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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

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The opening mass for the XXIV General Chapter will be broadcast live by TeleDehon. It will begin at 18:30 in Rome. View it here, or on Facebook live. Fr. Carlos Enrique Caamaño, superior general, will be the main celebrant.
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