An interview with British Mill Hill missionary, Fr Frank Smith mhm. Powerful stories from retirement.
British Regional Newsletter Easter 2016 Message from the Regional
To mark the 150 years jubilee of the Mill Hill Missionaries a series of interviews with Mill Hill missionaries, young and old, will be posted on this website. In the first of this series a young African Mill Hill missionary currently ministering in Malaysia speaks of his sense of mission. The series of interviews - still to be competed - can viewed in the Jubilee Section of this website: View
An exhibition celebrating the 150th anniversary of the Mill Hill Missionaries opened in the Cathedral's chapel of St Joseph earlier today. This free exhibition will remain open until the feast of St Joseph, Saturday 19 March, when Cardinal Vincent Nichols will celebrate a Mass in thanksgiving for the Mill Hill Missionaries at 12.30pm. The St Joseph's Missionary Society of Mill Hill was founded by the future Cardinal Herbert Vaughan in 1866. He later founded Westminster Cathedral following his appointment as the third Archbishop of Westminster. A member of the Mill Hill Missionaries, Br Eddie Slawinski MHM, can be seen in one of these photos, following his setting up the exhibition. He was helped by the MHM's National Appeals Director, Lynne Powell.
As this message goes out to our membership we will be preparing to celebrate the 150th Jubilee of our foundation in many different parts of the world. As Mill Hill Missionaries we have a long and impressive record of doing mission throughout the world, living and sharing the Gospel with different faith communities, inspiring, informing and guiding future generations of missionaries, wherever they come from. It is important that we look back at this significant milestone in our history and give thanks to God for all that has been accomplished in and through so many missionary travellers crossing diverse boundaries in witnessing to the Gospel.
In this video talk African theologian Emanuel Katongole reflects on the Christian response to the current climate of political violence in large parts of Africa. He explores new directions in missiology and theology. (Catholic Theological Union)
As this message goes out to our membership we will be preparing to celebrate the 150th Jubilee of our foundation in many different parts of the world. As Mill Hill Missionaries we have a long and impressive record of doing mission throughout the world, living and sharing the Gospel with different faith communities, inspiring, informing and guiding future generations of missionaries, wherever they come from. It is important that we look back at this significant milestone in our history and give thanks to God for all that has been accomplished in and through so many missionary travellers crossing diverse boundaries in witnessing to the Gospel. (Fr Michael Corocran mhm, General Superior)
The head of Roman Catholic Church, Pope Francis, has expressed interested to visit the war-torn South Sudan to meet its leaders during the upcoming transitional period, a bishop who met the Pope has said. Roko Taban Musa, the Apostolic Administrator of the Catholic Diocese of Malakal, told local radio station in Juba that Pope Francis informed the bishops from Sudan and South Sudan during their recent meeting in Rome, that the Holy Father wanted to meet President Salva Kiir and first vice president designate, Riek Machar. “The Pope is updated about the situation both in Sudan and South Sudan. He knows what is happening,” Musa told Eye Radio in an interview on Monday evening. “He told us (the bishops) that he wanted to visit South Sudan clearly but he did not give us the time. He told us he is trying to work out the possibility of meeting [President] Salva Kiir once again and Dr. Riek Machar,” Musa added. Pope Francis met President Kiir for 15 minutes last year in Kampala, Uganda. The brief encounter was arranged by the Ugandan President, Yoweri Museveni, a regional ally who sent his forces to fight Machar’s opposition for two years. South Sudan has a substantial number of Roman Catholic followers. President Kiir too is a Catholic. Musa, who met Pope Francis with other bishops from Sudan and South Sudan, said the Vatican will announce the date of Pope’s visit, which he said is significant. “As a man of supreme moral authority in the world, the Pope will be able to play a great role in bringing together, not only in bringing together the two men, but making the two men work together for peace, for prosperity and for freedom in this country,” he said. Although the date for the visit has not been fixed, issues such as security in the capital will be put into consideration.
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If all countries in the world would adopt the lifestyle and the consumption patterns of the western world, an ecological disaster would be inevitable. Already now we use more resources than our planet can renew. “Overshoot day” the date of the year when we have used what we are entitled to, fell 2015 on the 13th of August. For the rest of the year we lived off the substance at the expense of the future generations. “Green technology” alone will not solve this problem. To survive in the long run we have to change radically our wasteful ways of producing and consuming what we need for life and develop sustainable consumption and production methods. This can only succeed if we live out of a spirituality of simplicity and frugality to which Pope Francis invites us in his encyclical ‘Laudato Si´.