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'.
A glowing tribute on his feastday to St Anselm, and to the institute namend after him - St Anselm's, Margate, Kent UK - by a passionate admirer.
I was ordained a priest on 8th July 1953 in our College Chapel at Mill Hill London, and after 4 years of university studies in St Louis USA, I arrived in Uganda by train from Mombasa on 16th December I960. Since then I have lived all the time in Uganda, except for my home leave and one year of spiritual renewal in Europe.
"Our assembly, people of God from Africa, the Americas, Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and Oceania included lay people, theologians, members of religious congregations, priests, and bishops. Many of us live in communities experiencing violence and oppression. All of us are practitioners of justice and peace. We are grateful for the message to our conference from Pope Francis: “your thoughts on revitalizing the tools of non-violence, and of active nonviolence in particular, will be a needed and positive contribution”.
The ordination some time ago of the new bishop of Port Elizabeth who is a Franciscan, his Lordship Bishop Vincent Zungu.