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									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;



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      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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