Celebrating the 177th Birth Anniversary of the Founder in Cagayan de Oro

Mach 14, 2020, marks the 177th birth anniversary of Fr. Leo John Dehon, founder of the Congregation of the Priests of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, SCJ. It is a special day to thank the Lord for the gift of his life and the uncountable graces that God gave to him. It is also a day of prayer for the new Dehonian Vocations.

In the Spirit of Sint Unum with the whole Congregation, the Sacred Heart Formation House in Aluba, Cagayan de Oro, started the celebration with a holy hour, reflecting upon some of his writings and praying for new vocations. Continue reading

Ash Wednesday – Start of Lent 2020

Lent is a new beginning, a path leading to the certain goal of Easter, Christ’s victory over death. This season urgently calls us to conversion. Christians are asked to return to God “with all their hearts” (Joel 2:12), to refuse to settle for mediocrity and to grow in friendship with the Lord. Jesus is the faithful friend who never abandons us. Even when we sin, he patiently awaits our return; by that patient expectation, he shows us his readiness to forgive.” (Pope Francis)

Sending Off Missionaries to Colombia

The concluding activity of the third day of the SCJ Annual Assembly on February 12, 2020, was Holy Eucharist. It was held at the Immaculate Concepcion Parish in Aluba, Cagayan de Oro City and was presided by the Regional Superior, Fr. Lukas Hadi Siswo Sasmito, SCJ. Besides the two SCJ deacons, Fr. Lukas was accompanied at the altar by Fr. Delio Ruiz, SCJ, and Fr. Rogereve U. Pausanos, SCJ, who will join the new international community in Colombia. On February 17, 2020, they will leave for Madrid in Spain and after a few days, they will proceed to Quito in Ecuador. In Ecuador, they will meet the rest of the group, will organize the new community, and make plans for the future, while Fr. Rogereve will learn Spanish. The most probably by June 2020, they will move to Bogotá in Colombia. The new community will include one SCJ from Indonesia and one from Brazil. Continue reading

SCJ Annual Assembly 2020

On February 10, 2020, the SCJ Philippines Region has started its annual assembly. The assembly is being held at the Sacred Heart Formation House in Cagayan de Oro City and is attended by 37 confreres, including Fr. Daniele Gaiola, SCJ, the Mission Secretary of the North Italian Province. Continue reading

Installation of New Superior in Manila Community

On January 25, 2020, Fr. Donald S. Longno, SCJ, was installed as a new superior of the Dehon House Community in Manila. He replaced Fr. Delio Ruiz, SCJ, who next month, together with Fr. Rogereve U. Pausanos, SCJ, will join the new international community in Colombia. Fr. Delio served as the community superior since June 1, 2012. As of now, the Dehon House Community is composed of 12 priests (5 SCJs members of the Philippines Region, 2 SCJs from Indonesia and 1 from India, 3 diocesan priests from West Papua and 1 from the Diocese of Pagadian), and 26 scholastics (9 Filipino and 17 members of Vietnam District). Continue reading