New missionary ventures in North America and in England

It is now official and about to be launched ! The Missionaries of Africa will be soon starting two new pastoral projects in Brooklyn (New York City in the United States) and in Liverpool (North of England).

Both areas where we will take up a parish are very multi-cultural, with a large population of Africans ( and Afro-americans in Brooklyn) and a large Muslin Community. In both areas, there is a real pastoral need that we could adequately respond to as Missionaries of Africa.

Those new ventures reflect what the Chapter of 2016 stated so clearly about intercultural and fraternal life being a witness to our world today. They also reflect our desire to take up new initiatives regarding being sent wherever our charism is needed to encounter those who thirst for God, to be close to the needy, the young and, in a special way, to the Muslims.

Our presence, in those two dioceses, we hope, will be a viable witness to all, that is truly missionary.

Brooklyn, borough of Queens, New York City

Confreres appointed :

A Tanzanian national, Bartholomew Mrosso, almost 52 years, was ordained in 2002. He was first appointed in Uganda, then was involved with formation in Nigeria and eventually was appointed the Provincial Delegate in Tanzania.

Gazena Haile was born in Ethiopia in July 1981. He was ordained in 2012 and worked in Ghana ever since.

Julien Cormier is a 77 year old Canadian. As a missionary, he worked in Burundi, in Niger and in Canada. Once apon a time, he was the redactor of the Petit Echo in Rome. Lately, he belonged to the Community in Washington.

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Liverpool, North of England

Confreres appointed :

Born in 1950 in Great Britain, Terence Madden spent his missionary life working in Burkina Faso, Great Britain and the Philippines. He was ordained in 1981.

Ferdinand van Campen was born in the Netherlands in 1959. He was ordained in 1993 and started off his missionary life learning Portuguese in view of working in Mozambique, which he did for a while before being called to the ministry of “formation”. He’s been a formator in Brazil, Ghana and Tanzania.

From Kenya, Charles Obanya has just turned 50 at the beginning of June. He was ordained in 1997 and worked as a missionary in Zambia and in Kenya. His just served two terms of three years as the Provincial of EAP.

Michael Fitzgerald was born near Birmingham in 1937. He had an academic carreer in Rome until his ordination as Bishop in Rome and his elevation to the rank of Archbishop and appointment as Apostolic Nuncio in Egypt. He belonged lately to the Community of Jerusalem, while continuing to accept missions from the Holy See.

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Communication workshop in Rome

Here is the evaluation of one of the participants in the Communications Session, which has just taken place in Rome from May 27 to June 2, 2018. The text has been shortened and adapted for this article.

Recently, I came across a WhatsApp status that said, “My boss is a Jewish carpenter.” It really touched me. It made me think about how Jesus, a simple Jewish carpenter, managed to attract large crowds. His message is still so powerful today that there are 1.2 billion faithful in the world. Questioning what made him such a famous preacher, I discovered that Continue reading “Communication workshop in Rome”

Financial Council

Three times a year, the Financial Council of our Society meets in Rome. They are in Rome for the moment. They began the meeting with a presentation of Michel Girard and Denis Rabier who are responsible for managing the files of about 700 confreres registered with EMI. The ordinary mebers of the Financial Council are the General Treasurer, the Provincial Treasurers of the 8 Provinces and the treasurers of the two sections (EPO and SOA).

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Seminar Sedos – Rome

SEDOS (Service of Documentation and Study on Global Mission) is a forum open to Institutes of Consecrated Life, which commit themselves to deepening their understanding of global mission. It encourages research and disseminates information through its Bulletin and Homepage, the annual SEDOS Residential Seminar (beginning of May), public conferences, and workshops.

To know more, follow this link

Father André Schaminée attends the meetings and events of Sedos in the behalf of the Superior General, father Stan Lubungo. This year, he is accompanied by three young confreres, Father Amani Dieudonné (DRC / Ghana), Daniel Kabuya (DRC / Toulouse – France) and Leo Maria Joseph (Studies in Leuven – Belgium), for the seminar 2018 – Youth and Mission.

 

Feast of Our Lady of Africa – Trentaprile

Saturday the 22nd of April, the Missionary Sisters of Our Lady of Africa in Rome invited the Missionaries of Africa to join them to celebrate – ahead of schedule – the feast of Our Lady of Africa. The theme chosen for the celebration was – in the mood of time – the fight against human trafficking. And the usual homily was replaced by a short time of sharing in small informal groups around the question “Regarding human trafficking, what have I become more conscious of ?”

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Easter Vigil at the General House

At the General House, we celebrated Easter in a rather small community. The main room was beautifully decorated with wardrobe from the Furniture Warehouse, where most came in to admire the room and works. Most of the General Council were visiting our communities around the world, many of the students were on holiday, mainly doing pastoral work in Italy and elsewhere, some of the remaining few were getting a feeling of how Easter was being celebrated in Rome. Sixteen of us, including the mother of our French confrere Laurent Balas, were celebrating the Easter Vigil in our Crypt, led by Mak Caesar Abagna, a ghanean priest who is staying with us while studying at the PISAI. 

Important notice for our visitors

Because of the up-coming renovation of the ‘Piccola Casa’ and the temporary transfer of the Sisters into our house, our capacity for accommodation is very much reduced. We will not be able to accommodate visitors during the following times: 21-30 April 2017 as well as during the two months of September and October 2017 (because of the sessions).

Regrets,

Joe Buholzer,
Supérieur de la Maison Généralice