Spotlight: St. Guido Conforti (Founder of the Xaverian Missionaries)
On March 12th Fr. Salvador Cruz Rojo joined the Xaverian Missionaries of the USA. He is with us at our Provincial House in Wayne, New Jersey where he will begin studies in the English language. Fr. Salvador studied theology in our program in Italy and worked for a number of years as a teacher and formator in our preparatory and secondary school in Arandas, Mexico. Through his study of English he is preparing for his mission assignment in Indonesia. Please pray for him.
Xaverians Mourn the Passing of a Great Lady
Theresa A. (Posco) Belli-Murchie, 84, a lifelong resident of Fitchburg and a lifelong supporter of the Xaverian Missionaries and the Xaverian Missionary Sisters, died Sunday morning, April 6, after a brief illness surrounded by her loving family.
Fr. Joe Matteucig SX states: “If I were to summarize the life of Theresa in a few words, very difficult to do, I would use the same words, Fr. Francis and I heard repeated over and over again during the funeral Mass. There are 4 words: Family, faith, friends and food. Her family and family relationships were very important to her. I remember how easy it was to “become a member of her family,” which had become an extended family spanning the four corners of the world. Faith was her driving force, the energy that enabled her reach far and wide, from St. Anthony of Padua Parish in Fitchburg, to the Xaverian Missionaries in Holliston or in Africa and Asia. She had an all-embracing idea of relationships. Friends made life interesting and worth living. It was not uncommon to hear her speaking in terms of my family, my friends, my church, my priests, my sisters etc… We all belonged to her for her heart was as big as the world. Then, the final word was food. She was a great cook and the amazing think about this gift she had, was that used it as a sign of service and hospitality. Abundant generosity was another of her qualities. Someone said, that in the end she was not rich in money or things, but abundantly rich in friends and love. Maybe the dream of our Founder St. Guido: “make of the world one single family”… was what Theresa tried to do throughout her whole life.
Finally, the last comment I heard, was that she was a very forgiving person; not holding grudges, but always ready to forgive and find ways of mending relationships.
Like the Martha in the Gospel she was involved in many activities always trying to make people feel at home. Her smile and her generosity were for us, who had the grace of knowing her, the hallmark of a life well spent. We mourn as loss, but we are sure that the words we read in the Gospel of Matthew: ‘Well done, my good and faithful servant. Come, share your master’s joy’ (Mat 25:21) were the words she heard as she knocked at the gates of heaven.
Thank you Theresa for your good example. Watch over us from heaven, and enable us to follow your example. Thank you!”
Learn about the “Hot Stone of Lightning”
This was the first time I was asked to rescue a family from this presence. The elderly woman, who had inherited the sacrifice at the death of her husband after her eldest son had refused, said she was tired of all this: “Despite the sacrifices offered regularly, I’m always sick; so I decided that I now want to ‘do‘ mission!” She exclaimed.
I must say that it was easy to lend a hand: first, because this is part of my mission, and also for my interest as an anthropologist. The small pot and the stone will be part of the ethnographic museum “Vallée du Logone” that we’re creating here in Xaverian Cameroon…Discover more…
Our Lady of Fatima Shrine, Holliston, MA
Holy Week at the Shrine
+ PALM SUNDAY (April 13) celebration: blessings of Palms, procession, Mass beginning at 11:00am
+ On GOOD FRIDAY (April 18) we have the outdoor WAY THE CROSS, beginning at 3:00pm
+ EASTER SUNDAY CELEBRATION (April 20) at 11:00am
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 April schedule.
Provincial House, Wayne, NJ
COMMON GROUND PROJECT: Conversations Among Humanists, Atheists and Religious Believers is a joint program of the Xaverian Missionaries of the USA and United Kingdom which seeks dialogue among atheists and religious believers. Our last meeting on April 6 was a wonderfully rich, diverse group: atheists and theists. We had a conversation on doing good, with or without God. How can religious people, atheists and humanists find ways to bring good into the world together?
Our next “Meetup” meeting is May 4 in New York City. If you are interested in joining us, register here.
News from the Global Youth Mission Office (GYM)
Fr. Rocco Puopolo SX comments on an important event in the lives of young people. The Xaverian Missionaries have assisted the Archdiocese of Chicago with the REACH OUT YOUTH RETREAT experience for many years.
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…
Odyssey Networks Video On Pope Francis
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