Weekly news: July 11, 2022

Remembering Fr. Ed

On Friday, the Novitiate Community planted a purple Eastern Beech Nut tree in honor of Fr. Ed Kilianski, SCJ. Pictured above L-R: Jacob Smith, Jonathan Nguyen-Vuong, Fr. Byron Haaland, SCJ, Michael Wodarczyk and Fr. Andrzej Sudol, SCJ.

The funeral for Fr. Ed will be on Wednesday, July 13, at the main chapel at Sacred Heart Monastery / Sacred Heart Seminary and School of Theology. Reception of the Body and the Wake will begin at 9:30 a.m.; the Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Both will be livestreamed. Click here or on the image at the bottom of the page to access the livestream.

Frater Paul Phong Hoang, SCJ, a member of our province video team, put together the following tribute to Fr. Ed. Click here or on the image below to view it.

Note that the background music to the video is “What a Friend We Have in Jesus.”

Mark your calendars!

Several events have recently been added to the North American calendar; dates to note:


August 15 – First Professions
August 16 – Province Jubilee Celebrations
August 16-18 – Province Assembly
September 8 – Meeting of Council and Local Superiors (10:00 a.m. to noon, central, via Zoom)
September 12-14 – International Fundraisers meeting in Hales Corners, WI (organized by the General Treasurer’s office)
September 27-28 – Provincial Council meeting, Hales Corners, WI
October 19 (tentative) –  Dehon Lecture, SHSST (Cardinal Peter Turkson)
November 9-10 – Provincial Council meeting, Hales Corners, WI
December 20-21 – Provincial Council meeting, Hales Corners, WI


July 16 – Centennial celebration in Lower Brule, SD
July 24 – Start date of the 2023 US Provincial Chapter


June 14 – July 5 – General Chapter, Rome

86 years of religious profession!

Just over a week ago Jonathan Nguyen-Vuong, Jacob Smith and Michael Wodarczyk were approved for First Professions; the ceremony will take place on August 15 at the main chapel at Sacred Heart Monastery / Sacred Heart Seminary and School of Theology. Invitations will go out soon.

Who is the Dehonian with the most years in vows? It is most likely Br. Michel Poirier, SCJ, who at 107, is the eldest SCJ in the world. He is a member of the Franco-European Province (EUF) and professed his first vows with the Priests of the Sacred Heart in 1936 –– 86 years ago!

Fr. Charles Aime Koudjou, SCJ, a member of the General Council, recently did a short interview with Br. Michel. When asked what he thought was the most important event in his life, he said without hesitation: “Religious profession.” Reflecting on his life as a Dehonian, he said that “the missions, the schools” are what have been most important to him.

When asked to give advice to the next generation of SCJs, such as those making their first profession this year, he said that what is important is “to remain faithful, to study well, to form oneself well, to prepare oneself well in all areas of education.” Br. Michel emphasized that education in religious life is important, but also in one’s profession, one’s ministry.

Fr. Charles is pictured above with Br. Michel.

Please remember

+ Marjorie Moore, an honorary SCJ of the Canadian Region, died on Sunday June 26. She was 83. Marjorie worked with Fr. Bill More, SCJ, for many years in the Separated and Divorced Ministry in Ottawa.

+ Todd Edgar, an alumnus of Divine Heart Seminary, died on July 7 of cancer. He attended DHS in the mid-late 1970s.

+ Janie (de Jong) Nolten, the sister of Fr. Jan de Jong, SCJ, died in Holland. She had been in a nursing home for some time, suffering from dementia. Recently, she broke her hip in a fall, after which her health deteriorated more significantly. Her three daughters were at her side at the time of her death and Fr. Jan was able to pray with them via Zoom.

+ The brother of province attorney, Kathleen Dahlgren, died on July 8 of a heart attack. He was 55 and his name was John.

+The brother of Fr. Pat Lloyd, SCJ, died yesterday, July 10, in Hilton Head. His name was Will.

Officially installed

Although he has been serving in the role for some time, Fr. Rafael Querobin, SCJ, was officially installed yesterday morning as the pastor of Our Lady of Guadalupe Houston. Fr. Albert Zanata led the Rite of Installation and represented Cardinal Daniel Dinardo in the ceremony at the 10:30 Mass.

“I was presented to the priests, pastoral council, finance council, parish staff, and all the parishioners as the new pastor,” said Fr. Rafael. “The ritual was simple, but full of joy and blessings. My commitment as pastor is to embrace all the ministries present at Our Lady of Guadalupe, walking together with Christ. I also want to build a pastoral team with the parochial vicars.”

New local administrations named

The new SCJ administration of Sacred Heart Monastery:

Fr. Duy Nguyen: local superior
Fr. Joseph Thien Dinh: first councilor
Fr. Zbigniew Morawiec: second councilor
Fr. Byron Haaland: third councilor
Fr. Ed Zemlik: treasurer

The new SCJ administration of the Sacred Heart Community at SHML:

Br. Duane Lemke: local superior
Br. Brian Tompkins: first councilor
Fr. Richard MacDonald: second councilor
Br. Brian Tompkins: Treasurer

Thank you and welcome!

On June 29, parishioners at St. Martin of Tours in Franklin, WI, held a farewell gathering for Fr. Terry Langley, SCJ, who was leaving the parish after many years as its pastor. A few days later, the new SCJ pastoral team for SMOT was introduced to the parish. They are pictured above with Fr. Vien Nguyen, provincial superior. From left to right: Fr. Son Nguyen (associate pastor), Fr. Vien, Fr. Andrzej Sudol (pastor) and Dn. Henry Nguyen.

Thank you, Fr. Terry, and welcome Fr. Andrzej, Fr. Son and Dn. Henry!

Free seminar on managing conflict in community life

Fr. Vien Nguyen shares information about a webinar organized by the National Religious Retirement Office (NRRO) and the Avila Institute of Gerontology: “Approaches to Managing Conflict Within Community Life.” It is scheduled for Tuesday, August 9, at 1:00 p.m. ET. Fr. Quinn Conners, OCarm, PhD, will explore the skills and approaches participants need to respond to conflict within their religious communities.

Webinar attendance is free for religious communities and their associates. Click here to register at the Avila Institute website. Enter the code NRRO at checkout and the price will change from $59 to $0. Do not enter credit card information.

Travelers’ choice!

Tripadvisor recently named The Aktá Lakota Museum & Cultural Center a 2022 Travelers’ Choice Award Winner. The award celebrates businesses that have received great traveler reviews from visitors from around the globe on Tripadvisor over the past 12 months.

“Winning the Tripadvisor Travelers’ Choice Award is a true source of pride for the entire organization, and we’d like to thank all of our visitors who took the time to complete a review on Tripadvisor,” said Museum Director Dixie Thompson. This is the museum’s second time on the prestigious list, the first time being in 2020.

“Congratulations to the 2022 Tripadvisor Travelers’ Choice Winners,” said Kanika Soni, Chief Commercial Officer at Tripadvisor. “The Travelers’ Choice Awards recognize the best in tourism and hospitality, according to those who matter most— guests. Ranking among the Travelers’ Choice winners is always tough — but never more so than this year as we emerge from the pandemic. Whether it’s using new technology, implementing safety measures, or hiring outstanding staff, I’m impressed by the steps taken to meet travelers’ new demands in the face of adversity.”

The Aktá Lakota Museum & Cultural Center is located on the campus of St. Joseph’s Indian School in Chamberlain. The museum is open year-round, and admission is free!

To see traveler reviews of the Aktá Lakota Museum, visit the Aktá Lakota Museum Tripadvisor page

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