23 September 2022
23 Sep 2022

Dehonians in Canada and social engagement

The recent regional assembly of Dehonians in Canada reflected further on the theme of the 9th General Conference on Social Engagement.

by  Maurice Légaré, scj

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From September 12-15, 2022, the SCJ Region of Canada held its Annual Regional Assembly at Villa St-Martin in Pierrefonds, near Montreal. All but two members of the Region participated.

The Assembly began with an evening of sharing among the members of the Region about their experiences over the past year. It continued on Tuesday and Wednesday under the theme “Dehonians and the Social Field”, in reference to the last General Conference. Two facilitators, Ariane Collin and Frédéric Barriault, from the Center for Justice and Faith, a center for social analysis founded by the Jesuits, helped the participants deepen this theme in the light of the teaching of the Church, and in particular, of Pope Francis, as well as the writings of Fr. Dehon.

Tuesday evening was marked by a presentation by the Director General of the Séminaire du Sacré-Cœur on the current situation of the school and its future prospects, as well as by the testimony of two newcomers to Canada, Father Guy-Bertrand, a student at St. Paul’s University in Ottawa, and Aurélie, a young refugee from the Democratic Republic of Congo, who spoke of the challenges they have faced and still face, as well as the blessings they have experienced since arriving in Canada.

The last day was devoted to the reports of the various committees and commissions of the Region, and the celebration of the anniversaries of profession and ordination.

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