Frs John van de Laar and Stuart Allen were involded in a tragic accident in Belgium last week. Both are former students of Mill Hill who opted to join the diocese of Den Bosch during the course of their studies.
From Kisumu in Kenya Fr Hans Burgman mhm sent this poetic contribution to our 'Jubilee Witnsess' page.
Irish Jesuit Paul O'Reilly posted this amusing homily on the Jesuit website Pray-as-you-go.
On May 1st six new Temporary members took their Temporary Oath in the presence of Fr Bernard Phelan who on behalf of Fr Philip Adede (Regional Superior), received their temporary commitment.
A journey of 25 years as a Mill Hill missionary priest is not only a journey of many ups and downs, of countless joys as well as sorrows, but also a journey of grace. St Theresa of Lisieux says of everything received in life that "All is grace". My journey of 25 years as a missionary cannot have been without God's grace and his kindness. Looking back over the years that have gone, I feel blessed to have been given a variety of opportunities to work as a missionary priest.
To appreciate God's guidance throughout my life, I wish to share with the friends of Mill Hill tee following. When I was born, Europe was in turmoil. It was during the Second World War. The village of my parents was still poorly developed. Being a mountainous area the nearest road was about 5 kilometers away. There was as yet no electricity in the village. We were a community of 20 farmers. The little primary school had just one classroom for all 5 classes, with only one teacher nor all classes; in all 24 pupils. The parish priest came twice a week for religious instructions and for Holy Mass.
The May-June 2016 edition of the German language magazine of the Mill Hill MIssionaries.
At the occcasion of the 150 year jubilee of the Mill Hill Missionaries the new generation of Mill Hill members in India has produced a video presentation of the work on the Mill Hill missionaries, past and present, in the Indian subcontinent.
A Guardian article on migration.
Francis Baartmans mhm came to Varanasi in 1977 just when India shut its doors to foreign missionaries. Mill Hill was going to withdraw but Francis persuaded his superiors to be allowed to go to Varanasi. His argument was: 'This is not a time to withdraw. Hinduism and Buddhism are now coming to Europe. Vatican II promotes dialogue. We do not need less but rather more contact. I want to go there and stay, i want to really enter into the depth of the Indian experience'.