What does it mean to be a “Dehonian parish?” That was one of several topics discussed last Wednesday, September 7, during a meeting of SCJs in Parish Ministry. The two-hour Zoom was an opportunity for SCJs serving in parishes in the US Province to share ideas, discuss concerns, and simply support one another in their common ministry. The gathering was facilitated by Fr. Vien Nguyen, SCJ, provincial superior; members of the Provincial Council also took part.
As to what it means to be a Dehonian parish, the SCJs first spoke of internationality. Taking part in the call were Dehonians from Argentina, Brazil, Indonesia, India, Cameroon, Poland, Vietnam and the United States. They bring to their parishes a sense of the worldwide Church and the international congregation of the Priests of the Sacred Heart. The SCJs also shared what parishioners have said to them about what it means to be a Dehonian parish. They talked about a sense of hospitality and welcome; there is a feeling of being served by a community, not just individuals.
“Also important for us is that we follow Fr. Dehon’s call to get out of the sacristy and go to the people,” said Fr. Andrzej Sudol, SCJ, pastor of St. Martin of Tours parish in Franklin, WI.
The next parish ministry meeting is tentatively planned for February. The US Province serves parishes in Houston, northern Mississippi, rural South Dakota, and Milwaukee.
Let the Priests of the Sacred Heart pray for your loved ones and intentions.