Author: Xaverian Missionaries USA

Healing and Hope from the Ashes of War

“I just think it’s time to let go, you know? Forgive them,” says Mariatu Kamara, 22, of the child soldiers who hacked off her hands in Sierra Leone 10 years ago. Kamara starts at George Brown College in Toronto and her new book, The Bite of the Mango, soon...

The Word of God, Mission, Dialogue

After the completion of the initial sessions of the Synod of Bishops on the Word of God, Cardinal Marc Ouellet presented the summary report. It is divided into three parts. The first is entitled “God speaks and hears”, the second is: “The Word of God, Holy Scriptures, Tradition.” The...

Synod of the Bishops and Mission

This past month the Synod of Bishops concluded with their focus on the Word of God and how we as a Church share this Word in relevant ways. In the final address of the Holy Father, he summarized things in this way: The voice of the Word is revelation,...

Breaking the Silence

The Congo is the greatest humanitarian crisis in the world today where nearly 6 million people have died since 1996, half of them children 5 yrs old or younger and hundreds of thousands of women have been raped all as a result of the scramble for Congo’s wealth. The...

Change the Story

One of the challenges of mission ad gentes is proding and encouraging Catholics to reach beyond the walls of their parishes and to connect in meaningful ways with those who do not believe as we do. The challenge of the American Catholic parish to connect with Islam is enormously...

The War Escalates in the Southern Philippines

The Xaverian Missionaries are far from the blood soaked fields of Mindanao where Muslim separatists having been fighting the government of the Philippines for more than 30 years for a muslim nation within the Philippines. The presentation by 101 East of Aljazeera shows the real cost of war. If...

Muslim, Hindu, Christian Solidarity?

There have been violent communal attacks by “fundamentalist Hindus” against Christians in Orissa, India. At least 100 have been killed since last week. Some 10,000 Christians are in shelter camps set up by the government and just as many are taking refuge in forests to escape the violence of Hindu...

Mission ad Extra, Immigration and the Challenge to the USA

Mission and vocation awareness and action is best expressed and experienced through the ordinary things, cultural icons and national issues that affect the thinking and acting of Americans everyday, especially when they are part of its anxiety. Immigration is a political issue which is even more fundamentally is a...

Refocusing and Restructuring

I shared with the Council my concerns about limiting discernment about restructuring merely to diminishing personnel and closing houses. These realities are true, but we also need to look at issues bigger than the Xaverian Missionaries, that is, the state of mission ad gentes, ad extra that comes from...
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