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Totus Tuus Journey: Consecration of the First Batch of Filipinos at the Generalate Grotto

ROME, Italy - Sunday, 12th of September 2021, the Feast of the Holy Name of Mary, twenty-four lay people made their consecration to Jesus through Mary according to the teachings of St. Louis-Marie de Montfort. The celebration of the Holy Eucharist and the Rite of Consecration started at 11:00 a.m. at the grotto of the Generalate in Rome. It was presided by the Assistant General, Fr. Arnold Suhardi, SMM who is also in-charge of the Commissions on Lay Associates and Spirituality in the Company of Mary...

Confreres in the Netherlands celebrate Profession and Priestly Jubilees

VROENHOLF, Netherlands - On the 8th September 2021, the commemoration of the birthday of the Blessed Virgin Mary, confreres in Vroenhof provincial house in the Netherlands celebrated their 2020 and 2021 jubilees. At last, it was possible to get together again. All but two confreres were present to celebrate the profession jubilee of 9 confreres and the priestly jubilee of 5 confreres...
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Totus Tuus Journey: Consecration of the First Batch of Filipinos at the Generalate Grotto

ROME, Italy - Sunday, 12th of September 2021, the Feast of the Holy Name of Mary, twenty-four lay people made their consecration to Jesus through Mary according to the teachings of St. Louis-Marie de Montfort. The celebration of the Holy Eucharist and the Rite of Consecration started at 11:00 a.m. at the grotto of the Generalate in Rome. It was presided by the Assistant General, Fr. Arnold Suhardi, SMM who is also in-charge of the Commissions on Lay Associates and Spirituality in the Company of Mary...

Confreres in the Netherlands celebrate Profession and Priestly Jubilees

VROENHOLF, Netherlands - On the 8th September 2021, the commemoration of the birthday of the Blessed Virgin Mary, confreres in Vroenhof provincial house in the Netherlands celebrated their 2020 and 2021 jubilees. At last, it was possible to get together again. All but two confreres were present to celebrate the profession jubilee of 9 confreres and the priestly jubilee of 5 confreres...

Continental Mission Year 2022: “Rise and Shine, Montfort in Asia and Oceania”

ROME, Italy - Since the second half of August 2021, Fr. Reynaldo asked Mr. Rodrigo, employee of the communications office of our Generalate in Rome, to start designing the website for the Asian and Oceanian Continental Year which will take place in 2022. The website which is now before your eyes is therefore the “work of art” of Father Reynaldo and Mr. Rodrigo. This service is a wonderful gift of the communications team to this part of the world where our modest Company is present and works to cultivate the seeds of the Kingdom of God which are in the hearts of the people...

Renewal of Vows

QUEZON CITY, Philippines - On August 1, 2021, the scholastics made their renewal of vows at the Delegation House, New Manila, Quezon City, in the presence of Rev. Fr. Norwyn V. Baydo, SMM, the Delegation Superior and Rev. Fr. Santiago Casing, SMM, one of the councillors. In preparation for their renewal of vows, the scholastics had a five-day retreat on July 26-30, 2021. It was a time of reflection, accompaniment, and discernment as facilitated by Rev. Fr. Richard Magararu, SMM, their retreat master. The Daughters of Saint Francis de Sales in Silang Cavite witnessed this meaningful and fruitful preparation of the brothers. With the good accommodation of the sisters, they had a good rest and were able to enjoy the beauty of nature...

150 Years of Mission of the Montfortians in Haiti

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti - On Sunday, August 29, 2021, at the Church of Saint Louis, King of France in Turgeau, the Montfort Missionaries celebrated the solemn Mass of the jubilee of the 150 years their presence in Haiti. It was on August 30, 1871 when the first French Montfort Missionaries arrived in Haiti and were welcomed by the then Archbishop of Port-au-Prince, Mgr. Guilloux. They were Fathers Ruppin (64 years old), Boulanger (44 years old) and Henri (38 years old). It was a great manifestation of joy in Port-au-Prince...

Mexico: A New Montfortian Mission to the Country of "La Guadalupana"

ECATEPEC, Mexico - On August 15, the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary into Heaven, the Missionaries of the Company of Mary (Montfort Missionaries) officially received the kiss of peace from the Diocese of Ecatepec, Mexico, represented by Bishop Oscar Roberto Dominguez Couttolenc and the faithful who, for this welcoming celebration, participated in the Eucharist...

An Ode to Father Olivier Maire, SMM: Recalling his Faith and Life Prints in Uganda

MBARARA, Uganda - On 17th August 2021, the Mbarara Community of Montfort Missionaries in Uganda gathered together with few religious around Mbarara to celebrate Holy Mass in honour of the life of Fr. Olivier Maire, SMM. Fr. Olivier had worked in Uganda as a Novice Master and also did his pastoral work around the community. It was a moment to celebrate the wonderful and transformative work of Fr. Olivier that came from his faith. The Holy Mass was led by His Grace Lambert Bainomugisha, the Archbishop of Mbarara Archdiocese together with few concelebrants. Confreres, religious men and women and lay people within Nyamitanga Hill participated in the Holy Mass. According to Archbishop Lambert, the life of Fr. Olivier has been an encyclopaedia, not only to the Montfortians but also to the entire church...

Scholastics in Kenya renew Vows as Lay Associates consecrate to Jesus

NAIROBI, Kenya - On 15th August 2021, the Montfortian community in Nairobi was privileged to celebrate the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary into Heaven as they witnessed other three occasions. It was a moment of joyful thanksgiving. Firstly, they had the renewal of vows of the two Montfortian scholastics, namely Bro. Alex Muhwezi, SMM and Bro. Amos Hope Makina, SMM. Secondly, a consecration to Jesus through Mary was also made by Ms. Esther Wanjiru who is from Kenya and other 18 lay associates renewed also their consecration to Jesus through Mary. The words of the Psalmist were evident in their hearts, that is, “How can I repay the Lord for all His goodness to me”...

Entrance to the Pre-Postulancy and Postulancy Programs 2021-2022

QUEZON CITY, Philippines - In the afternoon of August 5, 2021, the Memorial of the Dedication of the Basilica of Saint Mary Major in Rome, the Congregation of the Company of Mary-Philippine Delegation accepted the new candidates for the Pre-Postulancy and Postulancy programs. The ceremony for the rite of entrance to the Pre-Postulancy and Postulancy formation 2021-2022 began with the celebration of the Holy Eucharist presided by Delegation Councillor Rev. Fr. Santiago T. Casing, SMM, who was delegated to lead the ceremony by Rev. Fr. Norwyn Baydo, SMM, the Delegation Superior. It was concelebrated by SMM priests Rev. Fr. Federick Yumang, the Pre-Postulancy Director, Rev. Fr. Richard Magararu, Rev. Fr. Sherwin Nuñez, Rev. Fr. Benjie Notarte and Rev. Fr. Arnel Pagaduan. Some temporary professed SMM brothers were also present, namely Lester Bonete, Samuel Gonzales, Harold Montoya, Glenn Bongcas and Christopher Mejia. Friends from Santa Teresita Parish were also present to witness the celebration...

Priestly Ordinations of Fr. Solofo and Fr. Samuel in Madagascar

MADAGASCAR – In this month of August, the Vice-Province of Madagascar of the Montfort Missionaries experienced the joy of the priestly ordination of its two members. The first was the ordination of RAMANANDRAIBE Solofoniaina Victor (Solofo) which took place on August 8, 2021, in Ambatomarina, during a solemn Mass presided over by H.E. Mgr. RAKOTONARIVO Fidélis, bishop of the diocese of Ambositra. Father Solofo was ordained here with four other deacons from this diocese...

New Superior of the Province of France

Taking into account the present situation of the Administration of France
(after the death of Fr. Olivier Maire, S.M.M., provincial superior)
On 16 August 2021, Father Luiz Augusto STEFANI, S.M.M., Superior General,
with the consent of his Council, has appointed

Father Robert CHAPOTTE, SMM

As Superior of the Province of France until the next provincial chapter.

The Montfortian Mission at Mary, Seat of Wisdom Station in Tanjung Lokang

KALIMANTAN, Indonesia – On Easter Day 2021, in the midst of a resurging pandemic, the Parish priest of the Epiphany Parish sent us to hold a service at the farthest station, which is called the Tanjung Lokang Station. In addition to celebrating the entire Easter mystery, we had the opportunity to have a dialogue and share our faith with several community leaders. From this dialogue and sharing, there are several pastoral concerns that demand real action. First, the dualism between Catholics and Protestants regarding respect for the dead. Second, the limited understanding of the Catholic faith has an impact on the appreciation of the faith which is purely administrative in nature. Again, they are not able to account for the Catholic faith in the face of satire or attacks that are blaming the Catholic faith from Protestant circles. Third, the assistance of early childhood and youth, as well as Catholic Youth, is very minimal. This leaves them with insufficient knowledge of the faith from an early age and lacks interest in being involved in Church activities...
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