Linwood, New Jersey                                    Fall 2003                                                       Page 1

R E N E W I N G   A   D R E A M. . . .

  Fr. Josef Bato, M.SS.CC. was featured in an article in our Spring 1996 newsletter with the inspiring story of how he had returned to his homeland of Slovakia after years of working in South America. He was eager to begin a house of religious studies in Slovakia after seeing the fall of Communism in Eastern Europe.

Tragically, Fr. Bato was killed in an auto accident in 1998 and the house was closed.  However, the Slovakian students took up their studies in Rome with the hope that the dream of Fr. Bato could be kept alive.

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Fr Josef Bato, M.SS.CC. (center) with postulants at the community house in Zilina, Slovakia in early 1996.


  Fr. Ondrej Sabo and Fr. Pavel Panak ordained in September of 2002 and were have now returned to Slovakia and reopened the congregation's house in Zilina.  Currently they are working in hospital ministry and helping in the nearby parishes especially administering the Sacrament of Reconciliation to the faithful.  On September 13 three novices professed first vows and two more candidates began the Novitiate.  The Slovakian community is holding fast to Fr. Bato's dream which is becoming a reality through God's grace.

The Missionaries of the Sacred
Hearts of Jesus and Mary
Announce a Spiritual Journey to

June 21-July 1, 2004
Spiritual Director:
 Fr. Malcomn MacLeod, M.SS.CC.
Group Coordinator:  Sally Pietrofitta

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  Journey visits Adare, Killarney, Ring of Kerry, Blarney, Tralee, Dublin Armagh, Knock Galway, Connemara, Shannon, and much more!

Price per person: $2200.00
(double occupancy)

For information, please call
(609) 927-5600
or return coupon below.

Please send me a full brochure on the Ireland Spiritual Journey.

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Missionaries of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary
P.O. Box 189 -- 2249 Shore Road -- Linwood, NJ 08221-0189

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