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The Priests of the Sacred Heart (SCJs) is a Catholic religious community of brothers and priests devoted to the Heart of Jesus. As our Mission Statement says, “We are called to be, especially among the poor, prophets of love and servants of reconciliation.” Whether you seek to examine your vocation, learn about our ministries, explore Catholic issues or support our work, we invite you to join us in walking with God’s people.
Favorite color? What makes you happy? What are you good at? What is your greatest fear… “Twenty Questions” is a regular feature in which SCJs and those with whom they minister and collaborate share a bit about themselves in an informal Q&A format, each answering 20 questions. Fr. Bernie Rosinski, our first 20Q feature, is a member of the SCJ community in South Dakota where he is a very active retiree. Among his previous jobs: vice general secretary in Rome and provincial secretary here in the US Province.
Lunar New Year’s celebrations at St. Martin of Tours; prayer requests and updates; former general councilor reflects on vocation and the congregation; Canadian communities welcome refugees; Dehon Study Center newsletter available online; new local leadership named; general visitations come to an end in India; provincial’s calendar and a memory from the “Mission House.”
Fr. Albert Lingwengwe was novice master for the Congolese Province when he learned that he was being considered for general administration in Rome. “Never for a moment did I think that I would work in Rome, moreover, as a member of the General Council,” Much to his surprise, he was elected to the council in 2009; he completed his term last summer. Now on a study sabbatical in the ESL program at Sacred Heart Seminary and School of Theology, he recently, he sat down to reflect on his vocation, service in administration, and the SCJs’ impact on Africa, especially the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Students at SCJ schools raise funds for refugee children as a part of Catholic Schools Week; Sacred Heart teacher reflects on the dual work of mercy and teaching; Lenten reflections once again offered by Dehonian Associates; Fr. Stephen Huffstetter writes from India; Fr. Charles Brown sends a photo with novices in Congo; updates, death notices and prayer requests.
This morning, as I handed the statue of the Infant Jesus to someone to carry up to the manger, I thought to myself, “This is each child I teach. Jesus is divine and human, body and soul, corporal and spiritual. So, too, are my students,'” wrote Sr. Margaret Sue Broker, a teacher at Sacred Heart School in Southaven, MS. “…The act of teaching is an amazing corporal and spiritual work of mercy.” Click here to read Sr. Margaret Sue’s full reflection.
Local communities respond to the needs of migrants and refugees; prayer requests; address updates; February birthdays; Fr. Dominic Peluse reflects on the impact of Dehonian spirituality on those with whom the SCJs are in contact; first general visitation begins in India; Fr. Ed Kilianski’s February schedule