Vocation and Youth Ministry News

December ordination

Congratulations to Frater Paul Phong Hoang, SCJ, who was approved last week for ordination to the diaconate. Bishop Donald J. Hying of Madison will be the ordaining bishop. The ceremony will take place at 10:00 a.m. on December 9 at Sacred Heart Seminary and School of Theology. Invitations will be going out soon.

“What resonates with me in our Dehonian Spirituality is the focus on love, as well as the image of the Sacred Heart,” said Frater Paul. “It seems generic yet profoundly universal and necessary in our world. Love is what ultimately captivates and converts the heart.”

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“A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity!”

In August, Fr. Henry Nguyen, SCJ, our vocation director, accompanied Dehonian youth from the US Province to World Youth Day in Portugal. Once he got home and caught his breath (and did his laundry!) we asked Fr. Henry to write about the experience. In his own words:

“I had the opportunity to accompany our Dehonian youth from Mississippi, Texas, and Wisconsin to the Dehonian Youth Gathering (DYG) and World Youth Day (WYD) in Portugal. We were five Dehonian confreres, including Fr. Ardi, Br. Diego, Fra. Jacob, and Fra. Jonathan. The theme for this year’s DYG was ‘Move Your Heart.’

“On Thursday, July 27, the 25 of us from the US Province left for Portugal. After more than 26 hours from the time we left our homes, we finally made it to the Luso Frances Colegio in Porto for the Dehonian Youth Gathering. We were tired and jetlagged but upon stepping into the atmosphere of meeting 280+ youth and 65+ SCJ religious from around the world, we quickly regained our energy. Twenty-six countries were represented among our Dehonian youth…

“This trip was definitely a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for us to experience the global Church and get closer to God.”

Click here to read Fr. Henry’s full reflection.