Pages of history
Father Giuseppe Eugenio Paris was the second person who came to join the congregation. He was a person who spoke his mind, without diplomacy. He was a professor, a general councilor, a man who experienced the difficult years of the Congregation at the beginning of the foundation
We publish here the letter of invitation that the Bishop of Trondheim Msgr. Erik Varden wrote to the Dehonians. The letter is followed by a report of the bishop's visit to the Dehonians in the Generalate community
Fr. Alphonsus Maria Rasset was assistant of the Founder. Fr. Dehon wrote of him: he was my principal assistant. He took a special interest in youth, their health and studies. He was like a mother of the family. I have seen few priests with such a vivid faith."
With Fr. Dehon there were not only priests. Also present at the founder's first profession were two aspiring cooperator brothers. Who were the first brothers? The Editor profiles them and their mission
We repost a lecture by Msgr. Philippe, Dehon's successor.
The author collects three outstanding documents from the Dehonian archives on Fr. Dehon's death.
"Personally, I experienced the rewriting of the Constitutions and the Rule of Life above all as the necessary rethinking of the theology that was the basis of the devotion to the Sacred Heart."
"We survived this chapter only by the grace of God and because the Church had need of the charism of Fr. Leo John Dehon. And if an SCJ could survive this event, he could survive anything."
There are over 80 million refugees in the world today. The war in Ukraine shows how this drama grows exponentially. Father Dehon also lived through the tragedy of the war and being a refugee, not without psychological consequences.
That Chapter (1966-1967) was, in my opinion, a new springtime for consecrated life, and for our Institut. It was, as some have said, the beginning of a true and proper re-foundation.