Fr. Luca Zottoli, a member of the North Italian Province, has been named as the new general treasurer for the Priests of the Sacred Heart. He is 42, and professed his first vows in 1992. Fr. Luca is currently the superior of the student community in Bologna.
In 1997 -1998, Fr. Luca made his one year of exposure in the Philippines, particularly in the island of Mindanao and speaks the local language Cebuano quite well.
One of the deadliest typhoons that passed through the Visayas Region on November 8, 2013, was typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan), that left thousands of dead, destroyed completely many properties and houses leaving tens of thousands with nothing. The most affected places were Tacloban City and Bantayan Island.
Thanks to the former General Superior, Fr. Jose Ornelas Carvalho, scj,who sent a letter to the Congregation asking for help, many entities answered positively and because of this the SCJs were able to help many people in Tacloban area (Leyte Province) and Bantayan Island (Cebu Province), to build or rebuild their houses. In Leyte Province, the SCJs have provided new houses and materials to help rebuilding people’s houses for a total of 167 families (66 in Kananga and 101 in Tanauan and Tacloban). In Bantayan and Botong Islands 29 plus 47 houses respectively.
Recently, the office of the regional superior received a poster from the Holy Family Parish in Kananga in Leyte with the words of gratitude, which the SCJs from the Philippine Region want to share with all who have helped the victims of typhoon Yolanda.