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We are the Priests of the Sacred Heart – Dehonians!

We live in community, are inspired by daily Eucharistic Adoration, and in a fragmented world we believe unity to be possible.

Our ministries are diverse, as are our members. Yet our goal is the same: to work with a common heart in service to God’s people, reflecting the love of Christ as experienced by our founder, Fr. Leo John Dehon.

Are you called to a life of prayer and service based in the love of the Sacred Heart? Are you called to religious life as a priest or brother?

Have a question, ready to learn more? Email our vocation director at:, or call us at 800-609-5559.

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A new deacon!

The first weekend in May was a busy time for Dn. Henry Nguyen, SCJ. On Friday evening, May 6, he graduated from Sacred Heart Seminary and School of Theology with his master’s in divinity. The next day, May 7, Henry was ordained to the diaconate by Bishop Joseph Potocnak, SCJ, bishop emeritus of De Aar, South Africa.

Present at both events were Fr. Carlos Luis Suárez Codorniú, SCJ, Superior General of the Priests of the Sacred Heart (Dehonians), and Fr. Stephen Huffstetter, SCJ, Vicar General, who are in the United States for the General Visitation. Another special guest at the graduation was Archbishop Christophe Pierre, Apostolic Nunico, who gave the SHSST commencement address.

Reflecting on his ordination, Dn. Henry said that “My life changes forever as I take this next step in my journey of faith to say ‘yes.’ Preparing for my diaconate ordination confirmed my vocation because I know that I am called towards a life of service and to be among the people.

“I am excited to start my ministerial experience at St. Martin of Tours next month. I am excited to put into practice what I have been learning these last seven years. I am excited to share the Good News of the Lord with all.”

Dn. Henry is assigned to St. Martin of Tours in Franklin, WI, as of June 1.

Click here to read more, and get links to photos and a video of the ceremony.

Meet our students!

Each year we ask our students in formation to introduce themselves in their own words. Reflecting the diversity of the Priests of the Sacred Heart (Dehonians), as well as the Church itself, they represent a wide variety of cultural, educational and professional backgrounds. Yet they all have the same call to follow in the footsteps of our founder, Fr. Leo John Dehon.

“Overall, I’m just an ordinary guy with a disciple’s heart,” writes our newest candidate, Alfonso Pizano. “I’m grateful and eager to see what God has in store for me as I discern his will in my life all for his greater glory!”

“I am thrilled to see where this life as an SCJ will lead me,” writes Frater Henry Nguyen, “I know it will continue to allow me to help and serve those who are most in need.” Fra. Henry is back at Sacred Heart Seminary and School of Theology to complete his theology studies after a year away for pastoral ministry in Mississippi and and then Ecuador.

Jonathan Tu Nguyen-Vuong, who is a novice this year preparing for first vows, writes that  “it will give me great joy to be an SCJ in the US Province. My profession of vows will help me to continue my mission as a follower of Venerable Fr. Leo John Dehon.”

Click here to learn the stories of our candidates, novices and students.

Come and See!

Fr. Quang is pictured here with Alejandro, one of the participants in a recent “Come and See,” an opportunity for young men discerning a vocation to religious life to literally “come and see” the Priests of the Sacred Heart (Dehonians). Are you discerning a call to religious life, to the priesthood? Contact our vocation director at or call 800-609-5559 to learn how you can Come and See!

A few of our videos

Learn about our students, our formation program, and our religious community through the short videos and news items below, many of which were produced by the students themselves. View more on our DehoniansUSA YouTube channel. Have a question, ready to learn more? Email our vocation director at:, or call us at 800-609-5559.