A journey of 25 years as a Mill Hill missionary priest is not only a journey of many ups and downs, of countless joys as well as sorrows, but also a journey of grace. St Theresa of Lisieux says of everything received in life that "All is grace". My journey of 25 years as a missionary cannot have been without God's grace and his kindness. Looking back over the years that have gone, I feel blessed to have been given a variety of opportunities to work as a missionary priest.
To appreciate God's guidance throughout my life, I wish to share with the friends of Mill Hill tee following. When I was born, Europe was in turmoil. It was during the Second World War. The village of my parents was still poorly developed. Being a mountainous area the nearest road was about 5 kilometers away. There was as yet no electricity in the village. We were a community of 20 farmers. The little primary school had just one classroom for all 5 classes, with only one teacher nor all classes; in all 24 pupils. The parish priest came twice a week for religious instructions and for Holy Mass.
The May-June 2016 edition of the German language magazine of the Mill Hill MIssionaries.
"In this edition of Promotio Iustitae, a number of Jesuits who live together with Muslim communities in various parts of the world describe their experience of sharing life with people of Islamic faith, in very distinct circumstances. They speak about the challenges and opportunities presented by dialogue with these communities in everyday life. They describe what they have learned and how they have been rewarded by these encounters. Moreover, they reflect on what Muslims and Christians can offer each other in this complicated world that we live in. We hope that these pages can help us to better position ourselves faced with the challenge of living together, Christians and Muslims.”
The front cover shows the Martyrs of Uganda in a stained glass window created by Brother Joseph van Heeswijk, a Mill Hill missionary who worked in Uganda all his life. This beautiful window is in Rubaga Cathedral Kampala.
This is the German language mission magazine of the Mill Hill Missionaries celebrating the 150 years jubilee of St. Joseph's Missionary Society and 125 years of existence in Tirol.
The first issue of the original 'St Joseph's Foreign Missionary Advocate' appeared in the Autumn of 1883. The front page had an engraving of the College at Mill Hill, above which in large letters the following words: "HELP! HELP! HELP! us to send Priests to the 900,000,000 HEATHEN." It was announced that the new magazine would be issued quarterly, that it would cost one and a half pence per copy, two pence in Australia, and with the American supplement, 6 US cents.
Readers of St. Joseph’s Advocate know us as the Mill Hill Missionaries. The name goes right back to 1866 when Fr. Herbert Vaughan (later Cardinal Archbishop of Westminster) founded our Missionary Society in a place called Mill Hill, located in North West London. But our official title is ‘St. Joseph’s Missionary Society’.