Christmas Letter /Lettre du Superieur General

This week we received the Christmas letter of 2018 from the General Administration in a number of languages. You can download a PDF of the letter at one of the following links. Voici est la lettre en français et en anglais.



Click here to access all of the languages from the general website.


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Audience with Pope Francis

During the regular Wednesday audience of Pope Francis on November 21, the General Administration accompanied by  a large number of the Rome community were in attendance and received a special mention and a photo opportunity with Pope Francis. During the General Chapter of July 2018 it had not been possible to arrange a special audience because Pope Francis does not schedule audiences in the month of July. Pope Francis took some time to acknowledge the General Administration. When he approached the group he remarked, “And who will be your next bishop?” referring to fact that our last Superior General was ordained a bishop this year. In the pictures we see Pope Francis greeting our Superior General Carlos Luis Suarez Codorniu, and a group picture of the Roman community with Pope Francis.

Carlos Luis and Pope Francis

SCJs with Pope Nov 2018

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Fr. Gustave Lulendo becomes a Canadian citizen

Canadian GustaveLe 29 novembre 2018, le P. Gustave Lulendo est officiellement devenu citoyen canadien, au cours d’une cérémonie de citoyenneté, tenue à Montréal, pour plus de 300 personnes originaires de 56 pays différents. Pour l’occasion, il était accompagné du Fr. Dieudonné Tchouteu et du P. Louis-Marie Butari.

On November 29, 2018, Fr. Gustave Lulendo officially became a Canadian citizen, during a citizenship ceremony held in Montreal for more than 300 people from 56 different countries. For this occasion, Br. Dieudonné Tchouteu and Fr. Louis-Marie Butari came with him.

Congratulations, Gustave!

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Willyans shares his experience of Canada Immigration

WILLYANS PRADO RAPOZO, SCJ shared his experience of Canada Immigration and Citizenship at a recent meeting of the North American Migration Committee in Toronto.

20180607_105258 (002)Will, a member of the Brazil Sao Paulo Province, arrived in Canada in October 2012 and was granted a Religious Workers Visa. In June 2013, the Congregation was entrusted with the care of St. Thomas More and Our Lady of Rosary Parishes. Will was appointed the associate pastor. In January 2015, Will was appointed pastor of St. Thomas More and administrator of Our Lady of Rosary Parish. Attending the 2016 World Youth Day with a group of 12 youth from St. Thomas More Parish, he experienced difficulties re-entering Canada and had to return to Brazil to submit a new application, which was granted one month later. In January 2018, Will was granted approval to begin a Masters of Theology at Regis College, Toronto. To do so, he began the process of changing his immigration status from Religious Worker to Student. He was assured, both by Regis College and by Canadian immigration authorities, that there would be no problem. Simultaneously, Will also applied to be a permanent resident of Canada. In July 2018, he received notification that his application for a Student Visa had been denied. He still waits with hope that his application to be a permanent resident will be accepted. In the interim, he is no longer accepted as a student at Regis College and their next acceptance date for his program will be September 2019. Disappointment tinged with exasperation, both on Will’s part and on the part of the members of the Toronto community, has led us to a deeper understanding of what newcomers to Canada experience as they too encounter barriers. Will felt that his experience has led him to risk to engage in more compassionate encounter(s).

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p. Gustave Lulendo: Regional Superior

gustave-and-sup-gen-sm[1]Le Supérieur Général, Carlos Luis Suárez Codorniú, a nommé le p. Gustave Lulendo N’dotoni Supérieur Régional du Canada. Le premier triennat commencera le 16 janvier 2019.

Our congratulations to p. Gustave and we wish him a fruitful ministry in our Region. His ministry will begin on January 16, 2019.

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Regional Council meets in Toronto

The Regional Council met for its final meeting of this present administration on November 8, 2018. The following items were discussed:

Invitation from the USA Province

Ed Kilianski, the Provincial Superior of the USA Province,  has invited the members of the Region of Canada to participate in their Province Assembly of next year. The main topic of the assembly will be a discussion of interculturality. It will give the US Province and the Canadian Region an opportunity to discuss together how we live and experience the presence and shared ministry with members of other countries. To help us in the discussion, the USA Province has invited Anthony Gittens, from Manchester, United Kingdom, who in 2017 published a book entitled Living Mission Interculturally lead the discussion. Council gratefully accepted the invitation, and hopes that many of the Region’s members will attend. The Assembly will be at the Provincial Offices in Hales Corners from June 10 to 14, 2019.

News from the communities

Montreal: The community is still mourning the loss of three members in the last year and a half. The deaths of Luc Coursol, Rein van Leeuwen and Walter van As has affected the community deeply. That comes together with the health issues of both Claude Bédard and Maurice Légaré. It has led to the appointment of Dieudonné Tchouteu and Gustave Lulendo as the local bursars. With regard to the Unité pastoral, the interim period for the pastoral team has ended and Fr. Louis Marie Butari has been accepted as the administrator by the Archdiocese of Montréal.

Ottawa: The addition of Fr. Paulin Makiala to the community has been a very welcome. He has been registered in the Conflict Studies program at Saint Paul University, which, as he has said a number of times, has given him a lot of material to read and digest. He has written his first papers. His downtime has been the participation in the Congolese community in Ottawa and his passion to keep the property at 192 Daly Ave in pristine condition. The twelve paper bags with leaves await the attention of the garbage collector.

Toronto: The new vibrancy of the Toronto community was witnessed by all during the Fall assembly of the Region in Kingston. The presence of Thoan and Hung has shifted the energy of the community. Thoan and Hung are still living at 58 High Park. They will move to the rectory of St. Thomas More as soon as the repairs to the garage and the rectory are completed. They have begun to form part of the ministry of the parish by assuming the RCIA program which at this time counts 17 participants. They are also helping the Vietnamese parish in Toronto with their catechism program.

Appointment of an interim bursar

With the illness of Maurice Légaré and his inability to complete the work of the bursar’s office, council has appointed Paul Tennyson as the interim bursar. It means that the bursar’s office will be moving from Montréal to Ottawa. The appointment is an interim appointment, valid until the new administration will be in place. Until further notice all communication about financial matters should be addressed to Paul Tennyson at 192 Daly Avenue in Ottawa ( In the near future, Paul will send to the communities a new format for reporting using Excel. It will make the reporting using an electronic form which will allow the making of the annual report of the Region much easier.

Request from the District of Vietnam: 

In 2018 we have accepted some members of the Vietnam District to obtain part of their formation in Canada. In the Spring of 2018 the community of Ottawa hosted Phi and Canh so that they could take ESL in the Ottawa Separate School Board. In Toronto two scholastics Thoan and Hung have begun their pastoral year working with the Pastoral Team of St. Thomas More parish. The Region has accepted that four more students will take part in the ESL program in Ottawa in 2019 and Luan Do will come to Toronto to do theology there, joining Thoan and Hung.


In the past three years the Region has been much involved to help the Séminaire du Sacré-Coeur administration with setting up a new council of administration and to revamp the Fondation of the Séminaire. During this time we offered the Séminaire the financial resources to make possible a more full-time pastoral service at the school. During the fall this has led to the appointment of Robert Laurin as the chaplain by the conseil d’administration. He has already commissioned a piece of art from Fr. Herman (picture included)20181107_085907

Becoming Neighbours

Peter McKenna gave the council a report on the ministry of Becoming Neighbours and on the Migration Commission. In the week prior to the meeting the Toronto Community had helped Peter to move from the premises of Scarborough Foreign Missions’ property to the new Presentation Manor. Council expressed its deepest gratitude to Fr. Peter for his work and the energy that he brings to it.

New administration

Since it is no longer possible to have the new administration take office on the official date of the transfer, it was decided to ask the General Administration to move the date of the inception of the new administration of the Region from November 17 to January 16.


Because this was the last meeting of the council for this administration, the council members commemorated this event by going out for supper at Domani. The council did a review of the last three years and tallied up the achievements, but also the missed opportunities. A special reference was made to the ten-year plan that the council put in place in its first year.




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Funeral service for père Walter van As

IMG-20181011-WA0000On October 11, the community gathered with a large number of former parishioners and friends to say adieu to père Walter van As. It was a worthy farewell, presided over by Fr. John van den Hengel. The homilist was Fr. Claude Bédard. We were happy to welcome as well Bishop Pierre Morissette, bishop of Saint Jérôme.  Walter died on Saturday October 6 in Montréal.



Here are some pictures of the funeral in Notre Dame du Sept-Douleurs in Grenville.




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