Lenten meditation 2019 – week 7

The German branch of AEFJN – Netzwerk Afrika Deutschland – has prepared a series of meditations in preparation for the “Extraordinary Month on Mission” that Pope Francis has announced for next October. Here is the introductory text. Every Monday of Lent, the following meditation will be posted.

“With the Lenten impulses we want to invite you to enter into a personal and communal reflection on the different dimensions of the mission of the Church:

  1. A personal encounter with Jesus Christ living in his Church: in the Eucharist, in the Word of God, and in personal and communal prayer.
  2. Testimony: the witness of missionary saints, martyrs, and confessors of the faith as an expression of the Church throughout the world.
  3. Missionary formation: biblical, catechetical, spiritual, and theological.
  4. Missionary charity: The witness of selfless love and of lived solidarity with the poor and the suffering to make God’s love for all people visible.

Week 1: The Extraordinary Missionary Month 2019 – An overview

Week 2: The Extraordinary Missionary Month 2019 – Papal documents

Week 3: The Extraordinary Missionary Month 2019 – Resources

Week 4: The heart of mission: the encounter with Jesus Christ

Week 5: Mission through witness of life

Week 6: Mission at the service of people

Week 7: Mission needs ongoing formation

Lenten meditation 2019 – week 6

The German branch of AEFJN – Netzwerk Afrika Deutschland – has prepared a series of meditations in preparation for the “Extraordinary Month on Mission” that Pope Francis has announced for next October. Here is the introductory text. Every Monday of Lent, the following meditation will be posted.

“With the Lenten impulses we want to invite you to enter into a personal and communal reflection on the different dimensions of the mission of the Church:

  1. A personal encounter with Jesus Christ living in his Church: in the Eucharist, in the Word of God, and in personal and communal prayer.
  2. Testimony: the witness of missionary saints, martyrs, and confessors of the faith as an expression of the Church throughout the world.
  3. Missionary formation: biblical, catechetical, spiritual, and theological.
  4. Missionary charity: The witness of selfless love and of lived solidarity with the poor and the suffering to make God’s love for all people visible.

Week 1: The Extraordinary Missionary Month 2019 – An overview

Week 2: The Extraordinary Missionary Month 2019 – Papal documents

Week 3 : The Extraordinary Missionary Month 2019 – Resources

Week 4 : The heart of mission: the encounter with Jesus Christ

Week 5 : Mission through witness of life

Week 6 : Mission at the service of people

Lenten meditation 2019 – week 5

The German branch of AEFJN – Netzwerk Afrika Deutschland – has prepared a series of meditations in preparation for the “Extraordinary Month on Mission” that Pope Francis has announced for next October. Here is the introductory text. Every Monday of Lent, the following meditation will be posted.

“With the Lenten impulses we want to invite you to enter into a personal and communal reflection on the different dimensions of the mission of the Church:

  1. A personal encounter with Jesus Christ living in his Church: in the Eucharist, in the Word of God, and in personal and communal prayer.
  2. Testimony: the witness of missionary saints, martyrs, and confessors of the faith as an expression of the Church throughout the world.
  3. Missionary formation: biblical, catechetical, spiritual, and theological.
  4. Missionary charity: The witness of selfless love and of lived solidarity with the poor and the suffering to make God’s love for all people visible.

Week 1: The Extraordinary Missionary Month 2019 – An overview

Week 2: The Extraordinary Missionary Month 2019 – Papal documents

Week 3 : The Extraordinary Missionary Month 2019 – Resources

Week 4 : The heart of mission: the encounter with Jesus Christ

Week 5 : Mission through witness of life

Lenten meditation 2019 – week 4

The German branch of AEFJN – Netzwerk Afrika Deutschland – has prepared a series of meditations in preparation for the “Extraordinary Month on Mission” that Pope Francis has announced for next October. Here is the introductory text. Every Monday of Lent, the following meditation will be posted.

“With the Lenten impulses we want to invite you to enter into a personal and communal reflection on the different dimensions of the mission of the Church:

  1. A personal encounter with Jesus Christ living in his Church: in the Eucharist, in the Word of God, and in personal and communal prayer.
  2. Testimony: the witness of missionary saints, martyrs, and confessors of the faith as an expression of the Church throughout the world.
  3. Missionary formation: biblical, catechetical, spiritual, and theological.
  4. Missionary charity: The witness of selfless love and of lived solidarity with the poor and the suffering to make God’s love for all people visible.

Week 1: The Extraordinary Missionary Month 2019 – An overview

Week 2: The Extraordinary Missionary Month 2019 – Papal documents

Week 3 : The Extraordinary Missionary Month 2019 – Resources

Week 4 : The heart of mission: the encounter with Jesus Christ

Lenten meditation 2019 – week 3

The German branch of AEFJN – Netzwerk Afrika Deutschland – has prepared a series of meditations in preparation for the “Extraordinary Month on Mission” that Pope Francis has announced for next October. Here is the introductory text. Every Monday of Lent, the following meditation will be posted.

“With the Lenten impulses we want to invite you to enter into a personal and communal reflection on the different dimensions of the mission of the Church:

  1. A personal encounter with Jesus Christ living in his Church: in the Eucharist, in the Word of God, and in personal and communal prayer.
  2. Testimony: the witness of missionary saints, martyrs, and confessors of the faith as an expression of the Church throughout the world.
  3. Missionary formation: biblical, catechetical, spiritual, and theological.
  4. Missionary charity: The witness of selfless love and of lived solidarity with the poor and the suffering to make God’s love for all people visible.

Week 1: The Extraordinary Missionary Month 2019 – An overview

Week 2: The Extraordinary Missionary Month 2019 – Papal documents

Week 3 : The Extraordinary Missionary Month 2019 – Resources

Lenten meditation 2019 – week 2

The German branch of AEFJN – Netzwerk Afrika Deutschland – has prepared a series of meditations in preparation for the “Extraordinary Month on Mission” that Pope Francis has announced for next October. Here is the introductory text. Every Monday of Lent, the following meditation will be posted.

“With the Lenten impulses we want to invite you to enter into a personal and communal reflection on the different dimensions of the mission of the Church:

  1. A personal encounter with Jesus Christ living in his Church: in the Eucharist, in the Word of God, and in personal and communal prayer.
  2. Testimony: the witness of missionary saints, martyrs, and confessors of the faith as an expression of the Church throughout the world.
  3. Missionary formation: biblical, catechetical, spiritual, and theological.
  4. Missionary charity: The witness of selfless love and of lived solidarity with the poor and the suffering to make God’s love for all people visible.

Week 1: The Extraordinary Missionary Month 2019 – An overview

Week 2: The Extraordinary Missionary Month 2019 – Papal documents

Lenten meditations 2019 – week 1

The German branch of AEFJN – Netzwerk Afrika Deutschland – has prepared a series of meditations in preparation for the “Extraordinary Month on Mission” that Pope Francis has announced for next October. Here is the introductory text. Every Monday of Lent, the following meditation will be posted.

“With the Lenten impulses we want to invite you to enter into a personal and communal reflection on the different dimensions of the mission of the Church:

  1. A personal encounter with Jesus Christ living in his Church: in the Eucharist, in the Word of God, and in personal and communal prayer.
  2. Testimony: the witness of missionary saints, martyrs, and confessors of the faith as an expression of the Church throughout the world.
  3. Missionary formation: biblical, catechetical, spiritual, and theological.
  4. Missionary charity: The witness of selfless love and of lived solidarity with the poor and the suffering to make God’s love for all people visible.

Week 1: The Extraordinary Missionary Month 2019 – An overview

Slavery today

On the occasion of the feast of Saint Josephine Bakhita on February 8, 2019, the Lavigerie community in Karlsruhe, Germany, organized an evening of awareness raising against human trafficking. This evening was held in collaboration with the local NGO “justice project”.

A few weeks earlier, we had already advertised this meeting by distributing posters in parishes, universities and other NGOs’ public places, in magazines and on the Internet. We decorated the room with roll-ups of our Sisters and Fathers, presenting their work on the occasion of the 150th anniversary of our two institutes.

Scandal of human trafficking today

Our meeting began with a video on Saint Bakhita and an overview of the anti-slavery campaign of our founder, Cardinal Lavigerie. The “Justice project” then presented its actions in the city of Karlsruhe against forced prostitution, prevention and information work in schools, universities and various local church groups and parishes: they try to identify female victims. Flora Ridder works in the Griesbach house where migrants and refugees with health problems are found. In collaboration with the “justice project”, she informs them of people involved in the prostitution network.  Kordula Weber collaborates with “justice project” in a state reception centre for all migrants and asylum seekers. Every Wednesday evening there is a women’s café. In just five months, 13 women were helped. Thereafter, they can benefit of protected housing, support in administrative procedures and receive medical and psychological assistance.

The care of victims of organ trafficking, sexual exploitation of children, forced labour, prostitution, forced migration, commodification and exploitation of farm workers, young people caught up in online harassment is done in collaboration with others involved in the reception and support of migrants and refugees.

An aperitif at the end of the evening provided an opportunity to discuss further with the speakers.

A Eucharist specially prepared by the community on this feast of Saint Bakhita was celebrated with parishioners to pray and raise awareness among Christians about the human trafficking that still exists today.

Very few people have responded to our invitation, but this does not prevent us from continuing to move and go beyond what is known to be sowers of hope.

The Karlsruhe Lavigerie Community

Around the Bakhita day in Poland

“Together against trafficking in human beings”

An account of the events in Lublin (Poland)  around the Day of Prayer and Reflection on Combating Trafficking in Human Beings:

  • The Vigil, which took place on February 8, 2019 in the Church of the Holy Family in Lublin and was organized by s. Bożena Noge FMM.
  • Mission Mass and meeting with Mr. Radek Malinowski at the House of the White Fathers in Natalin on February 9, 2019.

 

Workshop with the Magazine “Africa Rivista”

The famous magazine of the Italian sector still belongs to the Missionaries of Africa, even if it is mainly professionals in the information sector who do most of the work. Evidently faithful to Africa, the Magazine organized a workshop in Milan on November 24 and 25 on : “Dialogue on Africa – to understand, know and discuss”. This short video will involve you from afar at a few selected moments of this workshop. If you have an Italian confrere or an Italian-speaking confrere on hand, he will certainly be happy to translate for you. After all, it only last 2:29 minutes.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Eca-XQ5tMfM