Minutes of the Regional Chapter

The minutes of the Regional Chapter of June 6, 2018 were prepared by Peter McKenna. A translation will be provided by Richard Woodbury. The minutes were sent to Rome in preparation of the General Chapter to be held from July 14 to 27.

 

Chapitre Régionale Regional Chapter

CHAPTER MEMBERS:

Claude Bédard, SCJ, Louis-Marie Kayamba Butari, SCJ, Jim Casper, SCJ, Herman Falke, SCJ, Maurice Légaré, SCJ,Bill Marrevee, SCJ, Johanes Yuliwan Maslim, SCJ, Peter McKenna, SCJ, Greg Murray, SCJ, Gustave Lulendo N’Dotony, SCJ, Élie Muzungu Kasongo Ngoy, SCJ, Roger Phaneuf, SCJ, Willyans Raposo, SCJ, Peter Sanders, SCJ, Dieudonné Tchouteu, SCJ, Paul Tennyson, SCJ, John van den Hengel, SCJ, Aegi Warsito, SCJ, Richard Woodbury, SCJ.

Absent with Regrets: Walter van As, SCJ and Rein van Leeuwen, SCJ.

Guests: Martin Antony Kadamattu, SCJ (IND) and Antonio Maria Pereira Resende SCJ (BSP)

Recording Secretaries: Peter McKenna and Richard Woodbury.

Scrutineer: Willyans Raposo.

9:00 AM WEDNESDAY, JUNE 06

John van den Hengel, Regional Superior, convokes the Chapter.

“We open this chapter with the first words of the Gospel of John. “In the beginning was the Word.” “Au commencement était celui qui est la Parole de Dieu”. This “in the beginning”, this “au commencement” is not a beginning in time. It is a beginning as an origin. Before all else, in all else, there is a word, God’s word. It pervades everything. It makes everything fruitful. It makes everything filled with light and life.

Each time that we as a Congregation meet to do chapter, there is a sense in us of opening another avenue to the future. We think that when we get together and we work together, we are powerful, that together we can create future, that our future somehow is open. We have learned with Pope Francis, that time is more important than space. We realize that despite our dreams to reach some goal, to attain certain heights that we actually never reach that goal. In trying to reach the goal, we become aware of our limits, aware of the obstacles, our fragility. And we learn that this is actually good. Our obstacles, our limits, our weaknesses can be more galvanizing than all our accomplishments. Why? Because only by knowing what prevents us from reaching things can we learn to do things differently.

At the Canadian Religious Conference meeting last week, Elena Lasida, a professor at Institut Catholique in Paris, said that challenges, limits, our difficulties, our faults carry within them a promise. They can put us on the road to the unexpected. That is the direction that Biblical Wisdom sends us. In a period when Israel was in its deepest darkness, when it lost its way and was forced to live among another people, much more successful than they, when Israel found itself in exile, when all seemed impossible, when their existence as a people was most in doubt, that was the precise moment when Israel discovered the great truth of God’s creation. The biggest dreamers in Israel’s history, the biggest dreamers of the bible, people like Moses and Abraham lived all their lives out of a promise. But neither Abraham nor Moses ever achieved the major goal of their lives. Moses never entered the promised land. He could only see it from afar, but he could not enter it. Abraham went to the land he was promised but never possessed it. He had to buy land to bury Sarah. Israel when it found itself in exile, it learned that it needed a second exodus, because the promise of the land was not a possession, but a process.
Process is always superior to space.

A chapter makes us realize that what we thought was our goal has shifted. Only three years ago we celebrated Chapter. Today we enter into this process again. And we pray today that we may continue to go on the journey, that we continue towards a future that will never come, a future to which we never arrive. Because it is always more, always greater. All we need is a way of working together. We do not necessarily need to arrive. We do not need a clearly laid-out plan. Dehon had a clear view of this. He wanted us to be united with Christ, to join him on the journey, to take on the attitudes of Christ, to become like him. He wanted us to have a relationship, not necessarily a destination. He knew a beginning, an origin, which was the love of God. He was more interested in the way than in outlining the parameters of the final goal. Time is superior to space.

We do chapter because we want to be on the way and stay on the way. As a Region we developed a ten-year plan. But the plan does not outline what final space we will arrive at, we outlined some of the things we hoped to discover together as a community, how we would seek one another from different entities, from different cultural backgrounds, and enter into a journey of discovery. Utopia is always the two steps beyond the horizon. Our chapter today does not have much content. It is part of a process.

It is with this promise which we are to one another that we dare to open up our chapter, and through our chapter to a general chapter. The process set out three years ago with new people will probably be revamped, the congregation may be going into another direction than what was envisaged three years ago and we trust that it is right that we do so. Time, as Pope Frances said in his recent Apostolic Exhortation, is superior to space.

Let us enter into this new time, this new road.”

 

The Agenda as presented was unanimously approved.

STATE OF THE REGION OF CANADA 2015-2018 (John van den Hengel)

Introduction
This state of the Region of Canada coincides with the end of the Regional administration which began in November 2015. The Region is currently in the process of choosing a new regional administration. This document will therefore also serve as an evaluation of the current administration and reflection on the needs of the Region at this time.

The composition of the Region 20180607_105258 (002)
The Region consists of three communities: Ottawa with six members (average age 75), Montreal with ten members (average age 70), and Toronto with seven members (average age 49). Of the 23 members seven came to Canada from The Netherlands, two from Indonesia, two from DR Congo, two from Brazil Sao Paulo, one from Cameroon, one from India. Eight members joined the congregation in Canada. Two other Canadians, living and working in the United States, are now members of the US Province. No new members have joined the Canadian Region in the past three years.

Ministries of the Region
Outside of the two ministering to the Region, nine members are engaged in parish or ethnic pastoral ministry, one is in the hospital ministry, one is immigration ministry, one in educational ministry, one is undertaking graduate studies in theology. Seven members are no longer engaged in a full-time ministry. All but two live in one of the community residences.

Help from other Provinces/ Regions/Districts
Without the help of other entities, the Canadian Region would consist today of only ten members. With the addition of members from other entities, the average age of the Region has declined in the last three years from 71 to 65 in 2018. The new members have injected new life and energy in the Region. They made possible the acceptance of the IMG_1117 (002)Unité pastoral “Saut-au-Récollet” in Montréal and the parish St. Thomas More and Our Lady of Rosary in Scarborough. The presence of members from other entities has made it possible to broaden the outlook and the spirit of the Region through making the communities more international in character. Their presence has had a considerable impact on the life of the Region

Ten-year plan

In November 2015 the Region proposed a ten-year plan in order to determine how the Region of Canada might continue its mission in Canada. The Regional Assembly of 2016 adopted a seven-point plan.

1. Strengthening of community life through
a. a community pastoral plan
b. a reflection on our Dehonian identity
c. regular community meetings and interaction
d. an assessment of the properties of the region

2. Formalizing our relations with our entities in the Congregation through.
a. The establishment of formal agreements with other entities
b. the invitation to join the entity after one year of presence
c. the creation of authentic international communities.

3. Working with refugees and migrants in Canada through
a. sponsorships of refugee families
b. participating in the North American Committee on Migration
c. the featuring of the issues on immigration in Canada in our communications.

4. Establishing a new vocational ministry through
a. a part –time vocational director
b. the development of concrete strategies to attract new members.

5. Promoting the Dehonian Family through
a. the establishment of a program in our parishes
b. the promulgation of materials and resources.

6. Strengthening the Dehonian spirituality in the Region through
a. the North American Dehonian retreat
b. participation in the Dehonian Theological Commission
c. conferences and research on the Founder.

7. Creating a financial review through
a. the implementation of a financial review of all our expenditures and assets.

Properties of the Region
The Region owns properties in the three locations of the community. In Montréal, outside of the community house (2830 blvd Gouin est), there are four other houses on the lot, one of which is the first residence of the Region: Maison Dehon. In Pointe-au-Chêne, the community still owns part of the Séminaire du Sacré-Coeur. In Ottawa there is the community house at 192 Daly Avenue in Ottawa and a cottage on Lake Manitou in Low Québec. In Toronto there is the community house at 58 High Park Blvd in Toronto.

Finances of the Region
The 2017 Financial Statement is expected to show a surplus of assets over the expenditures of about 80 000$. The Region has a healthy investment portfolio with near to 9% increase in its investments in the fiscal year 2016-2017. In 2017 the Region contributed 45 000$ to the General Aid Fund. The Mission Procure of the Region contributed 291 000$ for different projects in the Congregation.

With amendments incorporated, the Report of the State of the Region of Canada 2015 – 2018 was unanimously accepted.

 

DISCUSSION OF THE STATE OF THE REGION OF CANADA REPORT

  • It was duly noted that the Regional Superior has fostered the deepening of the quality of community life in each one of the three local communities. There is a genuine joy of being together, praying together and ministering together. The challenge continues to be to deepen the relationship and interaction among the three local communities. This is hampered somewhat because of physical distance, history, and the differences between the cultural realities of Québec and Ontario.IMG_1137 (002) Within all three of the local communities there is a genuine openness to “the other” and to other cultures. Yet we acknowledge that every time a new person is welcomed into a community there is a dynamic change within the person and within the life of the local community. This was very evident with the welcoming of the two Vietnamese candidates to the Ottawa community. In all three of our local communities there is a general openness to welcome SCJs from other entities to study and to minister with us. However, there must be clarity around mutual expectations between the member, the other entity and the Region of Canada.
  •  “Establishing a new vocation ministry.” What are we talking about? Do our local communities have the capacity and psychological readiness to do so? Yet with our three local communities evolving into international communities, people are expressing an interest not only in our spirituality but also expressing an interest to join us. There is a growing invitation to pro-actively reach out to members of immigrant communities to be ministers in the Church. Moreover, as noted in our Regional Directory: “inviting men to become professed members of the Congregation is priority for each local community and an active concern for each member”. However, we are more and more aware that we urgently need to develop communication links that will engage people who are discerning a vocation; for example, Web page, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Blogs, etc.
  • The date of the appointment of the Regional Superior and the members of his Council previously had coincided with the Feast of the Sacred Heart. The circumstances for why the date was changed were shared.

 

AMENDMENT TO THE REGIONAL DIRECTORY (Jim Casper)

IMG_1123 (002)On motion duly made by Jim Casper and seconded by Paul Tennyson and unanimously carried, the Appendices B and C of the Regional Directory, entitled respectively Policy and Procedures for Responding to Accusations of Sexual Harassment and Policy and Procedures for Responding to Allegations of Child Abuse (pages 38 to 51) are replaced by the May 2017 document entitled Policy and Procedures for Cases of Alleged Misconduct. [The May 2017 document was presented to the members and approved in principle at the October 02-04 2017 Regional Assembly]

ELECTION OF DELEGATE/SUBSTITUTE TO GENERAL CHAPTER

GUSTAVE LULENDO N’DOTONY was elected delegate
on the first official ballot receiving 14 votes out of 19 votes cast.
ÉLIE MUZUNGU KASONGO NGOY was elected substitute to the delegate
on the third official ballot receiving 12 votes out of 18 votes cast.

With the unanimous consent of the members present,
John van den Hengel , Regional Superior, officially closed the Chapter.

 

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The Feast of the Sacred Heart 2018

20180607_105258 (002)Because of the need to hold a Regional Chapter the celebration of the Feast of the Sacred Heart took on a special significance this year. Outside of the two confreres who are prevented from attending because of illness twenty-one members gathered. With the chapter held on Wednesday morning, the community gathered for a Holy Hour at 3 p.m. The Regional Superior, John van den Hengel gave a presentation on the Sacred Heart today, making use of the book Giustizia della misericordia of Marcello Neri.

Neri is proposing a new approach to the devotion in our time insisting that the devotion is a way of counteracting the forces of globalization and technological culture that are severely affecting the spiritual well-being of western people. Neri believes that it is the task of the congregation to be at the vanguard of people who can live faith as agape and mercy in our time. Neri believes that some of the central Dehonian terms such as oblation, expiation, reparation and victimhood ought to be re-interpreted by the Congregation as modes of being with wounded and excluded members of humanity. The text of the presentation is found in the following:

link: https://dehoncanadadotorg.files.wordpress.com/2018/06/a-symbol-in-decline.pdf

 

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Regional Chapter in Ottawa

It is probably the shortest Regional Chapter ever. Because of the nomination of Fr. Heiner Wilmer, our Superior General, as bishop of Hildesheim, the Congregation was compelled to hold a General Chapter this year, and because of the General Chapter in Rome in July also prior to July chapters in all of the entities of the Congregation. The Region therefore extended the usual gathering for the feast of the Sacred Heart a few extra hours in order to hold a Regional Chapter. It was held on Wednesday, June 6 in Ottawa. 19 members participated. Outside of the regular provisions for a chapter, the dsc_0387choice of a scrutineer and secretary, the chapter consisted in a discussion on the state of the Region, the vote to insert the procedures for responding to sexual harassment and to allegations of child abuse into the Regional Directory, and the election of a delegate (and substitute) to the General Chapter. In the election of a delegate the choice fell on Gustave Lulendo and Elie Muzungu as the substitute.  The minutes of the Chapter will be published in the near future. They will also contain the introductory words of the Regional Superior.

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Canadian Religious Conference meets

From May 24 to 27 the Canadian Religious Conference met at 20180608_150857the Pierre Eliot Trudeau Airport  Sheraton Hotel in Montreal. The keynote speaker for the event was Prof. Elena Lasida, who is originally from Uruguay and teaches at L’Institut Catholique in Paris. The theme of the meeting was from a quote of the Prophet Isaiah: “The nights are laden with life. Watcher, what do you say?” She is an economist by profession. She was much inspired by Pope Francis’ encyclical “Laudato Si”.  She spoke to the religious of Canada about how they might involve themselves in the processes of sustainable development and the new economy. For those interested, her presentation can be found (in French and in English) on YouTube under CRC.  

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Feast of the Sacred Heart – Fête du Sacré-Coeur 2018

Prot. N. 0201/2018
Rome, 22 mai 2018

Le Dieu des surprises
Lettre à l’occasion de la fête du Sacré-Cœur de Jésus 2018

A tous les membres de la Famille dehonienne

Chers confrères et membres de la Famille dehonienne :
Elles ont nombreuses les communications que vous avez reçues récemment : sur la situation de la Congrégation après la nomination du P. Heiner comme évêque, la lettre de convocation du XXIVème Chapitre général, la lettre de la Commission préparatoire, la lettre « d’au revoir » du p. Wilmer, etc. Les Entités sont en train de faire leur propre cheminement de préparation au Chapitre. Avec tous ces écrits, notre mémoire de la solennité du Sacré-Cœur de Jésus risque d’être négligée. A ce moment particulier de la vie de la Congrégation, nous voulons valoriser cette opportunité pour nous concentrer sur nos racines.
Le Dieu des surprises
« Notre Dieu est le Dieu des surprises » , a déclaré le Pape François le dimanche de Pâques. La nomination du P. Wilmer comme évêque d’Hildesheim et les conséquences pour la Congrégation ont certainement un air de surprise. Après un accueil à la fois agréable et stupéfiant, cet événement a ensuite donné lieu à de l’inattendu. Même pour nous, membres du Gouvernement général, le passage des jours nous a fait saisir concrètement la portée des événements : assomption de la fonction de Supérieur général, révocation de la Conférence générale de Manille, convocation du XXIVème Chapitre général pour le 14 juillet 2018, célébration des Chapitres des Entités. Beaucoup ont dû changer leur propre agenda ; plusieurs ont assumé quelque travail imprévu ; à tout le monde a été demandée une prière spéciale. « Ce sont les surprises de Dieu, qui nous aident à nous rendre compte que tous nos plans, toutes nos pensées et tant d’autres choses s’effondrent face à la Parole de vie de Dieu, la Parole vivante, du Dieu Vivant […] tombent » , nous enseigne encore le Pape François. Voici le défi : que voyons-nous dans l’aujourd’hui de la Congrégation ? Une surprise banale, un simple « accident » à réparer dès que possible ? Ou sommes-nous plutôt ouverts à accueillir ce moment comme une surprise de Dieu, comme la « parole vivante » que Dieu nous offre pour discerner notre vie et notre mission en tant que Religieux Dehoniens, juste à un moment inattendu, pas choisi ?
Le dernier numéro de nos Constitutions, plus qu’une conclusion, est une invitation à nous mettre en marche : « Nous sommes tenus de repenser et de réexprimer sa mission, ses formes de présence et de témoignage […] pour accueillir l’Aujourd’hui de Dieu » (Cst.147). Nous, Gouvernement général, sommes convaincus que, dans ces circonstances exceptionnelles, Dieu nous appelle à une croissance charismatique. Cette croissance est la responsabilité de tous les membres de la Congrégation parce que le charisme existe et persiste dans la mesure où il se réalise et s’enrichit dans notre vie individuelle et, plus encore, dans notre vie de communion . Pour cette raison, dans un mois, nous célébrerons le Chapitre général, organisme dans lequel nous sommes appelés à discerner les routes à travers lesquelles le Seigneur veut que nous marchions, dans la fidélité au don reçu .
Sous le signe de la synodalité
Comment célébrer le Chapitre ? « Le chemin de la synodalité est le chemin que Dieu attend de l’Eglise du troisième millénaire » , répond le Pape. A proximité de notre chemin de Congrégation, nous vous proposons de lire le document du Saint-Siège intitulé « La synodalité dans la vie et la mission de l’Eglise » ; il y va de l’approfondissement d’un élément fondamental de notre être et d’un encouragement dans ce sens : les communautés de vie consacrée « peuvent offrir des expériences significatives de l’articulation synodale de la vie de communion et de la dynamique du discernement communautaire placé en eux, ainsi que des stimulations dans l’identification de nouvelles manières d’évangélisation » . Que notre Chapitre général soit le lieu d’une telle expérience, d’un tel témoignage : écouter, discerner, élire, décider, planifier en pensant et en se sentant comme Congrégation, exercer non seulement sa propre responsabilité, mais surtout la coresponsabilité de tous à la recherche du bien commun, lequel nous met au service de l’Eglise et du monde.
Enracinés dans la communion
Un Chapitre général vécu sous le signe de la synodalité ne sera possible que si la coresponsabilité est un responsum, ou une réponse à la vraie surprise que nous révèle la blessure du Cœur ouvert : la réalité de la communion d’amour des trois Personnes divines, laquelle devient « la source, la forme et le but de la synodalité » .
A travers le signe du Sint Unum, notre Fondateur, le P. Dehon, parle souvent de l’Institut en termes de « notre Œuvre ». Ce disant, il n’affirme pas que la Congrégation résulte d’un travail fait de mains d’hommes, mais bien le contraire : le P. Dehon cherchait toujours, et trouvait des signes de l’origine divine de la Congrégation. Il avait une conscience claire de la communion de toute la Congrégation. Cette communion était donc un don qu’il voulait préserver avec son engagement, en particulier par temps de grandes difficultés (par exemple après l’expulsion des confrères de France ou, il y a 100 ans, pendant et après la Première Guerre Mondiale).
Cet arrêt dans la vie de la Congrégation sera une expérience profonde de la communion, au service de la mission, si, comme disciples dociles et joyeux, nous nous confions au Cœur du Sauveur, source de communion.
Nous vous demandons de prier pour le Chapitre général, afin que l’Esprit de Jésus nous aide à tourner notre regard vers l’avenir, afin d’être courageux et libres artisans de l’inédit, et d’avoir un esprit et un cœur ouverts aux exigences de l’Eglise et du monde.

P. Carlos Enrique Caamaño Martín, scj
Supérieur Général
et son Conseil

Rome, May 22, 2018

The God of surprises
Letter on the occasion of the Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus 2018

 

To all the members of the Dehonian Family

Dear confreres and members of the Dehonian Family,
You have recently received many communications: the situation of the Congregation following Fr. Heiner Wilmer’s appointment as Bishop, the letter convoking the XXIV General Chapter, the letter from the Preparatory Commission, Fr. Wilmer’s letter ‘of farewell’ etc. The Entities are also making their own preparations for the journey towards Chapter. With all that is written, our remembrance of the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus risks being overlooked. But we want to make the most of this opportunity to focus on our roots at this particular moment in the life of the Congregation.
The God of surprises
“Our God is the God of surprises” , said Pope Francis on Easter Sunday. The appointment of Fr. Wilmer as the Bishop of Hildesheim and the consequences for the Congregation certainly have a character of surprise. After the initial pleasant surprise, this event has left an unexpected opening. Also for us, members of the General Government, these passing days have made real the significance of the events: assuming the office of General Superior, revoking the General Conference in Manila, convoking the XXIV General Chapter for July 14, 2018, and celebrating Chapters in each Entity. Many have had to change their agenda. Many have taken on unanticipated jobs. All have been asked for special prayer. “They are God’s surprises, which help us to realize that all our plans, all our thoughts and so many things, before the living Word of God, the living Word, of the Living God, fall” , teaches Pope Francis. Here is the challenge: what do we see in this for today’s Congregation? A trivial surprise? An “accident” to be repaired as soon as possible? Or are we instead open to accepting this moment as a surprise of God, as a “living word” that God offers us to discern our life and mission as Dehonian religious precisely in an unexpected, unchosen moment?
The last number of our Constitutions, rather than a conclusion, is an invitation to walk: “We are bound to rethink and to find new expression for its mission, its forms of presence and of witness… to welcome This Day of God” (Cst. 147). As General Government we are convinced that in these exceptional circumstances God is calling us to further charismatic growth. Such growth is the responsibility of all the members of the Congregation because the charism exists and persists to the extent that it is realized and enriched in our individual lives and, even more so, in our life of communion . Therefore, in a month, we will celebrate the General Chapter, the organism in which we are called to discern the paths that the Lord wants us to follow, in fidelity to the gift received .
In the sign of synodality
How to celebrate the Chapter? “The path of synodality is the path that God expects from the Church of the third millennium” , responds the Pope. In close proximity to our journey as a Congregation, we propose the reading of the Holy See’s document: “Synodality in the life and mission of the Church” to deepen and encourage a fundamental element of our being. Communities of consecrated life “can offer meaningful experiences of articulating synodality in their life of communion and dynamics of the communal discernment they put in place, together stimulating and identifying new ways of evangelization.” May our General Chapter be such an experience and witness: listening, discerning, electing, deciding, planning, thinking and feeling as a Congregation, exercising not only one’s own responsibility, but above all the co-responsibility of all in search of the common good that puts us at the service of the Church and of the world.
Rooted in the communion
A General Chapter lived in the sign of synodality will be possible only if the co-responsibility is responsum, that is, a response to the real surprise that reveals the wound of the open Heart: the reality of a communion of love of the three divine persons. It becomes “the source, the form and the purpose of synodality” .
In the sign of Sint unum, our Founder Fr.Dehon often speaks of the Institute as “notre Œuvre”, “our Work”. This is not to say that the Congregation is the result of human hands, but rather the opposite: Fr. Dehon always sought and found signs of the divine origin of the Congregation. He had a clear awareness of the communion of the entire Congregation. This communion was therefore a gift that he wanted to preserve with his commitment, especially in difficult times (i.e. the expulsion of confreres from France, or a hundred years ago during and after the First World War).
If we entrust ourselves to the Heart of the Savior, source of communion, as meek and joyful disciples, this pause in the life of the Congregation will be a profound experience of communion, at the service of the mission.
We ask you to pray for the General Chapter, so that the Spirit of Jesus will help us to look to the future as courageous and gracious doers of the unexpected, and to have an open heart and mind to the urgent needs of the Church and of the world.

 

Fr. Carlos Enrique Caamaño Martín, scj
Superior General
and his Council

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Appointments in Toronto

On Thursday May 10, the Archdiocese of Toronto appointed Fr. Aegidius Warsito as the pastor of St. Thomas More and Our Lady of the Rosary parishes in Scarborough. In the same mailing the Region  received notification of the appointment as Associate Pastors of these parishes of Fr. Martin Kadamattue Antony and Fr. Antonio Resende Pereira with all the faculties, duties, rights and privileged according to the norms of law.

The appointment as Pastor of Fr. Aegidius goes into effect June 1.
The appointment as associate pastor of Fr. Kadamattu Antony also goes into effect on June 1. The appointment as associate pastor of Antonio Resende Pereira goes into effect on September 1, 2018.

The installation of Fr. Aegidius as pastor will take place on June 1 or soon thereafter by Most Reverend Vincent Nguyen, Auxiliary Bishop of Toronto.

On June 1 the term of office as pastor of Fr. Willyans Prado Rapozo at the two parishes will end. As a Region, we want to extend our sincere thanks to Wills for his ministry to the two parishes. The Region is very grateful. Wills will now move to our community house at 58 High Park BLvd for the duration of his studies. The Region hopes that like the other members of the community house he will remain available to provide assistance to the parishes, in accordance with the requests made by the new pastor. We wish him well in his studies.

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Dehonian Retreat in Racine

Racine RetreatFrom May 7-11, SCJs from Canada and the United States gathered at the Siena Center in Racine, WI, for the second of two Dehonian Retreats titled “Open Hearts / Cœur Ouverts.” The retreats were the result of requests for a greater Dehonian content to our gatherings. The first retreat, prepared by Fr. Jim Schroeder,  Mr. David Schimmel and Fr. John van den Hengel was held in Mississauga in August, 2017. The retreats were initiated by the North American councils during one of their joint meetings and focus on five themes from Dehonian Spirituality: God’s love, union with Christ, oblation, reparation and social spirituality. A third retreat will be held in August for those in formation.

Participants are pictured above.

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