Mission Appeal

Mass on Sunday 8 April  will be celebrated by Fr Archie Casey of the Xaverian Missionaries. St. Guido Maria Conforti, Archbishop of Ravenna, Bishop of Parma, Founder of the Xaverian Missionaries (1895) wanted his first missionaries to continue the work of St. Francis Xavier, the patron saint of the Missionary Family, in China at whose doors Xavier had died. Therefore, China was chosen as the first mission of the Xaverians, but all the missionaries were expelled from the country in 1954. The Xaverians then accepted the invitation of the Popes to announce the Gospel in many other nations. Today the Xaverians (who are roughly 707 in number) work in 22 countries. Fr Archie, who will be making the Annual Mission Appeal this weekend, has worked in Bangladesh and the Philippines.

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