Celebrating Anniversaries of Service to and with God’s People

Members of the Region of Canada celebrated and feted FR. Rein Van Leeuwen, SCJ (60 years of ordination), FR. Bill Marrevee SCJ (60 years of profession), FR. Jim Casper SCJ (50 years of ordination), FR. Claude Bédard SCJ (50 years of ordination), and FR. Giovani Pontes SCJ (25 years of ordination.)

“Without love, the tasks we face from day to day would be pure drudgery.
Loving what we do and loving the people and the gracious God whom we serve makes all the difference.”
- (Archbishop James Hayes)

“For these and for so much more we give thanks and praise to God this day,
praying that the good we Jubilarians have done may be more of a legacy than the errors we have made. Amen.”
- ( Homily of Fr Jim Casper)

For complete text of Father Jim Casper's homily, click here.

Regional Assembly looks toward the future

From August 08 to 11 the Canadian Region met in Assembly at Ermitage Saint-Croix in Pierrefonds, Québec. In preparation for the Assembly the three communities of the Region had responded to a questionnaire that asked each of the communities to take stock of its present composition and its ministries. Where would the community be in ten years? In view of that future, what projects do we wish to maintain at all costs? Would the present community in its make-up still be viable? What in our communities will need strengthening; what needs to be re-visioned, what provisions would need to be made regarding the members, the house, finances, care, support? Each of the communities presented their vision at the Assembly.

Then the members of the Assembly entered into dialogue and discernment as to where the Region wanted to be ten years hence.The Assembly ended with a Eucharist presided over by Fr. John van den Hengel, SCJ, the Regional Superior. In his homily, Fr. John touched on the core of religious life, the community.

For complete text of Fr. John's homily, click here.

Father Bill Marrevee, SCJ, turns 80 and retires!

“With and For the People” captures Bill (Marrevee)’s presence among us…
and for that we know ourselves to have been Blessed!!
And for that, for Bill, we give Thanks!! (Caryl Green)

For complete text click here.

These words not only celebrate Bill’s 80th birthday, but also are a tribute for his many
years of ministry with the Archdiocese of Gatineau where he was pastor
in Alymer, Buckingham and the last few years in Chelsea and Cantley.

Father James (Jim) Casper, SCJ, joined with the SCJ members of the Toronto Local Community, to celebrate fifty years of priestly ordination at Saint Thomas More Parish.

As is our custom, the members of the local community celebrate the significant anniversaries of profession and priesthood and then as the Region of Canada we formally celebrate all anniversaries during our Regional Assembly each August.          

Thank you, Father Jim, for having the heart of a shepherd.

Some members of the Parish Team at St. Thomas More Church in Scarborough

Father Jim’s sisters and brother


MERLE STERN, honorary Dehonian

MERLE STERN, honorary Dehonian, one of the four musketeers who collaborated to tell the story of the extraordinary reunion of an adopted daughter with her birth mother, a tale of grace, gracefully told. As Wayne Barnett shares “many, many times our girl, Merle, weaved her magic. Her faith, commitment to family and unequaled people skills stood tall as one or more of us faced a variety of obstacles that, without her by our side had the potential to derail our project.”

Commissioning Ceremony for the St. Thomas More Parish Scarborough DEHONIAN YOUTH heading to Poland for World Youth Day!

After many, many fundraisers supplemented by a donation of financial support with prayers from the members of the SCJ Region of Canada and ongoing formation meetings , pictured are the ten Dehonian Youth pilgrims including FR. WILLYANS RAPOZO, SCJ
who will accompany them.



Fr. Louis-Marie BUTARI KAYAMBA, SCJ was born in Kinshasa, D. R. Congo on June 6, 1957. From 1982 to 1985, he studied philosophy at the St. Augustin Major Seminary in Kisangani (Democratic Republic of Congo). He went to Cameroon on August 21, 1985 for his theological studies, until 1989. On January 7, 1990, he was ordained a priest in St. Maximilien Kolbe Parist in Kinshasa, by Bishop Tarcisse Tshibangu, and returned to Mambasa as associate pastor.

On January 12, 1990, he began his ministry in a parish with 23 chapels. Along with the liturgical and sacramental celebrations, he gave formation sessions for the catechists in charge of these chapels and for the Christian members of these communities. He worked with the youth in different movements: Scouts, Eucharistic Crusade, Legion of Mary, choirs, and visited the sick. He began a new movement: “The children Kisito-Anuarite.” In his ministry for families, Fr. Butari organised on-going formation for families and the charismatic movement. From 1990 to 1994, he ministered with great joy even with the difficulties he was experiencing in his country. In 1994 he was chosen as Provincial Councillor and was assigned to St. Joseph Parish in Kisangani. In this parish, he ministered to the youth movements: Bilenge ya Mwinda, Xavéri, Scouts, Kizito-Anuarite, Legion of Mary. In 1996 he lived the most difficult moment of his life with the arrival of refugees fleeing their homes in the face of the rebels of the Alliance of Democratic Forces for the Freedom of Zaïre. His life was in danger when he provided a safe haven for the refugees in the parish as well as taking food for them in their hiding places or in prison. In 1998, he became pastor of St. Mary Parish in Basoko, where he stayed until 2002. As pastor for four years he had responsibility for 97 chapels on a territory as large as Belgium and as well he organized the 100th anniversary of the parish in 2002.

Then he returned to his home parish, St. Clement of Makala, in Kinshasa, where initially, impressed by the life style of the Polish SCJ Fathers, he had discovered his religious and priestly vocation with the Priests of the Sacred Heart. He ministered there for three years and then he was assigned to St. Gabriel Parish in Kisangani. He studied psychology at the University of Kisangani and received his License in Clinical Psychology. During this time he was named principal of Maele College, with 1160 students, 36 teachers and 8 other employees. From 2009 to 2015 in this ministry he also animated St. John Paul II Chapel of Maele.

On September 24, 2015 he was assigned as a missionary for the Region of Canada.

WE REMEMBER: Father Joseph “George” Coppens, SCJ

Father Joseph “George” Coppens, SCJ died on February 14 in his ninety-fourth year. Father George was in his seventy-second year of his religious profession as a member of the Congregation of the Priests of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the sixty-seventh year of his priestly ordination. He came to Canada in 1949 from his native Holland and spent several years after his arrival ministering to Catholic immigrants from The Netherlands. He assisted them with housing and employment, organized social activities for families, hosted evenings for youth, and was committed to keeping them connected to the church and their faith heritage. When his talents as an educator became evident Father George served for many years as a teacher and prefect at the community’s school in Delaware Ontario. He served as pastor of St. Joan of Arc Parish in Toronto, Sacred Heart Parish in Delaware, and Sacred Heart Parish in Uxbridge. He was appointed Treasurer of the Anglo-Canadian Province of the Priests of the Sacred Heart and until his death was the local treasurer of the Toronto community. In his senior years, Father George’s love of life knew no bounds. “The glory of God was fully alive” in Father George’s love of all creation which included birds, plants, fish and most evident in his faithfulness to prayer for others.          

His heart was the heart of a Shepherd.



What an adventure Father Jose Richard, SCJ had with his journey from India to Canada!

Several flights were either delayed or else connections were missed. Father Jose was to arrive on Thursday afternoon at around 2:00 pm but ended up at the Ottawa airport at 2:00 am the following Saturday morning. As you can imagine, Father Jose is now beginning to acclimatize himself and especially to our Canadian winter.

Father Jose, a member of our Region of India, professed his first vows on May 07, 2003 and was ordained a priest on June 06, 2008. Prior to coming to Canada, he was involved in the ministry of formation in the Region of India. Father Jose will now begin his ministry as a member of the Parish Team at Resurrection of Our Lord Church in Ottawa. 



Arriving in Toronto on October 03, Fr. Johanes Yuliwan Maslim, SCJ was warmly welcomed by members of the Toronto SCJ local community and members of the UKI (Umat Katolik Indonesia). Father Yuliwan, a member of our Indonesian Province, professed his first vows on July 20, 1985 and was ordained a priest November 25, 1993. Prior to coming to Canada, he was involved in the ministry of formation and most recently completed several years as the Novice Director in our Indonesian Province. Father Yuliwan will now begin his ministry as the Catholic Chaplain with the UKI Community. 

With the arrival of Father Yuliwan, members of the Toronto SCJ local community more clearly reflect and respond to the international multicultural face of Toronto, “city of immigrants” where seventy one percent of the residents of Toronto were born in other countries.

Welcome to Canada!

This afternoon on October 2nd, the Montreal community was pleased to welcome Fr. Engelbert Fotsing. Originally from Cameroon, Engelbert did pastoral work several years at La Capelle, France. At the end of his mandate, he said that he wished to do pastoral work in Montréal, that he visited a few times already. His stay there will be at least for three years. Engelbert, 52, professed his vows in 1985 and was ordained a priest in 2000. In the picture, confreres Dieudonné Tchouteu and Vermont Bengourion (who arrived last week in Montreal) welcome Fr. Engelbert.

A Winding Road to Toronto

Pastoral ministry in the Amazon, mission work and administration in the Philippines, ministry to young people at World Youth Day… Fr. Benedito de Moraes Machado, SCJ’s path to Toronto was a winding one.

On July 31, Fr. “Benê,” as he is more often known, joined the international SCJ community in Toronto.

“It excites me to be here in Toronto, a new opportunity God has given me to know different people, different faith expressions and especially, the SCJ confreres here,” he said.

Originally from Brazil, Fr. Benê spent much of the past 20 years in the Philippines, where he was superior of the district before it became a region in 2012.

Soon after completing his term as superior, Fr. Benê heard about a new project that the British-Irish Province was hoping to initiate: an international SCJ community ministering to immigrants in London. I was seeking a new form of pastoral ministry,” he said. “I asked the Philippine council and regional superior if I could join the project. They said ‘yes,’ so I prepared to go.” But when the London project was put on hold Fr. Benê found himself with his suitcase packed, but nowhere to go.

So, he headed home, the home he had known before his move to the Philippines: Brazil.

“I arrived in Brazil in May, 2013,” he said. A month later he was assisting at a parish in Mato Grosso in the Amazon, a place he knew well from his three years of ministry there before going to the Philippines. Asked soon after to help with the Dehonian Youth gathering in Taubaté as well as World Youth Day in Rio de Janeiro, he grabbed his suitcase and moved again. And then Fr. Benê moved so that he could help a friend until the end of the year. The friend? Bishop Vilsom Basso, SCJ bishop of Caxias in Maranhão, Brazil, a fellow Brazilian SCJ who had also served for many years in the Philippines before being named bishop. “He is in a real missionary area,” said Fr. Benê, “there is a great need of priests, but there is also a fantastic and very committed group of lay people there.” Fr. Bene then picked up his suitcase again and in March moved south to help at an SCJ parish in Lavras, Minas Gerais.

Fr. Benê enjoyed being in his native Brazil, but the idea of working with immigrants, based in an international SCJ community, was still something that he thought about.

Then he heard about Toronto and the SCJs’ ministry to the city’s immigrant community there, through the parishes of Our Lady of the Rosary/St. Thomas More and the ministry of Becoming Neighbours. With 7,000 families, St. Thomas More is practically a United Nations outpost with liturgies filled with people from the Philippines, Grenada, India, Indonesia, Sri Lanka and many African nations. Masses are celebrated in several languages, including English, Spanish and Portuguese. He contacted Fr. Bill Marrevee, SCJ Canadian Regional superior, and packed his suitcase once again, arriving in Toronto a few months later.

He isn’t sure how long his suitcase is going to stay put this time, but Fr. Benê said that he is “grateful to God, the congregation and the Philippine Region for giving me this opportunity. I am grateful as well to the Canadian Region for welcoming me.”

Ministry right now is both internal and external. Besides celebrating Masses at the two parishes, Fr. Benê also assists with care-giving needs for Fr. Joseph Coppens, who at 94 years of age, is the eldest SCJ in North America. “I really enjoy being with the people at the parishes,” said Fr. Benê. ”It is very interesting and multicultural with people coming from about 30 different countries, and, of course, the Canadians.” Fr. Benê also celebrates Mass once a week for the Sisters of Loretto who have a retirement community in Toronto.

At the end of a brief interview, Fr. Benê was asked if he had anything that he would like to add.

“My thanks,” he said again. “May God bless us all.”
(Courtesy of Mary Gorski, US Province Communications)

New Canadian citizen!

Br. Dieudonné Tchouteu, SCJ, originally from Cameroon, officially became a Canadian citizen during a ceremony at the Château Champlain Hotel in Montréal on September 02.

Br. Dieudonné was one of 375 people from 60 countries receiving Canadian Citizenship at the ceremony. Accompanying Dieudonné in this important moment in his life and in the life of the Canadian Region was Fr. Maurice Légaré, SCJ.


The Canadian Region in Chapter

In the quiet Ermitage Ste-Croix in Pierrefonds, Québec, on the shore of the beautiful Lac des Deux Sources eighteen members of the Canadian Region have begun their 2014 Regional Chapter. Not everyone of the Region was present, breaking the tradition of full participation at such events. The two members of the Canadian Region George Coppens and Walter Van As are both in their nineties and find such meetings beyond their energies. Two other members were absent because of an illness in the family or travel. Otherwise the whole Region participated.

Over the years the Canadian Region has become international. Although the Toronto community is recognized within the Congregation as an international community, also the Montréal and Ottawa communities are equally international. “It has been a real blessing for us,” said Fr. Bill Marrevee, SCJ, the regional superior. “With twelve members of our small number over 70 years of age, without the help of members from elsewhere we would hardly be able to maintain ourselves.” Currently, the Region has three members from Indonesia, one from Cameroun (with one more coming), one from D. R. Congo, two from Brazil Sao Paulo and five from The Netherlands. In the Fall a member of the Region of India will come to study pastoral counseling in Ottawa.

The chapter is an assembly chapter. The topics of the chapter outside of the election of a delegate for the General Chapter and an approval of the finances, were derived mainly from a report on the state of the Region by the regional council. The main questions raised by the Council were the functioning of the Region in its new constellation, community life, internationality, regional committees and the aging of the original Canadian members. The chapter made a number of recommendations for the Region to tackle such as the number of required committees to assure that transparency and participation by the members was assured, the aging of the Region, a policy of internationalization, and the improvement of community life.

Vocations are not plentiful in Canada. Fr. Peter McKenna, SCJ reminded the members of a line in the pastoral letter of the Superior General after the visitation last year: “A community without a vision towards its continuance slowly loses its energy and its capacity to live the future.” Some expressed the hope that with the new younger members coming from other countries, the Region would receive new energy in this difficult ministry. With the acceptance of a new, multi-cultural parish in east-end Toronto there is new hope that its youth groups can bring a new stimulus.

Fr. Claude Bédard, SCJ

The Chapter ended on Thursday at noon with a Eucharist after approving a reflection on the theme of the General Chapter and election of the delegate of the Region to the Chapter Fr. Claude Bédard, SCJ and his substitute Fr. Élie Kasongo Muzungu Ngoy, SCJ.

Fr. Élie Kasongo Muzungu Ngoy, SCJ

“Anthropologia Cordis” IN TAUBATE, BRAZIL

The Priests of the Sacred Heart gathered together 52 members of the Congregation of whom 3 were experts in the field of anthropology. The participants came from 20 different countries in order to deepen reflection on the theme which touches on the very essence of our Dehonian charism in response to the challenge we face in a world where understanding of what it means to be human is affected by the present crisis of faith. The objective was to review the identity of the human being today from the perspective of the heart.

Seen in the picture below on the left is Father Gustave Lulendo, SCJ who represented the Canadian Region.

Father Gustave presents these highlights of the conference:

“We can speak of Fr. Dehon's anthropology, and of his disciples, as those who try to love the world and are undertaken to look for the divine light in the world although this one is soiled by the stain of sin. Dehon's anthropology then consists of helping people to liberate themselves from the influence of sin and sinful structures so that love might emerge more clearly and concretely. Dehonians must believe in the presence of the Spirit of God at work in the world and help others to experience God's gracious love for them. We must have a positive outlook on the world and all of creation and present the Heart of Jesus as a human heart, a heart present in our daily struggles and in the liberation of all people. For in truth, the heart of Jesus desires to enter our human reality in order to transform it. In following this primary intuition of Fr. Dehon's and his anthropological style, we can then re-offer this heart to the world, which it lost by disobedience and by choices which alienated it from its creator.

As disciples of Dehon and “prophets of love and servants of reconciliation,” our mission is not to focus on humanity's failings but rather on helping people to liberate themselves from sinful structures (personal and systemic) in order that they may avoid sin and thus experience the love of God present in their hearts and to live it each and every day. We are called, as leaders, to live this love in order to allow others to discover the love of Christ through our example, so that together we might build the Kingdom of God in human hearts and in human societies. As Dehonians we cannot separate our spiritual lives from our ministries, from those to whom we are sent and with whom we work. To do this would be to lose the dynamism of our charism and to betray the profound intuition of our founder.

The participants, in their geographic and linguistic sub-groups, surfaced what was for them the three most significant points of what they had heard during the conference, in order to submit material to the whole Congregation for further reflection. The broad lines drawn by the different groups exhibited a certain convergence and communal vision in spite of cultural diversity. Most of the groups focused on “the modem man without a home, a heart or a face.”

Here are the points which retained the attention of the majority of participants:

  • A real anthropology must be incarnated in each culture and in the actual context of each culture based on the light of the Gospel, as a unifying principle. This anthropology must be rooted in the Heart of Jesus.

  • There are a multiplicity of anthropologies which need to interact and enrich one another, even though they may express themselves in different ways according to social context. Respect for unity within diversity. In this encounter love must be the primary characteristic, love of the other and love of Christ. Not love as a pious exercise but as a concrete expression of concern for those we encounter every day, in our ministries, in community and in everyday life.

  • Every situation is unique, each culture has its own starting point for deeper reflection, but the common reality is the human being. We must begin with the human person in his existential situation right here and right now, before all other theories.

Having surfaced these different elements, and others besides, all the participants manifested a desire to see these initiatives become a part of the tradition in the Congregation. This week allowed each to discover and to live the internationality of the Congregation, to live closer as members of the larger Dehonian family. Together this allowed each one of us to know one another, to share the riches of our respective cultures, but especially to reflect on a subject which directly touches upon our vocation and our mission as Dehonians. Each participant became more aware that his mission is to join with others to restore the dignity of all as children of God, according to the primordial project of the Creator. In the initial words of the Conference, “we must offer to the modern man a home, a face and a heart.”


On the occasion of the 171st anniversary of the birth of Fr. Dehon, Match 14, we offer you a gift of a website where you can find all the writings of Leo John Dehon. http://www.dehondocs.it

The realization of this project was supported by the belief that the knowledge and dissemination of the social and spiritual thoughts of Fr. Dehon represent a treasure for the Church.

Fr. José Ornelas Carvalho, Superior General SCJ, writes “I hope that you will all take advantage of the abundant material that is now made available to us to enrich each other and the Church as we revisit the rich writings of a man who, contemplating and experiencing the love revealed in the Heart of Jesus, dedicated his life in service to the Kingdom of God in souls and in society.”

Celebration, reflection and action;
North American Conference comes to an end

General visitation concludes with conference

It may have been the NORTH AMERICAN Continental Conference but it reflected an internationality that went well beyond Canada and the United States. SCJs from Africa, South America, Europe and Asia were among those in the conference room not only as guests but primarily as fellow SCJs of the Canadian Region and US Province.

Among them was Fr. Gustave N’dotoni Lulendo, a Congolese member of the Ottawa community; Fr. Zbigniew Morawiec, a Polish SCJ who serves at Our Lady of Guadalupe in Houston; and Fr. Vincent Suparman from Indonesia, a member of the Lower Brule Pastoral Team in South Dakota.

Over a dozen countries were represented among conference participants.

Of course, the participants also included Fr. José Ornelas Carvalho, superior general, and Fr. John van den Hengel, vicar. The North American Continental Conference was the concluding moment of their general visitation of the United States and Canada. At least once in his six-year term a superior general is expected to visit each of the locations of the congregation. North America was Fr. Ornelas’ final stop as he nears the end of his second administration.

A continental conference has been held at the end of each of the visitations. The North American conference took place September 24-27. Participants split their time between the Provincial Conference Center on the grounds of Sacred Heart Monastery/School of Theology and across the road at the newly completed Sacred Heart at Monastery Lake.

“Dehonians in North America: Celebration. Reflection. Action,” was the conference theme.

Fr. Stefan Tertünte, SCJ was the first presenter at the conference

Spirituality and social engagement

Fr. Stefan Tertünte, an SCJ from the German Province, set the tone for the gathering with his opening presentation on “Fr. Dehon’s spirituality and social engagement.”

“Fr. Dehon’s spiritual basis is in an experience of God’s love… a love that inevitably led him to social and political engagement,” said Fr. Stefan. He noted a statement of Fr. Dehon’s from 1910:

“I was led by Providence to walk down various pathways but two of them left a profound impression on me: Christian social action and the life of love, reparation and immolation to the Sacred Heart of Jesus.”

To continue to live the founder’s spirituality in their own lives Fr. Stefan encouraged SCJs to “pray with open eyes” as a way to move “towards the lived union of the spiritual and the social in the tradition of Dehon.”

He added that it is not just HOW SCJs pray that is important, but where they pray. “Pray in proximity to the people, to pray with open eyes you must be able to see something… “Meditating on the Sacred Heart, the pierced side of the Lord, meditating on his love is quite different if you do it in the proximity of, or with people whose life is pierced, who struggle for hope and for daily bread.

“It’s not only important how we pray, but where we pray, where we live.
For us – and for others.”

Sr. Cathy Bertrand, conference facilitator,
leads a group of young SCJs in a discussion about the SCJ presence in North America.

The Priests of the Sacred Heart today

Moving from a reflection on Fr. Dehon to one on the congregation, participants heard from Fr. Ornelas and Fr. John who spoke about the congregation today.

Much of what they shared has been presented at other SCJ gatherings in recent years. The Priests of the Sacred Heart, as are other congregations and the Catholic Church in general, is growing in the southern hemisphere. Provinces and regions that were once led by missionaries now send their own men as missionaries, and not always to places that fit the stereotype of “the missions.”

Fr. Richard Woodbury, SCJ looks at photos of SCJ ministry in North America
hung in the chapel during the conference.

Fr. Willyans Prado Rapozo is an example. A Brazilian SCJ, he comes from a country which boasts the highest number of SCJs in the congregation. European missionaries began the SCJ presence in Brazil. But now, the roles are reversed and it is Brazil sending its men around the world. “I always had a dream of being a missionary priest,” said Fr. WilI. “I thought my provincial superior would send me perhaps to Africa or the Philippines.” But instead, he told those gathered at the conference, “My superior told me that I would be a missionary in CANADA!”

The room broke out in laughter.

“A missionary goes where there is a need, and so I went, and I am very happy,” he said. “We have a good community and we are doing good ministry.” Fr. Will is a part of an international SCJ pastoral team ministering to an international parish in Toronto, St. Thomas More.

Fr. Will is just one example of internationality being lived in North America. The SCJ presence on the Lower Brule and Crow Creek reservations in South Dakota continues primarily because of SCJs from the Indonesian Province: Fr. Vincent Suparman and Fr. Christianus Hendrik (who also serves on the provincial council). In Toronto Fr. Aegidius Warsito fills out the parish team at St. Thomas More with Fr. Will and Fr. Jim Casper. In Houston, a Polish SCJ, Fr. Zbigniew Morawiec, is often at the altar, celebrating the sacraments in Spanish.

Dn. David Nagel (US Treasurer), Fr. Stephen Huffstetter (US Provincial Superior) Fr. José Ornelas Carvalho (General Superior) and Fr. Bill Marrevee (Canadian Superior) at the closing Mass.

The SCJs in North America

In a setting of prayer, begun with an opening ritual Tuesday evening and ending with a concluding liturgy on Friday, SCJs reflected on their founder, the worldwide congregation, and finally, on who the Priests of the Sacred Heart are and can be in North America.

Fr. Vincent Suparman, SCJ

Fr. Gustave N’dotoni Lulendo, SCJ

They began in table discussions answering the question “What are the three social realities of our day that most urgently need to be addressed at this time?” Many identified immigration and economic injustice. Other concerns: youth, individualism, violence, a search for greater meaning, relationships, moral values and the impact of communications technology.

Next, participants listened to the voices of the future: the youngest members of the U.S. Province and Canadian Region. In a conversation led by Sr. Cathy Bertrand, SSND, conference facilitator, six young men, including Novice Justin Krenke, talked about what gives them hope in the congregation and what they see as the urgent realities in need of a Dehonian response.

“The fact that we are here and talking about our future is what gives me hope,” said one of the young SCJs. “We are small in number but we can and do affect the lives of so many people. Continuing to do that gives me a lot of hope for our future.”

When asked what they viewed as the urgent realities of today, several talked about immigration, as did the larger group the previous day. However, many also emphasized that more effort needs to be placed on youth. Many young people today want to help others, they seek ways of social engagement, but they do not always connect “good works,” such as working in soup kitchens or helping the poor through home-repair, with their faith.

Most important, said another in the discussion, is to be present to youth, to share Dehonian values with them. “We need to make our life and ministry more visibly Dehonian,” said one.

What next?

In the final sessions of the conference SCJs identified ways in which the congregation in North America could respond to the urgent realities noted. Focus was placed on education –– the need to become educated on issues of concern, such as immigration, and then educate others through mass communication, the pulpit and in the many other ways SCJs touch the lives of people.

Fr. Peter Sanders, SCJ

Noting the SCJ-sponsored youth programs in South America, Asia, Africa and Europe, it was suggested that such programs be developed in Canada and the United States with SCJ youth days involving young people from throughout North America.

There is an energy and enthusiasm that builds in gatherings such as the North American Continental Conference. People spend time getting to know each other better, there is sharing and a growing sense of a common bond, a common purpose. Wonderful ideas are exchanged. Possibilities for the future are found in group conversations and in small one-on-one settings. “But so often that all ends when the last prayer is said and everyone goes home,” said one participant.

To help the work of the conference move beyond the four days that SCJs were together participants had one final table discussion in which they were asked for “next steps.” The most frequent response? That leadership in North America establish a follow-up committee to the conference.

“Dehonians in North America: Celebration. Reflection. Action” was the conference theme. During the gathering there was much celebration and reflection.

And now, the conference continues as its participants –– the SCJs in North America –– move toward the final part of the theme: action.

Smiling on the back porch of SHML


On September 05th, Fr. Paul Tennyson, SCJ will officially begin a new chapter in his priestly ministry as the Roman Catholic chaplain at the Perley and Rideau Veterans’ Health Centre in Ottawa. Presently there are 450 beds in this long-term care facility, 250 reserved for veterans and the other 200 open to the general public. As part of a long term vision and strategy of creating a real community of caring, a Seniors Village on site, two new buildings are nearing completion, one with 45 units and the other with 94 units. As a result, by the end of 2013 there will be more than 600 residents in total. The village offers long-term care, the Guest House (for short-term respite care), a day program for seniors affected by dementia, convalescent and sub-acute care, and will now include independent and assisted living apartments.

Fr. Paul shares: “I am excited about the many challenges that surely await me in my capacity as chaplain, ministering to residents, family, staff and volunteers and will also be the Associate Pastor at Resurrection of Our Lord Parish. May God continue to watch over our Congregation of the Priests of the Sacred Heart and those we minister to and who minister to us.”

(Father Paul, in green, pictured with residents)


To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Father Bill Marrevee, SCJ ordination to the priesthood, a group of parishioners from the Archdiocese of Gatineau Québec produced a “book of notes” that guided Bill’s homilies and parish bulletin inserts. Archbishop Durocher of Gatineau wrote in his foreword: “Fr. Bill brings to his ministry a deep theological and pastoral reflection, as well as his personal interest in the lives of his parishioners and a zeal for the preaching of the Good News --- all wonderful qualities to be wrapped up in the same man.”

To order copies, go to: www.lulu.com/content/paperback-book/sharng-the-word-of-god/13901208

60th anniversary of the foundation of Séminaire du Sacré-Cœur

2013 is the 60th anniversary of the foundation of Séminaire du Sacré-Cœur by the Priests of the Sacred Heart who arrived from The Netherlands. Several joyful celebrations were planned during this year under the name of “Family Feast”, a very dehonian name indeed.

At the beginning of this year, the students had a huge picnic where the logo of the sports teams was redesigned: the Eagles inspired by the name of the first Séminaire du Sacré-Cœur (St. John’s Apostolic School.) Later, the students were also invited to take part in a song contest as well as to create a video about life at the school. They were also offered a whole day of festivities with a Eucharistic celebration, a lunch and in the afternoon, a performance by amateur actors.

In the month of May, there was wine and cheese evening for parents, staff members and the Priests of the Sacred Heart from their local community of Montréal.

Many congratulations and gratitude was expressed to the Priests of the Sacred Heart for their contribution to the development and ongoing success of the Séminaire du Sacré-Cœur.


Brother Brian Tompkins, SCJ, originally from Nova Scotia, spent the last few years preparing himself to minister with seniors by studying gerontology in Toronto. Sacred Heart at Monastery Lake (SHML) community in Hales Corners (Suburb of Milwaukee) welcomed Brother Brian in September 2012.

Brother Brian writes:
"Since that time, and working with Fr. James Brackin, SCJ, the local superior, I have been responding to the needs of the senior members of the Priests of the Sacred Heart and all the other lay retired SHML residents. The large and beautiful SHML chapel is the center of the lay residence. It provides the setting and momentum to respond to the spiritual and liturgical needs of the residents. Though not a parish it seems a “microcosm” of one. (One confrere calls it “Brian’s Parish”) It can be challenging. I feel very much a part of the lay community, as well as my own SCJ community. My ministry affords me to be, in a sense, a liaison between the two distinct yet unified communities. Recently, I facilitated a Lenten Day of Reflection.

Three times weekly I visit seven of our confreres requiring long term care who reside in a Congregational Home. After a short delightful visit, each one receives Holy Communion. For many, many years, I did not have a driver’s license, but after conquering my fears I now finally drive! I have mentioned only a few examples of what I do. And there are plans for much more. My work is an unfolding and developing experience. I look forward to each day. Perhaps it is trite to say but the residents offer me so much more than I will ever be able to offer them. I feel as if God has called me to SHML to be part of the birthing of this new community. It truly is a shared future!"


I really enjoy working at Doctor Boyer’s Clinic. It is very human work. The doctor is not only very close to his patients but also very attentive, listening to their needs as well as to their problems of both their body and spirit. We work together in an atmosphere of trust and cheerfulness. Every patient is important to us and is treated with the upmost respect, courtesy, dignity and with delight when we welcome them as friends. Patients often emerge with a smile. We treat patients of all races and religions: our only concern is for the person they are. This ministry invites me to meet people as they are and “where they are at” in this moment of their lives. It involves compassionate listening and understanding of their condition. Thus while sharing our values and our attitudes with respect, dignity and trust, we attend to the person first and then to their well-being. One could call our clinic a home of hope and happiness.

(Submitted by: Br. Luc Coursol, SCJ)


“On the occasion of the opening of the Year of Celebration of 100 years of Dehonian presence in the Cameroun, Brother Dieudonné Tchouteu, SCJ (originally from the Cameroun) and I, representing the Canadian Region, had the privilege to visit our African confreres. It was also an opportunity to tour the projects that the Canadian Region has supported in Cameroun and Chad. In the Cameroun, we have 109 confreres of whom three are missionaries in Chad. The projects that we support are focused on social education with an emphasis on wells of drinkable water as well as the installation of solar panels in parishes, convents, schools and health centres. Thus, we commit ourselves, with others to fight the different epidemics that ravage the people. With the installation of water wells, we have helped to alleviate the epidemics of cholera and typhoid. As you can imagine, there is a long waiting list for these wells and for these solar panels. The cost of each water well and its installation is approximately $6500 and the cost of each solar panel and its installation is approximately $600. We have chosen to support and to work in those towns where the epidemic is most devastating. As the epidemic does not target any specific area or religion, we work with those where the need is greatest, whether it be in a Muslim populated area or a Christian populated area.

I had the honour to be present for the inauguration of three water wells, one of which was located in a predominantly Muslim town. It is unbelievable and moving to witness the gratitude of the people. In the Muslim town, as an expression of gratitude, I was offered the gift of bunches of plantain bananas, cassava carrots and a live chicken! During this opening to initiate the Year of Celebration, we were immersed in song and speeches: a very moving ceremony.

It is unbelievable to see how our Dehonian missionaries have contributed to creation: they often achieve miracles with practically nothing in their hands! Yet throughout this visit a sadness seized me; a sadness to not be able to do more to help them build a better world!

I saw and I believed!”

(Submitted by: Fr. J. Claude Bédard, SCJ)


“Original poetry and song, great music, testimonials and THE TRUTH, all came together one mid-summer Sunday, last year at St. Mark's parish hall in Aylmer, Québec.

Why not?

Gathered there, was an overflowing crowd, with well-wishers of all ages, intent on a good time over a long lasting pot luck supper. They gathered as a faith community to celebrate the pending retirement of their pastor...a man they regarded as a master builder and gentle leader over so many years of bustling growth in and around the church. That afternoon, before the crowd stood a genuinely surprised and truly humble "servant" of the parish... an academic theologian whose faith and love guided him to our little neighbourhood of blue collar workers. We are so grateful that he became part of our individual and collective lives, helping us understand and grow our faith, with homilies and treasured visits that continue to give so much meaning to daily life. St. Mark's has set up an annual educational bursary in his name, just a small token of the respect and love we have for the care and gifts we received from FR. BILL MARREVEE, SCJ.

(Submitted by Skip Brooks, Parishioner of St. Mark’s Parish)

Welcome to Canada, Fr. Antonius (Anthony)!

“Internationality is essential to our development as a congregation. All of us here are a result of the congregation’s commitment to mission.”
 -Fr. José Ornelas Carvalho, SCJ Superior General

Arriving in Toronto October 24, 2012, Father Antonius (Anthony) Purwono, SCJ was warmly welcomed by members of the Toronto SCJ local community and members of the UKI (Umat Katolik Indonesia). Father Anthony, a member of our Indonesian Province, professed his first vows on August 01, 1996 and was ordained a priest September 23, 2004. Prior to coming to Canada, he ministered as a parish priest in Indonesia.


As part of his orientation and acclimatization to Canada, Father Anthony will now “spruce up his English skills” by attending English as a Second Language (ESL) classes. Interwoven with this will be his ministry with the UKI Community. Eventually, down the road, he also hopes to do specialized study at a university.

With the arrival of Father Anthony, members of the Toronto SCJ local community more clearly reflect and respond to the multicultural international face of Toronto.

Pictured celebrating the Feast of Halloween are Father Anthony and Father Willyans. As you have previously read, Father Willyans, too, recently arrived in Canada from Brazil. Exuberantly they shared that Halloween in Canada is “not like anything they have ever, ever, ever experienced!!!”

CANADA: Regional Assembly

From August 13 – 16 the members of the Region of Canada met at Mississauga, near Toronto, for their annual Regional Assembly. Outside of three elderly members, all the members were present. Also present were confreres from Indonesia, D.R. Congo, Cameroon and Brazil who are in Canada for ministry or for studies. Present also was Fr. John van den Hengel, SCJ Vicar General and the General Councilor responsible for the Region.

The first days were dedicated to a reflection on the spirituality of our Congregation. The reflections were led by Fr. John. The first conference was entitled “The History of a Devotion.” It dealt with the popular devotion to the Sacred Heart and its evolution to an authentic spirituality. A second conference “Dehon and our Spirituality” touched on the evolution of the spirituality to the Sacred Heart with Fr. Dehon and the influences on him which led him to develop his own spirituality. A third conference “A Social Spirituality” developed the link – so necessary for us Dehonians – between “spiritual life” and “social engagement”. This link, always difficult to make, created already in the beginning problems for Fr. Dehon within the Congregation. A final conference was entitled, “The History of our Foundation.” It explored, on the basis of the previous conference, the founding myth of the Congregation of the Priests of the Sacred Heart, which permitted a better understanding of our spirituality. Each conference was followed by an exchange among the participants.

On August 15, the Feast of the Assumption of the Virgin, a Eucharist and a delicious meal underlined the seventy years of religious life and sixty-five years of ordination of the patriarch of the Region, Fr. George Coppens, SCJ.

Also, we celebrated the thirty-two years of precious and faithful service to the Congregation and for the promotion of Vocations to ministry in the Church of Mary Collins, an honorary member of the Region.

The last day of the meeting was dedicated to the business of the Region, particularly the finances as well as the work of the other sectors of life of the Region. The Region is bilingual so that simultaneous translation was available for the duration of the Assembly.

Dehonian returns as bishop to the place he “learned to be a priest”

Today, June 29, Pope Benedict XVI announced the appointment of Fr. Claudio Dalla Zuanna, SCJ, as archbishop of Beira in Mozambique. Fr. Claudio, 53 years of age, is currently vice-general of the Priests of the Sacred Heart.

Fr. Claudio ministered in Mozambique from 1985 until he was elected to the General Council for the first time in 2003. He was re-elected to his current term in 2009.

“When I came to council I brought my experience of the Church and congregation from Africa,” he said in an interview in 2011. “Almost all of my priesthood had been in Africa, it is where I learned to be a priest.”

Fr. José Ornelas Carvalho, SCJ, general superior, expressed both his joy on the occasion of the bishop-elect’s appointment and sadness on his departure from the general curia.

“We are well aware of what we owe him and how much we will miss him!” said Fr. Ornelas in a letter released soon after the appointment was made public. “We accompany him with a deep sense of gratitude for his dedication and his friendship.”

Fr. Claudio was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, to Italian parents. As a boy he returned to Italy. He studied with the North Italian Province, professed his first vows in 1978 and was ordained a Priest in 1984.

The Diocese of Beira was erected on September 4, 1940 and covers an area of 48466 square miles with a population of 1,422,000, 833,000 of whom are Catholics. There are 33 parishes, 29 diocesan priests, 49 members of religious institutes and 84 religious.

Beira is Mozambique’s second largest city and the capital of the province of Sofala. The city is situated on the Indian Ocean near the mouth of the Pungoè River in the central part of the country. The port of Beira is of enormous importance both for the interior of Mozambique, but even more so for Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe who have no access to the sea.

WE REMEMBER: Father John van Rut, SCJ

Father John van Rut, SCJ was born in Lierop in 1913. He made his first vows in 1934 and was ordained in Nijmegen in 1942 (in the war years).

He worked for a while in the office in Bergen op Zoom and then in social work in Amsterdam. In 1951 he came to Canada where he was involved as treasurer and as a pastor in various parishes. John became a Canadian citizen in 1957 and till his death he remained a Canadian citizen.

He came to Asten in 1990. He was much loved there for his attention to everyone and his sense of humour. Living in Asten he was close to his birthplace and his family.

John was looking forward to his 70th anniversary of his ordination on July 19. All the invitations were sent. He had convinced the provincial superior to interrupt his presence at the General Conference in Neustadt to celebrate this day with him. Unfortunately, the province will now have to send out the message that in the early morning of June 29 he died very peacefully.

May we remember him in our prayers.
May he find peace in the Father’s house.


On Tuesday evening, four members of the Toronto community, together with Brother Johannes of the Phillipines who is visiting, went to Pearson Airport to meet Father Willyans Prado Rapozo from Brazil. He cleared security by 12:15 am Wednesday, just thirty minutes after landing. At 29 years of age, Willyans is the youngest member of our community and although ordained for only two and a half years, he comes with a variety of experience in ministry. He has already begun the process of becoming familiar with the city. Since the Archdiocese of Toronto is very much in need of Portuguese-speaking clergy, Willyans is planning to do ministry primarily among the Portuguese parishes. We are happy to have Father Willyans as part of our community here in Toronto and look forward to introducing him to the members of the Region and to the Toronto church.

(the attached picture is Fr. Willyans being welcomed by Brother Brian Tompkins, SCJ)

“We, the Congregation” in Downtown Ottawa

Walk into the kitchen at our community house in Ottawa and you can literally taste the international flavor of the community. One evening it is chicken filled with Indonesian spices. But on another night it could be food from Cameroon, Congo, the Philippines or Holland. The cupboards have the usual staples of flour and sugar, but all come marked in bilingual containers of French and English, the official languages of Canada. The Canadian Region’s Dehon House in Ottawa has long been an international, intergenerational and intercultural expression of “We, the Congregation.”

Many of the community’s members have, and continue to be, SCJ students from around the world. Often they come for post-graduate studies in theology, scripture, canon law at St. Paul University.

The newest SCJ to the Daly community is Fr. Yves Leopold Keumeni, a member of the Cameroon Province. In 2010 Fr. Yves graduated with a master’s degree in Semitic and Egyptian languages from the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. Now in Ottawa, he is just beginning work toward a doctorate in scripture at St. Paul University. “We need more professors in Cameroon,” he said when asked about his studies. “We need more African professors in all of Africa. That’s why I am here.” Brother Johannes, originally from Indonesia but presently working in the Phillipines, shared that “I came here because it is home. I am an SCJ and wherever there is a SCJ house, that too is home.” (Adapted from U.S. Province Fridge Notes – February 27, 2012)

To quote Wade Davis:

"The world in which you were born is just one model of reality.

they are unique manifestations of the human spirit."

Yes, our communities and each of our members in Canada are truly a unique manifestation of the human spirit.
Pictured: Fr. Yves Keumeni, SCJ, Fr. Peter Sanders, SCJ
Fr. Herman Falke, SCJ, Br. Johannes Sismadi, SCJ
Fr. Gustave Lulendo, SCJ, Fr. Paul Tennyson, SCJ,
Fr. Greg Murray, SCJ

Congolese Province looks at the future

The Congolese Province is filled with young people in formation. At the end of 2011 there were 45 Dehonians in temporary vows.

But that wasn’t the case in the early 1970s when a young Zénon Sendeke told an SCJ at his parish that he too wanted to be a priest. When he was accepted as a candidate in 1975 there was no novitiate, no philosophy nor theology program.

“No one knew where to send the young Zeno,” laughed Fr. Zénon, who, after taking part in a novitiate program operated by another religious community in Kinshasa, professed vows with the Priests of the Sacred Heart in 1978.

Thirty-five years after entering the novitiate Fr. Zénon will now lead the Congolese Province as its provincial superior. On July 1, he becomes the first Congolese Dehonian to do so. Congo follows the African provinces of Mozambique and Cameroon who are also being led – for the first time –– by citizens of their own countries.

The Priests of the Sacred Heart are evolving from being a missionary presence in Africa to truly being African.

“This is a great challenge,” said Fr. Zénon about his appointment as provincial superior, “but I am calm because I know that with the grace of God everything will be fine.”

Read the full article here: http://lnx.dehon.it/en/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&id=243:rdc-congolese-province-looks-at-the-future&Itemid=77


Originally from Indonesia, Br. Johannes Sismadi, SCJ has spent the last ten years working in the Philippines. Br. Johannes made his First Profession in Gisting, Lampung, Indonesia on July 20, 1987 with his Final Profession on February 10th, 1994 in Kalirejo, Lampung, Indonesia. In the Philippines, his ministries have included teaching high school religion, ministry for youth with an emphasis on music and being responsible for the finances of his local community. Most of his ministry was centered in the novitiate community and in Saint Isidro Labrador Parish, Lower Lucoban, Dumalinao, Zamboanga del Sur.

Br. Johannes is currently on a year-long sabbatical (July 2011-July 2012). Living as a member of the Dehon House local community in Ottawa, he is enrolled at St. Paul University enrolled in a course on Pastoral Practices for Care of the Sick.

Welcome to Canada Br Johannes!

Éric St-Pierre (Quebecor Media Book Group Inc.) Montréal, Québec 2010
Member of UCIRI, in Mexico, and co-founder of the Netherlands’ Max Havelaar label


“The experience of small-scale indigenous coffee producers in the Southern part of the Mexico State of Oaxaca laid the ground-work for the fair trade certified labelling initiative. Francisco (Frank, Franz) came to know and experience their daily reality by picking up coffee beside them. In 1988 fair trade certification, with a distinctive label, came to pass, taking advantage of existing “worldshop” networks already in place in several countries.

This was clearly a challenge to the predominant economic model. Fair trade proposes an alternative based on ideas of social justice, product quality and respect for the environment. Its aim is to encourage involvement and solidarity. Peasants are putting forward the concept of “decent poverty” as a modest and attain-able goal. Poverty already possesses its own wisdom, a creativity that enables it to fight death with love and life – and this is not just a romantic view. This is the kind of education that, with the advent of fair trade, has gradually led to societal, cultural and political self-determination. This book is a sign of HOPE that another world is possible.”

As we know, Francisco Van der Hoff, SCJ is viewed and has been honoured as one of the primary architects of the Fair Trade organization and movement.
“Le tour du mondé equitable” was originally written in French www.ericstpierre.ca.
An English translation may be purchased at any “Ten Thousand Villages” store.


Father Herman Falke, SCJ of Canada and Father Piet Schellens, SCJ of the Netherlands published a new book that covers the whole Bible, from Genesis to the Apocalypse. The book is available in English, in Dutch and, thanks to Father Claude Bédard, SCJ, in French. The authors wish to use this publication as a thank-you gift to all who are connected to the Priests of the Sacred Heart or their ministries in Holland, Quebec and Ontario.

(Father Herman examines a completed piece)

WE REMEMBER: Father William T. (Bill) MORE, SCJ

Just weeks after celebrating his 85th birthday, Fr. Bill More, SCJ, a member of the Canadian Region, died on December 8.

Originally from The Netherlands, Fr. Bill came to Canada in the mid-1950s to teach at the SCJs' minor seminary in Delaware, Ont. He prepared for the task by first earning a degree at the University of Ottawa.

He taught at the seminary until it closed its doors in 1969. Soon after, he began ministry with the Family Life Office in the Archdiocese of Ottawa. Much of his work was with those preparing for marriage, but after some time with the office he realized a need for ministry to the separated and divorced. He did coursework at Notre Dame University and became increasingly involved in the apostolate as it developed in North America.

In Ottawa, he and a co-worker, Marjorie Moore, held monthly sessions for those coming to terms with their separation or divorce. Fr. Bill also produced a monthly newsletter and several brochures to help people deal with the challenges of a broken marriage and understand the Church's position regarding divorce.

"For those dealing with divorce Fr. Bill was a voice of a loving and merciful God," said a member of his Ottawa community.

Fr. Bill was also very involved with the local Kiwanis Club.

In recent years Fr. Bill's declining health forced him to move to nursing care but he continued to receive many visitors from his days with the Kiwanis and the archdiocese.

Fr. Bill made his first profession with the Priests of the Sacred Heart in 1949 and was ordained to the priesthood in 1955.

May he find peace in the Father’s house.


Born on July 26, 1931 in the Netherlands, Father Bill VAN DEN BERG, SCJ made his first profession on September 8, 1952 and was ordained a priest in Nijmegen on July 19, 1959. Soon after, he arrived in Canada on September 28, 1961. He served at the Procure for the Missions as the person in charge, in the years 1961-1962. Then, he ministered as a Chaplain, successively at Marie-Clarac Hospital (1964-1971), at a conglomeration of eleven private hospitals in Montreal-Nord (1971-1986), at Hotel-Dieu Hospital in Montréal (1986-1993) and finally at Fleury Hospital (1993-1996).

In the Province of French Canada, he served as prefect of studies, councillor, local bursar for the Montreal Community, provincial councillor and provincial superior (1974-1980).

As he reached retirement in 1996, he decided to go back to his home country. He then joined the Den Haag community. He kept a hand in pastoral ministry until recently, after he was diagnosed with prostate cancer.

In late September, he moved in our community in Asten where he could receive adequate care. The last weeks, his health condition gave signs of a gradual deterioration. During the night of November 15, he slipped into a coma. He died on Sunday, November 20.

WE REMEMBER: Father Peter Botman, SCJ

Father Peter Botman, SCJ died on November 03 in his 82nd year. He was professed a member of the Priests of the Sacred Heart September 08, 1952 and ordained a priest July 19, 1959. He served at Neil McNeil Home, Toronto; Sacred Heart Minor Seminary, Delaware, Ontario; Catholic Children’s Aid Society, Toronto; and as pastor at the parishes of Immaculate Conception, Port Perry; St. Joan of Arc, Toronto; St. Anthony, Dartmouth, N.S.; and St. Patrick, Caledonia. Remembered as a gentle, welcoming pastor who was prepared to accommodate any pastoral need within his ability, Father Peter especially welcomed those who were finding their way back to the church. Father Peter enjoyed people and the uniqueness of each person. His love for people was truly inclusive. He knew that we all belonged to God and his relationships made that evident. We will miss his warmth and humour, the way in which he called forth the goodness in each person as well as the beauty in creation and all that this gentle, prayerful man has been to our community.

May the perpetual light shine upon our brother Peter Botman, SCJ.


Fr. Greg Murray, SCJ writes: “I've recently been assigned as pastor of two parishes out in the country near Ottawa. This is my first assignment as an associate pastor, and I must admit it is quite a change from my previous posting as Associate. Unfortunately, I am now responsible for the administrative aspects of the parish, which certainly makes my ministry different. Also, working in a rural parish, as opposed to a big city parish, has been an eye opener. Although, we are located within half an hour of the city, the feeling out here is quite different, less intense, friendlier. It is a pleasure for me to minister to the Lord's people, wherever I am called to.”


Fr. Paul Tennyson, SCJ shares that: “In 1991, I left my job as a letter carrier at Canada Post at age 47 to join the Priest of the Sacred Heart and study for the priesthood. I was ordained in 1997 and since then have worked primarily in parish ministry in Toronto, Hagersville, Aurora and Ottawa where I have lived since 2004.

Since answering God’s call to religious life, I have had the privilege of journeying with literally thousands of people through the most important and vulnerable moments of their lives. I can’t imagine doing anything else with the rest of my life.

Perhaps Jesus Christ is “offering” you the same opportunity “to follow him.” May you be open to God’s call.”


The Canadian Region held its annual Regional Assembly August 15-18, 2011, at the Queen of the Apostles Renewal Centre, in Mississauga, Ontario, beginning on the night of the Solemnity of the Assumption of Mary with Vespers of Mary and a sharing of significant moments in the life of the confreres and the communities during the past year. Fr. John van den Hengel, who comes from the Region, joined them for the occasion.

The major part of the next two days were devoted to recollection, guided by Fr. Byron Haaland of the USA Province. On Tuesday, from the examples of Moses, Samuel, Martha and Paul of Tarsus, he talked of the SCJ spirituality, which does not have to fear envisioning God’s vulnerability in relationship with a human being. It invites each one of us to change the way we look at the world and at the persons we meet; to adjust our view as far as possible to God’s way of looking at us. Ours is also a spirituality of communion: communion between confreres, but also communion between each individual and God. To conclude this first day of recollection, there was a showing of the movie Of Gods and Men, which tells the story of the monks of Tibhirine.

The reflection on Wednesday morning, focused on the history of salvation, which is, in fact, our own history, when Jesus tells us, as he did during the Last Supper: “I no longer call you disciples, but friends.” At the end of the afternoon on Wednesday, August 17, the Region honoured its jubilarians: Peter Sanders and Roger Phaneuf, for 50 years of religious profession, Aegidius Warsito for 25 years of religious profession, and Richard Woodbury, for 40 years of priesthood. In a Thanksgiving Eucharist, we thanked the Lord for these confreres and for what they were and still are; for what they did and still do for the Region and the Congregation. The Mass was followed by a banquet.

The last morning was spent discussing the current affairs of the Region. A presentation of the financial statement of the Region was followed by a discussion on the ministry of vocations: how to renew it, use our resources more efficiently and make new contacts. After lunch, each went back to his respective community.

Cameroon becoming a province of its people


On June 14, Fr. Léopold Mfouakouet, SCJ became the first African SCJ to serve as provincial superior of the Cameroon Province.

“I realize that I am both a witness and actor in the growing province of Cameroon,” said Fr. Léopold about his appointment.

The Priests of the Sacred Heart, as have the people of Cameroon, endured many challenges since the arrival of that first SCJ priest in 1912. As did many African countries, Cameroon fought for its independence in the 20th century. A German colony at the end of the 1880s, it was divided into two United Nations territories after World War I. One was administered by Great Britain and the other by France.

“It is because of the efforts of those who served before me and the many sacrifices of our missionaries that the Province of Cameroon has come to be what it is today,” said Fr. Léopold. “This is a legacy, a sacred heritage to be preserved.”

Cameroon gained its independence from France in 1960. A year later, the primarily Christian section of the British-controlled territory voted to join what is now the Federal Republic of Cameroon.

Now the province membership is close to 100, yet only eight are missionaries. The rest, including 37 priests, are Cameroonian. A young province with a young population, almost half of its members are still in formation. Five were just ordained to the diaconate on July 9.

When asked about the concerns of the province and the wider Church in Cameroon, Fr. Léopold was quick to say that “we are not an island in the congregation, in the Church, in Africa or in the world at large. The needs of the Church in Cameroon are similar to other countries.”

He emphasized that while vocations are strong in Cameroon, it is important that as the Church grows “that it not just grow in quantity but in quality.” As SCJs, he believes that one of the most important tasks of the congregation is to “work as servants of reconciliation, especially among different ethnic groups.” But again, he said, reconciliation is something that the congregation must focus on wherever it is, “not just in Cameroon.”

“The Cameroon Province is the result of a missionary spirit,” he concluded. “That same spirit of mission must always animate the work we do as our province grows and matures. It is the spirit of our congregation.”

Sacred Heart Seminary

Located in Grenville-sur-la-Rouge, Séminaire du Sacré-Cœur is a high level academic school from grade 7 to grade 11 with approximately 500 students. Attached is an explanation of the logo found on the Prospectus of the School. Father Richard Woodbury, SCJ ministers as chaplain to the school.

Father Leo-John Dehon, founder of the Priests of the Sacred Heart, used to say that the aim of Christian education is to cultivate the civilisation of the intelligence and of the heart. This slogan perfectly applies to le Séminaire du Sacré-Cœur, which looks upon education as a tool for developing the intelligence of our young men and women through a knowledge of the fundamentals. That is the goal of any school. But Sacred Heart Seminary desires to go further and attempts to cultivate in its students qualities of the heart that will help them become bright and responsible adult Christians who know how to love and serve their brothers and sisters: people who are willing to work for the coming of a better world.


Like you, we believe very strongly in the power of intercessory prayer. It is in this spirit that we request your help!

We are 2300 brothers and priests ministering and living in 42 countries around the world. In one of these countries, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, we are 94 professed members and 24 novices. As you may know, the Congo seems to be falling apart at “its seams.” There seems to be no respect left neither for human life nor for our Earth. The presence of People of Faith is desperately needed here.

On July 8, 2011, two members from our Congolese Province were injured in a plane crash that killed 74 out of the 118 people aboard the plane. Fr. Jean-Paul Masudi Tityenga, SCJ returning home from Rome, where he had participated in formation courses and Verveine Mtoro Litekya, SCJ, a student returning from theological studies in Cameroon, were among the 44 reported survivors of the crash. Both have been hospitalized in intensive care with severe burns.

We ask that you bring these two members of our Congregation and all the other victims of the disaster and their families before God seeking God’s healing presence for them not only in body, but also in mind, spirit and heart.


Close to 200 members of the Toronto Indonesian Catholic Community (UKI) gathered on July 09, 2011 for the annual UKI FAMILY DAY PICNIC in High Park, Toronto. The UKI has approximately 3000 members comprising 500 families with Father Aegi Warshito, SCJ as its chaplain. Fr. Aegi pastors the members of the UKI assisting them to bring together their identity as Canadians, as Indonesians and as People of Faith.


"It is always better to be in one's own home!" This popular quote is worth more than gold when one returns to one’s country after a long period of absence. Rediscovering family, friends and habits are profound signs that reveal that one truly is at home. Nevertheless, this perspective can very quickly change or be a disappointment when one comes from a developed nation, such as Canada, compared to a country where everything needs to be remade or reconstructed, such as in the Congo. In fact, for any attentive observer, devoted to the cause of humanity, the situation that is taking place in the Congo cannot leave us indifferent: misery welcoming you at the door, screaming of the social injustice and the inequalities that do not even have a name. Right away, what should have been a time of rest and revitalization becomes a time of reflection, of preoccupation and even of engagement. One feels obliged to do something for others, to want to change everything, in short, to make the Congo resemble Canada in order to avoid feelings of guilt and of complicity.

It was these feelings that characterized my last trip to Congo, a trip that took place in the context of my research on the rape of the women in the East of Congo, a practice that testifies to the loss of human sensitivity and to the loss of human dignity. This situation, far from discouraging me, challenged me to envision the future a different way. In the end, I must acknowledge that this time was beneficial and profitable for it awakened within me a greater sensitivity to the problems of others and provided me with sufficient warmth not only to face the Canadian winter but especially also to internalize the challenges to which Africans are called to face: the one to humanize humanity and to alleviate human misery. To quote a simple yet profound English adage: “You can take the man out of the country; but you cannot take the country out of the man.” My heart continues to be with the people and the land of the Congo.


Retirement presents us with an opportunity to reflect upon our life story. It is in this spirit that we offer you a glimpse into the life of Father Peter Botman, SCJ.

Arriving in Canada in 1961, he was employed at the Neil McNeil Boys’ Residence in Toronto. From 1963-1969 Father Peter held various positions at Sacred Heart Minor Seminary in Delaware, Ontario. He taught, he was prefect of discipline for a time, and vocation director. Based on these earlier experiences, Father Peter recognized the need for education in the social sciences; consequently he studied social work and then took a position with the Toronto Catholic Children’s Aid Society in 1969. As the Priests of the Sacred Heart became involved in parish ministry, Father Peter began to serve full time in parishes. Beginning in 1974 he served as pastor in Uxbridge, Port Perry, Toronto, Dartmouth and Caledonia. In these various parishes, Father Peter always had a heart for those who were on the fringes of the parish community and courageously created opportunities for people to come home to their faith. In 2004 he retired from full-time ministry and moved to Sacred Heart House, Toronto.

Is he retired? You would not really believe so to look at the rhythm of his life. An important ministry for Father Peter is still his concern for those who have lost contact with the church. He therefore took the initiative to approach various funeral homes who were in need of someone to preside at funeral services for Catholic families who had minimal connection with the church. As well, he celebrates Eucharist at a neighbouring parish, at St. Joseph’s Health Care Center and at the Loretto Abbey Infirmary. His creativity continues to emerge in his care for the community gardens and lawn, whether it be in winter or spring.

Father Peter is a prime example that priesthood and religious life is a way of life that remains a part of us until we draw our last breath, and it is time to return to the God who made us.

Brother Brian Tompkins, SCJ

On Thursday, May 5, Brother Brian Tompkins professed his perpetual vows at the newly renovated Resurrection of Our Lord church in Ottawa. Several parishioners joined the SCJ community gathered for the ceremony. In addition to the members of the Canadian Region, two US confreres were present, along with Brian's family, honorary members of the community and friends of Brian from as far away as Vancouver. Several people in attendance commented that the ceremony was warm, serene and reverent. A reception prepared by parishioners followed and the evening ended with a dinner in the parish hall.

When Brother Brian spoke during the dinner, he commented that since the time he entered the community, he has become more and more convinced that God has called him here. He said that he experiences a sense of belonging to the community and peacefulness, even in the face of challenges. Brother Brian is eager to enter fully into the ministry for which he has been preparing; he has acquired his master's degree in Theology and he has taken, and is still enrolled, in courses related to senior care and the spiritual accompaniment of seniors.


Fr. Alexander Sapta Dwi Handoko arrived in Canada from Indonesia March 2011. Fr. Alex is in the process of “fine-tuning” his English skills. Once he has completed the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) Fr. Alex will enroll in a Management and Human Resource Program. Fr. Alex professed his first vows July 1984 and was ordained a priest November 1993. As a member of the Indonesian (IN) Province he was a parish priest from 1993 – 1995, Treasurer of the IN Province from 1995 – 2004, and Provincial Superior 2004 – 2010. Blessings on your studies, Fr. Alex. Welcome to your new home in Canada.

MARCH 14 – International SCJ Day for Vocations

March 14, the anniversary of the birth of Leo John Dehon, the founder of the Congregation of the Priests of the Sacred Heart, is the designated day in which the 2,400 members of the Congregation, living and ministering in 42 countries, and their friends intentionally pray for vocations to religious life and priesthood.

On March 14 we invite you to be in solidarity with us by praying the following

Gracious God,
you have blessed your people
with many gifts and talents.
Grant them the wisdom
to know how best to use them
for the glory of your name.

help those who are searching
to recognize your will in their lives.
Give those whom you call
open hearts to hear your voice,
and the courage to respond.

Bless your Church
with generous priests,
sisters and brothers
eager to serve your people
and to spread your word.


Please contact us if you would like more information about SCJ spirituality, community life and ministry or if you would like to meet and have a discussion with a SCJ.


From 19 December 2010 to January 09, 2011, I made a trip to Cameroon: a nice Christmas present and a New Year surprise. What a touching and exotic voyage! Discovering the interior of Cameroon happened in Makenene while I stayed with the family of Bro. Dieudonné, with whom I live in Montréal. Besides the beautiful tropical scenery, mountains and savannah, I found people very welcoming, warm and caring. I experienced a sense of the family spirit, so characteristic of tribal life. I was immersed in African life by spending a week in the countryside with the family of Dieudonné. Far from the usual conveniences, it was a change of scenery a different reality to which I adapted well. I felt so close to the ordinary life of these people. 

Despite the apparent disorder and confusion, people receive the basic necessities of life: water, food, sun, space and time. In the village I was surrounded and safe with friends and family: the brothers and sisters of Dieudonné. I enjoyed the tropical heat between 30 and 35 Celsius during the day. I enjoyed walking in the fields, the pathways of the savanna, visits to the chiefdom, wells, and village markets. The pace of life seems so different. There are fewer distractions. It is more focused on basic needs, the essentials. I also visited our SCJ communities in Cameroon: the André Prévot formation house, our community house in Yaoundé and the two parishes communities, the community of Babousam, of Nkongsamba and of Ngoya. Happy and friendly were the SCJ confreres I met. During the last week, I attended the start of the digging of two water wells in the village of Makenene, sponsored by the SCJ Canadian Region. WATER IS LIFE. It brings people together. 

I think we've made people happy here. After two weeks I was a little anxious to get back home. So back in Yaoundé I said goodbye to my new friends, and the sense of fellowship I experienced. Holding beautiful and happy memories, we parted in the joy of being united, because the same spirit of Father Dehon animates us. 

SCJ Archbishop named Primate of Brazil

Archbishop Murilo Sebastião Ramos Krieger, SCJ is the current Archbishop of São Salvador da Bahia and therefore Primate of Brazil since his appointment by Pope Benedict XVI on 12 January 2011. Archbishop Ramos Krieger had previously served as Archbishop of Florianopolis since February 2002 and was initially appointed auxiliary of Florianopolis in 1985. He is known for his tremendous pastoral care for the poor and for the most vulnerable. Let us continue to ask God’s blessings on Archbishop Krieger and his ministry of shepherding.


The 2010-11 Vocation Poster was sent to 6,000 churches, universities and retreat centres across Canada as an aid to help women and men discern a vocation to religious life and to priesthood. You may have noticed this poster at your local parish church. Could this be you? Come and discover more about serving God and God’s people. PUT YOURSELF IN THE PICTURE!

Confrere Frans van der Hoff

The Montreal newspaper Le Devoir publishes today an article about our confrere Frans van der Hoff. You can read it online at: http://www.ledevoir.com/economie/actualites-economiques/310961/francisco-van-der-hoff-prendre-le-parti-des-pauvres.

Elie Muzungu Kasongo Ngoy

On September 6, 2010, the Region of Canada celebrated in Montreal the Mission Sending of Elie Muzungu Kasongo Ngoy. About thirty persons, confreres, friends and members of Elie’s family were present. Fr. Claude Bédard, vice-superior regional, was the presider.

Canadian citizen, while originally from the Congo where he was born in 1967, Elie went to Canada in 1991 and he made his first contact with the Congregation in 1999. He professed his first vows on August 15, 2002 and was ordained a priest on August 26, 2006.

In 2008, he began studies in spirituality in Rome. On September 11, he will go back to the International College for his last exams, and then will go to the Democratic Republic of Congo. His first assignment there will be at St. Clement parish in Kinshasa (Makala).

Small in numbers, Elie is the fifth member of Canada to be sent to the Congo. Fr. Adrianus Koens went there from 1956 to 1965, Fr. Claude Bédard from 1969 to 1983 (he was expelled by the government), Br. Réal Gauvin (1972-1974) and Fr. Simon Ambeault (1989-1993). These two have left the Congregation. We can also mention thet other Canadian SCJs went to foreign missions: Frs. Herman Falke, Wayne Jenkins (now a member of the US Province), Jim Keenan and Bill Whelton, respectively in Uganda, Indonesia, Cameroon and Chile.

January 20, 1940 - July 30, 2010

On July 30 Father Adrian Paul Vernooy SCJ was called home to God after a full life of pastoral service and a twenty-year struggle with Parkinson’s disease. He was professed as a member of the Priests of the Sacred Heart on September 8, 1959 and was ordained to the priesthood on June 2, 1966. Father Paul served as associate pastor in the parishes of St. George, Ottawa, Sacred Heart, Uxbridge, St. Joan of Arc, Toronto and St. Martin, Franklin, Wisconsin. He served as pastor of St. Mary’s parish in Hagersville with its mission church of St. Ann in Walpole.

May he find peace in the Father’s house.

100 Years of Presence in Canada

It is important that we have some idea of who the founders of the Priests of the Sacred Heart in Canada were. What seems to have characterized them the most was their courage and their spirit of invention. They were not afraid of work, but they worked with a sense of adventure; they were men who related to the public with care and compassion; they knew how to make due with what was at hand - they knew what it meant to improvise. They savoured time spent in community, and as good Dutchmen, always knew where to find the best cheese, cigars, and pickled herring. It was a true sense of the joy of life which characterized them. "It was to them that we owe who we are today, they moved to the times, they dared to respond!" - J. Claude Bédard, SCJ

UKI Family Picnic

Close to 300 members of the Toronto Indonesian community (UKI) gathered on July 17th, 2010, for FAMILY DAY PICNIC in High Park. The UKI has approximately 3000 members comprising 500 families. Father Aegi Warshito, SCJ, is the pastor of the UKI.

Pictured are the children of the Toronto Indonesian community (UKI) participating in a sack race during the July 17th FAMILY DAY PICNIC.


For the past seventeen years, Fr. Zénon Sendeke Mouzho, SCJ, has been a teacher and the principal at Institut Maele located in Kisangani, the Democratic Republic of the Congo. This year, Fr. Zénon has the privilege of a sabbatical during which time he will enter a programme of personal renewal. He will immerse himself in our Dehonian Spirituality as well as continue to enhance his capacity to converse in English. Pictured at a community celebration are Br. Brian Tompkins, Fr. Zénon and Fr. Aegi Warsito.


JOIN WITH US in prayerful solidarity

Father van den Hengel, SCJ

Father van den Hengel, SCJ

Promoting interreligious dialogue

Novalis and Nelson are pleased to announce the publication of World Religions: A Canadian Catholic Perspective which holds the promise of grounding students in their own faith and equipping them to engage in authentic interreligious dialogue. For Father John van den Hengel, SCJ who acted as Theologian and Editor-in-Chief this was truly a labour of love reflecting the vision of collaborative consultative dialogue.

World Religions: A Canadian Catholic Perspective

Father Peter Sanders, SCJ

Goodbye to Canada; Hello to India

Originally a member of the Indonesian Province and now a member of the District of India, Fr. Teja Anthara, SCJ has spent this last year on sabbatical in Toronto after ten years ministering as a formation director in India. In Toronto he studied advanced counselling at George Brown College. Fr. Teja will help initiate a new community in Mumbai.

Preparing for Life Commitment

Brother Brian Tompkins, SCJ joined twelve other members of the congregation in the Philippines to prepare for perpetual commitment as a member of the Congregation of the Priest of the Sacred Heart. Besides Br. Brian, there are eight SCJs from India and four from the Philippines. Fr. Vincent Sri Herimanto, Director of the Preparation shared that we are very happy that one of the participants, Br. Brian, comes from outside of Asia. It means the process of this preparation is much more enriching.

Father Peter Sanders, SCJ

Father Peter Sanders, SCJ


A staff member since 1986, Father Peter Sanders, SCJ bid ADIEU in December 2009 to St. Paul University. Generous with his time for both students and the University itself Fr. Peter was noted as an outstanding teacher, critical thinker, mentor, colleague and friend with a unique way of empowering people to find their gift for ministry. He continues to be the chaplain of the Administrators of the Ottawa Catholic School Board as well as chaplain to the Dehon Sunday Community. Pictured are Stephanie and Fr. Peter.

September 14, 1923 – January 01, 2010

Born in Haarlem, The Netherlands, on September 14, 1923, Gérard professed his first vows as a member of the congregation on September 8, 1948, and was ordained on July 18, 1954. Following his dream, he was a missionary in Finland from 1955 to 1960 before coming to Canada in December 1960. He served in Canada for 47 years, working in a variety of ministries, including being superior of the Séminaire du Sacré-Coeur at Pointe-au-Chêne (1962-1965), director of a Rehabilitation Centre for Youth in the Diocese of Saint Hyacinthe, and as pastor of various parishes in the Diocese of Saint Jean-Longueuil (St. Thomas de Villeneuve, St. Isaac Jogues and St. Philippe-de-Laprairie). He also served as provincial treasurer for many years and as a member of the provincial council of the French-Canadian Province.

Gérard had the Heart of a Shepherd which caused him to be greatly loved by the people with and for whom he worked. Truly a gentleman, he possessed a delightful sense of humour which found expression in a wide circle of loyal friends and in his creativity in painting and engraving.

Fr. Gérard retired in our Montréal community in 2001. In 2007 he moved to our community retirement residence in Nijmegen, The Netherlands where he died January 1st 2010.

May he now rest in the peace of the Father.


Installation of Council


Based on the consultation of the members of the Canadian Region, Father Ornelas, our Superior General, announced the appointment of members of the regional council. They will provide leadership for the Canadian Region with our newly appointed Regional Superior, Father Bill Marrevee, SCJ. Pictured are Father Richard Woodbury, SCJ, who ministers as chaplain to Séminaire du Sacré-Coeur in Pointe-au-Chêne, Father Paul Tennyson, SCJ, pastor of Resurrection of our Lord Church, Ottawa, Father Bill Marrevee, SCJ, newly appointed Regional Superior, and Father Claude Bédard, SCJ, Director of the SCJ Mission Office in Montréal.


Based on the consultation of the members of the Region, Father Ornelas, our Superior General, and his Council announced the appointment of Fr. William (Bill) Marrevee, SCJ as Regional Superior for the Region of Canada. Born in the Netherlands in 1936, Father Bill has been Professor of Liturgy and Sacraments at St. Paul University in Ottawa and is currently pastor at St. Mark the Evangelist Parish in the Archdiocese of Gatineau (Québec). He serves also as Episcopal Vicar for the English Speaking Sector of the Archdiocese. He served as a member of the Provincial Council of the Anglo-Canadian Province from 1971 to 1974 and was a member of the Canadian Regional Council since 2008.

Becoming Neighbours

Becoming Neighbours

In the spirit of Interculturality, close to one hundred and fifty people from twenty three different countries gathered in High Park September 20, 2009, for Celebrating Our Lives in Canada.

Dancing with music consisting of drums, violin and guitar was interwoven with magic, ballooning and face painting. An awesome meal prepared by the Afghan Women's Group filled both heart and body. Gratefully received and carrying home bread, each of us said Adieu more aware of being neighbours with and for each other.

Ministry director is Father Peter McKenna, SCJ.

Regional Assembly 2009

Gathering, praying, celebrating anniversaries of religious profession and priesthood, being in dialogue, exploring new pathways for our charism and spirituality, laughing and playing together marked our Regional Assembly Days. This year we gathered at Nav Canada in Cornwall, Ontario from August 17th-20th.

During these days we gave thanks to God for 65 years of religious profession of Father Walter van As, SCJ; 60 years of religious profession of Father Herman Falke, SCJ, of Father William More, SCJ and of Father Reinier van Leeuwen, SCJ; 50 years of religious profession of Father Paul Vernooy, SCJ and 50 years of ordained priesthood of Father Peter Botman, SCJ; 25 years of ordained priesthood of Father Peter McKenna, SCJ. Accumulatively 295 years of religious profession and 75 years of ordained priesthood!

Regional Assembly in Cornwall

Two New SCJ Bishops

Two New SCJ Bishops

Pope Benedict announced that Fr. Adam Musialek, SCJ, a member of the South African SCJ Province and pastor at Pietermaritzburg in the Archdiocese of Durban, South Africa, is appointed as bishop of De Aar, South Africa. Bishop Adam was previous provincial superior of the South African Province.

Fr. Teemu Sippo, SCJ, administrator of the Diocese of Helsinki, Finland, has been named its bishop. He served at St. Olaf Parish in Jyväskylä, St. Mary Parish in Helsinki and as pastor of the Cathedral in Helsinski. He was also director of the Catholic Information Center, and episcopal vicar for ecumenism.

October 10, 1930 – July 14, 2009

Born in the Netherlands on October 10, 1930, Father Adrian became a member of the congregation on September 08, 1952 and was ordained a priest July 21, 1957. He came to Canada in 1961 from The Netherlands and after serving as Master of Clerics in Ottawa was named Provincial Superior of the Anglo-Canadian Province in 1968, a position he filled until 1974.

From 1970 to 1994 he was professor at the Institute of Pastoral Studies at St. Paul University in Ottawa. While educating and shaping pastoral counsellors he acquired a reputation as a compassionate and reliable counsellor.

He continued journeying with individuals until only a few months ago. After retiring from the university he became Director of Pastoral Services at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) until 1999.

A new side of Father Adrian emerged from his work with the children who were sick: he became a stain glass artist. He encouraged others to use this medium as an expression for their creativity at St. Augustine's Parish where he served as a weekend-assistant for eighteen years. In the process a caring community of artists emerged. Fr. Adrian was a natural leader whose insightful, compassionate and decisive heart made him a gift to the Congregation and aligned him with many who were suffering.

May he find peace in the Father’s house.


Newly elected General Council 2009-2015

General Chapter 2009

Representing the two thousand three hundred members located in forty two countries, seventy seven SCJs gathered in General Chapter in Rome.

Elected as fourth general councillor is Father John van den hengel, SCJ, the present Regional Superior of Canada. John van den hengel is Professor Emeritus at Saint Paul University, Ottawa.

Pictured are the newly elected members of General Council who will assist Father Jose Ornelas Carvalho, SCJ, the Superior General, who was re-elected for the term 2009-2015.


Fraternal Visit

Father José Ornelas Carvalho, SCJ, Superior General of the Congregation paid a fraternal visit to the members of the Canadian Region, June 23-26.

Pictured with Father Ornelas are Majorie Moore, an honourary SCJ who resides in Ottawa, and Father John van den hengel, SCJ, who now resides in Rome. Father John was former regional superior of the Canadian Region, and was recently elected as a member of the General Council.

Fraternal Visit

UKI Family Picnic

UKI Family Picnic

Close to 400 members of the Toronto Indonesian community (UKI) gathered June 21st, 2009, for FAMILY DAY PICNIC in High Park. The UKI has approximately 3000 members comprising 500 families. Father Aegi Warshito, SCJ, the pastor of the UKI, is pictured in the next picture, second from the left.

UKI Family Picnic

UKI Family Picnic

Pictured are the children of the Toronto Indonesian community (UKI) participating in a sack race during the June 21st FAMILY DAY PICNIC.

General Chapter 2009

Representing two thousand three hundred members, seventy seven SCJs located in forty two countries are presently gathered in General Chapter in Rome. The General Chapter meets every six years and as the highest decision making body of the congregation they review the past six years, discern leadership for the international congregation for the next six years and determine priorities for the coming six years.

Present from the Canadian Region is Father John van den hengel and Father Maurice Legare.

Newly elected General Council 2009-2015

Newly elected General Council 2009-2015

Cameroon Water Project

Makénéné, approximately 100 miles from the capital of Yaoundé, is the first recipient of the pumps. Not only is lack of drinking water a concern, but with agriculture being the only means for most as a source of income and food supply, lack of water means a lack of food and means of support. Besides subsistence crops, the people of Makénéné grow corn, cocoa and coffee.