October 16, 1999

There are two ways to get enough: One is to continue to accumulate more and more. The other is to desire less. -- G. K. Chesterton

What's New

As we continue preparations for next year's General Conference on the Theme The Economy and the Kingdom of God we will present a short thought for the week on justice, especially as it relates to economic justice. Quotes are most welcome. Since your editor is an English Speaker they'll tend to come from that language/tradition unless assisted by our audience.

The letter to the congregation from Fr. General and Umberto Chiarello (CU) on their recent visit to the South Italian Province is published here in English and the original Italian, the French version will follow shortly (CF Visit to IM). Note this letter in all three languages will also be posted to the Letters and Documents section.

What's Happening

Bishop Al Sudarso (IN) of Palembang, Indonesia was in Rome last week. Stefan Tertünte (GE) took the opportunity to sit down with the bishop for an interview (CF. Bishop Sudarso).

We have two reports on recent visits to Albania, The children of Gurëz, Albania by Antonio Cuomo (IM), and the other by Osnildo Klann (BM), director of on-going formation for the congregation, A Month in Albania.

News From India

Fr. Tom Garvey recently wrote that the SCJs in India current have 98 seminarians. There are two in vows, one of whom is doing his pastoral year at the minor seminary. The novitiate has three novices who are currently finishing up a month at an inter-community novitiate program for men and women (the program includes 86 novices this year). Following the inter-community program, the novices and Fr. Sebastian Pitz, novice master, will join the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart for a 30-day retreat.

From Fridge Notes (US) 4/10/99
News from South Dakota

 Fr. Tom Westhoven in Eagle Butte writes that "we had our first snow of the season today -- 5 inches. It was melting as I led the funeral procession from All Saints Church in Eagle Butte to the old St. Mary's Cemetery in LaPlant. As I turned off the highway onto the mile-long dirt road leading to the cemetery, I began slipping and sliding. I made it through the first bad spot, but the second one did me in. I was hopelessly mired down. As I looked back, I could see the hearse spun sideways in the first bad spot along with several cars and trucks. We all had to be pulled back to the main highway by four-wheel drive vehicles. We then drove to the paved parking lot of the local school for the final prayers. The casket was transferred to a four-wheel drive pickup and selected family members took another vehicle for the actual burial. What an ending for our fifth funeral in less than two weeks!"

From Fridge Notes (US) 4/10/99
News from North Europe

The Provincials of Northern Europe held their fall meeting the week of October 4th and during the week of October 11th the Vocation Directors of Europe held a meeting in Bologna (IS) to plan next year's Dehonian Youth Gathering to coincide with World Youth Day to be held in Rome. Also meeting the week of October 11th was the Justice & Peace Commission of North Europe

Council Comings and Goings

Fr. General has returned from a brief visit to Argentina and left on October 11th for his pastoral visit to Indonesia. During this visit the Indonesian Province will celebrate 75 years of scj presence in Indonesia (working first on the island of Sumatra). Wardjito (CU) is already in Indonesia.

Umberto Chiarello (CU) leaves today (16 October) for a pastoral visit to Madagascar.

Please Remember

+ Br. Joseph Le Coz (GH +LW)

born: 26.06.32 at Milizac
first profession: 29.09.51 at Amiens
died: 06.10.99 at Grasse

NB. At the request of the office of the general secretary we will be using GA + LW to indicate the a member of the French/Luxembourg province. This will be used until an official designation is arrived at."

Quinto Portraits

We present the seventh in our series of Quinto portraits. Quinto Regazzoni (AU) is a well known scj design artist working in Montevideo, Uruguay. He is currently completing a three month ESL (English as a Second Language) program at Sacred Heart Monastery/Sacred Heart School of Theology in Hales Corners, WI. He was kind enough to share his cartoon drawings of teachers and fellow students. This week we present one of Jaime Eduardo Sanchez-Hernandez (CH).

Dehon Photo of the Week

This week Stefan Tertünte for his presentations on the Dehon Photo Album has selected a photo of Fr. Dehon during his Paris student days. His commentary focuses on Dehon's summer travels at the age of 20 with his friend Leo Palustre (CF. Dehon the Young Lawyer ).

Dehon in Canada and America

Paul J. McGuire (US) was kind enough to offer our website an electronic (computer) copy of his recent work In Canada and America: Selections from Father Dehon's Diary. This week Fr. Dehon journeys from Washington DC south to Georgia, visiting the Atlanta area.