Bernhard Hagen 1936 – 2016 (PE nr. 1077)

Coming back from this year’s visit to Ghana Bernhard didn’t feel well. He himself drove to the doctor in Rheine who diagnosed an acute heart problem. Bernhard was flown by helicopter to the heart clinic at Bad Rothenfelde. The same day he was operated on and received a triple bypass.
It went well but then he got a malaria attack with kidney and liver failure. The doctors put him into an artificial coma; and he never woke up. Continue reading “Bernhard Hagen 1936 – 2016 (PE nr. 1077)”

+Pedro Burgos López 1929 – 2016 (PE n°1077)

On Sunday, the 17th April 2016, at around 13.30 in the afternoon, our confrere Pedro Burgos López passed away peacefully in St. Joseph’s Nursing Home at Evere (Bruxelles). Fr. Jan Anthonissen was present; his faithful guardian angel for months, Sr. Doecita Van der Ven had just slipped out for a few minutes. Continue reading “+Pedro Burgos López 1929 – 2016 (PE n°1077)”

+Joaquín Algerías Joya 1944 – 2016 (PE n°1077)


On Monday 4th July 2016, Joaquín Algerías left us to join his Lord. He was born in Almócita, Almeria Province in Spain on the 12th April 1944. He was the son of Felipe and Dolores, and the youngest in a family of four brothers and sisters. He studied at the major Seminary of Almería and he was ordained priest on the 11th March 1971. Continue reading “+Joaquín Algerías Joya 1944 – 2016 (PE n°1077)”

A poor Parish for poor people: The case of Single Mothers in the Parish of St Rita Tokolote – Kindu

“Give them something to eat yourselves” (Mt 14, 16). Despite our poverty, we are invited to share the little we have with those poorer than we are. The single mothers of our Parish are part of these poor. Dear Friends, we know that anybody who needs the help of another is poor. Each one of us lives in a state of poverty in their own way. Continue reading “A poor Parish for poor people: The case of Single Mothers in the Parish of St Rita Tokolote – Kindu”

Prayer is the secret of a radiant and fruitful Missionary life

During Initial Formation, particular emphasis is put on the Spiritual Exercises. Once in the field, we become aware of the importance of this aspect of our missionary preparation. In these few lines, I would like to share with you my own modest experience of the place of prayer, both community and personal, in missionary life. Continue reading “Prayer is the secret of a radiant and fruitful Missionary life”

« The importance of prayer is not learnt in books but from personal conviction »

In general, candidates arriving at the Spiritual Year have a judicious awareness of the importance of personal and community prayer. They have acquired this from their formation in the first phase, from when they were aspirants and from their Christian communities. Continue reading “« The importance of prayer is not learnt in books but from personal conviction »”

Fighting the Colour Thieves! (PE 1077)

I remember a clever TV advertisement for a particular type of film, which described itself as a colour thief. This advertisement presented the taking of photographs as a new type of terrorism because just by a click, the time to take a photograph, the person photographed was reduced to a black and white image. The disastrous effect on the morale of the victims was at the same time the guarantee of the efficiency of the product used! Continue reading “Fighting the Colour Thieves! (PE 1077)”

We are called to be : “ Men of prayer” (PE 1077)

Since the foundation of our Society, Spirituality has always taken first priority in all its chapters. The last chapter of 2016 was not an exception. It is definitely due to its value and importance in guiding our missionary and Christian identity. We are called to be men of prayer! Through personal and community prayer, spirituality takes a concrete form. I believe it is in these two aspects of spirituality that we exercise the encounter with Jesus and live a gospel inspired life. Continue reading “We are called to be : “ Men of prayer” (PE 1077)”