Poetic Tribute

The Franciscan Missionaries of Saint Joseph (FMSJ) a.k.a. Mill Hill Sisters founded by Alice Ingham in 1871 have always worked closely together with the Mill Hill Missionaries in many places around the world.

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The Jubilee Year of Mercy and the St Joseph Project

A lot has been happening in the Diocese of Miri this year. There are a number of initiatives and projects that are ongoing, all of them falling under three main headings: The Jubilee year of Mercy instituted by Pope Francis, the diocesan St Joseph Project (called here the “Wisma St Joseph” project), and the 40th anniversary of the Diocese. The Mill Hill man most directly involved with all of these projects is Fr. Guido Gockel mhm. Fr. Guido is the parish priest of St. Dominic’s parish in Miri. Last year Bishop Richard (the Bishop of Miri diocese) made him the chairman for all three projects.

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The Jubilee Year of Mercy

Diocese of Miri, Malaysia Jubilee Year of Mercy: Pilgrimage Cross. The Jubilee year of Mercy celebrations are still ongoing within the diocese of Miri with many planned pilgrimages through the…

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Aleppo

Our Carmelite 'neighbours' in Schaarsbergen near Oosterbeek sent us a link to the Carmelite community in Aleppo giving a shattering image of the suffering in this war~stricken Syrian city.

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Priesthood

On the Feast of John Vianney, the curé d'Ars, the Jesuit website Thinkingfaith presents a number of excellent reflections on the priesthood. Have a look!

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Cross-Cultural Approach: Universality of Mission and Cultural Relativism

I will take Clifford Geertz widest possible definition of culture as the totality of values, institutions and forms of behaviour transmitted within a society, as well as the material goods produced by the people. This wide concept of culture covers world view, knowledge and attitudes towards life. Culture is part of our personality as it is the source of world view and provides one with values and interests in life and means to pursue them. The above thus explains ethnocentricity; tendency to regard ones “world view” as the ideal norm. So, any other “world view” becomes “not the norm”. Remember culture defines how we see the world, interpret it and how we react to it.

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World Youth Day Diary

The sun is shining brightly . It is going to be a scorcher. It was difficult waking up this morning to rush to the parish Church for a small English mass. Bishop Joseph Francis Kwaku Essien, the bishop from Wiaswo Diocese in Ghana was my co-celebrant. We had breakfast together afterwards in the attached presbytery where he was staying. He has been a bishop for seventeen years having been a military chaplain most of his life. He is very concerned about his country in Africa and feels it is going backwards. I congratulated him for bringing 120 Ghanians to the youth days. He said

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