this newsletter we presented the news of the 25th anniversary
celebration of our mission in India and the beginnings of a new mission
in Indonesia. When I first
entered the congregation in 1984 I remember talking with some of the
priests who were involved in the beginning of the India mission.
They truly faced some incredible obstacles in those early years.
They were Italian and of course had to learn the language and
probably more difficult, was their immersion into a culture so different
from their own in Western Europe.
One cannot help but to admire the courage, tenacity and deep
spiritual commitment this takes.
Truly God called them to the work and it was He who certainly
sustained them along the way.
Through their work, we now have a large Indian community,
ordained priests and many preparing for the priesthood.
But beyond that, their work has aided the faithful through their
building up of the village communities through providing education and
improved living conditions….and the first village church ever to be
constructed there. Foreign mission work takes that unique call and
God’s grace, but it also takes support and prayers, from not just our
congregation, but also from you, who so generously support our work.
I offer a prayer of fervent thanksgiving for your help and for
the work of our dedicated Confreres and pray for their continued
May the peace
and love of Christ fill your hearts,
Father John, M.SS.CC.