Spotlight: St. Guido Conforti (Founder of the Xaverian Missionaries)
Provided by Fr. Joe Matteucig SX
O Lord, who has mercy upon all,
Take away from me my sins,
And mercifully kindle in me
The fire of Your Holy Spirit.
Take away from me the heart of stone,
And give me a heart of flesh,
A heart to love and adore You,
A heart to delight in You,
To follow and enjoy You, for Christ’s sake,
—-St. Ambrose of Milan
Our Lady of Fatima Shrine, Holliston, MA
On March 15 at 6 pm the Xaverian Missionaries will be offering their annual Lenten Soup and Mission program at the shrine. It is an opportunity to fast with some simple, homemade soup and an opportunity to expand hearts, mind, and faith which is the great call of Lent. Our speaker will be Fr. Michael Davitti, Xaverian Missionary who is newly re-assigned to the USA Province where he will develop an interfaith dialogue project. Fr. Michael is coming from several years of service in the Philippines and prior to that he was pastor of St. Therese Parish in Chinatown, Chicago for more than ten years. There will be an interfaith event in early April. Stayed tune for upcoming details. Join us!
Xavier Knoll, Franklin, WI
Monthly Fr. Aniello Salicone offers healing masses in various locations, praying for the healing power of Christ in all those who suffer both in two locations in Chicago and at our house in Franklin, Wisconsin. Check here for the March schedule.
Provincial House, Wayne, NJ
Tue., March 18, 2014
12Noon – 1:30PM
Doors open at 11:30AM
Topic: The Role of Personal Prayer from Jewish, Christian and Muslim Perspectives
- Mr. Harun Alacadag, Director of Interfaith Dialogue, Peace Islands Institute, (Interfaith Dialogue Center)
- The Rev. Dr. Edward M. Halldorson, Senior Pastor, The Presbyterian Church of Chatham Township
- Prof. Jonathan Golden, Assoc. Director for the Center on Religion, Culture and Conflict at Drew University
- Delicious Turkish food provided by the Peace Islands Institute. Sponsored by the Chatham Interfaith Council.
- Lunch is free, all are welcome, but please RSVP.
- RSVP by May 16 by calling
- 973-635-7740 or emailing email@example.com
RSVP by May 16 by calling
973-635-7740 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Chatham United Methodist Church
460 Main Street, Chatham NJ 07928
News from the GYM
Fr. Rocco Puopolo SX comments on an important event in the lives of young people.
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…
Fr. Michael Davitti, Xaverian Missionary working in the Philippines for the last several years will be joining our USA Province in the near future. Fr. Michael has spent many years working in Sierra Leone, West Africa and more recently, in the USA as pastor of St. Therese Parish, Chinatown, Chicago. He will be residing in our Provincial House in Wayne, New Jersey and beginning a Provincial interfaith dialogue project. Please pray for him as he prepares to begin a new assignment with us.
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