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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.
“The most striking fact concerning the condition of the working class is that workers are, for the most part, experiencing conditions of misfortune and unearned misery. Despite a certain amount of superficial progress, the worker is, in many places, less happy than formerly.” This contemporary sounding assessment came from the pen of Fr. Leo John Dehon, founder of the Priests of the Sacred Heart, in 1894…
Pastoral ministry in the Amazon, mission work and administration in the Philippines, ministry to young people at World Youth Day… Fr. Benedito de Maraes Machado’s path to Toronto was a winding one. On July 31, Fr. “Bene,” as he is more often known, joined the international SCJ community in Toronto.
We don’t seem to use the phrase “the social question” anymore, which is telling. Apparently there’s no longer any question that the Church should be concerned about social issues and the social life of society, nations, and the world – though there is certainly no agreement about what she should do about it.In Leo Dehon’s day, the social question was huge and much debated, for many reasons.
Life-threatening complications from a badly injured knee set Silvia Bertozzi on a path toward her vocation as a consecrated virgin living the Dehonian charism. She was 33 and in an intensive physical therapy program near Bologna, Italy, when “I realized that I needed to mend more than my body, I needed to mend my heart and my faith,” she said. As Silvia struggled to regain her physical health, her faith began to heal with the help of an SCJ priest who became her spiritual director.
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