Assimilate or Go Home: Notes from a Failed Missionary on Rediscovering Faith

Assimilate or Go Home: Notes from a Failed Missionary on Rediscovering Faith

The gist behind this simple but extraordinary book is how a missionary, called to cross cultural and faith boundaries, to live as a foreigner, and to share their life in concrete and powerful ways with the dispossessed and the poor, shares friendship, love and solidarity. These gifts are the most significant things one can give another and they all speak the same language. It is the story for many of us who spend our lives as missionaries for the Church….

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Growing in Compassion

Growing in Compassion

By Fr. Carl Chudy, SX Recently I was asked to react to the talk of Sr. Donna Markham, OP on religious life and the commitment to compassion at the national assembly of the Conference of Major Superiors of Men in Columbus, Ohio. Sr. Donna is currently head of Catholic Charities in the United States. Here is what I presented. I am grateful for Donna’s profound reflection on the mystery of compassion as it is shared through the myriad of charisms…

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It’s Not About You; it’s About Me

It’s Not About You; it’s About Me

  by Fr. Tony Lalli, SX Matthew 20: 20-28 I went to the doctor’s this past Monday. While waiting, I had a chance encounter with another patient there, a woman undergoing chemotherapy. I had said Mass that morning in honor of St. James the Apostle. The gospel reading for the day was Matthew 20:20-28. In my prayer over hat reading I received a sense that Jesus might reverse both the wording and context of the phrase, “It’s not about you,…

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Murders in Burundi: Missionary order reckons with Killing of Three Sisters

Murders in Burundi: Missionary order reckons with Killing of Three Sisters

by Claire Schaeffer-Duffy The Global Sisters Report, a project of the National Catholic Reporter recently published this investigative report on the murders of our Sisters Olga Raschietti, Lucia Pulici, and Bernedetta Boggian in Burundi, Africa, September 2014. Related – Three lives for Africa: Srs. Olga Raschietti, Lucia Pulici and Bernardetta Boggian Editor’s note: The brutal murder of three Xaverian sisters almost two years ago in the tiny central African country of Burundi was shocking even in an area known for…

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Christians and Muslims Celebrating Baptism

Christians and Muslims Celebrating Baptism

Fr. Louis Birabaluge, SX On the day of the feast of Pentecost (May 15th), the Lord added (Ac 2: 47) ten new members to our Christian community in the parish of Mongo Bendugu , Our lady Queen of the Apostles (Diocese of Makeni/Sierra Leone). An event which was meant to be an internal Christian community feast, ended up being a nice experience of interreligious dialogue, both for Christians and Muslims. Indeed, among our new members, was a boy from a…

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Healing a Divided World: Dialogue Moved by Mercy

Healing a Divided World: Dialogue Moved by Mercy

The latest atrocity in Orlando is a stark reminder we have yet to find a way to get a grip on our divided nation across a number of fault lines that are both religious and cultural. We struggle to find a way to act together, not only to mitigate the possibilities of mass shootings, but we divide ourselves up into categories of straight and gay, this faith or that, or none at all, seismic changes in our political identities, the…

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The Vatican’s and China’s Evolving Relationship

The Vatican’s and China’s Evolving Relationship

Recently, Victor Getan, Senior International correspondent for the National Catholic Register, published an interesting article for the  Council on Foreign Relations, called, The Pope and the Politbro: The Vatican’s Chinese Diplomacy. With the extraordinary importance of the changing climate in China for the Church, we offer a synopsis, citing Mr. Getan, with some of our own thoughts attached. The first establishment of the Xaverian Missionaries in 1895, founded by St. Guido Conforti, was part of a larger missionary revival in…

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50 Years of Missionary Priesthood

50 Years of Missionary Priesthood

On Trinity Sunday, May 22, 2016, the Xaverian Missionaries, along with friends and family, gathered at Our Lady of Fatima Shrine in Holliston, Massachusetts, where we celebrated the enduring, generous priestly service of three of our men, Frs. Tony Lalli, Dominic Caldognetto, and Ivan Marchesin. They were ordained together in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on January 22, 1966. Along with them was also ordained Fr. Graziano Rossato who we remembered fondly, and whose missionary priesthood came to an abrupt ending when he passed away through…

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Pentecost in a Time of Faith, Doubt, and Division

Pentecost in a Time of Faith, Doubt, and Division

Fr. Carl Chudy, SX  Twenty first Century Pentecost The core purpose of the Xaverian Missionaries is parceled out in a small slice of the larger evangelical commitment of the Church in something Vatican II called the “mission ad gentes.” This Latin term is a fancy way of saying that we attempt to connect in meaningful ways the Catholic Church with the larger stream of humanity who is neither Catholic, nor Christian, which by the way is most of humanity. The…

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Bringing the Concerns of “Laudato Si” to a Global Stage

Bringing the Concerns of “Laudato Si” to a Global Stage

The Xaverian Missionaries supports very directly the efforts of so many wishing to bring the concerns of the Church regarding the Care of our Common Home.  Catholic Climate Movement offers wonderful opportunities for this. We included their most recent message. Two amazing things happened yesterday. Both are about how we, people of faith, are calling our governments to take bold action for climate justice. In New York City, Catholics and other faith communities delivered an Interfaith Climate Change Statement to the…

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