A new Provincial Council!

A new Provincial Council!

The new administration (standing L-R): Fr. Rafael, Fr. Greg, Fr. Jack, Fr. Vien, Br. Duane and (sitting) Dn. David

After the election of the provincial superior, the assembly discerned who could best support Fr. Vien in his ministry, leading the US Province. Fr. Jack Kurps, SCJ, who recruited Fr. Vien when Fr. Jack was province vocation director, was the first to be elected. Fr. Jack made his first profession in 1972 and was ordained to the priesthood in 1977. He is executive director of Sacred Heart Southern Missions, is interim director of the Dehonian Associates Committee, and previously served on the Provincial Council.
 
Fr. Rafael Querobin was the second SCJ elected. He professed his first vows in 2001 and was ordained to the priesthood in 2007. Originally from Brazil, he now serves on the pastoral team of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Houston. Fr. Rafael is not new to administration; he also served on the Provincial Council of his home province (Brazil – Sao Paulo).
 
The third SCJ to be elected was Fr. Greg Schill, SCJ. He professed first vows in 2006, and was ordained in 2010. After 10 years in parish ministry in northern Mississippi, Fr. Greg is now chaplain at St. Joseph’s Indian School in South Dakota.
 
Br. Duane Lemke was the fourth SCJ to be elected to the US Provincial Council. A previous member of the council, Br. Duane has served in formation and in parish ministry. He is currently superior of the Sacred Heart Monastery Community, province director of Justice, Peace and Reconciliation, and works with the ECS program (English and Cultural Studies) at Sacred Heart Seminary and School of Theology. Originally from South Dakota, Br. Duane literally grew up with the SCJs – he was baptized by an SCJ priest and the SCJs ministered for many years at his home parish.
 
Dn. David Nagel was the fifth and final SCJ to be elected to the US Provincial Council. He was professed in 1972 and ordained to the diaconate in 2003. Currently provincial treasurer, Dn. David previously served as executive director of St. Joseph’s Indian School and in formation. He has also been active with the Dehonian Associates Committee, has served on the General Finance Commission, and has previously served on the Provincial Council.
 
The new administration will begin its term on February 2, 2022.

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