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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.
“Through my work with the SCJs I’ve become a more prayerful, accepting and giving person,” said Mary Jane Alexander. “St. Joe’s has given me the opportunity to become a better person than I was 45 years ago, to fulfill my dream of working with children and now adults and families. What I have given to them is in no way what I have gotten from them in return.” The former St. Joe’s volunteer, teacher and administrator was honored by the school at a special assembly.
New candidate welcomed; Br. Brian Tompkins reflects on aging and ministry to seniors; Fr. Tom Cassidy’s latest blog post from the Philippines; Divine Heart Seminary class of ’61 gathering at Province Jubilee; Fr. Andrzej Sudol joins US Province; JPR video clips; schedule notes; June Dehonian Associates e-blast; and June birthdays.
“When I visit with senior citizens in a nursing home and, more specifically and especially my SCJ confreres, I do not focus on their physical frailty or their diminished cognitive skills,” wrote Br. Brian Tompkins in the May 20 issue of Dehonian Spirituality. “What is important is that I bring with me and demonstrate my care and concern, and my support and compassion. In a word: kindness. Kindness is never wasted even if the response appears muted and indifferent.”
Frater Joseph Vu earns his MDiv; new editions of the Spiritual Path are added; Fr. Jan de Jong is focus of latest 20 Question interview; video clips from immigration presentation available; Fr. Tom Cassidy writes from the Philippines; SCJ NEWS available; SHSST graduation
Fr. Jan de Jong, 78, professed his first vows with the Priests of the Sacred Heart in 1937. Originally from the Dutch Province, he came to the United States in 1969 to teach at Sacred Heart Seminary and School of Theology. Eventually, he went on to be the seminary’s president-rector. He has also served as a CPE supervisor (Clinical Pastoral Education) and as novice pastor. Now retired, he is a member of the Sacred Heart Community at SHML. Take a look at his responses to our “Twenty Questions” interview.
North American administrations discuss shared issues and explore ways of collaboration; Fr. Francis Vu Tran named superior of the District of Vietnam; prayer requests and updates; Fr. General’s letter for the Feast of the Sacred Heart is released; ordination jubilee date set; Fr. Tom Cassidy heads to the Philippines; history comes alive in Mississippi.