Having served six years as vicar general and general secretary to our international Society of the Divine Savior in Rome, Italy, Fr. Raúl Gómez has returned home. He has been appointed as the new president-rector of Sacred Heart Seminary and School of Theology (SHSST) and after a short sabbatical, will assume the duties of this position in July.
Silver Jubilee a golden opportunity to reflect
An ancient Chinese proverb states, "A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step." "Many great endeavors start from very humble beginnings and if not for those first steps, they very well many not exist at all,” shared Fr. Jeff Wocken SDS, USA provincial, during his opening remarks at the Silver Jubilee celebration of Jordan University College (JUCo) in Morogoro, Tanzania in March.
Camp | It never really takes a break
Nestled on a peninsula on the shores of the Charleston Creek and Wicomico River in Southern Maryland, the Salvatorian inspired Camp St. Charles never really takes a break. In some ways, it never really slows down. Early registration for the 2019 camp season has been incredibly strong, with the program being already 85 percent full for this summer.
Container arrives in Syria
For Achraf and other Syrian refugees who have settled in the U.S., the joy felt in finally getting their families to safety is tempered by the memories of all those left behind. But it is through these relationships that the Salvatorian Mission Warehouse (SMW), located in New Holstein, Wisc. is able to get relief goods into Syria when very few organizations are successful.
Reaching millennials in campus ministry
Whether it is on a secular or religious campus, helping young adults find ways to embrace, and live their Catholic faith daily is clearly at the heart of this ministry. The Society has three men serving in campus ministry, with combined years of service spanning 70 years!
United in Christ | Unidos en Cristo
At the Salvatorian-led parish of Mother of Good Counsel (MGC) in Milwaukee, Wis., implementation of a Spanish Mass more than two years ago helped attendance take off, as well as a meaningful Hispanic ministry.
Fr. Reed Mungovan SDS serves as the administrator at the parish, and has an affinity to the Spanish language that started back in middle school. However it was in seminary school that he received the push he needed, when his mentor, and fellow Salvatorian, Fr. Raúl Gomez capriciously signed him up for a minor concentration in Spanish. “Despite my hesitation, I was being an obedient servant,” he said with a laugh. “So, I just did it!”
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.
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An inspiring example of the spirit and history of our Salvatorian mission! Read the full story from National Catholic Reporter
"Fr. Jordan showed great concern for cities' peripheries and the marginalized. From here, they oversee missions and projects in 43 countries. The congregation is characterized by the formation of its members and by living close to the most needy. "