Society welcomes new provincial | Fr. Jeff Wocken SDS
Having served the past six years as director of Jordan Ministry Team, a collaborative Salvatorian ministry based in Tucson, AZ, Fr. Jeffrey Wocken SDS has returned to Milwaukee, WI to begin his term as the newly elected provincial for the USA Province.
Fr. Jeff was first introduced to the Salvatorians in 1981 when his family moved to Huntsville, AL, and he became involved with music and youth ministries at our Salvatorian parish of St. Joseph and at our Salvatorian Camp St. Charles in Maryland. He professed vows in 1994 and was ordained a Salvatorian priest in June of 1999.
Return from Africa
Fr. Jim Weyker SDS has returned home from his ministry in Tanzania, Africa which spanned more than 25 years! Fr. Jim was the last American Salvatorian Priest serving there. He served in many parishes throughout Tanzania. His last years there included serving the sisters in Masasi and taking care of his cashew grove.
A stand out person
When Louinel was a small boy in Haiti, managers of the Salvatorian-led Haiti Project took him under their wing. They found him a sponsor, which, in turn, opened the door for Louinel to attend the recently opened school in the village of Garcin. “Louinel was always friendly. As we started to spend extended periods of time in Haiti, he would come and visit us regularly,” said Denise Snyder SDS. “He would help me practice my Creole, share meals with us and play dominos in the evenings.”
Finding more ways to help
A Salvatorian priest, along with the director of our Mission Warehouse and his wife, the president of Southwest Medical Aid and a mission nurse (all of whom are, or soon will be, Lay Salvatorians) gathered together to fly to Tanzania, Africa. The group had high hopes of establishing stronger relationships with our Tanzanian Pro-Province and finding ways to help provide medical supplies needed at various clinics and outstations.