Xavier Knoll, Franklin, Wisconsin

franklin wiXaverian Missionaries – Midwest Mission Center

4500 Xavier Drive – Franklin, WI 53132
(414) 421-0831
Office: 8am-4pm (Mon-Fri)

Community Superior and Vocation Director: Fr. Alex Rodriguez SX fralex@xaverianmissionaries.org

From left to right: Fr. Everson, Fr. Dominic, Fr. Mark, Fr. Hery, Fr. Ignacio, Fr. Pablo, Fr. Alex

The community of Franklin is delighted to have among us three confreres who are studying English in view of their missionary assignments. Fr. Everson and Fr. Pablo will be working in Japan. Fr. Ignacio will be working in Bangladesh. We wish them a successful year of language studies as they prepare for their missionary work.

2022 Franklin Mission Banquet

Thank you to everyone who organized and participated in this outstanding event.

Vanderheyden Award

The recipients of the Vanderheyden Award this year were Pam and Frank, who in many ways have expressed their love for the missions. Their dedication and support continue to enrich our desire to work for those who don’t know yet the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Kudos to Pam and Frank.

Conforti Award

This is the first time ever we give this award, and it is in recognition of the quiet and humble ways in which Francesca makes the incarnation of the Xaverian Charism a reality. Thanks for the example of patient and enduring faith. Congratulations Francesca!

After a two-year hiatus due to COVID-19, the Xavier Knoll Mission Festival was a resounding success. THANK YOU to all who joined us to celebrate our 75th Anniversary in the US!

2021 Rummage Sale

The 2021 Rummage Sale for the Missions brought out friends, supporters and even news coverage. Thank you all!

2021 Pro-Mission Mass

Mass and raffle for the missions… blessing of the altar… great turnout… thank you all!

~Fr. Alex Rodriguez SX

Fr. Aniello on YouTube

Please keep the Xaverian Community In Franklin WI in your prayers. The entire community has tested positive for COVID-19 and Fr. Aniello Salicone SX has been hospitalized. We hold them all in our hearts!

“To this end I dedicate myself…” Osvaldo Acosta Chavez renewal of vows!


“Non-Festival, Pro-Mission” Xavier Knoll Outdoor Mass

2019 Mission Banquet

Franklin’s Mission Banquet took place on Saturday, October 26, 2019 at the Crowne Plaza Milwaukee Airport Center.  We spent time with friends and collaborators in our mission. We started with the celebration of the Holy Mass and then joyfully shared a meal. This Year the VanderHeyden Award, an award given to those who have made and impact though their work to the missions, was given to Mr. Paul Stich. The award was received by his sister, Mary, since Paul was unable to be present at the banquet. The banquet was a wonderful celebration. Our most heartfelt thanks to all those who made this event a great success

2019 Xavier Knoll Mission Festival

The Mission Sending Ceremony took place at the Eucharistic Celebration on Sunday. Fr. Edgar Ruiz, s.x. is assigned to Indonesia and  Fr. Joe Matteucig, s.x. has been reassigned to Taiwan. Fr. Joe will leave the USA at the end of August 2019 and should reach Taiwan in November, after a bit of rest in Italy.


2018 Xavier Knoll Mission Banquet

2018 Xavier Knoll Mission Festival

An Enchanted Evening….

The 2017 Mission Banquet was a successful event, thanks to the collaboration and participation of many!

Fun in the sun at the annual Xavier Knoll Mission Festival!

A weekend of family fun was enjoyed by all.  The prize selections were revamped for this year’s festival games.  Participants picked the prize they wanted at the “redemption tent” based on the number of tickets they won while playing the games.  New bands this year were the very popular Eddie Butts Band will headline on Saturday evening and the delightful WhiskeyBells, a vintage country/folk revival band on Sunday.   

  Fr. Aniello’s 50th Anniversary Celebration

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Fr. Aniello’s Healing Ministry

The second Wednesday of each month Fr. Aniello Salicon s.x. offers Mass followed by healing prayers at our Xaverian Chapel in Franklin at 7:00 PM. He is often invited to parishes in the Chicago area. Father Aniello has served as a missionary priest in Italy, London, West Africa, and many states in America. He took a fourth vow to serve the missions. He says that over the years he has witnessed miraculous healings, including paralyzed individuals who have walked in his presence. “I don’t heal. God does it,” Fr. Aniello stresses. “I am simply an instrument through which God’s power flows… The Lord told me one day, ‘Son, I want to tell people how much I love each of them!’ I am trying to fulfill the mission He gave me.”

Mission Banquet


Fr. Alex enjoyed taking lots of selfies at this banquet, but with all the happy faces sharing in the fun, who could blame him?  See more on his Facebook page.

IMG_0035Celebration of 50 Years Missionary Priesthood

Fathers Dominic Caldognetto, Anthony Lalli and Ivan Marchesin gathered with friends at St. Charles Parish, Franklin, WI, on June 4, 2016. It was a marvelous opportunity to honor the long service of these men for the mission of the Church and a great time to celebrate what the Lord is doing in many parts of the world. See Pictures of the event here.

Xavier Knoll mourns the passing of Fr. Lawrence Crosara SX

Fr. Larry Crosara SX entered eternal life on December 12, 2016. He died peacefully at home with his confreres. He was 83 years old. Fr. Larry was a wonderful confrere, friend to many, and a great missionary, working both in Sierra Leone, West Africa and in the United States. We are grateful for the life of a missionary he gifted the Church and the world. Please pray for him, his family, and all the Xaverian Missionaries. (Photo: Fr. Larry is the main presider in the middle)

Comments from Facebook include:
“I always looked forward to my visits with him at the Knoll. He was always so cheerful & funny! I love him & his contagious smile! I will miss him. My prayers, thoughts & condolences to Larry’s family & the Xaverian family. May he rest I heavenly peace.”
“He was a kind and loving priest dedicating his life to the missions and Jesus. He will be missed.”
“We will all miss him and his sweet smile. God has welcomed him into his heavenly flock of Angels. He will continue to smile upon us from above.”



Franklin 2016 Xavier Knoll Mission Festival on Flickr

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