May 15, 1999

What's New

This week we have three articles. In French, the first part of a speech made by Professor M. Albert Hari in Luxembourg, entitled: "Money, Master of Universe?"; in Italian, the second part of the dossier about the "Third World Debts" and in English a article from the Washington Post, by Jim Hoagland, about "Global Economy". It is a very rich matter that should be read by everyone(Cf. General Conference Recife 2000).
provided by Carlos Alberto da Costa Silva (CU)
Editors Note: The Washington Post does not permit the reproduction of any articles in electronic format. We regret that we cannot post this article on our web site. However for those who do have access to the Internet we suggest you visit the Washington Post Web site They have an excellent archive system. While there is a charge for downloading an article, online reading is free. If you wish direct access to the archive section follow this link: and retrieve the article Richer and Poorer by Jim Hoagland which appeared in the Sunday, April 25, 1999 edition.

Please make note of the the British-Irish Province email address: It has been updated on our links page.

We present the third in our series of Dehon cartoons by Javier Prate, a collaborator on several SCJ publications in Spain. The images are displayed in the church of Saint Martin, Saint Quentin (GA). They are aimed at young people, but can be appreciated by all generations. They depict different scenes in Fr. Dehon's life and his spirituality. this week's image is entitled: "Le père Dehon éducateur "

On May 6,1999 The SCJ US Provincial Council issued a statement calling for a cease fire and negotiated solution to the conflict in Kosovo. The English text can be found by liking to: A CALL TO STOP THE WAR IN THE BALKANS.

What's Happening

Curia Gathers at Briatico

The General Curia took time out from their spring meetings to gather at Casa del S. Curore for three days of team evaluation as the council completes the first two years of its mandate. Taking advantage of the long travel time (six hours by car) the council was hosted by the scj community of Cosenza on the way down, and San Antonio Abato on the return trip to Rome for pranzo (dinner).

Casa del S. Curore is a retreat house of the South Italian Province located at Briatico on the Tyrrhenian cost, about 100 kilometers north of Reggio di Calabria. Pictured below is Bishop Domenico Tarcisio Cortese, o.f.m., of Mileto-Ncotera-Tropea who joined the council and local scj community for pranzo on the last day of their meetings.

Bishop Cortese with p. Wardjito, p. Zolile and p. General.

The Meeting of Formation personnel began on Monday, May 10,1999. A total of 43 participants, in addition to Zolile Mpambani (CU) and Osnildo Klann (BM), director of on-going formation, are in attendance. We hope to present 'personnel' reflections from some of the delegates over the next few weeks. It will not be possible, however, to do it on a daily basis as one done during the Provincial's Meeting last fall. We will be posting these reflections along with the regular Saturday news up dates. We include here the opening address of Fr. General to the Formation Directors, given on May 10, 1999 (CF FORMATION DIRECTORS - FORMATEUR - FORMATORI).

Please Remember

+Br. Peter Derks (NE)

born: 01/02/21
first profession: 08/09/40
died: 05/05/99
at: Geldrop

"Come to me, all of you who work hard
and who carry heavy burdens
and I will refresh you." (Mt. 11:28)
On May 5, 1999, our confrere Br. Peter Eusebius Derks died in the Hospital of St. Ann at Geldrop.

He was born at 's-Hertogenbosch on 1 February 1921. He made his first profession of vows on 8 September 1940 at Heer. After first profession, Br. Eusebius worked in the apostolic school "Christ the King" in Helmond, initially serving internal house needs, and then, from 1950 until 1955, as house promotions director. From 1955 to 1963 he worked at the school for scj brothers at Sittard. Then in 1963 for a short time he worked as a group councilor at Saint Joseph House, in Heer. Late in 1963 he moved to the apostolic school, "Juvenaat H. Hart", in Bergen op Zoom as director of the house maintenance staff. In 1965 he worked in Rotterdam, at the Missions Procurer, in the fund raising office. He continued the same type of work 1968 at the Scholasticate in Liesbosch and in Asten when the office was moved from to Asten in 1970. During this time he was also member of the provincial Religious Life Commission. In 1971 he went to Maastricht to manage the parish house near Christ the King parish. In 1974 he was sent to the parish at Vlaardingen, where he worked with senior citizens. From 1983 to 1989 he was a member of the parish team of St. John the Baptist and Saint Willibrordo di Vlaardingen. He retired in 1990 and joined the senior scj community Klooster Heilig Hart, at Asten.

His funeral will be on May 10, 1999 at the community chapel at Asten with burial in the scj community cemetery.

translation provided by Piet Adam (NE)
+Fr. Michele Bulmetti (IM)

born: 08/08/40
first profession: 29/10/59
ordained: 07/12/68
died: 04/05/99
at Gurëz, Albania

On the May 1, 1999 News from Rome page we did a story on the SCJ presence in Albania. Fr. Bulmetti was the inspiration behind this presence. That story was the work of Stefan Tertünte (GE) who has graciously edited his notes from a phone interview he had with Fr. Bulmetti on April 28 1999. The article is a quote from Fr. Bulmetti that has a tinge of the prophetic in it: I would be pleased, if other Dehonians came in order to assume this challenge. This article is available in several languages including German.


Dehon Photo of the Week

This week Stefan Tertünte (GE) has chosen a photo of Leo John Dehon's father. He also provides a commentary on the relationship between Jules Alexander Dehon and his son. Please link to Photos from the Life of Fr. Dehon #4.