On August 16, the US Province commemorated the 70, 60, 50, 40 and 25-year anniversaries of First Professions of 14 SCJs. They included Fr. Bernie Rosinski (70 years); Fr. Thomas Cassidy, Fr. Mark Fortner, Fr. Patrick Lloyd and Fr. Steve Pujdak (60 years); Fr. James Brackin, Fr. Jack Kurps, Dn. David Nagel and Fr. James Schifano (50 years); Fr. Stephen Huffstetter (40 years); and Br. Duane Lemke, Fr. Vien Nguyen, Fr. David Szatkowski and Fr. Chuck Wonch (25 years).
“I am happy to be an SCJ because I am surrounded by saints,” said Fr. Bernie, our eldest jubilarian who notes 70 years in vows. “There are so many of them, both deceased and still living. I find that by being with them I discover their saintliness, often hidden, but discoverable through attentiveness and observation. It’s not that my SCJ brothers don’t have faults. It’s that they seek to find them out, work on them, weed them out, and face any fault or weakness that prevents the LOVE and SERVICE to others that Fr. Dehon called for. That takes courage and guts. That SCJ tradition is bonding.”
Fr. Jack, a 50-year jubilarian, said that “I try hard to be a faithful son of Fr. Dehon. When I look to see where we minister – not just here in the US but also in some of the most difficult places in the world – and what God has accomplished through us, I am proud and happy to be part of this.”
What makes Fr. Steve, a 40-year jubilarian, happy to be an SCJ? “Our focus on God’s crazy and unconditional love for each of us!” he quickly answered. “I am sustained and encouraged by others to grow spiritually and have the chance to be invited into the lives of people in deeply personal ways. I’m grateful for the care and example shown to me by so many SCJs over the years. I’m also privileged for the opportunity to see our charism carried out in different countries and cultures… I believe our charism is a gift to the church that is well worth being a part of.”
Click here to read more about the jubilarians, as well as access links to the livestream of the celebration, photos, and the text of Dn. David Nagel’s homily.
Let the Priests of the Sacred Heart pray for your loved ones and intentions.