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Participants at the General Chapter picked up on Friday where they left off on Thursday: identifying priorities, and thus themes of focus for the congregation in the years ahead. The capitulars returned to their small groups. Joining them in their discussions were several invited guests of the chapter, including Silvia Bertozzi and Grace Escobia who serve on the Dehonian Family organizing committee. In their first session chapter participants prioritized the themes identified yesterday: formation, spirituality and identity, organization of the general government,…
After a day of celebration that included a Mass of Thanksgiving, followed by a trip to Frascati and a musical performance at Cristo Re in Rome, the capitulars moved to the next phase of their task: work on the theme of the General Chapter (Merciful, in Community, with the Poor). They began by grounding themselves in prayer; much of Thursday morning was devoted to extended Adoration. Then it was on to small group discussions where the…
Fr. Heinrich Wilmer From Province GER 10º Superior General of the Congregation of the Priests of the Sacred Heart of Jesus Consilors General          Fr. Leopold Mfouakouet From Province CMR Fr. Artur Sanecki     From Province POL     Fr. Paulus Sugino From Province INA         Fr. Carlos Enrique Caamaño Martín From Region VEN      Fr. Stephen Huffstetter     From Province USA
  While much of the first week of the chapter was spent reviewing the past six years, the focus of the second week is on the congregation’s future and the new general administration that will guide it. The first order of business on May 25 was the election of the superior general. The day began with a straw vote, adoration, and then the first canonical ballot. In just one round of voting Fr. Heiner Wilmer, provincial superior of the…
 Fr. Heinrich Wilmer  New Superior General of the Priests of the Sacred Heart of Jesus Today, May 25, Fr. Heiner Wilmer, SCJ, was elected as the 10th superior general of the Priests of the Sacred Heart (Dehonians). He succeeds Fr. José Ornelas Carvalho, who completes his second, six-year term.  Originally from Germany, Fr. Wilmer, 54, has been the provincial superior of the Dehonians’ German Province since 2007.  He was ordained in 1987, and professed his first vows with…
  One of the primary tasks of the General Chapter is to elect the congregation’s general administration for the next six years. Fr. José Ornelas Carvalho completes his second six-year term during this chapter. “We must enter into this process with a free and open heart,” said Fr. Ornelas. “This is a democratic process, but God is also a part of that process. We must listen to the Spirit. Jesus told us that we must…
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