek and Frater Hung Pham. 

December 2023 – Constitution No. 12, theme: “His way is our way,” writers: Fr. Maurice Légaré and Fr, Joseph Dean

November 2023 – Constitution No. 36, theme: “Liberation,” writers: Fr. Duy Nguyen and Jon M. Sweeney

October 2023 – Constitution No. 76, theme: “Dedication to Prayer,” writers: Fr. Tom Cassidy, Br. Alex John and Fr. Joseph Mukuna

September 2023 – Constitution No. 8, theme: “Fraternal Community,” writers: Fr. John Czyzynski and Fr. Jean Claude Mbassi

No August 2023 issue

July 2023 – Constitution No. 129, theme: “Provincial Chapters,” writers: Fr. Jack Kurps and Fr. Henry Nguyen

June 2023 – Constitutions No. 21, theme: “Redemptive Love,” writers: Fr. Willyans Prado Rapozo and Fr. Bob Bossie

May 2023 – Constitutions No. 85, theme: “Mary, Model of Availability,” writers: Br. Brian Tompkins and Fr. Juan Carlos Castañeda Rojas

April 2023 – Constitutions No. 11, theme: “Death and Resurrection”, writers: Sr. Cathy Bertrand, SSND and Fr. Zbigniew Morawiec

March 2023 – Constitutions N0. 24, theme: “Suffering”, writers: Steve Koepke and Br. Frank Presto

February 2023 – Constitutions N0. 104, theme: “Adaptation and Renewal”, writers: Br. Duane Lemke and Fr. Jim Schroeder

January 2023 – Constitutions No. 29, theme: “Solidarity”, writers: Frs. Christianus Hendrik and Richard Woodbury

December 2022 – Constitutions No. 39, theme: “Prophetic Witness”, writers: Frs. Peter McKenna and Rafael Querobin

November 2022– Constitutions No. 15, theme: “Beginnings”, writers: Fr. Byron Haaland and Frater Jonathan Nguyen-Vuong