Like many who meet during these days of limited travel and social distancing, the Provincial Council held its May 5-6 meeting with the help of video conferencing. Members of the council who live in the Milwaukee area were in the meeting room at the Provincial Offices while Fr. Jack Kurps, SCJ, Br. Andy Gancarczyk, SCJ, and Fr. Christianus Hendrik, SCJ, were on video monitors.
This was the annual budget meeting in which all budgets of the province are reviewed. However, the topic that permeated most aspects of discussions was COVID-19 and its impact on communities and ministries. As noted earlier, churches and offices are beginning to reopen in Texas; plans are being made for reopening in other areas of the province in the next few weeks. In Wisconsin, the governor’s “Safe in Place” order remains in effect through Memorial Day. Staff at the Provincial Offices are staggering their on-site work hours (the building is open Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays through the month, with the exception of Memorial Day); some staff are working at home; all are checking messages.
Let the Priests of the Sacred Heart pray for your loved ones and intentions.