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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


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…
Fr. Johnny Li, SCJ, talks to us about the dramatic situation of the church in Chile which is wounded because of the issue of sexual abuse by priests and religious. He strongly insists on the necessity of reparation, which is characteristic of the Dehonian charism,…
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…
In this interview Fr. Levi Dos Anjos Ferreira shares his surprise to have been chosen to be part of the new General Council. He expresses his gratitude for his experience of internationality, thanks to the 15 years he has spent serving in Germany. He is…
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