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The superior general - Fr. Carlos Enrique Caamano, SCJ - has convened the XXIV General Chapter of the Priests of the Sacred Heart of Jesus (Dehonians). It will be held in Rome, beginning on July 14, 2018. It is scheduled to conclude on July 27, 2018 (though this can be changed by the members of the chapter). 


Who will participate?

The membership of the chapter will be composed of the major superiors of the provinces and regions, the members of the General Curia according to the Rule of Life, and delegates of the Provinces and Regions, as well as Districts dependent on the Superior General. The number of Dehonian capitulars is expected to be approximately 77. Others can be invited by the Superior General.


What awaits us?

We prepare ourselves for the General Chapter spirituality, realizing that the Congregation is a work of the Holy Spirit that asks us for continuous renewal. Through discernment, we trust God and our confreres to face the concrete realities of our congregation. During the chapter, an evaluation of the status of the congregation will be done, but also a new administration will be elected and guidelines developed to assist the new government.

Fr. Radosław Warenda, SCJ

Fr. Francis Vu Tran, superior of the District of Vietnam, talks about the Dehonian presence in the country. Originally from Vietnam, Fr. Francis emigrated with his family to the United States when he was a child. Two years ago he returned to serve in the…
What does it mean to be a Dehonian? The congregation has many diverse ministries around the world, but so do other religious communities. What is it that makes a Dehonian ministry distinct from that of a Jesuit, Benedictine, Dominican, or diocesan ministry? How are the social works of the community any different than the social efforts of secular organizations which also seek to be in solidarity with the poor and…
Fr. Carlos Luis Suarez Codorniú expresses his feelings of thanksgiving and his emotions after the mass celebrated in the Basilica of St. John Lateran, where 150 years ago Fr. Dehon was ordained. Fr. Carlos Luis is the 11th successor of the founder. Fr. Juanjo Arnaiz,…
The first week of the General Chapter was dedicated to the election process, including discussion of the current reality of the congregation. Now, chapter delegates direct their attention to the future. How should Dehonians respond to the world today? What priorities should guide the general administration during its six-year term? Over the next several days the chapter will hear reports on the topics of Vocations and Formation, Evangelization, Spirituality and…
Before chapter delegates could move to the voting process for the General Council they took care of a few administrative details. First was the question of entity representation at the chapter. When a delegate is elected to the General Council he no longer represents his entity. Should a substitute delegate be named to take his place? Because of limited time, chapter delegates suggested that this question be studied outside of…
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