Celebration of the 97th Death Anniversary of the Founder in Cagayan de Oro

The celebration of the 97th death anniversary of Fr. Leo John Dehon, founder of the Priests of the Sacred Heart of Jesus (SCJ), in the formation community in Cagayan de Oro City, consisted of three major parts: spiritual preparation, sports fest, and the Holy Eucharist.

The spiritual preparation started on August 3, 2022, with the nine-day novena, presenting the human and spiritual profile of Fr. Dehon, based on the testimonies of the people who knew or met Fr. Dehon personally.  On August 11, 2022, the community held a Holy Hour, during which a short video clip summarizing the life of the Founder was presented.

On August 12, 2022, the SCJ candidates were having their finals in different sports, while the priests took part in a meeting-reflection on the life and legacy of the founder, prepared by the Dansolihon community as a part of activities of the Cagayan de Oro zone.

At 6:00 PM, the whole community, together with the SCJs from the nearby communities, employees, Lay Dehonians, and Dehonian Youth, took part in the Holy Eucharist presided by Fr John Karl Cabaluna, SCJ, the parish priest of Immaculate Concepcion Parish in Aluba.

The Eucharist was followed by a common meal, announcement, and awarding of winners of different games and competitions performed by the SCJ candidates. Each part was sandwiched with the group presentation. The participants proved to be skillful and creative, which added flavor to the celebration. It was indeed a great celebration.