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Letter of Pope Francis - Fr. Olivier Maire, SMM

Dear brother: I thank you for your kind letter of August 10, in which you informed me of the death of Father Olivier Maire, as well as of the consternation it caused for the whole Company of Mary and for the parents of the religious. I beg you to convey to them all my closeness and my prayer for the soul of Father Olivier. I pray to the Lord that by appearing before the Tribunal of God, as this ancient prayer of the Society says, he will be welcomed into the loving arms of the Sweet Mother of mercy, as the faithful servant who gave his life in service of the last...
SMM Communications | 12/11/2021

Montfortian Community of Menyurai in Indonesia commits to support flood victims

SINTANG, Indonesia - It has been more than two weeks that the town of Sintang in Indonesia is still flooded. The pathetic situation has been going on since October 21, 2021. So far, the water level has shown no sign of receding, on the contrary, it is rising. Indeed, in the first week, the water level was not too high as to deter residents from working and doing several activities. But, over the past week or so, the water level has risen in some places. Particularly on the banks of the Kapuas River, the water depth is about 1-3 meters. According to people here, these are the worst flash floods seen in Sintang...

SMM-Memorial Expansion in Schimmert (the Netherlands)

SCHIMMERT, Netherlands - After the Requiem celebration on Saturday, November 6, 2021, four new menhirs were blessed at the monastery cemetery 'Op de Bies' in Schimmert by Father Peter Denneman, SMM. The 1st menhir commemorates the Daughters of Wisdom, buried throughout the world. On the 2nd and 3rd menhirs, the names of the confreres buried in Oirschot are written. The 4th menhir shows the names of the confreres reburied from Voorschoten...

Charism - Compass for Montfortian Religious Life

BULACAN, Philippines - The Philippine Delegation of the Montfort Missionaries had their five-day annual retreat at the Montfort House of Prayer in San Jose del Monte City, Bulacan from October 25 to 29, 2021. The retreat was in a way special for this year because of two reasons. First, it was the first time for the delegation to gather again physically for retreat during the pandemic. Second, the retreat was facilitated by Rev. Fr. Sherwin Y. Nuñez, SMM who just arrived last June from Canada after his two-year stay for a formation program...

Gabriel DESHAYES Sower of Life: 300 Pilgrims celebrate his Arrival in Saint Laurent 200 years ago

SAINT-LAURENT-SUR-SÈVRE, France - "What do you want me to do for you?" This was the common thread in the life of Gabriel Deshayes, tireless founder of congregations and educational, health and social works. 200 years after his arrival in Saint-Laurent-sur-Sèvre in 1821, his many heirs lived on Sunday, October 24, 2021, in the Basilica of St. Louis-Marie Grignion de Montfort, a day radiant by the weather and luminous by the shared joy. Celebration, forum with testimonies from missionaries, official launch of the Gabriel Deshayes Album, before a symbolic dispatch marked this meeting of memory and fully turned towards the future on this World Mission Sunday. The religious and lay people of 5 congregations - Sisters of Christian Instruction, Saint-Gildas-des-Bois, Brothers of Christian Instruction - La Mennais, Ploërmel, Montfort Missionaries, Fathers and Brothers of the Company of Mary, Daughters of Wisdom and Brothers of Saint Gabriel - totaling a presence in 70 countries were also surrounded by members of the Association of Friends of Gabriel Deshayes and the network of pastoral care for the deaf of Morbihan and Loire-Atlantique. The day was also marked in memory of Father Olivier Maire, SMM...

The Superior General meets the Montfortian Lay Associates in Uganda

UGANDA - This year 2021, the Montfortian Lay Associates (Mary Queen of All Hearts) in Uganda were privileged to meet the Superior General of the Montfort Missionaries, Fr. Luiz Augusto Stefani, SMM and his Councillor for Africa and Madagascar, Fr. Felix Mabvuto Phiri, SMM together with the representative of the General Delegation of Anglophone Africa, Fr. Jacob Ombidi Otieno, SMM who came for the Continental Mission Year for Africa and Madagascar. Their visit was to participate in the life, ministry and mission of the members of the Montfort Missionaries in Uganda...
Ms. Maria Ayebare | 27/10/2021

Ordination of Fr. Hironimus Edison, SMM in Ruteng Diocese, Indonesia

RUTENG, Indonesia - We received abundant blessings again as a big family of the SMM Province of Indonesia this October. Deacon Hironimus Edison, SMM, 7 deacons of the Diocese of Ruteng and 1 deacon of the CICM congregation were ordained priests on October 14, 2021. The 9 deacons were ordained by Mgr. Sincerely Cyprian at the Cathedral of the Diocese of Ruteng. Despite the Covid-19 pandemic, the thing to be grateful for is that the Ruteng Diocese is still getting a harvest with the ordination of 9 new priests who happen to be local sons who all come from Ruteng Diocese. We should also be grateful that the Diocese of Ruteng is one of the fertile dioceses for priestly and religious vocations. Without exception for the extended family of the SMM Province of Indonesia, especially with the ordination of Fr. Hironimus Edison, SMM, this has added the strength of the ranks of the Indonesian Province SMM clergy who came from Flores Island, NTT...

Love and Mission persevere despite pandemic restrictions on St. Thérèse’s Feast Day

MAKATI CITY, Philippines - The COVID-19 pandemic may have prevented most of us from going to church and celebrate special occasions, but it will never take away our faith. It roars on for 2 years now, but despite the restrictions, hundreds of devotees still continued to join us physically and virtually in commemorating the Feast Day of our patroness, St. Thérèse of the Child Jesus last October 03, 2021, with its theme: “Parokya ng Santa Teresita, Padayon sa Hamon ng Misyon sa Panahon ng Pandemya”. The parish fiesta theme was aligned with the 500 Years of Christianity in the Philippines, also known as the Year of "Missio ad Gentes" (Mission to the People), which had the theme "Gifted to Give." Thousands of missionaries from all over the world have committed their lives to establish the Christian faith to our country and seeing it flourish. They were grateful for the gift of faith they had received and wanted to share it with others. This "giftedness" has encouraged generous missionaries throughout history, and it must continue to inspire us all to take part in the essence of mission to share the faith wherever we are and whatever challenges we are facing in this dire time...
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