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“Make of the world one family”

Xaverian Mission
Volume 64 - No. 3 | August 2016

Newsletter •

Fr. Mark’s Message .........................................2
Burundi Dispatch .............................................3
A Prophet in Indonesia....................................4
Resurrection in a Diverse World ................5
Franklin’s Mission Festival........................6-7
Mercy and Mission ........................................8-9
World & US Province News ......................10-11
Franklin Xavier Knoll’s Summer Mission Festival photo by Fr. Alex Rodríguez SX

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Papal Message for Mission and Consecrated Life

Xaverian Missionaries
Provincial Headquarters
12 Helene Court
Wayne, NJ 07470-2813
Tel.: (973) 942-2975
Fax: (973) 942-5012

Dear Mission Friends:


Xavier Knoll Mission Center
4500 Xavier Drive
Franklin, WI 53132-9066
Tel.: (414) 421-0831
Fax: (414) 421-9108

Global Youth Mission Services (the
Fatima Shrine
101 Summer Street
P.O. Box 5857
Holliston, MA 01746-5857
Tel.: (508) 429-2144
Fax: (508) 429-4793

Xaverian Mission Newsletter

Official publication of the
Xaverian Missionaries
of the United States

Publisher: Fr. Mark Marangone SX
Communications Board

Fr. Carl Chudy SX
Fr. Alejandro Rodríguez Gómez SX
Fr. Tony Lalli SX
Fr. Rocco Puopolo SX
Fr. Aniello Salicone SX

Mary Aktay

Recently I came across the following reflection by Fr. John Powell, SJ:
“On one occasion, when I was a seminarian, I went up to the infirmary in the late evening
to get some medicine. While I was waiting in the corridor, I watched one of the brothers
as he was tucking in two old, bedridden confreres for the night. As he tucked the blanket
of the first man under his chin, the old fellow snarled, ‘Oh, get your face out of mine.
What do you think this is?’ But when the brother went into the next room, and did the
very same thing for the second one, the old man said, ‘Oh Brother, you are so good to
us. Before I fall asleep tonight, I’m going to say a very special prayer just for you.’ As I
was listening, a thought struck me: Some day I am going to be one of those two old men.
Which one?
Even then it seemed quite clear to me that I wouldn’t make that decision in old age.
You just don’t make decisions like that when you are old. I know that I am making that
decision right now. Every time I act on the insights that I am getting now I am deciding
my future and choosing to be a kindly or cynical old man. Our yesterdays lie heavily upon
our todays and our todays will lie heavily upon our tomorrows.” (From the video program,
Free To Be Me.)
Related to the above, another anecdote came to mind. A management expert was
recalling a question posed by a teacher when he was thirteen years old. The teacher
went right through the class and asked each student, “What do you want to be
remembered for?” None could answer, but the teacher chuckled and said, “I didn’t
expect you to be able to answer it. But if you still can’t answer it by the time you are
fifty, then you will have wasted your life.”
Sixty years later, in a class reunion, everybody remembered that question and how it
made a difference in their lives. A former student said, “I’m always asking that question,
‘What do you want to be remembered for?,’ because it pushes you to see yourself as the
person you can become.”
And so I ask, will you be remembered? If so, for what?
For leaving Jesus’ marks and footprints, a sign of his presence, love, service, mercy and

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As we continue our journey of life towards holiness together, let us make room for the
Risen Lord to carry out his Mission, his Project of Life and of Love in us and through us
“to make of humanity one family.”
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the Risen Lord reward you and your loved ones by showering his choicest blessings on you
all. With gratitude,

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Xaverian Missionaries in the World

Missionary Dispatch from Burundi


uring difficult times in Burundi the Xaverian
Missionaries have remained in solidarity with local
people facing the same difficulties and enduring
death―the martyrdom of Fr. Aldo Marchiol, Fr. Ottorino Maule
and lay missioner, Ms. Catina Gubert in 1995 and
three Xaverian Sisters, Lucia Pulici, Olga
Raschietti, and Bernardetta Boggian in 2014. The
evangelization method they use in search of
Justice, Peace and Reconciliation consists in not
taking part in any side while raising the awareness of local people on the equal dignity of all
God’s children.
The Year of Mercy proclaimed by Pope Francis
invites all Christians and people of good will to
reject any kind of violence and retaliation. We
are all invited to be merciful, forgiving and loving as Jesus continues to love humankind.
As a missionary in the context of the Burundi
crisis, I believe that it is better not to take sides
but to encourage powerful leaders worldwide to consider the suffering of simple people. It is better to find
ways of alleviating unbearable suffering. We need to
forgive and to love even guilty individuals. Today, people do not want to enter a process of discrimination
and rejection of any brother or sister for whom Christ
continues to die every day.

God’s loving forgiveness has no limit. Our evangelization continues to educate people on the necessity of
respecting the life of every person. The Lord’s Prayer,
especially in Kirundi, emphasizes the fact that God’s
merciful love is indeed addressed to everyone: “Dawe
Xaverian Missionaries in Burundi. Fr. Gabriel is standing fourth from the
wa tesse,” literally means: “Our Father of us all.” Never left.
before my ministry in Burundi, have I met this kind of
insistence in any other language. The Kirundi language
expresses wonderfully the all-embracing and forgiving love of God. We promise to forgive others since God forgives us
Therefore, in my ministry in Burundi, especially in this difficult time, I will continue to remind the people of the richness of their culture; a culture that greets everyone by calling peace - “Amahoro” - upon all human beings; a culture
which considers humanity - “Ubuntu” - being good and compassionate to everyone no matter the immensity of grievance one endures. When a Murundi says: forgive me - “Mbabarire” - he or she will be certain of being forgiven since
everyone is called: “Umuntu”- a human being, which means a person made out of God’s merciful love.
I do not give up hope for peace in this country because I believe that “Dawe wa twesse” – will continue to give us the
grace of loving forgiveness. Truly I have met many people in Bujumbura who have humanity – “bafise ubuntu.” People
who commit atrocities in Burundi are far less than those who sincerely endeavor to honor the Ubuntu culture of love
and compassion. Here the Gospel is proclaimed with faith, there will always be hope and merciful love.

Fr. Gabriel Basuzwa, SX
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arrived in Indonesia 4 years ago. St. Francis Assisi parish in
Aek Nabara (Northern Sumatra) is my second assignment.
Our community is made of 3 Xaverian priests (2
Indonesians and myself). The parish is a large one and it
has 51 chapels. The suffocating heat, the muddy or dusty
roads-according to the seasons-and the long distances we travel to visit those outposts hidden among rubber or oil palm
plantations really make our apostolate very exhausting and

We are always on the move. We go by motorcycle or by vehicle
when the road conditions allow it; we cross rivers by canoe or
small boats and then continue by motorcycle in order to reach
remote villages where often only a few faithful (mostly women
and children) are waiting for us. The men work in rubber or oil
palm plantations whose expansion every year unfortunately
accelerates the deforestation of Sumatra. We leave in the
morning and return in the evening, very tired but happy to
have met the people of God and to have preached the Word.
I am immersed in a village in order to study one of the dialects spoken here, the Batak language. There is no language
school, no teachers. I stay in a family of poor farmers. I learn
by myself, asking questions to anyone who wants to
help me. Children are my best teachers. This is a
“crazy” adventure, but it is indispensable for a more
efficient ministry in Northern Sumatra.
Since I began my mission I always feel both humbled and honored every time that I hear the faithful thank God for being able to meet and shake
hands with a ‘black’ missionary. They have even
given me a new nickname, “Nabi”, which means
Prophet in Indonesian, but it is also short for
“Nabirong” which in Batak language means the “one
who is black.” Interesting!
People are thirsty to encounter others and above
all, the Other. And when you come to them in His
name, then you really can’t stop them from praising
God-sometimes through your mere presence-and
sing aloud with joy: “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord, hosanna in the highest!”

From the top: Palm Sunday in Indonesia; Fr. Valentin celebrating; Xaverians
in Indonesia

Fr. Valentin Shukuru Bihaira, SX

You can help Fr. Valentin’s ministry in Sumatra. Either clip this paper and send it to the address below or help
the environment by donating online at
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Address: City: State: Zip
Email or phone:
Mail to: Fr. Frank Grappoli SX, 12 Helene Ct., Wayne, NJ 07470


Xaverian House Supported:

□Franklin Xaverian Knoll, WI; □Fatima Shrine
Holliston, MA; □Provincial House Wayne, NJ

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excerpted from Fr. Carl’s Blog,
he whole history of humanity is “one long, varied dialogue” which has always begun with God, and which
God sustains in a myriad of ways. The incarnation of Jesus Christ is the most profound and mysterious way
this dialogue is maintained.
God then goes on to show the origins of our need to dialogue with each other:

God took the initiative in the dialogue of salvation. “He hath first loved us.” We, therefore, must be the first to ask
for a dialogue with (others), without waiting to be summoned to it…

The dialogue of salvation sprang from the goodness and the love of God. “God so loved the world as to give His only
begotten Son.” Our inducement, therefore, to enter into this dialogue must be nothing other than a love which is
ardent and sincere. (EC 72-73)
As Catholics, we understand that not only do we have a rich faith in God’s salvific plan in the world today, and that
in itself makes our voice quite relevant to a struggling world. We also have much to learn on the universal nature
of God’s heart for each and every human being. We are distinct, as others are distinct from the world, but none of
us is entirely separated from it. “We are not indifferent to it, afraid of it, or contemptuous of it.” We distinguish
ourselves as disciples of Christ in order to come closer to all, not to oppose it. (EC 63)
Dialogue then with other faiths and with those with no religious aspiration, from a Catholic perspective is:

“[To] this internal drive of charity which seeks expression in the external gift
of charity, we will apply the word “dialogue.” The Church must enter into
dialogue with the world in which it lives. It has something to say, a message
to give, a communication to make.” (EC 63-64)

Fr. Carl Chudy SX

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Xavier Knoll Festival Fun


nce again summer spirits soared at
Xavier Knoll, Franklin WI during the
annual Mission Festival. Families
and friends of all ages enjoyed great food,
wonderful music and entertainment, inspiring
liturgy and even mischievous clowns during
the two day event held in June every year.

The Fathers extend their heartfelt thanks to
all who worked so hard to make the festival a
success: all those who donated to, and those
who worked the huge rummage sale; the
chefs who made delicious food; the handy
persons who set up and took down all the
equipment, the entertainers; the volunteers
who ran the tents and stalls, and the bell
choir who played so beautifully.
And a big “Thank you” goes out to Fr. Alex
who captured it all on his camera (with a
lot of selfies!). You can see more on the
Franklin page on our website: http://www.

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Xaverian Charism

Mercy and Mission


ope Francis in “Evangelii Gaudium” has appealed to the
Church’s missionary “transformation.” He longs for the church
to come “out” of itself; but where does inspiration come from?
It comes from God, because our God is “out” of exclusive divinity.
This was stated by Jesus: “for God so loved the world that he gave
his only son, that whoever believes in him is not lost but has
eternal life” (Jn 3, 16). God “comes out,” becomes flesh and
plants a tent among us. God loves the world and comes to
meet wounded humanity.

In the Bible, mercy “is the keyword to indicate the action
of God towards us.” It is the word that shows God’s love
for humanity. God is the one who hears the cry of God’s
people, who is patient and merciful, forgiving all sins,
becomes flesh and walks our streets, comforts the sick,
helps the poor, gives himself in the Eucharist. The entire
life of Jesus speaks of mercy. Nothing in him is devoid of
The life and teachings of Jesus show that “mercy is not
just the Act of the Father, but becomes the criterion for
figuring out who are the true children” (MV 9). Those
who have received mercy must communicate and be
merciful. There is an inseparable link between mercy
and mission. “The mercy we receive from the Father,”
the Pope said, “is not as a private consolation, but
makes us instruments so that others can receive the same
gift. There is a stupendous circularity between mercy and
mission. Living in Mercy makes us missionaries of mercy.”

When we receive good news, or when we live a great
experience, it is natural that we feel the need to pass it on to
others. The joy elicited is such that pushes us to communicate
it. The sign that we really met Jesus is the joy that we feel in
communicating it to others.

Living in
Mercy makes us
missionaries of

This has been the experience of the first disciples: After the first
encounter with Jesus, Andrew went to tell his brother Peter and
Philip did the same thing with Nathaniel. Meeting Jesus equates to
catching up with his love. This love transforms us and makes us able
to pass on to others the force that gives us ... Every Christian is a
bringer of joy, of the mercy of Christ. “

Announcing to the world the love of God is therefore the first work
of mercy. The Mission of the Church is realized in mercy, or rather,
as mercy. “Be merciful as your Father is Merciful” (Lk 6, 35-36). God

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in the Year of Mercy

Mission is to liberate the
mercy of God in the world...
is merciful toward the good and the bad. The mercy of God
becomes a model of our relationships, living in forgiveness
and acceptance. Can we say that the Church of Christ today
presents a merciful face? Is mercy the style of our mission?
The Pope urges us to give a face-lift to the Church, with a
pastoral practice closer to the people, especially the poor,
refugees, the marginalized, the wounded of life.

Mission is to liberate the mercy of God in the world, i.e. find
the compassionate face of God in Jesus, and see the world
through His eyes of mercy. This is the heart of the mission.
The proclamation of Christ is the advertisement of mercy. It
is why Francis expressed his “fervent desire that Christians
reflect during the Jubilee on the corporal and spiritual
works of mercy” (MV 15). Keep this in mind! And most
importantly, let us practice what we preach!

Bishop George Biguzzi SX

Top right: Mother in Bangladesh, Bottom
right: Villagers in the DRC, Above: Sisters in

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World Mission News Digest

World Mission News Digest

Burundi celebration

Brazilian Youth

Bangladeshi Children Praying




The Bishops of Africa: “Burundi will
find peace only through dialogue
among all social partners

Bujumbura (Agenzia Fides) - “Ensure inclusive
participation of citizens in the peace process and
address all grievances peacefully in a way that
maintains stability” said the delegation of the
Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and
Madagascar (SECAM/SCEAM), in an appeal to the
government to find ways to peacefully resolve the
extremely serious crisis which for more than a year
has been shaking the country.
“We encourage that in peace process, all Christians
bear the responsibility to move those first steps.
Only a true commitment involving all the church
can make this path growing,” stated SECAM.
Burundi has been in violent political conflict since
April last year due to the announcement that
President Pierre Nkurunziza could seek a third
term in office, in violation of the Constitution. The
situation has deteriorated to the point that Burundi
lives on the brink of a civil war. Over 270,000
Burundians have fled abroad. The government has
launched a “national dialogue” that excludes the
opposition forces.

Missionary Youth launches a campaign
to help Indonesian children

Brasilia (Agenzia Fides) - Demonstrating its commitment to mission “beyond the borders”, the Missionary
Youth (JM) of Brazil has launched the “Corrente Solidaria” project, which provides for cooperation between
the JM of Brazil and the sisters of the Congregation
of the Poor Child Jesus who work in Vila Maulo’o, in
Indonesia. The sisters run a school that welcomes poor
children, with no financial means to study in traditional schools. Often they are orphans and children of
farmers and fishermen or waste collectors.
The mission of Congregation of the Sisters of the Poor
Child Jesus (Pauperis Infantis Jesu - PIJ) is to work
with children and poor young people and those abandoned. Their charism is focused on education, health
and pastoral care in orphanages.
Through the project “Corrente Solidaria”, all Brazilian
local churches where JM is present will be invited to
contribute to the purchase of uniforms and school
material for 60 children in Indonesia. Those responsible
for the JM Group will be in charge of coordinating the
project together with Brazil’s PMS. The initiative will
end in October, missionary month.

“Conflict resolutions and peace-building can bear
good fruits if people from all walks of life and
creeds and civil society participate fully in the
process” underlines SECAM.

The Bishops: forgiveness and mercy
after the massacre

Dhaka (Agenzia Fides) - Abandon all forms of
violence to embrace forgiveness and mercy: this is
the message of the Catholic Bishops of Bangladesh
in the aftermath of the terrorist massacre on July
1 which killed 20 people in a restaurant in Dhaka.
“Violence in the name of religion is always wrong.
We must all recover the human trait that leads to
the respect of dignity and peace,” the text notes,
as Bishop Gervas Rozario of Rajshahi reported. The
Bishop explained contents of the message: “We
condemn the violence of terrorism that has contempt for human life and we invite everyone to be
touched and transformed by values such as mercy
and forgiveness, which are the authentic traits of a
human being... We fully participate in the mourning
in which the country is in and we pray for the
souls of the victims and their families, expressing
deep sympathy.”
The small Bengali Church (less than 1% of the
population) commemorated the victims on Sunday,
July 3. “In all the nation’s churches, masses were
offered for the victims of terrorism. Every local
community will organize a prayer vigil and Eucharistic Adoration, to participate spiritually and offer
God this tragic moment”, said Bishop Rozario. “As
Bangladeshi Catholics, our work to do good to the
nation through social apostolate, schools, hospitals,
Caritas, will continue benefiting the citizens of all
walks of life, religion, ethnicity and culture.”

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News from our USA Communities

News from our USA Communities

50th Anniversary celebration of the ordination to the priesthood of Frs. Tony Lalli,
Dominic Caldognetto and Ivan Marchesin
at Xavier Knoll

The Xaverian Missionaries’ Flickr pages are full of
pictures of Franklin’s June festivities. We included
a few of the Mission Festival on the center pages
in this issue of XMN. For more memories and also
coverage of the 50th Anniversary celebrations in
both Franklin and Holliston just go to our website
and click on the
button on the top right of
the home page.
Join the Franklin Fathers on Friday, October 7,
2016, at the Crown Plaza in Milwaukee WI from
6:00 pm to 8:30 pm for a festive evening of
awards, food, games, a great silent auction and
a wine raffle, and ― new this year ― a beer
pull! For tickets and more information please call

Both will take place from 3:30 PM to 6:00 PM at
FATIMA SHRINE HALL, 101 Summer Street, Holliston,
MA. All are welcome. There is no charge and no
reservations are needed. Donations are welcomed!
On Saturday, August 13th, the main celebrant and
homilist will be Fr. Tony Lalli SX who served for
many years in both the North and South of Brazil.
The theme is “Mary and Mercy in the teachings of
St. Guido M. Conforti.”
On Tuesday, September 13th, the main celebrant
and homilist will be Fr. Francis Signorelli, SX who
served for many years in Amazon Region of Brazil
and then in Rome as the Vicar General of the
Xaverian Missionaries. The theme for the evening
is: “Mary Mother of Mercy.”
Thursday, October 13th, will be the final Fatima
Day 2016. The main celebrant and homilist will
be Most Revered Bishop Edgar da Cunha, of Fall
River, MA. The theme is: “Mary and the Jubilee
of Mercy - Preparing for the Centennial of Fatima
(1917 - 2017).”


Every evening begins with sing-along at 6:30 pm
and Mass at 7:00 pm. At 8:00 pm there is recitation of the Rosary and a Candlelight procession
followed by refreshments served in the Shrine’s
Hall. All are welcome!!

Spirit of the BEATITUDES


Our next two gatherings will focus on the theme
WILL BE CALLED CHILDREN OF GOD.” On September 11th the presentation will be centered around
the testimony of Iraqi Refugees living in the USA.
On October 9th the presentation will concern the
testimony of members of the organization, “HOMES

To purchase tickets and support this initiative,
contact the Xaverian Missionaries at 101 Summer
Street, Holliston, MA.
For information on all the Fatima Shrine events
please call 508-429-2144

The Provincial House was turned into a production studio for the filming of a new video on
Conversations Among Humanists, Atheists and
Religious Believers to be shown at the assembly
of the Conference of Major Superiors of Men
(CMSM) in August. But you can see it too on our
YouTube channel.
On Sunday, October 2, 2016 from 2 pm to 7
pm the Berceto Foundation will sponsor its 54th
annual dinner dance in honor of the Xaverian
Missionaries at Riccardo’s restaurant in Astoria
New York. For information please contact Anna
Sabini (President) at 718-932-4261 or Anna Conti
at 718-721-1780

On October 1st, 2016 Holliston will have its 64th
Annual Mission Banquet. The theme is “Fatima,
Then and Now - Here and There.” Mass is at 4 pm,
followed by a social at 5:30 and dinner at 6:15.
It will be held at St. Joseph’s Parish Hall, 145
Holliston Street, Medway, MA.

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