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...
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