Ecological reflections

From Monday August 12 to Wednesday August 15 the Canadian Region held the20190813_092339ir annual assembly in Kingston at the Sisters of Providence Spirituality Centre. Twenty members participated. Outside of the usual review of the activities of the Region, the finances, the committees, there were two main topics on the Agenda. On Tuesday morning Fr. Stephen Huffstetter gave an extensive reflection on the recently published programmatic letter of the General Administration. He outlined the origin of the document and gave the Region insight into the direction that the new Administration, elected last year, will seek to go. Fr. Stephen had spent most of the previous week visiting the Canadian communities and met with all of the members.

 

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Fr. André Beauchamp, a priest of the Archdiocese of Montréal, speaks about Laudato Si.

On Tuesday afternoon and all day Wednesday Fr. André Beauchamp spoke to the Assembly about the letter Laudato si of Pope Francis. He gave a reflection on the different style of the letter, inasmuch as it is addressed not to the Bishops – the usual addressees of such letters – but to all humanity. Fr. André spoke of the need of a new type of spirituality that takes into account humanity’s all important referent: the earth and our common bond with water, air and soil. He also outlined the theology of creation used by Pope Francis, giving along the way a wonderful exegesis of Genesis 1 and Genesis 2. We heard once again how important it is to relate to the gift of the earth and of the cosmos that supports us and gives life, the importance to give praise and thanksgiving each day for that gift.

Wednesday evening was set aside to celebrate the jubilees of the members of the Region. Herman Falke topped the list with 70 years of religious life and 65 years of priestly life. We also remembered Peter McKenna who was remembered for his 35 years of priestly

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Fr. Herman looks back over his life in the Congregation.

life. Greg Murray was ordained 15 years ago and Willyans Prado Raposo 10 years ago. Fr. Herman preached for the occasion recalling the major shifts that his life underwent since 1949. He acknowledged how at times some of the teachings and beliefs over time came to disturb him and caused him anguish. Fr. Greg presided at the Eucharist. Afterwards the whole assembly gathered at Ramekins restaurant in Kingston for a festive thanksgiving meal.

On the solemnity of the Assumption of Mary, August 15, the assembly reviewed the finances of the Region, dealt with the complex consultation process for the election of the Regional Superior and the regional bursar. Fr. Peter McKenna reviewed the work of the migration committee which has been very active during this past year. Also Fr. Willyans reported on the activity

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Fr. Paul Tennyson accepts the charge as superior of the Ottawa community

of the vocation committee who has been working hard to re-establish our vocational ministry. During the Eucharist Fr. Yuli20190815_114635(0)wan

 

 

Maslim installed the local superiors of Toronto; Aegidius Warsito, Ottawa: Paul Tennyson, and Montréal: Gustave Lulendo N’dotony.

 

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Tri returns to Vietnam

 

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Tri and his favourite food: ice cream

In the last two months, the Ottawa Community has welcomed Bui Van Tri. Tri is from the Vietnam District, He came to Ottawa to enroll in the ESL program offered by the  Ottawa Catholic School Board. On August 2 he finished the course and today, August 6, Tri returned to Vietnam. He will be starting his two-year philosophy course in September. We wish him all the best. Tri plays the organ and for the last Sundays in Ottawa, he accompanied the Sunday group in worship. The picture below shows Tri with the Sunday Worship community.

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Welcome, Antonio!

Today we heardIMG-20190426-WA0001 that the General Superior has signed a document which makes Fr. Antonio Maria Resende Pereira from being a member of the Brazil Sao Paulo Province to becoming a member of our Region. Antionio came to work and live with us only last year. A hearty welcome, Antonio. Your presence is truly appreciated.

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Feast of the Sacred Heart 2019

On June 26 and 27 the Regional Community gathered in Ottawa to celebrate the feast of the Sacred Heart. At the end, the mandatory group picture was taken.

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Council meeting in Ottawa

the Council of the Region met with the Regional Superior on Wednesday, June 26, the day that the Region met in Ottawa for the Feast of the Sacred Heart. Here is a summary of the most salient points of the meeting.

Community news:
Montréal: No major changes of the situation in the community. Louis Marie was reappointed as administrator of the Unité pastoral until May 2020. A new bishop has been appointed for Saint-.Jerome diocese on May 21: Bishop Poisson. Richard met with the Bishop who is very concerned about the situation in the diocese. He will write a letter to the parishes that are slated to be closed in the next little while. One of the churches has only four people attending of Sundays. The Unité pastoral will be dissolved since only two parishes of the Unité will remain. The closure of parishes is accompanied by a lot of controversy.
The news from the Séminaire du Sacré-Coeur is the increased enrollment for next year. Approximately 70 students will be registering for next year: a good omen.

Ottawa: Buy Van Tri, an ESL student from Vietnam, has been living in the community since the end of May. He has been very helpful in the community. It is unfortunate that the second Vietnamese ESL student could not come with him. The roof section of the house that has leaked over the winter has been repaired. Also a new roof has been put on the shed and the stairs to the side entrance have been repaired.
Paul Tennyson reported that there will be an expansion by 200 beds of the Rideau- Perley Hospital, where he is working. The new facility will have a permanent chapel. Construction has not yet started.

Toronto: The UKI community organized a pilgrimage to Czestochowa after Easter. 80 people participated. Yuliwan also tells us that the UKI will be celebrating its 40th anniversary. The celebrations of the anniversary will be held in all the parishes where the UKI has found a home in the past 40 years: Pius X, St. Joan of Arc, St. Anselm.
Willyans is currently visiting Brazil. Br. John Hung left last week for the USA and then to Vietnam. Hung will continue to study in Manila. He has been a good member of the community. It was the first time that the community accepted outside students. The two students worked in the Vietnamese parish. Vincent, who left earlier, will do his pastoral year in Vietnam. Joseph, the new theology student from Vietnam has not yet arrived. He will continue his theological studies in Toronto.

Regional Assembly
– Location and date: The assembly will be held in Kingston at Providence Spirituality Center from August 12 to 15. Supper at the Center on August 12 will be served at 5:30 and our first session will be at 7.30 p.m.
Moderator: Gustave will be the overall moderator. For each of the days one of the members of Council will guide the activities. Day 1: Monday evening. Gustave. Tuesday: Richard Woodbury, Wednesday: Yuliwan Maslim, Thursday: John van den Hengel.
On Tuesday, August 13, Fr. Stephen Huffstetter will introduce the Programmatic Letter of the General Administration, He will also be the main celebrant at the Eucharist on Tuesday.
The speaker for Tuesday afternoon and Wednesday will be Rev. André Beauchamp, a priest of the diocese of Montreal who will speak to us about ecology, particularly in relation to Pope Francis’ Laudato Si. Richard woodbury, John van den Hengel and Gustave Lulendo met with André Beauchamp to help plan the assembly. Beauchamp will be with us on Tuesday afternoon and on Wednesday.
The anniversary celebrations will take place on Wednesday evening, starting with a Eucharist at 4 p.m.
On Thursday there will be a discussion on the Region’s finances and the commissions will give a report on their activities. On Thursday morning, Richard Woodbury and Jim Casper will also introduce the changes to the election procedure in the Regional Directory.
During the Eucharist on Thursday, Gustave Lulendo will install the local superiors of the Region.

Appointment of local superiors
During the past two months, consultations have been held in the three communities for local superiors. For Ottawa Paul Tennyson has been reappointed for a second term. For Montreal, Fr. Gustave Lulendo has been asked to continue his office for another three years. As his councillors were appointed Dieudonné Tcheutou and Maurice Lègaré. For the Toronto community Fr. Aegidus Warsito was reappointed for another three years.

Programmatic Letter from the General Administration
The communities have received the Programmatic Letter of the General Administration. As to the follow-up for the Region: The Regional Superior will encourage the communities to read and discuss the letter in the community prior to the Asssembly. Since Stephen Huffstetter will be presenting the letter at the Assembly, we will ask him to present us with the practical impact of the letter for the Region.

Regional Treasurer report contained the following points:
1. Some months ago the Region received a letter from Revenue Canada about the danger of losing our charitable status. A letter was sent to Revenue Canada by Paul Tennyson and it is hoped that our charitable status will remain.
2. The SCJ foundation mail is now coming to Paul Tennyson. Paul spoke of a $ 65.000 investment in GICs which he can cash on December 5. Riviera Investments portfolio will be transferred to Michel Lefebvre.
3. Our yearly contribution to Rome has been sent. The General Bursar was notified that the form of the Rome Report should be discussed at their meeting with us in September.
4. 10.000 euro was sent to Bishop Claudio Della Zuanna in Mozambique for relief from the Beira hurricane.
5. Meeting with General Financial Administrators of Rome Luca Zottoli and Aldo Ivaldi will be held on Monday September 9 2019 in Montreal with the presence of Michel Lefebvre and Benoit Lefebvre.

Varia
– Letter from Brazil regarding Father Antonio Resende, proposing that Antonio be transferred to the Region of Canada. The Region accepts this transfer. The request of the transfer will be sent to Rome for their confirmation.
Letter from Jim Casper re. paying the Brazilian pension plan for Frs.  Willyans and Antonio. Council decided that if a country has a pension plan, it was agreed to assure that these members remain within these pension plans of their country.
– Letter from Father Nardi of Indonesia in which he asked to send a student to Ottawa or Toronto for a doctoral study in education. It is suggested that he come in September 2019. Council accepted the request, even though arrival before the start of the next academic year may not be possible.
Letter from India: invitation to the silver anniversary of the India District on October 5-6, 2019. It was suggested that Gustave Lulendo go with Fr. Martin to the celebrations as a way of connecting more fully with the District.

Next Meeting: Location and Date: September 9/ 10 with the Financial Committee and the members of the General Administration.

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Meeting of the Regional Council

Date: Wednesday, April 23, 2019
Location: Sacred Heart House, 58 High Park Blvd Toronto

Toronto News:
• The community had a community retreat with the parish on Saturday, March 30
• The Lay Dehonian group continues to meet. Another meeting was being held on April 22.
• Antonio got his drivers licence. The car which Wills Raposo used at the parish will be transfered to St. Thomas More.
• Joseph Do Ngoy Luan will be arriving soon from Vietnam. Starting in September, he will be studying second year theology at St. Augustine Seminary. He will require a formation director since he is still in temporary vows. Council decided to write a letter to the community, indicating that Yuliwan Maslim will be the director of formation.
• Br. John Hung Dinh will make his retreat in Toronto under Fr. Jim Casper and will return to Vietnam on June 17, 2019. He will try to return via the US so that he can visit the community there. For this he requires a visa. If he cannot receive one, he will return directly to Vietnam from Toronto..

Ottawa news:
• There were supposed to be three Vietnamese ESL students joining the Ottawa community this summer. They were to arrive on May 28 and remain until August 5. Instead only one received an entry visa. He is Bui Van Tri, who arrived at the Ottawa Airport on Saturday June 1. He is pictured here with Paul Tennyson and John van denIMG_1677 Hengel. Peter Sanders made the arrangements with the Ottawa Separate school board for the delivery of the ESLcourse. The Ottawa Separate School Board has agreed to provide the course without cost, in recognition of Fr. Peter’s continued contribution as Chaplain of the Board. Fr. Pauline will join Tri for part of the summer.
• House repairs : a leaky roof and steps at the side of the house require attention.
Montreal news
• Claude will be going to Vietnam on May 1 at the invitation of Fr. Francis Vu, replacing Gustave Lulendo. He will be there for 10 days.
• The future use of Maison Dehon was discussed at a community meeting. The house has been empty now for a number of years and the community was asked to make recommendations to Council. As can be imagined, itw as not an easy discussion because Maison Dehon is the first house of the Region (1934). Some suggestions were made, but there was no clear recommendation. In order to arrive at a recommendation, it was suggested to have the property outline of the original Maison Dehon be determined and to see whether the space is saleable. Since the other four properties adjacent to the community house which are rented out, do not contribute enough to cover the budgetary expenditures of the Montréal community, it was suggested that a study be made which would allow for an increase of the rents or to determine whether the sale of the properties would allow to set up a fund that could support the community. Council decided to ask the community to come up with a position by September, 2019.
• The community is urged to make a financial plan in order to determine how to deal with the community’s monthly debt.

Feast of the Sacred Heart : The Feast of the Sacred Heart will be celebrated on Wednesday and Thursday, 26-27 June, 2019. It will be celebrated in the Ottawa community house, as has become customary. The celebration will begin with a period of adoration on Wednesday at 4 p.m., planned by the Toronto Community. The Montréal community will be in charge of the Eucharist on Thursday at 10 :00 a.m. It was suggested that in order to make the eucharist more celebratory, someone of the Ottawa Sunday community has been asked to play the organ. Richard Woodbury will take care of the music. Those members who wish to concelebrate are asked bring an alb and a stole. . Regional Assembly : The Regional Assembly will be held from August 12 – 15 at Providence Spirituality Centre in Kingston.
• Coordinator and contact: Jim Casper
• August 12 : 7 :00 check-in and social
• August 13 : Morning prayer, Morning Eucharist
• Topic of the assembly :, Ecology and our ecological footprint . The speaker at the assembly will be André Beauchamp.
• August 14 :
o A Eucharist remembering the Region’s jubilarians will be celebrated in the afternoon, The JUbilarians this year are Herman Falke : 70 years of religious life and 65 years of ordination; Gregory Murray, 15 years of Ordination and Willyans Prado Rapozo : 10 years of ordination)
o reports of communities
o Fr. Stephen Huffstetter will be asked to introduce the topic of the current General Administration and introduce a discussion that leads to a plan for us.
• August 15 :
o Finances : the financial reports have already been discussed in the communities. It is suggested that the assembly discuss some of the financial issues of the Region.
o The Regional committees will be asked to present their work and future plans.
o Eucharist for the feast of the Assumption will be prepared and presided by Martin AnthonyKadamattu and Paulin Makiala

NORAM meeting
We received the email of Mary Gorski about the NORAM meeting to be held during the US Assembly. The meeting will take place during a supper on Wednesday evening, June 12. A possible topic to be brought forward briefly will be the new vade mecum type edition of the Constitutions prepared by John van den Hengel and Jim Schroeder. We also propose to speak briefly about the membership of the different committtees. The next NORAM meeting in the Fall of 2019 will be the responsibility of the Region.

Committee reports
Theological commission : The North American Commission met on March 30 – 31 in Toronto. On the agenda was the ongoing research of the members on the topic of « pure love » . The commission also discussed the topic of the next theological seminar in Ngoya, Cameroon, in July 2020. At the meeting of the International Theological Commission in December in Rome, the Superior General had suggested that the topic for the next theological seminar would be on a current understanding of Sint Unum as a way of healing divisions in the various parts of the Congregation.
Migration committee : a meeting of the committee took place in Montreal on April 13. Present were Peter McKenna, Claude Bedard, and Lilly Ooi. It was the first meeting of the new committee and so it was exploratory. Each member of the community was asked to initiate activities on immigration on the local level.
Vocation committee : Yuliwan Maslim, Antonio Resende Pereira and Paulin Makiala met on April 24 in Toronto. A report of the committeeàs meetinghas already been published on the blog.
Apostolate committee : the council asks for a report of the Apsotolate Committee at our next meeting on June 26.
Communications committee; The committee has met briefly to outline the activities of the members. John van den Hengel has accepted to continue to take care of the Regional Blog. Maurice Légaré will continue to send out the necrology notices. No discussion has taken place yet about the renewal of the website.

Correspondence
a. Luca Zottoli, the General Treasurer, wrote that he will visit Canada in September together with Mr. Aldo Ivaldi. They will arrive in Montréal and from there travel to Ottawa and Toronto. Council meeting with them will be in Montreal together with the Finance committee. Also Michel Lefebvre will be invited to attend. It is proposed that all the financial issues will be tackled at this meeting. The rest of the trip will consist of visiting the communities and get a taste of Canada. Each community is asked to introduce them to the history of the country and localities. Fr. Luca has let it be known that Niagara Falls is a must on his itinerary.
b. Steven Huffstetter will visit the Region during August. He will arrive on August 2 and he indicated a desire to visit the different communities. He will attend the first three days of the assembly. He will leave on Wednesday evening August 14.
c. Letter from Fr. Titus Nardi. The request to have John van den Hengel come to Indonesia for the annual retreat of the Indonesian Province. The retreat will consist of two sessions. October 14 – 18 / October 24 -28.
d. We received a letter from Vien Nguyen to acknowledge the participation of the Region in the USA Assembly in June. The topic of the assembly will be interculturality.

Finances:  The SCJ Canada Foundation – Pretres du Sacre-Cœur
Paul Tennyson has prepared the 2017 and the 2018 financial statements for Rome. He gave a report on the state of the finances of the Region. Since the General Treasurer will be coming in September, the Region has decided to hold a full financial meeting in September. The meeting will deal with a number of issues that affect our relationship to the financial situation of the Region and of rhe Congregation.

It was decided that the Region respond to the powerful storm that hit Mozambique on March 19 by sending 10,000 Euro from our Dutch account to Rome. The storm devastated the city of Beira, where Bishop Claudio Della Zuanna scj has his see.

Pointe-au – Chêne
Council received a letter from the Conseil d’administration of the Seminaire du Sacre Cœur in Pointe-au Chene. The letter outlined the financial deficit that the school is in because of a declining number of students in the last five years. The letter was addressed to the Regional Council and to the Fondation of the Séminarire. The school has a foundation that is intended to support the school in special projects. The Fondation is led by a Board of directors of which Richard Woodbury and Maurice Légaré are members. The Conseil d’administration of the Séminaire is asking for $ 2 million over the next five years to cover the expenditures of the renovations and to cover the deficit. The Region has already provided the Séminaire the equivalent of $ 400 000. The Conseil d’Administration is asking for additional support to help it get through the next five years. Richard will arrange a meeting between the Fondation and the Council. John van den Hengel will represent the Council at a future meeting.

Local superiors:  The terms of office of all the local superiors of the Region will be completed in August. Gustave will send a letter to the communities to initiate the process of nomination of the local superiors.

Next meeting. The next meeting of Council will be held on Wednesday, June 26 in Ottawa prior to the celebration of the feast of the Sacred Heart.

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The Vocation Committee meets in Toronto

IMG-20190426-WA0001The new Vocation Committee of the Region of Canada held its first meeting at Sacred Heart House in Toronto on APril 25 and 26, 2019. The new committee members are Fr. Willyans Prado Raposo, who was appointed as the vocation director, Fr. Paulin Makiala and Fr. Antonio Maria Resende Pereira. The Committee met on Thursday evening with Fr. Peter McKenna. Fr. Peter spoke about the Regional Directory and its guidelines of the vocation ministry, the process of discernment and the admission of candidates. He also gave a brief history of the work of the Regional Vocation Office. On Friday morning, the Committee worked on devising some strategies, planning future events and projects.

The meeting was very fruitful. The committee was grateful to the Region for its trust and support. A special thanks went to Fr. Peter McKenna for his presence and his background presentation. The Committee hopes to send some information to the Region soon. And, added Fr. Wills, “Don’t forget to pray for vocations.”

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