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On the way to WYD!
Br. Andy Gancarczyk, Fr. Mark Mastin, Frater Juancho Casteñada Rojas and Frater Justin Krenke left for Poland on Friday. They are accompanying the youth group from Our Lady of Guadalupe, Houston, to World Youth Day in Kracow. They arrived in Warsaw Saturday morning “and we had a very nice welcome from our fellow SCJs there,” wrote Fr. Mark. “We didn’t lose anyone — always a first priority!!! The trip took 10 total hours by air and we had a three-hour layover in Frankfurt, Germany. There we met a WYD group from Miami. When we exited the Warsaw terminal there were a few WYD groups playing their instruments and singing — it got us excited for things to come in the days ahead!”
World Youth Day takes place July 26-31. This week, youth groups from SCJ ministries around the world will gather for activities organized by the Polish Province.
Polish SCJs are maintaining a multilingual Facebook page for Dehonian youth at WYD. Click here to visit it
Fr. Ed Kilianski leaves for Poland on Friday and will meet up with the Houston group in Krakow
Seminarians busy with summer ministry
Alonso and Henry, seminarians for the US Province, are caught here on break in the midst of projects with Sacred Heart Southern Missions in northern Mississippi. All of our seminarians spend part of their summer serving in one of our SCJ ministries.
Sacred Heart Southern Missions staffs and funds two Catholic elementary schools, eight Catholic social service offices, an extensive housing program (including Dehon Village with 38 single family homes for low-income families). The Social Services department includes an active volunteer program that hosts hundreds of volunteers from around the country each year.
The SCJ priests and brothers of SHSM also serve six parishes in northern Mississippi. Click here to visit the SHSM website.
SCJ seminarians lead youth retreat in Toronto
Frater James Nguyen and Candidate Henry Nguyen were in Toronto in late May to take part in the annual youth and young adult retreat with Mudika UKI, the Indonesian Catholic community of Toronto. “I am grateful to our confreres in Toronto who always graciously show me what it means to be hospitable and pastoral,” wrote James. “I had a wonderful weekend with an awesome group of people. We laughed, we lived, we dared and inhaled all that happened. In the end it was all grace!”
Click here to read the seminarians’ reflections on their experience.
Congratulations to Jose Romero-Olivas, 32, who was accepted this weekend as a candidate for the SCJ formation program. Born in Mexico, Jose has a degree in law and currently works for the Mexican Consulate in San Francisco. He will enter the ESL program at Sacred Heart Seminary and School of Theology in July, and then transition to the Dehon Formation Community in Chicago. Welcome!
Fr. Ed’s invitation (click on the video)
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