Information on COVID-19

(Coronavirus)

Communications regarding COVID-19 will be located on this page. We will also post helpful links. Additional communications will be emailed to students, faculty, and staff.

Please email Rector@shsst.edu for further information or if you have any questions.

Operating Hours 9:00am-3:00pm

Current Status

There are currently no known cases of COVID-19 at Sacred Heart Seminary and School of Theology.

July 01, 2020: Return to school protocol for in-house seminarians

May 28, 2020: Updated SHSST’s COVID-19 Response Levels Operations Plan-Phase 2 as of June 1, 2020

May 15, 2020: Short term, the building will remain closed. Protocol for returning to the building will be forthcoming.

City of Franklin Website: https://www.franklinwi.gov/

City of Milwaukee Website: https://city.milwaukee.gov/

Thank you to the ECS students who helped make 1400 face masks for Just One More Ministry! Wow! Your help is invaluable to the community around us!

“Just One More Ministry seeks volunteers for 3.5 million mask campaign”

Just One More Ministry has joined forces with Rebel Converting of Saukville in an effort to make and distribute 3.5 million face masks. The mask-making kits are given to volunteer families and organizations, and once the masks are completed, they are distributed to area healthcare facilities and nonprofits.

Just One More seeks to be the hands and feet of Jesus Christ by caring for Milwaukee’s poor in spirit, providing regular nutritious meals for the hungry, and offering those who suffer with addictions a faith based recovery program for creating a fulfilling and God-centered life.

For more information visit www.jomministry.org/masks

Want real-time details? Visit https://www.jomministry.org/masksout for the full progress dashboard.

Sacred Heart Seminary and School of Theology deeply cares for its students, faculty and staff.  We continue to monitor COVID-19. Updates to school procedures including any adjustments to teaching will be announced here.  Currently, we do not have plans to close but will work in conjunction with Milwaukee County and Wisconsin state health officials.  We have significantly enhanced cleaning protocols and are creating alternate teaching plans if needed.

Students, faculty or staff that are at higher-risk are encouraged to talk to their supervisor, to determine the plan best for them.

Please continue the preventative measures as outlined by the CDC:

  • Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue. If you don’t have a tissue, cough and sneeze into the inside of your elbow, not your hands.
  • Stay home when sick or feeling under the weather.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces.
  • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.

Milwaukee County health officials also recommend during the next month to avoid gatherings of 250 or more persons and venues that attract large crowds.

May we be a light of faith to others during this difficult time!

Urbi et Orbi

Pope Francis held a special Urbi et Orbi on Friday, March 27, 2020 from the steps of St. Peter’s Basilica.

“Usually a colorful event reserved only for Christmas Day and Easter Sunday, this extraordinary blessing was held in keeping with the gravity of the current global situation, as more than half of the world’s population is confined to their homes to prevent the spread of Covid-19,” reported the Vatican News website.

“Standing in a deserted St. Peter’s Square with a steady rain falling, Pope Francis spoke to the world through all the means of modern communication: Facebook, YouTube, TV, and radio.”

Click here to watch the live stream video.

Click here to read the full report at Vatican News.

Click here to read Pope Francis’ text.

Click on any of the following for additional communications:

May 15 Communication from Very Rev. Raúl Gómez-Ruiz SDS, Ph.D.: Lifting of Governor Ever’s emergency order- Click Here

May 14 Communication from Very Rev. Raúl Gómez-Ruiz SDS, Ph.D.: Stay at Home Order Update – Click Here

May 11 Communication from Very Rev. Raúl Gómez-Ruiz SDS, Ph.D.: President’s Council Update – Click Here

April 17 Communication from Very Rev. Raúl Gómez-Ruiz SDS, Ph.D.: Stay at Home Order Update – Click Here

April 03 Communication from Very Rev. Raúl Gómez-Ruiz SDS, Ph.D.: Holy Week/Easter Update – Click Here

April 02 Communication from Fr. Ed Kilianski: SCJ update – Click Here

March 30 Communication from Patrick J. Russell, Ph.D., Academic Dean: Student CARE Communique- Click Here

March 27 Communication from Very Rev. Raúl Gómez-Ruiz SDS, Ph.D.: Week 2 update – Click Here

March 24 Communication from Very Rev. Raúl Gómez-Ruiz SDS, Ph.D.: Governor Ever’s “Stay at Home” order – Click Here

March 24 Communication from Maintenance: Room usage update – Click Here

March 18 Communication from Very Rev. Raúl Gómez-Ruiz SDS, Ph.D.: Cafeteria now offering boxed lunches – Click Here

March 17 Communication from Very Rev. Raúl Gómez-Ruiz SDS, Ph.D.: Invitation to pray the Angelus – Click Here

March 16 Communication from Very Rev. Raúl Gómez-Ruiz SDS, Ph.D.: Shifting operations – Click Here

March 13 Communication from Very Rev. Raúl Gómez-Ruiz SDS, Ph.D.: Living situation – Click Here

March 13 Communication from Very Rev. Raúl Gómez-Ruiz SDS, Ph.D.: COVID update – Click Here 

March 12 Communication from Very Rev. Raúl Gómez-Ruiz SDS, PhD: Monitoring COVID situation – Click Here 

March 9 Communication from Very Rev. Raúl Gómez-Ruiz SDS, PhD: COVID response – Click Here

A statement from Sodexho, our catering service, regarding their preventative measures:

https://go.sodexo.com/webmail/786623/27413376/f5dd1b60f0674f60f5926f975d8c7cd1b9ce332ba726d01f998645591ed4d4e0

Information from our Partners:

The Priests of the Sacred Heart (Dehonians), of which Sacred Heart Seminary and School of Theology is an apostolate, has a very useful information sheet for their community.  It was created by their Province Director of Healthcare Services, Mary Balistreri:

http://dehoniansusa.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/Coronavirus-Info-March-2020.pdf

COVID-19 Symptoms compared to other common conditions

St. Francis de Sales Seminary:

https://www.sfs.edu/SFSHome

Archdiocese of Milwaukee:

Click here for the latest COVID updates from the Archdiocese of Milwaukee: https://www.archmil.org/Our-Faith/CoVID-19-Updates.htm

Home Page: https://www.archmil.org

Suspension of the public celebration of Masses throughout the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, through Friday, April 3: https://www.archmil.org/ArchMil/attachments/CoVID19UpdateforMass.pdf

Liturgical and Pastoral Suggestions: https://www.archmil.org/News-2.0/Liturgical–Pastoral-Suggestions-in-the-Event-of-a-Viral-Outbreak.htm

Below are links for additional resources:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:

Home page: https://www.cdc.gov

Coronavirus: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

Travel guidelines: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/index.html

World Health Association, Questions and Answers: https://www.who.int/news-room/q-a-detail/q-a-coronaviruses

Wisconsin Department of Health Services:

https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/

https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/disease/covid-19.htm

Franklin Coronavirus Information:

https://www.franklinwi.gov/Files/Health/Program-Flyers/Coronavirus_Update_3-10-2020.pdf

Milwaukee County Department of Health and Human Services:

https://county.milwaukee.gov/EN/DHHS

City of Milwaukee Health Department:

https://city.milwaukee.gov/Coronavirus#.Xmr1XC2ZPjA

Flu & Coronavirus Comparison:

Click Here

Helpful information from the Department of  Veteran’s Affairs:

VA COVID-19 Q & A

VA COVID-19 FAQ

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