Six seminarians professed Final Vows on Saturday, September 13, in the United States. The following day they were ordained deacons by Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades.
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The Congregation’s presence in the Philippines is due to the missionary work of Servant of God, Fr. Patrick Peyton, C.S.C. He arrived to the country in 1952 to preach a Family Rosary Crusade. An instant connection formed between the “Rosary Priest” and the Pilipino people who refer to themselves as "el Pueblo Amante de María" (the People Beloved of Mary).
The Congregation’s work with Family Rosary Crusade continues to this day in the Philippines. The country has also become a preferred location for Congregational members to do advanced studies in Asia.
Br. Stephen Binoy Gomes, C.S.C., reflects on Our Lady of Sorrows, the patroness of the Congregation, on her feast day. He shares how she drew strength from listening to and obeying the Word.
In Bangladesh, two novices professed First Vows, and eight new novices were received into the Novitiate for the Sacred Heart and St. Joseph Provinces.
"I also think of the time that I visited St. Joseph’s Oratory in Monreal, Canada, and saw the rooms full of crutches and testimonies and other gifts sent to Br. André in thanksgiving for miracles received. So many people touched by the grace of God through a man who did not have some of the usual credentials for great influence in the world: wealth, education, social status," writes Fr. Eric Schimmel, C.S.C.
"To stop there, however, misses another level to the story. Christ was more than a miracle worker. He is our Savior. He also is a great teacher and usually uses stories to teach."