Remembering the Sikh Gurdwara Massacre of Oak Creek, Wisconsin

Ten years ago in 2012, a white nationalist entered a Sikh gurdwara (temple) in Oak Creek, Wisconsin – and opened fire. Seven beloved community members were killed. It was the deadliest massacre of Sikhs on U.S. soil ever. Too many Americans don’t remember Oak Creek. But we do. We...

A Love for Believing What I Cannot See

Maggie Silvestri, our new social media volunteer, shares the changes in her life that altered dramatically her faith and her sense of hope. Faith and religion have always been unknown and confusing concepts for me. I was never sure what my faith was, or what I believed in. A...

New Social Media Volunteer Joins Us in the Mission Media Office

We are pleased to welcome Maggie Silvestri, who lives close to Fatima Shrine in Massachusetts, as our new social media volunteer. In her religious and spiritual search, she comes to us full of energy and enthusiasm to assist us in our social media engagement through Instagram, Facebook, blog writing,...

Buffalo Shooting and our Catholic Missionary Response

Our hearts break for the families whose loved ones were ruthlessly murdered on May 14, 2022, by a proponent of white supremacy. We pray for the victims: Roberta A. Drury, Margus D. Morrison, Andre Macneil, Aaron Salter, Geraldine Talley, Celestine Chaney, Heyward Patterson, Katherine Massey, Pearl Young, and Ruth...

St. Charles de Foucauld Among Muslim Saints

Dorothy C. Buck’s interest in the three Abrahamic traditions, Islam, Christianity, and Judaism has led her to publish many articles and books on Interfaith topics and to establish networks of prayer groups, such as the modern revival of the Badaliya, a Christian Muslim prayer movement. Along with chapters in two...

Easter: my first experience as a missionary and as a priest

Christophe Ndiwe Chiza sx I am Father Christophe Ndiwe Chiza, a Xaverian missionary, originally from the Democratic Republic of Congo. I was ordained a priest on September 20, 2020. Easter celebration of this year in Sierra Leone was my first experience as a missionary but also as a priest....

Following Christ Crucified

We ran across this inspiring post from Richard Rohr’s Center of Action and Contemplation that expresses the Crucified Christ in a compelling way. Surrendering his life on the cross out of love for all creation, Jesus somehow places himself (and therefore God) in solidarity with all suffering. Black Catholic...

For More Than 70 Years, the Xaverian Missionaries Share Faith in Japan

In January 1949, the Xaverian Missionaries contacted the Pope’s envoy in Japan, stating that the situation is becoming more untenable for our missionary efforts in China as they were being expelled from the country. With young missionaries being prepared to leave for the missions, alternative missionary sites were sought...

When the Faith of Another Speaks to you of God

Fr. Rolando Ruiz Duran, sx When the faith of the other speaks to you of God and transmits to you that beautiful presence that only God gives, then you discover once again something that we hardly intuit: the others always present us with something of the God whom we...

Listening to Those Who Left the Church for the Synod of the Church 2021-2023

Pope Francis has convoked a synod for the global church. It is entitled “For a Synodal Church: Communion, Participation, and Mission” and opened on the 9th – 10th of October 2021 in Rome and on the following 17th of October in each particular Church. One fundamental stage will be...

How I encounter God through the Xaverian Missionaries

Don Mueller The Xaverian community has blessed my life for almost 35 years. Fr. Alex has asked me to share how I have encountered God through my encounters with them. The ways are endless, but I have grouped my reflections in 4 blessings. I will not single out any...

February 5-6, 2020: Feast of Consecrated Life and Vowed Mission

In 1997, Pope Saint John Paul II instituted a day of prayer for women and men in consecrated life. This celebration is attached to the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord on February 2nd. This Feast is also known as Candlemas Day; the day on which candles are blessed symbolizing...

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2022

“We saw the star in the East, and we came to worship Him.” Matthew 2:2 The theme for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity in 2022 was selected by the Middle East Council of Churches and originates from the churches in Lebanon. Present times in Lebanon are extremely...

Fr. Victor Bongiovanni: A Missionary of Eighty Years

Last year one of our veteran missionaries, Fr. Victor Bongiovanni celebrated his eightieth year after working for decades in Sierra Leone, West Africa. Fr. Louis Bira, a Xaverian colleague in Sierra Leone conducted an interview with Fr. Victor. June 26, 1941-June 26, 2021, 80 good years have passed since...

Looking Deeply: Interfaith Dialogue with Hindus, Christians, and Sikhs

The Metrowest Interfaith Dialogue Project, a special project of Our Lady of Fatima Shrine, Holliston, sponsored an evening of sharing across faiths. On Tuesday, December 7, multifaith neighbors gathered around a fascinating conversation and surprising connections with Hindus, Christians, and Sikhs. Swami Tyagananda, head of the Vedanta Society of...

Responding to Racism, Homophobia, and Antisemitism in our Community

The Xaverian Missionaries at Our Lady of Fatima Shrine in Holliston, Massachusetts works with other faith communities as we widen the circle of the Kin-dom of God both within and beyond the Catholic community. Recently, bias incidents showed up in our local public schools with racist, homophobic, and antisemitic...

The Triumph of Diversity

In Wayland, Massachusetts, the Islamic Center of Boston hosted the first in-person interfaith meeting amid the pandemic after more than a year. The Xaverian Missionaries collaborates with the Mosque in their outreach programming. By Pietro Rossini – Xaverian Missionaries USA Dr. Arthur P. Ciaramicoli’s book, “The Triumph of Diversity,”...

My Encounter with the Xaverian Charism

Hilda Cecilia Blanco Arreola The Xaverian Missionaries in Mexico run a Lay Xaverian Missionary Program and invite lay people to join us in our dedication to the church’s mission. Hilda Cecilia Blanco Arreola shares with us her experience. In life, we can have different ways of looking at ourselves....

God in Everything

Today is a period and a society in which the Church, Christianity, and religion in general, seem to be reaching the end. Our epoch has been defined as a truly ‘cultural night’, a night foreshadowed by the terrible proclamation that God is dead. Completely bucking this general trend, Conforti’s Testament...

What Muslim Scholars Owe Afghanistan

Used with permission from the author By Mehlaqa Samdani At their first press conference, the Taliban promised to uphold the rights and freedoms of women, the media, and civil society in Afghanistan within the framework of the Shariah. This left many wondering how the Taliban would choose to implement...

500 Years of Christianity in the Philippines

On the occasion of the 500th anniversary of the arrival of the Catholic faith to Philippine shores, we are happy to offer this article written by Fr. Adorable Castillo, cicm, a Filipino missionary. This article has been published in May 2021 on ”CHRONICA”, the CICM bimonthly Bulletin, with the same...

Xaverian Missionary Appointed New Bishop of Padang, Indonesia

“Let us thank the Holy Father for placing his trust in the person of Fr. Vitus and the family of the Xaverian Missionaries. We join the whole Xaverian family in rejoicing and thanking the Lord; we assure elected Bishop Vitus Rubianto Solichin SX of our affection and prayers.” Fr....

Fr. Berton: The Missionary with a Big Heart

Xaverian Missionary, Fr. Joseph Berton worked for many years in Sierra Leone, West Africa and was founder of the Family Homes Movement. June 25, 2013-June 25, 2021: 8 eight years have passed since Father Guiseppe Berton – also known as Father Bepi – left this world. Yet; despite the...

Dialogue of Life and Faith

Thank God, I grew up in a family and in an environment where Muslims and Christians live together in peace....

Five Hundred Years of Catholic Evangelization in the Philippines

The Catholic Church in the Philippines has chosen Easter Sunday, 4 April, to formally inaugurate the year-long celebration of the 5th centenary (1521). Various programs and celebrations are being organized to celebrate the important event, with a single purpose, proclaimed by the Church. “Being grateful to God for the...

Discovering the Cultural Centre and Museum of the Logone valley

Fr. Louis Bira, SX (Sierra Leone, West Africa) Father Antonino Melis, is a Xaverian missionary of Italian descent. Since 1985, he has been on a mission in Africa: Chad and Cameroon. Specialized in medical examinations, he practiced this profession before joining the Xaverian congregation. He later discovered anthropology and...

Our interfaith dialogue project makes local news

Recently, our interfaith dialogue project, MetroWest Interfaith Dialogue Project made the local news. We wanted to share with you the article and encourage you to join us by signing up for monthly e-newsletter and check our website for some amazing bridgebuilding going on in our community and elsewhere. This...

Covid-19’s questions to Christians: An African perspective

Fr. Louis Birabaluge, SX /Sierra Leone, West Africa The questions that the Covid-19 virus poses to Christians are to be understood from the origin of this deadly virus, its consequences on humanity and the means available today to defeat it. About its origin, available research shows that the virus...

Stretching Forth our Hands in Typhoon Times

Fr. Emmanuel Borelli, SX | 6 November, 2020 – Marikina, MetroManila (The Philippines) The night between 11 and 12 November typhoon Ulysses hit us. It was not so much the intensity of the wind as the huge amount of rain released in few hours that caused once again the...

Communion of Saints: The Christian Mystical Tradition in Dialogue with Sufism

by Dorothy C Buck The Communion of Saints is deeply embedded in the mystical tradition of Catholic Christian belief and practice. Dating back to the beginning of Christianity 2000 years ago, it speaks to the very heart of the spiritual life of the Church. The striving for sanctity, or...

Global Godliness

Timothy Radcliffe, O.P. Posted November 4th, 2015 on Thinking Faith: The Jesuits in Great Britain. What does our belief in ‘one, holy, catholic and apostolic Church’, which we profess in the Nicene Creed, really mean? It expresses a desire for unity across space and time, which is what God...

A seed of peace in Kamenge, Africa

“You shall confirm this word through the example of a holy life, with the fruitful exercise of love, with the spirit of sacrifice… and also with the heroism of martyrdom if you are called to this too. ” (S. G. M. CONFORTI,  16th Address to departing missionaries, 13 March 1927)...

Catholics in the USA between Elections and the Coronavirus Pandemic

Fr. Carl Chudy, SX On April 26, 2020 President Donald Trump held a conference call with over 600 Catholic leaders including Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York, our bishop, Cardinal Sean O’Malley of Boston, Archbishop Jose Gomez of Los Angeles and other leaders in Catholic education. The president identified...
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