Annual Retreat in Malaybalay


Fr. John van den Hengel, SCJ

From August 5 – 9, 2013, all SCJs from the Philippine Region took part in spiritual exercises conducted by Fr. John van den Hengel, the vicar general of the Priests of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. The focus of the retreat was on Dehonian charism and spirituality. Using the examples of two founding fathers Fr. Leo Dehon and Fr. Andre Prevot, the proper founder of the congregation and the first novice master, Fr. John showed the concepts and principal ideas  that were lying behind the creation of a new religious institute. The participants had an opportunity to find out many interesting and commonly unknown facts that shaped the beginnings of the congregation. The retreat was held at the Jesuit Retreat House in Malaybalay, the capital city of the Bukidnon Province.