January 18 – 25 – Week of Prayer for Christian Unity – Greymoor Ecumenical and Interreligious Institute
February 1 – 7 – World Interfaith Harmony Week – UN Observance Week
Exclusive Special Preview of the new movie “Silence”
SILENCE tells the story of two Christian missionaries who face the ultimate test of faith when they travel to Japan in search of their missing mentor at a time when Christianity was outlawed and their presence forbidden. The celebrated director’s 28-year journey to bring Shusaku Endo’s 1966 acclaimed novel to life is in theaters now. Makes a great discussion in any parish.
Newest Feature of the Web: The Life and Legacy of St. Guido Conforti
We are providing new access to the life and legacy of one of the newest missionary saints of the Church, St. Guido Conforti. Founder of the Xaverian Missionaries for China, and eventually beyond, St. Guido was a bishop whose heart was larger than any diocese, a legacy for any diocese whose hearts are wide enough to encompass the whole world.
- Take a look at his life at Life of the Founder.
- Check it out at this humble saint’s moral compass and foresight at the Legacy of the Founder.
- Included is the entire video of the canonization of St. Guido by Pope Benedict XVI at Celebrating with the Church. Bring plenty of popcorn.
- In our E-Prayer Space we bring you the opportunity to share your prayers and concerns for loved ones and the entire globe and to leave them online for others. Let’s share our prayers.
A Journey in Interfaith Dialogue: God Between the Lines
Fr. Carl Chudy reflects on his missionary journey that is leading him to strengthen even further the interfaith dialogue of the Church and to help parishes and dioceses both understand and participate in this important evangelical commitment. He begins: “In reaching out to others whose faith we do not share, we are inevitably “pushed back” to our own faith to re- define our religious identity in this new interfaith relationship, and to search within our own tradition the signs of openness and mercy. It has lead me to a personal transformation, a renewed understanding what it means, for example, to be a Catholic Christian in a diverse and pluralistic world. It is truly a work in progress.” READ MORE
Rainy Season: It’s the Time of the Farmers
Most people of Mongo Bendugu, including our parishioners, are farmers. There are other jobs, of course, as teacher, police officer, nurse, carpenter, fitter or trader, but they are rather few. Farming is the most common occupation of the people here. I imagine this situation to be like at the time of Jesus, as we read in the Gospel, where he tells many parables about the life of the farmers or farming activity (Mat 13:1-23.24-30.31-32; 20:1-16; 21:33-46; Mr 4:26-29, John 15:1-17)… [MORE]
Our Mission & Vision
Inspired by St. Guido Conforti and St. Francis Xavier, we, Xaverian Missionaries, serve to keep the local Church aware of, engaged with and connected to the missionary mandate of the universal Church, principally by witnessing Jesus to those who have yet to know Him.
We strive to inspire a new generation to the challenges this mission offers us today in a diverse and pluralistic world:
- Intercultural and interfaith dialogue;
- Advocacy for and solidarity with the poor;
- Sharing the legacy of our founder, St. Guido Conforti;
- Telling the stories and witness of our missionaries in the variety of ministries and countries where we serve.