The Congregation of the Priests of the Sacred-Heart of Jesus was founded in Saint-Quentin, in France, in 1878, by the venerable servant of God Leon John Dehon, who received the grace and the mission to enrich the Church by the institute apostolic of religious, living by his inspiration of the Gospel. For him, it was the real way to follow Christ, to heal his wounds and to express his total abandonment and union to God in Christ through the Holy Spirit, the Blessed Virgin Mary our mother, Saint Joseph our protector and all the Saints. But, it was not easy for him because he faced many obstacles. The first was his family and mostly his father who really opposed his vocation and proposed to him a long journey (10 months), with the aim that Dehon could change his decision to enter the Seminary. Another salient difficulty was the suppression of the congregation on the 8 of December 1883. Thank God that after the suppression, Dehon’s bishop, Mgr Thibaudier, had gotten for him, the permission to continue his works and the “bref laudatif” of the 25th February 1888, which marked the first recognition of a Religious Institute, will be his consolation. The other difficulties were internals: Father Dehon had to do with his proper religious. However, in all circumstances, he knew how to pray and to trust in God, to express his “firmness and suppleness, conviction and availability” to the will of God.
In this article, we are not going to talk about the difficulties, activities or social life of Father Dehon, though our primary interest is his different births: physical, religious and heaven birth. As well, before the end of our work, we will talk, briefly, of the birth of the dehonians in Cameroon.