Spotlight: St. Guido Conforti (Founder of the Xaverian Missionaries)
DECLARATION OF THE PONTIFICAL COUNCIL FOR INTER-RELIGIOUS DIALOGUE
August 12, 2014
The whole world has witnessed with incredulity what is now called the “Restoration of the Caliphate,” which had been abolished on October 29,1923 by Kamal Ataturk, founder of modern Turkey. Opposition to this “restoration” by the majority of religious institutions and Muslim politicians has not prevented the “Islamic State” jihadists from committing and continuing to commit unspeakable criminal acts.
This Pontifical Council, together with all those engaged in interreligious dialogue, followers of all religions, and all men and women of good will, can only unambiguously denounce and condemn these practices which bring shame on humanity: Read more.
Experience the magic of summer nights at the Franklin Mission Festival. Travel to the Holy Land with Pope Francis and on a bus in Thailand with Xaverian Missionary Sister Teresa Bello. Celebrate with the sisters in Worcester MA and at a grand wedding feast in Sierra Leone with Fr. Luigi Brioni SX .
Xaverian Missionaries Publish New E-Journal
The Xaverian Missionaries of the USA and the United Kingdom collaborated together to hold an international conference of dialogue between humanists, atheists, and religious believers. A journal of the talks and reflections was published recently in digital form, easily accessible to kindles, ipads, computers, and cell phones. Get your copy at these fine publishers:
The Xaverian Missionaries of Mary Sisters Celebrate in the Diocese of Worcester, MA
The Foundress of the Xaverian Missionaries of Mary Sisters, Mother Celestine Healy-Bottego, was elevated to Venerable Servant by Pope Francis in the first step toward sainthood in the Church. On June 1, 2014 a special celebration was had in the Diocese of Worcester, MA where the Xaverian Sisters began their first international foundation in 1954. Mother Bottego was part of this foundation. Bishop McManus of the diocese presided. Friends and colleagues at the Cathedral of St. Paul gathered with the Xaverian Missionary Fathers for a special Eucharistic and fellowship meal afterward. The Xaverian Sisters assist the local diocese with the growing Latino community in two parishes. Feel free to download a copy of a special missionary rosary with the special spiritual thoughts of Mother Bottego. Pray to her for special graces to strengthen the mission of the Church.
- Missionary Rosary in English with the Spiritual Thoughts of Mother Bottego
- Rosario Missionero en Espanol
- Video of Mass: 60th Anniversary of the Xaverian Missionary of Mary Sisters in the USA
Conversations Among Humanists, Atheists and Religious Believers
On May 4th, ten atheists and religious believers of various traditions came together to seek some common ground together in the city of New York. The Xaverian Missionaries began the COMMON GROUND PROJECT last year through an international conference that brought 50 atheists and religious believers together in Scotland. It is an attempt to bring humanists, atheists and religious believers together in a dialogue and a search for common ground.
Our next “Atheist/Theist Meetup” will be at the Wayne Public Library, Sunday, September 28 at 3 pm. If you are interested in joining us, register here. Check out and share our Common Group Social Network: CG Facebook Group - CG Blog - CG Twitter Feed.
Learn of a New Missionary Saint whose Heart Encompassed the World
Explore our website exclusively dedicated to Saint Guido Maria Conforti, founder of the Xaverian Missionaries. In it we wish to highlight the deeds and vision of our father Father and Founder, “a bishop whose heart embraced the world.” Guido Maria Conforti was proclaimed “Saint” by Pope Benedict XVI at St. Peter’s Basilica, Rome, on October 23, 2011, World Mission Sunday. Over a hundred years have elapsed. Despite it sparse beginnings, that “small stone,” that tiny seed can today trace its offshoots to many lands, yet it retained its initial characteristic: to remain a “unpretentious family.” Xaverian missionaries are today present on four continents. From that sole sturdy stalk numerous spirited shoots sprout forth in continuity. These are the youth – of diverse churches, cultures, and nations – who commit themselves to serve within the universal Mission of the Church, to proclaim the “good news” to those who still know it not. More…
Our Mission & Vision
Inspired by St. Guido Conforti and St. Francis Xavier, we, Xaverian Missionaries, serve to keep the local Church aware of, engaged with and connected to the missionary mandate of the universal Church, principally by witnessing Jesus to those who have yet to know Him.
We are a religious missionary congregation of the Catholic Church that exclusively serves our commitment to share our faith beyond the boundaries of Christianity, with our brothers of sisters of different faiths and those who do not espouse any faith. We strive to inspire a new generation to the challenges this mission offers us today in a diverse and pluralistic world:
- Intercultural and interfaith dialogue;
- Advocacy for and solidarity with the poor;
- Sharing the legacy of our founder, St. Guido Conforti;
- Telling the stories and witness of our missionaries in the variety of ministries and countries where we serve.
As a community of brothers among brothers from a variety of cultural and continental backgrounds, we are messengers of God’s love, witnesses of hope, and builders of God’s Kingdom, together becoming an example to the wider Church and world community that it is possible to be one as Jesus wills. DOWNLOAD OUR FLYER HERE