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A bright future As noted above, the province membership is young. But already they are showing much promise. Several of the young men preparing for ministry in Cameroon have been students in our ESL (English as a Second Language) program at Sacred Heart School of Theology. One of those students, Fr. Yves Léopold Keumeni Ngounou, SCJ, was featured in Reign magazine several years ago. At the time, he was the…
Background Information Currently Byelorussia covers an area of 207,600 square kilometers. In 1994, the population was 10,367,000. Within the country, 77.9% are Byelorussians; 13.2% are Russians; 4.1% are Poles; 2.9% are Ukrainians; and 1.1% are Jewish. There are also small groups of Tartars and Lithuanians. The religious structure is difficult to define because many Byelorussian citizens are not yet used to the new post-Communist situation. It is difficult to get…
On October 29, 2000, the first SCJ retreat house founded in Byelorussia at Postawy was blessed by the bishop of the diocese of Witebsk. Participating in these solemn ceremonies were Fr. Zbigniew Bogacz, SCJ, Provincial Superior of the SCJ Polish Province, Fr. Muzio Ventrella, SCJ, from Southern Italian Province in Naples, Fr. Krzysztof Silkowski, SCJ, Pastor of the parish in Postawy, Father Czeslaw Konior, SCJ, and Deacon Czeslaw Kucmierz, SCJ,…
NEWS FROM CANADA Written by Father Peter McKenna, SCJ On June 25, 2000, members of the Anglo-Canadian Province gathered in Delaware, Ontario to celebrate the establishment of the first SCJ community residence -- birthplace of the Anglo-Canadian Province. Anniversary Mass at Sacred Heart Church, Delaware, Ontario In 1948 Fathers John van Buuren and Alphonse van der Vorst of the Dutch Province arrived in Montréal. Their purpose was to strengthen the…
INTERVIEW WITH FR. DINO RUARO, SCJ,Provincial Superior of the Congo Province Fr. Dino Ruaro, SCJ - Provincial Superior of the Congo Province Father, for many years, you have been a missionary in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Today, as Provincial Superior, you direct the missionary work and the religious animation of that Province. Could you give us a picture of the Congo Province at present? The Congo is a…
The History of the SCJ Region in Finland 1904-1905: Russo-Japanese War - One of the results of the war was the proclamation of religious freedom in the entire Russian Empire. It gave some relief, at least for a short time, from the attempts of the Czar to totally russify the autonomous Grand Duchy of Finland. 1905: The first Finnish catechism was published by a Polish parish priest of St. Henry…
New SCJ Bishop in Finland What is ecumenism? If you look in the dictionary, you'll get a few bland sentences that say something about "cooperation and unity among religious groups." But if you go to Finland, you see something more than a definition. You see ecumenism lived on a daily basis. Fr. Paul Grizzelle-Reid, SCJ, coordinator of Sacred Heart Monastery in Hales Corners, Wisconsin, traveled to Finland in January to…
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