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XVI Provincial Chapter
The Xaverian Missionaries USA celebrated the XVI Provincial Chapter in Duxbury, Massachusetts. It was an opportunity for our missionaries throughout the United States to come together, look back on the last five years of our work together and to peer into the future for the next four years with hope and enthusiasm despite the ravages of Covid-19.
As we gathered, we remembered all our men worldwide who succumbed to the pandemic, in particular Fr. Aniello Salicone who died of Covid-19.
We also looked at all that had been accomplished in the last five years both in and out of lockdown. We are grateful for the care and support we provide for each other as the Delta variant continues, friends and benefactors who so lovingly were with us through it all, and how the Lord of hosts holds us all in infinite hands.
Looking forward, we formulated some plans for the 75th anniversary of the United States Province of the Xaverian Missionaries which began at Our Lady of Fatima Shrine, Holliston, Massachusetts in 1946. Celebrations are anticipated in all our communities.
Other decisions regarding the next four years considered our changing communities and the need to streamline our work by strengthening our commitment to interfaith and interreligious-secular dialogue, and inspiring younger generations to the mission of a global Catholic Church. Practically that will mean that our Provincial House in Wayne, New Jersey, will eventually be closed, and our work there transferred to our other communities.
The new leadership of the Province was named to help guide us into the future. They include Fr. Mark Marangone as Provincial Superior, Fr. Alex Rodriguez as Vice Provincial, Fr. Carl Chudy as 1st Councilor, Fr. Rocco Puopolo as 2nd Councilor, and Fr. Dominic Caldognetto as 3rd Councilor.
We ask for your continued support and prayers as we look forward to another 75 years of ministry and service in the United States.
Fr. Carl Chudy, SX
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