The icon of the Anastasis depicts Jesus not merely alone in glory and splendor, but in his risen state fulfilling the work of redemption, lifting all of humanity, represented by Adam and Eve, out of the tomb of sin (alienation from God) and death to be one with him in eternal life. The white, pointed oval shape behind Jesus is an aureola or mandorla, which represents the doorway to heaven. This famous 14th- century fresco is at the Church of the Holy Savior in Chora in Istanbul Turkey.
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- The Divinity School of the University of Edinburgh Scotland has our publication available for download free: COMMON GROUND: Conversations Among Atheists, Humanists, and Religious Believers
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“Jesus, you fulfilled your Father’s will by becoming like us and giving your life on the Cross. As we reflect upon the journey of our salvation, make us aware of the Crosses of people around the world who still long to experience true freedom. May we be ever faithful to the needs of the poor. Amen.” Meditate on these Mission-Minded stations.
Join Fr. Michael Davitti in Lenten reflections and action.
Check out our Events Page for other Lenten retreats and activities in MA and WI.
The Year of Consecrated Life
We have a New Page dedicated to the Year of Consecrated Life set by Pope Francis in order to come to understand more deeply the gift of religious life for the mission of the Church. Read the Pope’s Letter to all religious, or consecrated men and women and find more resources to use at home, school, or with groups.
Check out “Come Pass It On!” our first of three videos on Consecrated Life.
Reach Out Retreat 2015: Find out more.
Take a meditative Journey of Nine Days to discover the mission of the church that seeks to reach beyond the borders of our faith and church, to other faiths, those with no faith, and beyond the cultural boundaries we live in. The church calls this command of Christ the mission “ad gentes” to all those beyond the boundaries of our faith.
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. Today we have a special Meetup group of 36 members where we meet monthly to build bridges across the secular/religious divide. We are also in the process of planning a dialogue conference at Rutgers University which will take place October 8, 2015. Stay tuned for more details.
Our next “Atheist/Theist Meetup” will be Sunday, April 26, 3 pm at our Provincial House in Wayne, New New Jersey.
If you are interested in joining us, register here. Check out and share our Common Group Social Network: CG Facebook Group – CG Twitter Feed.
Learn the 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