80th anniversary of the martyrdom (video)

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Funchal, the capital city of the Portuguese island of Madeira, was threatened and surrounded by a large fire August 8-10. It killed at least three people and forced authorities to evacuate homes, hotels and two hospitals, forcing over 2,000 people to flee. Approximately 160 homes were destroyed. Our Dehonian communities –– Colégio Missionário Sagrado Coração (minor seminary); Colégio Infante Dom Henrique (Dehonian School); and Escola da APEL (school) –– were…
2016 is a special year for our Congregation. We remember Blessed Juan Maria of the Cross, SCJ, a Spanish martyr who was killed in a prison in Valencia (Spain) during the country's civil war. In March his 100th anniversary of ordination, the 90th anniversary of his first religious profession and the 125th anniversary of his birth in the town of San Esteban de los Patos was celebrated. August 23 is…
On August 12th, the District of Vietnam celebrated three special occasions. First, the community commemorated the anniversary of the death of Venerable Father Leo John Dehon. The district also celebrated the third anniversary of the establishment of Vietnam as a district under the guidance of Rome and installed Fr. Francis Vu Tran, SCJ, as the new District Superior of Vietnam. He succeeds Fr. Rino Venturin, SCJ, who will return to…
In these days there is news of strong fires on the island of Madeira. There have been no casualties but significant damage due to the neglect of man. Even our communities on the island have been subject to danger. In similar instances people remain speechless before the destructive power of fire. In a telegram to the bishop of Funchal Pope Francis expressed his closeness to the people affected by the…
Fr. Stephen Huffstetter, general councilor, is visiting with SCJs in Bahía de Caráquez, Ecuador, one of the areas hardest hit by the April 26 earthquake. He writes: I celebrated weekend Masses in San Jorge parish. The SCJs invited me to preside, while they preached. I did say a few words about how our prayers and thoughts have been with them since the earthquake. My hope and prayer is that times…