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“Make of the world one family”

Xaverian Mission
Volume 64 - No. 1 | February 2016 Newsletter
www.xaviermissionaries.org • Mission Blog: www.global-catholic.org

Rediscovering God’s Mercy ...........................2
Year of Mercy in Bangladesh .......................3
Kayapó Madonna ..............................................4
The Groundswell Movement..........................5
The Environment as Common Ground .......6-7
The Audacious Project ................................8-9
World & US Province News ......................10-11

March in Edinburgh Scotland to protect our “Common Home”: photo by Fr. Carl Chudy SX
Papal Message for Mission and Consecrated Life

Rediscovering God’s Mercy
Excerpt from the Bull of Indiction of the
X averian Missionaries Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy
Provincial Headquarters

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opening our hearts to the hope of being loved forever despite our sinfulness.
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her witness to the world can be lacking in mercy. The
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The Year of Mercy - According to Jahanara

T
he “Year of Mercy” for a little boy named Jahanara is
perhaps not quite what Pope Francis has in mind. He
does not even know who Pope Francis is, and perhaps
not even what mercy is.
Jahanara is only five years old, but old enough to know mis-
fortune. But now—thanks to God— he also understands
Christian love, providence and compassion.
Jahanara attends first grade. With his bright eyes and con-
stant smile, he does not seem to be aware of his misfortune.
Two years ago, when he was only three, his father, Jinarul
fell from a very high coconut tree and broke his spine. He is
now paralyzed from the waist down. In the vain hope of
recovering some movement he sold his only piece of land to
travel to a hospital in Calcutta to see if something could be
done for him. Jinarul returned home penniless to find his
young wife gone because her relatives had taken her away Fr. Gabriele with Jinarul and Jahanara
to marry someone else. (This happens many times to those who can no longer
work.)
Jinarul was left with a child to support. But how could he when
he could not work? Rigìa, his elderly mother took them in but
she too was completely crippled. How could she care for her son
and grandson? Only Allah knows! Jinarul went into depression
and just lay in his bed. He suffered from bedsores, and he decid-
ed to let himself die, as do many in his situation.
At this point, my confrere, Fr. Sergio Targa, tireless in attending
to the poor, the sick and others left on the “peripheries” or
margins of society as Pope Francis has exhorted, spoke to
Jinarul about our small center for the disabled, Asharbari,”Place
of Hope.”
I told Sergio we were happy to welcome Jinarul, Jahanara and
the old grandmother. I started to treat his bedsores. They are
deep and are more difficult to heal in the hot, humid tropical
A beaming Jahanara can now look forward
climate of Bangladesh. to a brighter future.
For the festival of Eid, the biggest festival in Islam, the family wanted to go
back to their village, on the edge of the forest. There was another round of misfortune when a cow kicked little
Jahanara, badly fracturing bones in his leg. A facility nearby their village plastered it somehow. Several days later
after they returned to Asharbari, I took X-rays which showed, as I had thought, that the fracture had not healed
and the bones are welded crossed and I understood that the child would be likely to have one leg shorter than the
other for life. He would need an operation in a specialized clinic in the city to fix the problem.
Thank God for the many generous people in America who send money to help our ministry so we have the funds for
the trip and the surgery and thereby can finally provide some good fortune for Jahanara!
Otherwise he would have been poor, motherless, with a handicapped father and he himself
would have remained crippled, and never looked forward to a brighter tomorrow.
This will be a Year of Mercy for Jahanara! He perhaps will never say the Our
Father, but as a good Muslim he can raise his eyes to “Allah the Merciful.“
Fr. Gabriele Spiga SX

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Kayapó Madonna
Peace and all Good!
Even though I am in Italy for some medical treatment, I send
you my best wishes from Brazil, specifically from Redenção
in the Amazon and our work among the indigenous people
there, particularly the Kayapó tribe.
Here are two photos from Christmas that will show that
world in which Providence has placed us. It’s a world that
says a great deal about our Christian faith!
In the “Kayapó Madonna” we remember the wishes of the
child Jesus in her arms. The feathers of the crown or
halo surrounding her are from the Arara Macaws, the
largest parrots of our region. Together with the starry
sky the picture illustrates another world ... where some-
one is waiting for us. The Kayapó people say that the
feathers are used to fly ... reach for the sky, from where
they have come from and where I’m convinced, they will
return!
The second photo is of Kayapó toddlers running ... running
towards us…toward you …full of life and hope. Let us remem-
ber them in prayer.
Thank you for your continued support.
In friendship and esteem, I remain yours in Christ,
Fr. Renato Trevisan SX


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Xaverian Missionaries in the USA

Interfaith in Action!
P
ope Francis reminds us: “An attitude of openness in truth
and in love must characterize the dialogue with the follow-
ers of non-Christian religions, in spite of various obstacles
and difficulties, especially forms of fundamentalism on both sides.
Inter-religious dialogue is a necessary condition for peace in the
world, and so it is a duty for Christians as well as other religious
l,
communities. This dialogue is in first place a conversation about
w el
human existence or simply, as the bishops of India have put it, a n ds Fr.
matter of “being open to them, sharing their joys and sorrows.” rou n g, e r
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living, thinking and speaking. We can then join one another in d Sis a ro Is l a m o f S l d
r C he r n O ly
an te s f
taking up the duty of serving justice and peace, which
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s i s t e t o T e Le t e rs i c i o u r o e
t h y t h s t a o u w
should become a basic principle of all our exchang- ro en t si gr t d,
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es. A dialogue which seeks social peace and m o o d a y r dI
To e rn a n d e l e rs l ga v e f t e , a n
justice is in itself, beyond all merely practical ft y to th r m o . A er i-
i s a h u d g e , b ro w a w h t e r e t t s ol y
considerations, an ethical commitment which
Th r l C Bri d l i m e r e rd , c e n e r b n he
brings about a new social situation.” ~The Joy of a s w a p h i ni dt
C Ol d Mu We o i ot o n
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the Gospel o f o u r NJ. t h w o r e a c h c e t ime ith
, y n sw
to d g e d b a n d o w r i e is t . u
I participated in a Groundswell Movement event in i e
Br e i v o o l t o k
n pe th it of g
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December where I helped deliver a letter of support to e c
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the Islamic Center of Old Bridge, NJ. The Xaverian Mis- t h and e le d e m d or o f t h e H
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sionaries have an ongoing commitment to dialogue and d aw h fu
actions which foster peace and unity in our diverse world. re a a s wi t ra t e i c t u rd . Je
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Groundswell is a growing d a re v e d i t h e
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than 200,000 people em
m
who believe faith can be
a force for good in the
world. Leaders, organizers,
and activists come to
Groundswell to connect
and share their work for
justice with a movement of
other faith-inspired change-
makers. Groundswell
envisions “multi-faith
movements” for justice
that are so irresistibly
inspiring, powerfully
organized, sustained, and
deeply rooted in our faiths
that we spark wide-
reaching change.
Fr. Carl Chudy SX Fr. Carl Chudy SX (fourth from left in front) joins the Groundswell Movement at
the Islamic Center of Old Bridge, NJ.

Yo u r efforts of b rin gin g t h e peo p l e of diffe ren t fai t h an d e v e n n o n-b e l i e v ers toge t h e r a t a
dialogu e ta b l e to f in d co mmo n gro un d is a p erfec t re m in d e r to e v e ryon e tha t w e mus t lea rn
to l i v e i n t h e image of God an d t h e n fo l lo w o u r c reeds . I a m posi t i v e tha t t h e re a re more
s i m ila ri t ies tha n diffe ren ces amon g t h e re ligions of t h e wo rld an d if w e con t i n u e to high ligh t
wha t is co mmo n, w e wi l l b e a b l e to defea t t h e ex t re mis m of a l l kinds i n o u r soc ie t y.
S. Im ti az Al i,
Isla mic Cen t e r of Old Bridge

Xaverian Mission Newsletter • February 2016 5
a cold rainy day last November,

On thousands of people marched in
Edinburgh, Scotland to call attention to,
and show their support for, efforts to combat
climate change and help our environment.
The Xaverian Missionaries were among the
crowds of people as part of their Common
Ground initiative. It all started in 2013 at the
Conforti Institute in Coatbridge, Scotland,
where we gathered with religious believers of
different traditions, and atheists and humanists
interested in dialogue in order to find the
common ground we all stand on. In this past
conference our common ground was global
climate change, or what Pope Francis called
“care for our common home.”
The march was an interfaith and intercultural celebration of solidarity
about care for our common home.
Although humanists see the reasons for the
evolution of life to be different from those of
religious believers, what we do hold in common
is the science we rely on today to understand
creation. The Catechism of the Catholic
Church states, “[M]any scientific studies . . .
have splendidly enriched our knowledge of
the age and dimensions of the cosmos, the
development of life forms, and the appearance
of man. These studies invite us to even greater
admiration for the greatness of the Creator”
(CCC 283)

During the conference Christian, Muslim,
Jewish, Buddhist, and Humanist perspectives
were shared on why we need to strengthen
our resolve to reverse ecological disaster. The
encyclical of Pope Francis on care for our
common home was written for a worldwide
audience, not merely Catholic or religious in
order to underline that point.

Despite the inclement weather streets of Edinburgh were Science and faith can help each other root
filled with thousands of people ourselves in a new way we envision the world,
humanity, and our vital link to the Lord of
Creation. A great cultural, spiritual, and
educational challenge stands before us as we
look toward a new lifestyle: a more profound
and honest relationship between humanity and
the environment, and an ecological conversion.
(Pope Francis, Laudato Si 201-204)

Fr. Carl Chudy SX
The Environment:
Our Common Ground

Insights and ideas were shared and strategies planned in
Dr. Katherine Trebeck of Oxfam Global Research presented
workshops.
compelling statistics on the effects of climate change.

Discussions continued over refreshments. Ideas were exchanged during plenary presentations

Participants from diverse
faith and humanist
backgrounds share a
commitment to our
“Common Home.”
The Dream of St. Guido Conforti...

“The Audacious Project”
“Moses was a hundred and twenty years old when he died,
his eyes undimmed, his vigor unimpaired.” (Dt 34:7)

O
n March 30, 2015 we celebrated the 150th anniversary of
our Founder’s birth and baptism. On December 3, 2015 our
Institute, founded in 1895, turned 120 years old.
December 3rd is also the feast day of our patron saint, Francis
Xavier, who died on 3 December 1552, on the island of Sancian,
very close to China, which the great evangelizer was trying to
reach. He was quite similar to Moses, who “died in the land
of Moab as the Lord decreed,” deprived of the joy of reaching
Michelangelo’s
the Promised Land after leading the people out of Egypt. The
“Moses” in San
Lord had told him: “This is the country which I promised on
Pietro in Vincoli,
Rome
oath to give to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. I shall give it to your
descendants. I have allowed you to see it for yourself, but you
will not cross into it” (Dt 34:4). Like Moses, Francis Xavier also
had to be satisfied with contemplating from afar the land he
longed to enter.
Our Institute has now reached the same age as Moses was when
he died: 120 years! In his recent biography of the Founder, Fr.
Luca writes: “The new Institute was inaugurated on December
3, 1895, the feast of St. Francis Xavier, in the presence of the
bishop, many priests and friends. The new Institute was placed
under the protection of St. Francis Xavier, the apostle of the
Indies. The first group of missionary aspirants was made up of
seventeen young men who came from various parishes of the
diocese.”
On that same day, Bishop Francesco Magani published the
Decree that established the Seminario Emiliano per le Missioni
St. Guido Conforti with his first missionaries at the Estere in Parma, in which he approved the new Institute and
founding of the Institute expressed the hope that it would flourish. In this document,
the bishop praised Conforti the priest, Canon of the Cathedral
Basilica and his Pro-vicar, and formulated the wish that the
new Institute would be blessed with growth and many excellent
workers, “who will spread the Gospel of peace, the Word of life,
among the many peoples who need it.”
One hundred and twenty years is no small achievement,
especially if we reach them in the splendid condition of Moses
“full of days” and “his eyes undimmed, his vigor unimpaired.”
Normally, old age weakens the eyes. A penetrating gaze in the
Bible is a characteristic of the prophets. It is no coincidence
that Moses, after his age is mentioned, is presented as a
prophet, indeed, as the greatest prophet of all, although
another reason is added that qualifies him as such, his
communion and intimacy with the Lord: “There has never been
such a prophet in Israel as Moses, the man whom the Lord knew
St. Guido Conforti with seminarians face to face” (Dt 34:10).

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Lasting 120 years and counting!

Individuals, rather than impressive
structures, are the most important
resource of any institution.

Vigor is another typical characteristic of youth. “His vigor
was unimpaired” tells us that Moses enjoyed physical and
psychological strength until the end of his life. He died in the
full possession of his faculties. I find this text of Deuteronomy
interesting because it challenges us to examine the health
of our missionary family as it reaches the great age of 120
years. Vigor can refer to the vitality of its evangelical witness, St. Guido Conforti when he was Archbishop of Ravenna,
its ability to spread the charism, its fidelity to the ad gentes, Italy.
ad extra, and ad vitam. Individuals, rather than impressive
structures, are the most important resource of any institution.
Individuals are a source of enrichment: they make a difference.
Every year, the history of the Congregation is marked by
Regional Chapters that take stock of our situation, we hold
assemblies at various levels and, every six years, the General
Chapter is the peak moment of our discernment. The relentless
ageing process in our Family is a challenge to us. We can age
well or badly, happy or dissatisfied—either without strength, or
with our vigor and gaze intact.
“The audacious project” was the expression used by the young
Guido Conforti to express the dream he carried in his heart.
We pray for the “audacity” and “vigor” which would enable
us to make the leap in quality of which we all, more or less
consciously, feel the need.
Fr. Renzo Larcher, SX “[T]he new Institute would be blessed with growth and
many excellent workers, “who will spread the Gospel of
peace, the Word of life, among the many peoples who
need it.”
Dare to be Audacious...
Consider Missionary Life!

Contact:
Fr. Rocco Puopolo at
The GYM

thegym@xaviermissionaries.org
508-429-2144 Members of today’s Xaverian Missionaries in their General
Chapter.

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World Mission News Digest

World Mission News Digest
AFRICA/ AMERICA/UNITED STATES various aspects it involves.” In the US
USA Bishops support Pres. alone, more than 33,000 people were
DRC Obama’s measures to limit the killed by firearms in 2013.
Bishops are
spread of weapons
committed ASIA/INDONESIA
to promoting Washington (Agenzia Fides) - “Thank God
New Year begins in the sign
dialogue in there is someone who finally has the courage of unity between Catholics
view of the to fill the gaps in our shameful laws on gun and Muslims
2016 election control in order to reduce the number of
deadline massacres, murders and suicides that have Jakarta (Agenzia Fides) - An atmo-
become a plague in our country.” Bishop sphere of unity and brotherhood
Kinshasa (Agenzia
Kevin Joseph Farrell of Dallas, TX expressed between Christians and Muslims has
Xaverians and
Fides) - The
in his blog in January. The Bishop described increased in Indonesia. In many places,
friends in the Bishops of the Democratic Republic of Congo are
Obama’s proposal as “moderate,” and said it is tradition for young Muslims in
DRC committed to fostering dialogue among political
the vehement reaction of Congress was Indonesia to join the police force to
parties and civil
because “Congress has unabashedly sold monitor churches and ensure safety
society in view of
itself to the gun lobby.” In his speech, Bp. during the Christmas celebrations. But
the 2016 election
Farrell stressed that it will be banned to this is not all: as reported to Fides by
deadline stated
enter public places like churches and schools Fr. Aloys Budi Purnomo, during the
Don Léonard
armed and show weapons, despite the recent Christmas season the Muslims took part
Santedi, Secretary
provision in Texas which allows holders of in the celebrations as a sign of broth-
General of CENCO
(National Episcopal weapons to take them with them and exhibit erhood and friendship in some places
them in public. “This choice,” wrote Bishop in the region of Central Java.
Conference of
Congo) at the end Farrell, “is founded in the belief that our “It was a valuable testimony of brother-
of the meeting churches, schools and other places of worship hood among people of various reli-
Archbishop Thomas between a delegation of Congolese Bishops and are destined to be sanctuaries—sacred places gions: for example, in a village in the
G. Wenski of Miami representatives of the Independent National Elec- where people come to pray...” district of Semarang, where only one
toral Commission (INEC), held in Kinshasa. Over the years, the Bishops’ Conference of Catholic family lives, the Hadi family,
the United States has commented on a wide Muslims joined the Christians in a
“The Bishops, as
range of policies. Among other things, the US warm atmosphere of fraternal solidarity
pastors, have be-
Bishops have denounced human trafficking, for the Christmas celebrations, in a
gun meetings with
have called for the abolition of the death domestic ritual,” he added.
political actors
and civil society penalty and have urged Congress to change On that occasion, the deputy mayor of
to see what needs the policy on immigration. the village said: “We accepted the
to be done to Back in 1994 the Bishops had published the invitation to participate in this
improve the document “Confronting a Culture of Violence.” Christmas celebration: we are here as
situation regarding citizens, to give a sign of harmony.
dialogue,” said Archbishop of Miami, Thomas G. Wenski, in a Although we profess different religions,
Don Santedi. The statement released by the US Conference of we are all members of God’s family”.
Catholic Church President of INEC Catholic Bishops after the speech of President
Obama on the need for measures to regulate Father Alyos Budi Purnomo, vice presi-
in Indonesia Corneille Nangaa Yobeluo has completed the evalu-
the sale and dissemination of firearms said, dent of the Forum for Religious
ation of the electoral process and that the publica- Harmony in Central Java, praises the
tion of the electoral calendar is still conditioned by “The US Bishops have asked for reasonable
policies to help reduce violence with weapons example of local people who live in
the approval of the Parliament. harmony and peace, regardless of their
for a long time. Violence in our society
“INEC has assured us that it will do everything is a complex problem, with many aspects, religious belonging, in the hope that
from a technical point of view but not everything and takes many forms. Even if no measure these testimonies “become a blessing
depends on it,” said Don Santedi. “Because there is able to eliminate all acts of violence for all the people in the world.”
are things that depend on the government, the involving firearms, we welcome the efforts
Parliament where laws must be passed, policy mak- made to save lives and make communities
ers and INEC showed us where we must commit safer. We hope that Congress will take this
themselves” to be able to vote. issue more seriously, considering all the

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News from our USA Communities

News from our USA Communities
THE JUBILEE YEAR OF MERCY
MISSIONS OF MERCY AT XAVERIAN MISSIONARIES FATIMA
SHRINE
We wanted to explore the Year of Mercy through the prism of the Beatitudes in a very
concrete way. The presenters are people or organizations who live mercy as expressed by
a given beatitude. For example, the first gathering in December was based on the First
Beatitude, “Blessed are the poor in spirit.” We invited the coordinator of the St. Vincent
de Paul Society of Boston, who shared with us the spirit, meaning and challenges of this
beatitude and concretely how we can live it. The second meeting concerned “Blessed are
those who mourn, for they will be comforted.” We invited Mrs. Johanna Chao, a Hospice
Chaplain, to share her ministry and challenge us to see all life stages in a different way.
On February 14th, our 3rd gathering was on the Beatitude: “Blessed are the meek, for Mrs. Johanna Chao, a Hospice
Chaplain, shares her ministry
they will inherit the earth.” Mrs. Mildred Morin, who is a member of one of the first families during the Fatima Shrine Year
that was part of the Catholic Worker movement started by Dorothy Day, guided us in reflect- of Mercy series.
ing on this. The series will continue on the second Sunday of every month (except May) from
3:30 PM till 6:00 PM. For more information please call the shrine at 508-429-2144..
~Fr. Joe Matteucig SX

NJ: THE “FIELD HOSPITAL” IS OPEN!
“The thing the church needs most today is the ability to heal wounds and to warm the hearts of the faithful; it needs nearness, proximity.
I see the church as a field hospital after battle. It is useless to ask a seriously injured person if he has high cholesterol and about the
level of his blood sugars! You have to heal his wounds. Then we can talk about everything else. Heal the wounds, heal the wounds....”
God’s mercy has been at the heart of Pope Francis own life ever since an extraordinary, mystical experience of it at the age of 17 that
has shaped his exercise of ministry as priest, bishop and now pope.
The 2016 Lenten Conversations exploring this topic will be led by Fr. Michael Davitti, SX at Our Lady of the Valley parish in Wayne NJ on
Feb. 16th/23rd and March/1st/8th/15th at 7:30-8:45 PM
Fr. Michael will also offer seminars on the Spiritual and Corporal Works of Mercy at St. Joseph parish in Newton NJ on February 13, 20,
27 and March 5 at 10:30 AM. For more information please call 973-942-2975 ~Fr. Michael Davitti SX

FRANKLIN: SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION
Every Tuesday: 10:00 am to 12:00 PM Every Thursday: 6:00 PM to 20:00 PM

HOLLISTON HOSTS VICAR GENERAL
Sister Silvia Marsili XMM the Vicar General of the Xaverian Missionary Sisters of
Mary was visiting her community in Worcester, MA, and given that this was her
first time in the USA she wanted to see our Fatima Shrine in Holliston as well.
Father Bob Maloney SX Joined us for a wonderful visit.
~Fr. Joe Matteucig SX
Sr. Silvia Marsili XMM (seated) and
Sr. Rebeca Sánchez Pérez XMM, US
Provincial of the Xaverian Missionary
FRANKLIN Sisters of Mary, visit with the
Xaverian community in Holliston.
Fr. Alejandro Rodríguez Gómez SX is one of the organizers of “Active Catholic
Teens in Service (ACTS) in Racine, WI, and one of the presiders at ACTS’
Eucharistic Adoration for Teens.

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Xaverian Mission Newsletter • February 2016

The US Province of the Xaverian
Missionaries has produced a trilogy
of videos for the Year of Consecrated
Life. You can view them on our website,
www.xaviermissionaries.org
and/or YouTube,
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list
=PLMhcWzn6dDEleWzWawH_3Z3k_
mca4Eew6

Xaverian Missionaries Serve In:
Bangladesh • Brazil • Burundi • Cameroon • Chad • Colombia • Democratic Republic of Congo • France
Indonesia • Italy • Japan • Mexico • Mozambique • Philippines • Sierra Leone • Spain • Taiwan • Thailand • UK • USA

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