What does SCJ stand for?
SCJ is derived from the Latin words for our Congregation’s official title: Sacerdotum Corde Jesu. This is translated as "Priests of the Sacred Heart." The three letters appear after the names of our community members, and we call ourselves SCJs. In some parts of the world, we are also known as Dehonians in reference to our founder, Fr. Leo John Dehon.
How many Priests of the Sacred Heart are there?
There are approximately 2,200 Priests of the Sacred Heart in more than forty countries on five continents. There are 100 Priests of the Sacred Heart in the United States.
If I make a gift to the Priests of the Sacred Heart, is my contribution tax deductible?
Yes, it is. The Priests of the Sacred Heart is a religious non-profit organization, incorporated in the state of Wisconsin as a 501(c)(3) charitable entity.
What are my gifts used for?
Your gifts will help the Priests of the Sacred Heart continue our mission in the Church to spread devotion to the Sacred Heart, support the home and foreign missions, operate the largest second-career seminary in the United States, and provide medical and housing assistance for our retired priests and brothers.
I wish to make a gift. To whom should I write my check?
Please make checks payable to Priests of the Sacred Heart.
What Post Office Box number should I use for sending a gift? I have seen different numbers used on your letters and envelopes.
We use multiple Post Office Boxes to help us efficiently process our incoming mail. The different box numbers direct mail to specific departments within the Development Office in Hales Corners, Wisconsin. Please send your prayer intentions, donations and inquiries to us at Priests of the Sacred Heart, PO Box 900, Hales Corners, WI 53130.
I used a greeting card provided by the Priests of the Sacred Heart, and I do not have a form on which to send you the names and prayer intentions that I want you to remember in your Masses and prayers. Where can I find additional forms?
Are you affiliated with Sacred Heart Southern Missions or with Saint Joseph's Indian School?
Yes, we are. All of us are members of the Priests of the Sacred Heart. However, each of us raises funds for different causes. Here at Sacred Heart Monastery, we raise funds for spreading devotion to the Sacred Heart and helping people grow in their spiritual life; for supporting mission work in the United States and overseas; for the education of priests; for medical and housing assistance for retired priests and brothers. Father Jack raises funds principally for the support of the Sacred Heart Southern Missions in northern Mississippi and the Apostolate of the Printed Word. Father Anthony at Saint Joseph's Indian School raises funds for various ministries of the Priests of the Sacred Heart in South Dakota. Please feel free to support whichever groups appeal to you.
I am concerned about clergy sexual abuse. Can you address this issue?
The Priests of the Sacred Heart do not condone sexual misconduct of any kind. We have detailed policies regarding this issue that are audited and certified by a well-respected national agency. These policies are re-evaluated and updated regularly. We take all accusations of misconduct seriously and cooperate fully with civil authorities in the investigation of such allegations. Our concern is that any injury be healed and that those in need of help be helped.
How is the date of the Feast of the Sacred Heart determined?
The Feast of the Sacred Heart changes each year, depending on the date of Easter. It is always celebrated on the tenth Friday after Easter Sunday (or 19 days after Pentecost).
May I visit the Monastery? When is the best time to do this?
Yes, you may visit the Monastery. The best times are between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday and between 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. on weekends. We would appreciate it if you would call ahead to let us know you are coming, especially on weekends. Please call our office at (414) 425-3383.
I really like the artwork you use. May I use this artwork for my parish?
No. The picture of the Sacred Heart was created for the United States Province of the Priests of the Sacred Heart by Gino Rigati at the direction of Reproducta Company in New York. The Priests of the Sacred Heart own the copyright on this work of art, and its use is restricted.