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30/07/2018

Final Message

In its last session, the XXIV General Chapter approved its Final Message. It is a step-by-step summary of the work of the chapter, including topics discussed and motions endorsed. You can download the message at the link below.
The last full day of the XXIV General Chapter was a day of final details. Among the proposals endorsed by the chapter was one that called for the new administration to create a commission to review translations of the Rule of Life and General Directory for accuracy. Also presented was the "Directives of Intra-Congregational Aid," a proposal presented by the General Treasurer which seeks, among other things, to create better…
Yesterday, Fr. Paulus Sugino, SCJ, said that the missionary call is a vital part of the Dehonian identity. However, it is a call that requires resources. How can the congregation best respond to its financial needs throughout the world? On Wednesday morning, Fr. Luca Zottoli, SCJ, general treasurer, introduced a set of directives for international aid within the congregation. "Generosity and mutual help are a visible form of our Sint…
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…
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 When a delegate is elected to the General Council he no longer represents his entity.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…
Today, July 20, 2018, Fr. Carlos Luis Suarez Codorniú, SCJ, was elected superior general of the Priests of the Sacred Heart (Dehonians). He succeeds Fr. Carlos Enrique Caamaño Martín, SCJ, who became superior general in April following the appointment of Fr. Heinrich Wilmer, SCJ, as bishop of the diocese of Hildesheim (Germany).  Born in the Canary Islands (Spain) in 1965, Fr. Carlos Luis joined the Dehonians in 1984 and was ordained in…
Today, July 19, representatives from Europe gave the final continental report. "Europe is a complex situation," said Fr. José Agostinho Figueiredo Sousa, provincial superior of Portugal. "There are many societal challenges, but that is the reality in which we live and must take action as Dehonians." Europe is the birthplace of the Priests of the Sacred Heart and traditionally, its center. Home to the congregation's first provinces, it is the…
Yesterday, chapter delegates gathered in continental groups to prepare reports about their geo-cultural areas. Africa was the first to give its presentation. Themes of internationality and interculturality wove their way throughout the African report. Today, those same themes were found in presentations from North America, Asia and Latin America. North America International SCJs are vital to maintaining and growing the Dehonian presence in North America. Both Canada and the US…
The first days of the chapter centered on sharing the general administration's view of the congregation, including challenges and hopes for the future. "Today we will totally change our perspective," said Fr. Stefan Tertünte, moderator. "Now it will be you, representatives of all our Dehonian religious, who will present the reality of our consecrated life as it is experienced on the various continents." Delegates spent the morning in continental groups,…
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