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We prepare for His coming

Daily reflections for Advent written by members of the Priests of the Sacred Heart (Dehonians)

Advent begins on Sunday, December 3 and runs though Christmas Eve. We have prepared a book of daily reflections for Advent, written by our SCJ priests and brothers. The first reflection appears here; a link to the rest follows.  Join us in prayer as we anticipate the celebration of God’s Incarnation. May your Advent be Spirit-filled and joyful.

December 3 – 1st Sunday of Advent

Is 63: 16b-17, 64:2-7, Ps 80:2-3, 15-16, 18-19; 1Cor 1:3-9; Mk 13:33-37

As we begin Advent, we light one candle in the midst of all the darkness in our lives and in the world.  This candle symbolizes our longing, our desire, and our hope.  We want to be renewed in our understanding that Jesus came to save us from our sin and death.  We want to experience Jesus coming to us now, in our everyday lives, to help us live our lives with meaning and purpose.  And we want to prepare for his coming to meet us at the end of our lives on this earth.Today’s Gospel, on this first Sunday of Advent, emphasizes the need for watchfulness.  The Son of Man will come without warning; only the Father knows the exact hour.  The disciples must not be caught unprepared when this time comes.

Today’s Gospel reminds us that Advent is about more than our preparation for the Church’s celebration of Christ’s birth at Christmas.  Advent is also about preparing ourselves for Christ’s return in glory at the end of time.  Like the disciples and the faithful in Mark’s community, we must also stay alert and watchful.  Our faithfulness to God, through the good times as well as the difficult times, shows us to be ready for the coming of the Son of Man.

So, we begin with our longing, our desire and our hope.


I can slow down.  I can breathe more deeply.  I can begin to trust that this will be a blessed time.  Then, when I can let myself be who I am, and hear the Scriptures, I can begin to quietly pray, “Come, Lord, Jesus.  “Come into my life.  I long for you and I believe you love me.  Come and fill me with peace and the love only you can give. Come, Lord, Jesus, come into my heart, into my family, into my struggles.  Come and heal me, and give me joy.”


Fr. Edward Kilianski, SCJ, Provincial Superior, US Province

Click here to access the rest of the week’s reflections

Our 2017-18 Formation Communities 

2017 Formation Community

The Dehon Formation Community in Chicago is home to an international, intergenerational community of professed SCJs and those discerning religious life with the congregation. The community not only houses the initial formation programs (candidacy, philosophy and theology) of the province but also welcomes SCJs from around the world on sabbatical or in graduate programs. Attached to the Dehon Formation Community is the Novitiate, located just 15 minutes south of Sacred Heart Monastery in Hales Corners, Wis.

Next year, the entire formation community will be in Wisconsin. The Chicago programs will be moving to Sacred Heart Monastery in Hales Corners at the start of the 2018 academic year. Theology students will attend Sacred Heart Seminary and School of Theology and undergraduates will go to Milwaukee area universities. The move will allow our students to be more directly involved with the province and worldwide congregation, since Sacred Heart has become an educational hub for students from around the world.

“As my formation journey continues, I am overwhelmed every day with an abundance of blessings to be a part of such a dynamic religious order; a very rewarding service to God with so many rapid changes,” wrote Luis Alonso Barrantes, a third-year candidate.  “My first summer in ministry was working in Milwaukee with the ESL program, which was very rewarding. My second year (summer of 2016) was spent in Nesbit, Miss. I still recall in Mississippi how I was captivated to see how hard everyone works in their ministries, with a deep sense of love, hard work and dedication. I see a strong Dehonian spirit there and I continue to pray that God gives all the men and women in Mississippi health and strength as they give back so much of themselves to pastoral services, religious education, and social services. This past summer was spent in Houston, Texas, at Our Lady of Guadalupe parish. My ministries were at various locations within and around OLG. I met some amazing families, and employees of the parish and school.”

Novice Henry Nguyen wrote that “I have a desire to serve others and I was able to do just that at my latest summer ministry, being a part of the ESL residential staff at Sacred Heart Seminary and School of Theology. We had over 40 students from all over the world, which included SCJ seminarians and priests, as well as other religious, seminarians, and priests from different religious orders and dioceses. I also got to learn what an impact the SCJ presence has on other communities outside of the United States.”

Click here to read the rest of Alonso’s and Henry’s reflections, as well as autobiographies from our entire formation community.

Do you feel called to a life of community, prayer and service? Click here to contact our vocation office or call 800-609-5559.


Why do I want to be an SCJ?

Postulant Phong (Paul) Hoang

“Why do I want to be an SCJ?” That was the question that several of our students answered during this year’s province assembly. One by one, they stood before members of the province to share what attracted the to the Priests of the Sacred Heart (Dehonians) and why they decided to pursue their vocation with the community.

Paul Hoang has been a candidate for three semesters; in August entered he the novitiate. Paul began his presentation began by reflecting on what is “home” for him now

“When I first came to formation, I missed home, my family and friends in Houston,” he said. “Now, I am happy to go back to visit, but when I am in Houston, what I miss is Chicago [the formation community].”

Now “home” for Paul, is with his SCJ community.

“There is joy, spiritual joy, in our community,” he continued. “My favorite part of the day is Mass in the morning. We are there together in a sense of belonging, leaving each other with a sense of support for our day. We connect at meals; we connect in labor, doing dishes together.

Postulant Henry Nguyen

“In the SCJ community I feel like myself and can actualize who I am; I feel at home, I feel that I belong,” he said.

For Henry Nguyen, who is also a novice this year, it was laughter that first attracted him to the community. A trainer for State Farm Insurance, he said that he wanted something else in life, he needed more to feel fulfilled; he wanted to serve others.

“In 2013 I came to the community and saw the joy and hospitality of the SCJs,” he said. I have visited communities in Houston and Mississippi and I have seen passion, love and joy… In Mississippi I saw a willingness to get out of the sacristy and serve, to be a prophet of love. What gives me hope for the future is the drive that we have as a community to continue to go to the people.”

Do you feel called to a vocation as a priest or brother? Click here to learn more about the Priests of the Sacred Heart, or as we are known in many areas of the world: Dehonians (following the name of our founder, Fr. Leo John Dehon).

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Prayer is a vital part of the life of the community

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