Sunday, January 17, 2016
Mill Hill Missionary Father Peter Major will speak at all our Masses on January 16-17, 2016 Father Peter Major, a Mill Hill Missionary ordained to the priesthood in 1968, will be the speaker at all of our Masses here at Holy Family on the weekend of January 16th-17th. For some of our parishioners Father Major will need no introduction as he resided at Holy Family during the summer of 2012 and inspired us then with tales of his missionary life. Those who were not at our parish at that time might like to know that after his ordination Father Major was appointed to East Malaysia, where he worked for 10 years. In 1981 he was appointed to The Sudan where he worked for the next 30 years, including the last several years working in the new country of South Sudan. Since his return to the United States 3 years ago Father Major has been preaching in the Diocese of Syracuse, NY on behalf of the Society for the Propagation of the Faith - speaking about missionary work in general and the South Sudan in particular. Each Easter since leaving Africa he has returned to his Diocese of Malakal in South Sudan to assist his former parishioners in any way he can. Last Easter he found that the city in which he had labored for so many years had been totally destroyed. All the people had fled to the countryside, or were staying at a United Nations refugee camp for protection, where Father Major joined them.He said upon his return to the United States: "With such destruction, it is hard to know where to begin, and when to begin any relief efforts, as the "Truce Accord" is very fragile. We had such high hopes for our new country. Such a tragedy! Such a tragedy!" For those among us who would like to assist the Sudanese people in whatever way the Bishop of Malakal deems fitting, a second collection will be taken up at all the Masses on the weekend of January16th-17th. In addition, after the 11am Mass on January 17ththere will be a coffee hour in Robbins Hall; Father Major will be available to speak to those who would like to hear more of his stories of missionary life. We hope you will join us in Robbins Hall.