Monthly Archives: April 2018

Inauguration of the 47th National Week for Institutes of Consecrated Life

The 47th National Week for Institutes of Religious Life under the title “Youth, Discernment and Consecrated Life” began, as scheduled, on April 5 in Madrid.

The initial moment was marked by the greetings of the various guests: Msgr. Carlos Osoro, Ms Mirian Cortes, grand rector of the UPSA, M Mª Rosario Rio, Director of CONFER, Ms Vicenta Estellés, President of CEDIS and Fr. Pedro Belderain CMF, Continue reading

FMA: “Together for Peace”

On 25 April 2018 the second day of interreligious dialogue will be held in San Biagio (Subiaco) focusing on peace formation as a means of promoting life and integration.

The event is aimed at representatives of different confessions and faiths: Catholics, Orthodox, Protestants, Anglicans, Jews, Muslims, Buddhists, Hindus, united for a shared study on the theme of peace education for the promotion of life.

The day will be divided into several sections during which the theme will be developed through artistic expressions: dance, music, poetry, visual arts, and more, freely narrated respecting diversity and accompanied by comments on the deep and individual meanings to be shared.

The goal is to share the wealth of each of the traditions present on the theme of peace and promotion of life. Continue reading

Apostolic Exorthation GAUDETE ET EXSULTATE of the Holy Father Francis


1. “REJOICE AND BE GLAD” (Mt 5:12), Jesus tells those persecuted or humiliated for his sake. The Lord asks everything of us, and in return he offers us true life, the happiness for which we were created. He wants us to be saints and not to settle for a bland and mediocre existence. The call to holiness is present in various ways from the very first pages of the Bible. Continue reading

Islam&Belonging: PLURIEL 2nd International Congress, Roma, 26-28 june 2018

The notion of belonging offers the double advantage of being less unyielding than the concept of identity and closer to the phenomena of “recompositions”. The notion may lead our reflection to sociological, political and theological fields, which is specific to modernity. Indeed, contemporary transformations need to be dealt with through the modes of transition, rupture and antagonisms that interact with tradition and modernity. From this perspective of unity/diversity, Continue reading

Dehonians. Fr. Heiner Wilmer, SCJ, appointed bishop

Today, April 6, 2018, Pope Francis appointed Fr. Heiner Wilmer, SCJ, as the new bishop of the Diocese of Hildesheim (Germany). Father Wilmer is the 10th Superior General of the Congregation of Priests of the Sacred Heart of Jesus – Dehonians. He will assume responsibility as the 71st pastor of the Diocese of Hildesheim.

The Diocese of Hildesheim, which includes the city of Hanover, is one of the oldest dioceses. Continue reading

JPIC Newsbrief – March 2018

The month of March has been for us a journey of intense conversion to a compassionate God of life. It has been an opportunity for us all to renounce our idols of dehumanizing indiffe ence, racism, and slavery to our own egos, and to become more hospitable to the world’s most vulnerable members through our contemplation and action. Easter invites us to build community, interconnected within Christ’s mystical Body, that challenges us to go be-yond barriers to build Continue reading

UISG. CHILD SAFEGUARDING. Guidelines and Protocols for Religious Institutes

“The primary responsibility lies with bishops, priests and religious, those who have received from the Lord the vocation to offer their lives to service, including the vigilant protection of all vulnerable children, young people and adults.” Holy Father’s Address to the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors (21 Sep 2017) –

Dr. Dy-Liacco holds a Ph.D. in Pastoral Counseling from Loyola Continue reading

Death of Fr Mark McDonald

I am very sad to report that Fr. Mark McDonald, MSC, our former Superior General, died last night in bed in Center Valley, PA. Fr. Kennedy discovered his body this morning, April 2.  Please pray for his eternal rest and for his family.

He will lie in state at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Church in Watertown, NY, on Sunday, April 8, 2018.  A prayer service will be held at 7 PM.  The funeral for Fr. Mark McDonald, MSC, Continue reading