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Today, July 19, representatives from Europe gave the final continental report. "Europe is a complex situation," said Fr. José Agostinho Figueiredo Sousa, provincial superior of Portugal. "There are many societal challenges, but that is the reality in which we live and must take action as Dehonians." Europe is the birthplace of the Priests of the Sacred Heart and traditionally, its center. Home to the congregation's first provinces, it is the…
Yesterday, chapter delegates gathered in continental groups to prepare reports about their geo-cultural areas. Africa was the first to give its presentation. Themes of internationality and interculturality wove their way throughout the African report. Today, those same themes were found in presentations from North America, Asia and Latin America. North America International SCJs are vital to maintaining and growing the Dehonian presence in North America. Both Canada and the US…
The first days of the chapter centered on sharing the general administration's view of the congregation, including challenges and hopes for the future. "Today we will totally change our perspective," said Fr. Stefan Tertünte, moderator. "Now it will be you, representatives of all our Dehonian religious, who will present the reality of our consecrated life as it is experienced on the various continents." Delegates spent the morning in continental groups,…
Yesterday, the chapter focused on the State of the Congregation. Today the spotlight turned to the congregation’s finances.  Fr. Luca Zottoli, general treasurer, began his report by noting three key issues identified by the 2015 General Chapter: financial independence, aging and vocations. “These continue to be crucial issues for the congregation; the general administration kept these issues in mind as it developed its economic policies,” he said.  In the programmatic…
The day opened with Mass celebrated by Fr. Heiner Wilmer, former superior general. It would be his last Mass with the Rome community before leaving to prepare for his new assignment as bishop of Hildesheim, Germany. Fr. Carlos Enrique Caamaño Martín, the current superior, thanked Fr. Heiner for his service. He said that Fr. Heiner had not only been a good leader, but an excellent confrere, a brother in life…