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The Priests of the Sacred Heart (SCJs) is a Catholic religious community of brothers and priests devoted to the Heart of Jesus. As our Mission Statement says, “We are called to be, especially among the poor, prophets of love and servants of reconciliation.” Whether you seek to examine your vocation, learn about our ministries, explore Catholic issues or support our work, we invite you to join us in walking with God’s people.
Fr. Steve writes from the Philippines, Fr. Tom shares information from India; St. Joseph Indian School principal writes about her years with the SCJs; general superior has audience with Pope Francis; prayer requests; St. Joseph’s Indian School holds its annual powwow.
International ESL liturgy at Sacred Heart; SCJ seminarian learns first-hand the horrors of human trafficking; former Philippine missionary a member of Toronto community; a story of physical as well as spiritual healing; congrats to a new citizen; and other updates.
Frater James Nguyen is member of the Dehon Formation Community, studying at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago. The following is his reflection on volunteering this summer with One Body Village, an organization that focuses on rescuing children from sex trafficking, and educating and emplowering communities to prevent such exploitation. “It was not easy seeing what I saw,” he wrote.
“The most striking fact concerning the condition of the working class is that workers are, for the most part, experiencing conditions of misfortune and unearned misery. Despite a certain amount of superficial progress, the worker is, in many places, less happy than formerly.” This contemporary sounding assessment came from the pen of Fr. Leo John Dehon, founder of the Priests of the Sacred Heart, in 1894…
Pastoral ministry in the Amazon, mission work and administration in the Philippines, ministry to young people at World Youth Day… Fr. Benedito de Maraes Machado’s path to Toronto was a winding one. On July 31, Fr. “Bene,” as he is more often known, joined the international SCJ community in Toronto.