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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.
Houston SCJs take part in Steps for Students; former SHSST faculty member named auxiliary bishop; progress continues on St. Joseph’s Indian School Health Care Center; first Angolan SCJ ordained to priesthood; remembering Fr. Mike Burke; prayer requests and updates
Lunar New Year’s celebrations at St. Martin of Tours; former provincial superior, Fr. Michael Burke, dies; three students enter postulancy and prepare for novitiate; familiar name to return to SHSST as interim president-rector; SCJ says that he always goes to God with his questions; a postcard from Argentina.
Fr. Michael Burke, SCJ, former provincial superior of the US Province, died February 9, 2017, in suburban Milwaukee. He was 79 years old and had suffered a heart attack earlier in the day. Just last year he had celebrated his 60th jubilee of vows.
Throughout his life Fr. Zdzislaw “Stan” Plawecki, SCJ, has turned to God for answers to his questions. But sometimes, the 44-year-old admits, he hasn’t always been quick to embrace the response he receives, starting with his own vocation.”I wanted a VACATION,” he joked, “not a VOCATION!”
Fr. Tom Knoebel has been named interim president-rector of Sacred Heart Seminary and School of Theology, effective July 1. He replaces Msgr. Ross Shecterle, whose five-year term ends June 30. “Fr. Tom is a well-known leader with a pastoral heart who is very familiar with the Priests of the Sacred Heart and Sacred Heart Seminary and School of Theology.”
Last year Fr. Tony Russo, SCJ, celebrated his 50th anniversary of ordination. He was honored at the parishes where he had served as pastor, and at a province celebration. But one of his most memorable celebrations took place just a few weeks ago when he joined a couple of classmates in Rome: Bishop Virginio Bressanelli of Argentina and Fr. Tom Stanley of the British-Irish Province.
Frater Juancho renews vows in Brazil; Fr. Steve shares snapshots from South America; benefactors contribute to building the Church in India; February birthdays; planning for 2018 General Conference begins; SHSM in the news; new administration in South Africa; golden jubilarians celebrate together in Rome.