Every four years, ever since 1983, Fr Francis Baartmans mhm and the Benares Foundation organise an 'India Day'. The 8th edition of this event took place on June 18th in St Jozefhuis, Oosterbeek and brought together some 125 participants, most of whom have a personal connection through voluntary service with the work of Fr Francis among the Dalits in the Hindu Holy City of Varanasi, India, on the banks of the Ganges.
Fr Mario M. Dimapilis mhm reports on a recollection for catechists in the parish of Casay.
Close to a hundred APF promotors participated in the 150 years Jubilee celebration of the Mill Hill Missionaries on Sunday 19th June, the anniversary of the death of their Founder, Cardinal Herbert Vaughan, at Herbert House in Freshfield.
On the 5th June 2016, the parishioners of Zamdela, Sasolburg, in the diocese of Kroonstad, South Africa gathered to celebrate the feast of their patron: the Martyrs of Uganda. Prior to the high mass, the parishioners were full of song and jubilation as they welcomed the local ordinary Rt Rev Peter Holiday, Bishop of the diocese of Kroonstad. There was a walking procession to the church led by children accompanied by church groups: Chiro Youth Club, St Ann, and St Joseph, Catholic Women’s League, Christian Life Group, St Stephens, St Cecilia, Sacred Heart group, friends and invited guests from neighbouring parishes. The bishop was given a guard of honour by the Knights of Da Gama. The procession, though it was a cold Sunday morning, attracted many onlookers in the township.
The Basic Ecclesial Community or Small Christian Community meeting is one of the priority activities of the Parish of Sta. Teresa de Avila, Casay. Extra effort is being exerted in order to animate and to keep the BECs in Casay alive. The Bishop of San Jose de Antique, Jose Romeo Lazo, calls for strengthening and sustaining of the BEC program in all parishes in his diocese.
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On Friday 17th of June 2016 during the 150 Years Jubilee Mass in the Pilgrimage Basilica of Absam the 13 Mill Hill Priests present were asked by the Main Celebrant to renew their Missionary Oath. They did this in the presence of the Diocesan Administrator of Innsbruck, Jakob Bürgler – who presided the Eucharist –, the Abbot of the Norbertine Monastery Wilten - Innsbruck, Raimund Schreier, the Dean and Parish Priest of Absam, Martin Ferner, and a number of other Priests, Sisters, Zealators, Guests and Families while standing round the altar. This impressive and moving ceremony was conducted in Englishand it proved to be a strong expression of the missionary commitment and of belonging to an English Missionary Congregation.
A MESSAGE ON THE 150th ANNIVERSARY OF THE FOUNDATION OF ST JOSEPH'S MISSIONARY SOCIETY - BISHOP PETER HOLIDAY DIOCESE OF KROONSTAD S.A.
This is the July-August issue of the Missionsbote. The German Language Magazine of the Mill Hill Missionaries.