XVI General Chapter
"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."
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.
The Dutch province found itself in a stormy period.
On the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the recognition of our Constitutions, we present some witnesses to the General Chapter that worked on the Rule of Life: fr. John van den Hengel, scj