Frs. Eugenio Pulcini and Fabien Kalehezo, SX, members of our General Council in Rome were with us in the USA from June 4 through the 17, 2018. It’s the first time they have come this way since their election (for Fr. Fabien, from the Democratic Republic of Congo, who served in the Philippines) and re-election (for Fr. Eugenio, from Italy, who served in Mexico and the Philippines) in August 2017 during our XVII General Chapter (Assembly).
They spent a few days in each of our Communities where they met with confreres and staff members and joined our Provincial Council Meeting in Franklin and even found some time for sightseeing. We appreciate the time they took with us and their interest in our activities, outreach and ministries. See a slide show of their visit here.
It truly was a “grace-filled” stay for all of us!
~ Fr. Mark Marangone SX
Easter 2018 Message from Fr. Mark
The gospel reading for this Easter Vigil closes with the words addressed to the women who had gone to the tomb searching for Jesus’ body and didn’t find it. “He is going before you in Galilee; there you will see him, as he told you.” (Mk 16:7)
There is, however, one more verse after that (16:8), which is not included, and reads: “They fled from the tomb, seized with trembling and bewilderment. They said nothing to anyone, for they were afraid.”
If everything had ended there, we wouldn’t be celebrating Easter as the most important day of humanity’s history. What happened is that the Spirit of the Risen Lord, the Holy Spirit, freed the disciples (men and women) of the Risen Lord from all fear and transformed them in daring apostles, missionaries, who continue to proclaim to this very day Christ Jesus as the Son of God, the one who gives meaning to their existence, ready even to lose their life in order to follow him all the way, to make him known, and loved.
In the course of history, the world has seen many changes: some marvelous, such as so many inventions which have contributed to change our way of doing things and of living; others, not so great, which could destroy an entire nation in just a matter of seconds. There is no doubt that the resurrection event has been an extremely important moment in Jesus’ life and the life of his disciples, two thousand years ago. Yet it is extremely important also for you and me and all of us, today.
Jesus not only rose from the dead and revealed to us how death did not have the last word on his short existence in our midst. The fact is that it won’t have the last word on ours either. God wants us, too, to rise with Jesus to a totally new life so to remain with him forever. “I came so that they might have life and have it more abundantly.” (John 10:10) These words of promise fill us with hope and peace especially when we see a number of our communities shrinking in number, when we ‘lose’ loved ones and friends who move on to eternal life…
We must not forget the last words of the angel on this Easter Vigil: “He is going before you…”, that is, ‘The Risen One walks ahead of you, leading the way: do not be afraid! He won’t abandon you! He will always show you the way to true Life… Just follow him… Let him guide you!’ Jesus came to show us concretely that God has always loved us and loves us immensely, all the way to the cross.
One of the best responses to his love is “to make of the world one family.” This was the ideal of Saint Guido Maria Conforti (Founder of the Xaverian Missionaries). This is also the dream of our God, the God of Jesus Christ. May it be our own as well. Let us do well all our part by proclaiming the Risen Lord with our life and our good
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!
(A correction to April’s Xaverian Factor: The photo to the left with a young Fr. Frank is circa 1976-77, not the 1960’s.)
Here is one with St. John Paul II when he was Pope.
Process of Canonization for a Xaverian Missionary
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!
Breaking Down Barriers: Provincial House Rector Facilitates Trip to the US for Italian Students
The first week of August, I was New York for a meeting with young people from my hometown Reggello, Italy. They decided to spend their last days in the US visiting the “Big Apple.” As I did two years ago, this year I was again able to organize two weeks for them with host families in Ohio. Read more of Fr. Michael’s essay Breaking Down Barriers
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).
By banning refugees and immigrants from predominantly Muslim countries and inciting Islamophobia, America has violated the Golden Rule itself. We should be caring for those who are fleeing from conflict and strife, not turning them away. We should be welcoming those who wish become part of the mosaic that is our country, not stigmatizing them. We should be contributing to a world of justice, peace, and compassion, not to a climate of fear and hatred.
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.
We strongly urge the new Administration to consider the consequences of its actions. We hope that all people will once again be welcomed into this country, especially those who are in most need. We hope that those who react out of fear will educate themselves on the true teachings of Islam, and not be influenced by lies and propaganda that turn people against each other for political gains. As a religious community, we remember the words of Jesus: “I was a stranger and you welcomed me…. What you do for the least of these, you do for me” (Matthew 25:31-46).
Fr. Mark Marangone SX & the Xaverian Missionaries
Click here for the United States Catholic Conference of Bishops Statement and here for the statement issued by Cardinal Tobin.
Cardinal-designate Tobin, Newark’s new leader, has always had a missionary heart
The Xaverian Missionaries congratulate Archbishop Joseph Tobin on his appointment to head the Archdiocese of Newark. Read about his appointment in NCR.
COMMON GROUND: Conference of Dialogue Between Atheists and Religious Believers
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.