Spotlight: St. Guido Conforti (Founder of the Xaverian Missionaries)
DECLARATION OF THE PONTIFICAL COUNCIL FOR INTERRELIGIOUS 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:
Fatima Shrine Hosts Family Day
On Sunday, July 13, the Xaverian Missionaries’ hosted a BBQ organized by the Mission group of St. Mary’s Parish in Holliston. One hundred young people and their families gathered at the shrine for Mass and then for an enjoyable picnic outdoors on the grounds. These youth plus adult leaders are going to be working in two sites: Mississippi and NJ. See more pics on our FB page.
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.
Download our prayer poster for the release of the girls in Nigeria, entitled by the now famous social media campaign #bringbackourgirls. Gender-based violence is one of the most pervasive and yet least-recognized human rights abuses in the world. As many as one in every three women has been beaten, coerced into sex or abused in some other way – most often by someone she knows, including by her husband or another male family member. This violence leaves survivors with long-term psychological and physical trauma; tears away at the social fabric of communities; and is used with terrifying effect in conflict settings, with women as the main target. It doesn’t have to be this way. Women and men from all walks of life are joining together to help bring an end to these pervasive, and often deadly, acts of violence.
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. 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, on a planet we all share. We are indeed stronger together. Breaking down the stereotypes we carry of each other allows us to see just how much we do share in common for the good of humanity.
We will be meeting with the Executive Director of the American Humanist Association to look at organizing, together with them, a larger conference in the mid-Atlantic area perhaps in the fall of 2015. They are eager to work with us on such a project.
Our next “Meetup” will be at the Provincial House of the Xaverian Missionaries, Sunday, August 31st 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.
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Provincial House, Wayne, NJ
Our next gathering of dialogue between humanists, atheists and religious believers will be Sunday, August 31 at the Provincial House of the Xaverian Missionaries, 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