August 12-15, the Canadian Region held its annual assembly at the Sisters of Providence Spirituality Centre in Kingston, ON. Approximately 20 SCJs took part. They are pictured above.
The two main topics of the gathering were the 1) programmatic letter of the general administration and 2) a reflection on Laudato si, Pope Francis’ encyclical on climate change and the environment.
Fr. Stephen Huffstetter, SCJ, vicar general, spoke about the general administration’s letter. He outlined the origin of the document and gave insight into the direction of the new administration. Prior to the assembly, Fr. Steve visited the three Canadian communities.
André Beauchamp, a theologian and environmental specialist (he is a former Secretary General of the Quebec Ministry of the Environment), reflected on Laudato si, noting that it is unique in that it was addressed not just to bishops but to all of humanity.
On Wednesday, the region celebrated several jubilees, including Fr. Herman Falke, SCJ, with 70 years of vows and 65 years of ordained ministry, Fr. Peter McKenna, SCJ, with 35 years of priesthood, Fr. Greg Murray, SCJ, with 15 years and Fr. Willyans Prado Raposo, SCJ with 10.
Local superiors were installed by Fr. Yuliwan Maslim, SCJ, during the final Eucharist. The superiors: Fr. Aegidius Warsito, SCJ (Toronto), Fr. Paul Tennyson, SCJ (Ottawa) and Fr. Gustave Lulendo N’dotony, SCJ (Montréal).
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Let the Priests of the Sacred Heart pray for your loved ones and intentions.