The conference, September 24-26, 2010 - which is being held to coincide with the 400th anniversary of the death of the Jesuit missionary Matteo Ricci (1552-1610) - will outline "a comparative cultural typology of books printed in the sixteenth to eighteenth centuries in the context of Christian missions beyond the boundaries of Europe as a means of transmission of faith, knowledge, and culture," according to a symposium announcement. The second conference, to be held February 4-6, 2011, at the Centre for Historical Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University CfNU, New Delhi, will explore the history of Christianity in India and South Asia from multidisciplinary perspectives, under the theme "Encounters, Engagements, and Experiences in India and South Asia."
that their eternal chances certainly did not hang on my arrival. intense year of discernment, spiritual direction, and initiation I was quite familiar with the mantra “outside the church no into a religious order. We learned about the vowed life, and we salvation,” but it was never convincing as stated, and never the thought, prayed, and attempted to discern whether the mission- reason for my wanting to be a missionary. My first conscious ary call (along with lifelong celibacy) was possible, desirable, and motivation was simply to work for people less fortunate than fulfilling. After that year I did make the vows of poverty, chastity, myself because of poverty or straitened circumstances; Africa and obedience, with the hope of making them permanent after to me represented a continent of “have-nots,” which seemed to three years. Returning via Paris to England, we “newly professed” be unjust and remediable. Insofar as helping others (loving my students were graciously received and hosted by Archbishop neighbor) was also a Christian thing to do, I did indeed expect Marcel Lefebvre, the just-elected general superior of the Holy to work within the context of a Christian community—indeed, of Ghost Fathers. Three months later Vatican II began, and he would a Roman Catholic mission. But I knew that much of Africa was set his face against the impending changes, soon resign his post, Muslim, and I cannot remember ever thinking that evangeliza- and become known worldwide as the founder of a breakaway tion justified proselytizing, although certainly it would entail group, the Confraternity of Pius X. But my memories of that brief working with, for, and among anyone—of whatever faith—I encounter remain golden: he was kindness itself. encountered. If people were interested, I would be happy to The years of Vatican II (1962–65) coincided with my study instruct them in the faith and receive them into the church, but of philosophy and theology in England, and I was ordained a that was not a primary motive. priest in 1967, completing my studies the following year. This was a heady decade: the “swinging sixties,” with student riots in Seven Years of Theology Paris and Chicago and the aftermath of Vatican II, which brought sweeping changes to the liturgy, ecumenical relations, and the In 1961, having “taken the habit,” I left England along with six understanding of the place of the church in the modern world. By others for the novitiate in south-central France. This was an now my peers were getting married and pursuing their careers; Noteworthy Announcing at the University of San Francisco’s Center for the Pacific Rim, The Missions Institute of Orthodox Christianity was inau- will hold an international symposium entitled “Legacies of the gurated April 29, 2010, and is located at Holy Cross Greek Book: Early Missionary Printing in Asia and the Americas.” Orthodox School of Theology, Brookline, Massachusetts. Luke The conference, September 24–26, 2010—which is being held Veronis, adjunct professor of missiology at Holy Cross, was to coincide with the 400th anniversary of the death of the named executive director. He is also pastor of Saints Constantine Jesuit missionary Matteo Ricci (1552–1610)—will outline “a and Helen Greek Orthodox Church, Webster, Massachusetts. comparative cultural typology of books printed in the sixteenth The institute announced that its first missiology course will to eighteenth centuries in the context of Christian missions be “The Missiology of Archbishop Anastasios Yannoulatos beyond the boundaries of Europe as a means of transmission of Albania and Practical Evangelism in Albania,” taught of faith, knowledge, and culture,” according to a symposium by Veronis. This course is offered in cooperation with the announcement. A display of rare original imprints and other Orthodox Christian Mission Center (OCMC), St. Augustine, missionary artifacts at the university’s Thacher Gallery and Florida. A member of the Board of Trustees of the Overseas Gleeson Library Rare Book Room will complement the sym- Ministries Study Center, Veronis was an OCMC missionary posium. For details, go online to the Ricci Institute, http:// to Albania for more than a decade. Yannoulatos is an IBMR usf.usfca.edu/ricci/institute/legacies2010.htm. contributing editor. “God’s Mission, Many Faces: A Portrait of U.S. Catholics The Berlin Society for Mission Histo
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