Mindful of the struggled and blessed history of its own evangelization, the Americas strive to enkindle its missionary vocation. The Churches of the Americas declared their “renewed commitment to mission activity to the world.” The Xaverians established their presence in the U.S.A. in 1946. They have mission centers in Mexico since 1951, in Brazil since 1954, and in Colombia since 1975.
The US Province became an important crossroad for the Xaverian world. Since its earliest years it provided theology studies, language courses, funds for the missions, higher education, and other services to missionaries from every part of the Xaverian world. We are located in three mission centers in Holliston (MA), Franklin (WI), and Wayne (NJ).
The Provincial House – 12 Helene Court, Wayne, New Jersey 07470, 973-942-2975
Mission Center of Holliston, MA & the Our Lady of Fatima Shrine – 101 Summer Street, Holliston, MA 01746, 508-429-2144
Mission Center of Franklin, WI – 4500 Xavier Drive, Franklin, WI 53132, 414-421-0831
It was the Virgin Mary of Guadalupe, who appeared to Bl. Juan Diego (1531), who opened the hearts of the people of Mexico to evangelization. The Xaverians established the first school in Mazatlan in 1951, a school that propagated the spirit and life of Blessed Guido Maria Conforti. The first Mexican students joined the Xaverian family soon after. There are about 14 mission centers and parishes, where Xaverians in Mexico prepare missionaries for evangelization to non-Christians.
In Brazil, the Xaverians arrived in 1953, in response to an appeal made by Pope Pius XII. We presently work in two areas: the South (Parana, Sao Paulo, Minas Gerais) and the North (Para). The outskirts of the large cities of Brazil demand attention, through housing projects, the training of basic Christian communities, assisting the landless, homeless and street people. We are also engaged in the struggle for the rights of the “indios.” Even this country has seen the shedding of blood by Xaverian Martyrs, Fr. Pierobon in 1976 and Fr. Deiana in 1983.
In Colombia, the Xaverians began their activity in Buenaventura, and expanded to Bogota, and Cali. We provide opportunities to people who are in the midst of poverty, narcotics, and violence, through a renewed call to the Gospel values, greater sensitivity to traditional cultural values, and the nurturing of Christian communities.
Xaverian Missionaries of Mary
The Xaverian Missionary Sisters (of Mary) were established in Parma, Italy, in 1945. The seeds of this foundation can be found in the prophetic insights of Saint Conforti. “In the Xaverian Congregation I would like to start a Community of Sisters, for I consider it of great importance.” (Conforti, in 1927). Celestine Healy Bottego, born in Glendale, Ohio on Dec. 20 1895, and lived in Butte, Montana until her 14th birthday, expressed her consent to collaborate with Fr. James Spagnolo to start the community of sisters, in 1944 in Italy.
The missionary sisters draw inspiration from Mary, in the mystery of the Visitation and hold her to be the model of their interior spirit. Like Mary they travel the world, that all people will know the love of God.
Fr. Spagnolo and Mother Bottego wished their community to be missionary. Today, the Missionaries of Mary – Xaverian Sisters – are present in Italy, Brazil, Mexico, United States, Sierra Leone, Cameroon, Chad, Congo, Japan and Thailand. They are engaged in evangelization, catechetical activity, health care, and human promotion (especially of women). They live in small mission communities, often in areas of great poverty. They strive to respond to deep-rooted aspirations of the local churches and people among whom they live, and whose journey, sufferings, hopes and expectations they share.
“May your love be your habit” was the invitation of Fr. Spagnolo. Their small international communities provide a visible sign of the one people, which God loves and calls, to salvation.
Xaverian Missionaries of Mary – Xaverian Sisters
Sister Rebeca Sanchez, XMM
242 Salisbury Street
Worcester MA 01609-1639
Phone: (508) 757-0514