Murder in Burundi: the man who knew too much

Murder in Burundi: the man who knew too much

How the killing of three elderly nuns set the country’s leading human rights activist on a collision course with its most powerful general We share with you a recent investigative report on the background story referring to the murder of three Xaverian sisters in Burundi, Africa two years ago. We are grateful to Jessica Hatcher and the Guardian for this important story.   by Jessica Hatcher On a Sunday afternoon in early September 2014, Sister Bernadetta Boggian drove into the…

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Part I: The Catholic Bleed & Community Outside the Church

Part I: The Catholic Bleed & Community Outside the Church

We will be running a blog series on the departure of our young people from the Church and how we need to understand this as well draw lesson on how we innovate the ways we share Christ with our young people.  We encourage you to accompany us in this dialogue as we spend a few blog posts on this most important matter. Share with us your views and concerns. We will be sharing them in the social media world. Fr. Carl…

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The Road Not Taken

The Road Not Taken

Fr. Tony Lalli, SX/Monday of the 28th Week The American Poet, Robert Frost, has long been a favorite of mine. In his well-known poem, “The Road Not Taken”, he beautifully reminds us of the necessity to make choices in life: Two roads diverged in a wood, and I /I took the one less traveled by,/And that has made all the difference. Today’s lesson from the Gospel according to Luke confirms that message and contains words of warning to people who…

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21st Anniversary of the Murders of Three Missionaries

21st Anniversary of the Murders of Three Missionaries

On Saturday, October 1, 2016 we went on Pilgrimage to Buyengero Burundi where our confreres, Fr. Ottorino Maule SX and Fr. Aldo Marchiol SX, were killed on September 30, 1995. It has been 21 years since their martyrdom along with Katina Gubert, a volunteer lay woman from Italy. As usual, this year, we have celebrated the memorial of their martyrdom by having a Pilgrimage to Buyengero. The parish was founded by father Ottorino Maule on September 7, 1991 when he…

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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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