• May 2019


Apostolic Exorthation GAUDETE ET EXSULTATE of the Holy Father Francis


1. “REJOICE AND BE GLAD” (Mt 5:12), Jesus tells those persecuted or humiliated for his sake. The Lord asks everything of us, and in return he offers us true life, the happiness for which we were created. He wants us to be saints and not to settle for a bland and mediocre existence. The call to holiness is present in various ways from the very first pages of the Bible. Continue reading

Dehonians. Fr. Heiner Wilmer, SCJ, appointed bishop

Today, April 6, 2018, Pope Francis appointed Fr. Heiner Wilmer, SCJ, as the new bishop of the Diocese of Hildesheim (Germany). Father Wilmer is the 10th Superior General of the Congregation of Priests of the Sacred Heart of Jesus – Dehonians. He will assume responsibility as the 71st pastor of the Diocese of Hildesheim.

The Diocese of Hildesheim, which includes the city of Hanover, is one of the oldest dioceses. Continue reading

Death of Fr Mark McDonald

I am very sad to report that Fr. Mark McDonald, MSC, our former Superior General, died last night in bed in Center Valley, PA. Fr. Kennedy discovered his body this morning, April 2.  Please pray for his eternal rest and for his family.

He will lie in state at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Church in Watertown, NY, on Sunday, April 8, 2018.  A prayer service will be held at 7 PM.  The funeral for Fr. Mark McDonald, MSC, Continue reading

OFM: Contact. Quarterly Bulletin of Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation

A night in praise of God’s creation On March 23rd, 2018 a cultural event was held to highlight the Encyclical Laudato Si.  The Basilica of St. Anthony at the Lateran was filled to overflowing with brothers and sisters from the Franciscan Family who gathered to praise their Creator. It was a night of wonderful music and featured the display of a beautiful Laudato Si’ icon that was brought in pilgrimage through 18 countries in Latin America last year.  Continue reading

Fr. Alcides Costa was elected assistant general

With great joy we announce that the General Council has chosen (RL n.157.4) Rev. Fr. Alcides Costa to succeed from May 1st 2018 our beloved Fr. Rogelio Bustos Juárez as General Councillor to complete the mandate together with the other General Councillors till the next General Chapter. The Comboni Institute is deeply grateful to Fr. Alcides for having accepted this commitment, wishes him a fruitful ministry and accompanies him with its prayers.

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Global: Living in communion with refugees this Holy Week

Holy Week is a time when Christian communities commemorate the Killing Fields in and around Jerusalem 2000 years ago, when collusion between religious authorities and an occupying military power led to the torture and murder of an innocent man. Matthew’s gospel tells us that the child Jesus and his parents became refugees in Egypt because King Herod sought to kill him. Death stalked him at the start of his life, driving him into exile, Continue reading

Unity and fellowship on the agenda as WCC leadership convenes

The leadership of the World Council of Churches (WCC) Central Committee met in Geneva on 19 March to prepare for the Executive Committee meeting and the Central Committee meeting and the visit of Pope Francis in June.

The WCC continues to focus on its pilgrimage of justice and peace, preparations for the 11th Assembly in 2021, and the WCC’s 70th anniversary. Continue reading

Brothers of Christian Instruction. New Superior General

It is 10:23 am. Brother Yannick HOUSSAY, President of the Bureau of the Chapter proclaims:

Bro. Hervé ZAMOR is elected Superior General of the Brothers of Christian Instruction”.

Gathered since March 1st in the General Chapter, the 43 Capitulants have just elected the new Superior General of the Congregation on this day, March 17th. Continue reading

March 24th – Stations of the Cross, Migrants and refugees, men and women in  search  of  peace

“Migrants and refugees, men and women in  search  of  peace.”— Pope  Francis,  2018  World  Day  of  Peace

4:00PM from Castel Sant’Angelo, we will march the sidewalks of Tiber River to Ponte Cestio at Tiber Island. At the end of the prayer, a Eucharistic celebration memorial honoring Bl. Oscar Romero will be held in Santa Maria della Luce Church in Trastevere at 6:30PM. Continue reading