We weep today for our brothers and sisters in Christ at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina, who experienced the horror of a murderous attack in their sacred space; for the residents of Charleston who are reeling in light of this awful news and a massive manhunt; for black Americans who once again feel fear grip their hearts because of a racially-motivated act of extreme violence; and for all of us who are citizens of a nation that continues to struggle with the scourge of racism and its corresponding brutality.
The shooter certainly did not rise out of a vacuum, but is part of a culture and tradition of racism that plagues our nation to this day. As Xaverian Missionaries we thoroughly renounce this bitter act of hatred and stand with our brothers and sisters of the AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina. We urge all of our Catholics, and all people of good will to pray for the families devastated by this tragedy and to resolve to work to eliminate the culture of racism everywhere.
We still struggle to honor and thank God for our cultural and religious diversity as a nation, each made in God’s image. May we en-flesh the prayer of Jesus when he prayed to our Father in heaven: “Father, may they be one as you and I are one.”
Fr. Carl Chudy, SX, Provincial of the Xaverian Missionaries USA
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Come Pass it On…Again!
Here is the premier of part two of a planned three part series on consecrated life through the lens of the Xaverian Missionaries as we celebrate the Year of Consecrated Life.
COMMON GROUND: Conference of Dialogue Between Atheists and Religious Believers
Common Ground 2015 is an all-day conference, FREE and open to the general public, that aims to bring together religious believers, secular humanists, and nonbelievers in conversation to gain perspective on each other’s ways of seeing the world, while embracing commonalities in our human experience that unite us for social change.
Through four panel sessions and networking attendees will hear academics and leaders from national and local organizations discuss views on finding meaning in life, ethics and values, and how to collaborate for social action.
Co-sponsored by the American Humanist Association and the Xaverian Missionaries. Graciously hosted by Rutgers University.
Thursday October 8, 2015
Rutgers Student Center
126 College Ave., New Brunswick, NJ
8:00 am to 6:00 pm
The Year of Consecrated Life
Pope Francis is dedicating 2015 as the Year for Consecrated Life, emphasizing the gift of religious life in the Church today. Historically, since the300’s AD, religious life has continually grown and developed in response to crisis of the day and each religious congregation or order offers a specific charism or purpose which is meant to answer the deepest needs of humanity. Check out the latest resources for the Year of Consecrated Life.
Global Mission Resources for Parishes
We are members of a universal Church that transcends national boundaries and calls us to live in solidarity and justice with the peoples of the world. As Catholics and Americans we are uniquely called to global solidarity.
Global Mission Resources for Schools
The Church in the United States must do her part in fulfilling God’s plan to reach the ends of the earth with Christ’s love. It is vitally important that those who are involved in the teaching ministry of the Church spread the Word. There are many ways to accomplish this: forming a network of concern and prayer for missions; inviting others to consider becoming missionaries; encouraging others to support missions with financial contributions. The Holy Spirit has given to those responsible for the formation of the disciples of this age a special grace to enlighten the minds of others. It is our hope that these minds will join more enthusiastically in our mission to the nations. CHECK OUT OUR LATEST EDUCATION RESOURCES FOR GLOBAL CLIMATE CHANGE!
Conversations Among Humanists, Atheists and Religious Believers
The Xaverian Missionaries began the COMMON GROUND PROJECT 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 49 members where we meet monthly to build bridges across the secular/religious divide.
Our next “Atheist/Theist Meetup” will be Sunday, August 30, at 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