Pope Francis has urged missionaries to reserve special attention for dialogue with Islam, to promote the dignity of women and the values of the family, to be sensitive to issues of justice and peace.
On Saturday June 3rd 2017, the day the universal Church celebrates St. Charles Lwanga and companions, martyrs of Uganda, faithful supporters of the Mill Hill missionaries in Scotland gatherered at St Joseph's House, Cardonald, for the yearly Mission Day.
A former Khmer Rouge leader turns to Christianity in search of answers.
Utrecht, The Netherlands Each year in the weeks preceding Pentecost the Dutch missionary agency WNM (Week of the Dutch Missionary) organises a 'Day of Inspiration for Mission'. At this year's…
At midday on the 18th of April 2017 with the sun shining brightly from a clear blue sky and as the people of the coastal region of Kenya were praying for the long awaited rains, the Mill Hill teams of Sts. Francis Xavier and Josef Freinademetz Malindi and Witu/ Kipini Parishes respectively, gathered for a meeting. They had come together not only to share their successes and challenges of mission but also to pray for rain and to remember in a special way those who participated in sowing the seed of Christianity at the Coast of Kenya. Vivid in our minds was the memory of Br. Brian Thorp the anniversary of whose death had just slipped by. Some of us had met him in person when he was alive. Others never had.
A fascinating new book by Ben Engelbertink mhm based on the diary he kept during the ten years he was active as a missionary in Sarawak, East Malaysia. This factual account is completed by a beautifully written imaginative story.
THE GROWTH OF THE CHURCH IN MBISSI VILLAGE
Mill Hill Missionaries celebrate the feast of St Joseph in South Africa
The “Democratic Republic of Congo” is a far cry from Scotland’s Morayshire Vale of St Andrew – especially when the DRC’s hot and humid rain forest is remembered in a freezing winter at Pluscarden Abbey. But more striking than that is the contrast of atmosphere. Pluscarden is renowned deservedly for its Peace; the DRC, deservedly, is not! I am anxious to get back to my beloved troubled Congo. But I am revelling in the Benedictine Pax here; “In loco isto dabo pacem (In this place I will give Peace)” …. and I will get the monks’ powerful prayers for the DRC into the bargain too. In this Peace I am still grateful for the Mission I have been privileged to be sent on. I was encouraged here in Pluscarden many years ago to respond to that “foreign missionary” call, and have been supported ever since. What we have in common, in a contemplative life in northern Scotland or in an active ministry in ‘the Heart of Darkest Africa’, is that basic truth: ‘Nil carius Christo’ - Christ and His Love is more important than anything else.
After experiencing the life of young people in many different countries and situations - in DR Congo where I grew up, during my years of training for the missionary priesthood in East Africa (Entesekera/Kenya and Kotido/Uganda) and now as a theology student on 'mission experience' in the Catholic Mission of Ilung in NW Cameroon - I am deeply convinced that youth apostolate is not an optional extra but an integral part of the Church's ministry at every level.