Xaverian Missionaries – Provincial House
12 Helene Court – Wayne, NJ 07470
The late Cardinal Francis Xavier Van Thuan writes:
“When I was arrested, I had to leave immediately with empty hands. The faithful…sent me a small bottle of wine for Mass with a label that read, ‘medicine for stomach-aches.’ They also sent me some hosts, which they hid in a flashlight for protection against the humidity. The pólice asked me, ‘You have stomach-aches?’ ‘Yes’ ‘Here is some medicine for you.’ I will never be able to express my great joy! Every day with three drops of wine and a drop of water in the palm of my hand, I would celebrate Mass. This was my altar, and this was my cathedral! It was true medicine for soul and body, ‘Medicine of immortality, remedy so as not to die but to have life always in Jesus’ as St. Ignatius of Antioch says. Each time I celebrated Mass, I had the opportunity to extend my hands and nail myself to the cross with Jesus, to drink with him the bitter chalice. Each day in reciting the words of consecration, I confirmed with all my heart and soul a new pact, an eternal pact between Jesus and me through his blood mixed with mine. Those were the most beautiful Masses of my life!”
What a difference with the latest information we hear from newspapers and media these days! Yet, we cannot forget the many thousands of priests, religious, and consecrated people throughout the world who will never make it to the papers… because we don’t make news, but we are good news!
Even though, as disciples of the Risen Lord, we are meant not to cause pain, suffering, scandal and death to anyone, something negative may happen along the way… when we allow the human element to take over while losing sight of the fact that we are meant to be the presence of the Risen and Living Lord in our world today, because for a number of people we may be the only gospel they will be able to read…
We have a long way to go… along the journey of conversion, humility, service, love, and unity… The Spirit of the Risen Lord is still present and at work in hearts that are open to grace and conversion.
~ Fr. Mark Marangone SX, US Provincial Superior
Tuesdays: October 2 through November 27, 2018
Fr. Michael Davitti SX will celebrate Mass at 8:00 a.m. in the Ministry Center. Mass will be followed by a Scripture Reflection from 8:30 – 9:30 a.m. All are welcome to attend! For additional information please visit www.olcparish.org
General Direction Counselors Visit the US
With deep gratitude from all of us, Xaverian Missionaries in the USA and the world over, for your daily prayers, your witness of life, your faithful and generous love for our Missions over the years, we wish a HAPPY,,, VERY BLESSED,,, AND GRACE-FILLED EASTER TO YOU AND YOUR LOVED ONES!!! MAY the LORD reward you many times over.
Fr. Mark and The Xaverian Missionaries
Fr. Frank Grappoli SX returned from Italy with an “Easter Basket” of images and memories. Enjoy!
These two photos are of a young Fr. Frank in the 1970’s.
Bishop Angelo Frosi, Xaverian Missionary and first Xaverian ordained in the United States, is the subject of a new process of canonization in the Church. Bishop Jose Maria Chaves Dos Reis of Abaetetuba, Brazil where Bishop Frosi served as bishop from 1970 until his death in 1995 has begun the process.
The solemn opening of the Beatification and Canonization process of Bishop Angelo Frosi took place on December 8, 2017. The ceremony took place in the Cathedral of the Diocese of Abaetetuba which is promoting the Cause, whilst the Postulator is the diocesan priest Francesco Correa Moraes, helped by Fr. Alfiero Ceresoli SX
We are looking for friends who may have known him as we gather written testimonials. If you knew Bishop Frosi, or of him, please contact Fr. Mark Marangone, Provincial
Fr. Mark Marangone SX attended the 55th and sadly final Bercetese celebration of its ties to the Xaverian Missionaries and St. Guido M. Conforti. See more pictures at www.bergotto. com. The Xaverian Missionaries express their never-ending gratitude to the Berceto Foundation for over half a century of service!
Xaverian Missionaries US Province Statement on Islamophobia and the Executive Order on Refugees
Jesus replied, “…you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ No other commandment is greater than these” (Mark 12:30-31).
The United States Province of the Xaverian Missionaries adds its voice to the chorus of religious and secular organizations that object to the executive orders banning refugees and immigrants from Muslim countries to this country and condemns the Islamophobia gripping this nation.
Jesus himself referred to loving God and one’s neighbor as the greatest of the commandments. They are the core of Christian teaching. Loving one’s neighbor is also the core of the Golden Rule, which is found in every religion and culture on this planet. “So whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets” (Matthew 7:12).
This country was founded on the principles of tolerance and acceptance. It grew and prospered due in no small part to the contributions of immigrants from around the world. Closing our doors and building walls will only result in diminishing not only our economic and commercial prosperity, but more importantly, our moral and ethical principles and aspirations. In short: America risks losing its own soul.
Xaverian Missionaries serve in twenty countries around the world. We have seen first-hand the hardship and devastation caused by sectarianism, economic deprivation, conflict, and war. In the past America seemed to be a beacon of light to peoples struggling to achieve “liberty and justice for all.” Now the light is dimmed and is in danger of being extinguished.
The Xaverian Missionaries congratulate Archbishop Joseph Tobin on his appointment to head the Archdiocese of Newark. Read about his appointment in NCR.
The Xaverian Missionaries and the American Humanist Association organized a special conference of dialogue which brought together religious believers, secular humanists, and nonbelievers in conversation to gain perspective on each other’s ways of seeing the world while embracing commonalities in our human experience that unite us for social change. We called it COMMON GROUND 2015.
Through four panel sessions and networking participants joined academics and leaders from national and local organizations to discuss views on finding meaning in life, ethics and values, and how to collaborate for social action.
We believe that there is a lot of common ground between atheists, humanists, and religious believers on ethics, community, and hope.
We invite all those who wish to engage in honest, respectful conversation across the secular/religious divide. We look forward to seeing you at our next gathering.
Our next “Atheist/Theist Meetup” will be on Sunday, September 30, 2018, at 3:00 p.m. at 9 Colonial Terrace Pompton Plains NJ. Join us here.