Sacred Heart Fathers
The Sacred Heart Fathers are a modern religious Society founded towards the end of the 19th century in France.
Their founder, Fr Leo John Dehon, spent his life striving to improve the conditions of working men and women in the large industrial cities of northern Europe.
He died in 1925 and the cause for his canonization is now going forward in Rome.
Fr Dehon saw the misery of the oppressed as a social evil. But he also realised that it was an outrage against the love of Christ. He therefore strove to lighten the burdens of the workers and to rekindle the flame of faith in the hearts of their oppressors. He derived his inspiration and strength from his deep awareness of the love of Jesus.
Fr Dehon considered the Heart of Jesus, wounded on the cross by our sins, to be the clearest sign of God’s love for all men and women. Such great love calls out for a return of love on our part.