Cardinal Michael Louis Fitzgerald created a Cardinal Deacon of the church of Santa Maria in Portico on Saturday 5th October 2019 by Pope Francis . In his address to the 13 new cardinals, His Holiness stressed the importance of COMPASSION time and again. He insisted that unless the cardinals could “feel” the loving compassion of God, then they will be unable to bear witness to it.
Fr. Patrick Fitzgerald (Fitz) had a fitting send off at his memorial Mass on Friday 30th. It was held in the large lounge of our community house in Little Ealing Lane, Ealing. More than 30 friends joined the community in thanking God for this man who had a huge influence on many of their lives.
At the beginning of the Eucharist, everyone was given the chance of telling the gathering where they came from and what they remembered most of Fitz. It was very enlightening and touching to hear their short stories. They all gave witness of a man who listened and showed great empathy to people in their moments of struggle or pain. This empathy often turned into long and loyal friendships in which Fitz was always appreciated for his counsel and wisdom.
As a way of thanking all Fitz’s friends who came to take part in this thanksgiving ceremony I would like to quote the final words of the homilist, Archbishop Michael Fitzgerald (pictured above) : “We are grateful to all of you who have come here today to pray for Patrick Fitzgerald. If we would like to take away a message that he would surely wish to give us as a parting gift, I would formulate it in this way: Discover who you are; be true to your real selves, and you will be true disciples of Jesus”.
May this loyal servant of the Mission rest in peace.
Fr Terry Madden, Provincial Delegate, Missionaries of Africa, British Sector.
On 01/09/2019 the Holy Father announced the choice of Archbishop Michael Fitzgerald to be created a cardinal together with 12 others at the next consistory, which is due to take place in October this year in Rome.Here are a few notes on Archbishop Michael’s career.
Born 1937 in Walsall (Archdiocese of Birmingham)
Noviciate of the White Fathers (Missionaries of Africa) in s’Heerenberg, Netherlands 1956
Theology in Carthage, Tunisia.
Ordained priest in Whetstone, North London 1961
Further studies in Rome (Theology) and London SOAS (Arabic)1961-1968
Lecturer at the Pontifical Institute of Arabic and Islamic Studies (PISAI) and at Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda 1968-72
Rector of Pontifical Institute of Islamic and Arabic Studies, Rome1972 -78
Parish ministry in New Halfa, Sudan 1978-80
Elected to the General Council of the Missionaries of Africa 1980-86
Secretary of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, Rome 1987-2002
Ordained Bishop of Nepte (ancient North African diocese) 1992
Made Archbishop 2002
President of the Council for Interreligious Dialogue 2002-2006
Made an Officer of the Legion of Honour 2005
Apostolic Nuncio in Egypt and Delegate to the League of Arab States 2006-2012
Honorary Chaplain of the Order of Malta 2009
Residence at St Anne’s, Jerusalem 2012-18
Awarded Honorary Doctorate by the Australian Catholic University 2014
Awarded Honorary Doctorate by Heythrop College, London 2017
Ministry as part of Missionaries of Africa team in St Vincent’s parish, central Liverpool 2018 to the present
Nomination as Cardinal 01/09/2019
PATRICK FITZGERALD RIP
A memorial Mass for Patrick Fitzgerald will be held on Friday August 30th 2019 at 11.30 at:
Missionaries of Africa Community House
64 Little Ealing Lane
A buffet lunch will follow. A warm welcome to all who would like to attend.
Fr Chris : email@example.com
Mary : 0208799 5010
We wish to announce the return to the Father of Fr. Patrick Fitzgerald on Wednesday 26th June 2019 at a New-York Hospital (USA).
Fr. Patrick was born 22 July 1925 and died just short of his 94thbirthday.
He was a Missionary of Africa for 69 years working inGreat Britain, Tanzania, Zambia and the United States.
Many people would have known him as Rector at St. Edward’s College in the late 60’s and early 70’s. He was also a frequent visitor to Zambia where he gave sessions to many sisters on Personal Awareness.
The funeral will take place on Saturday, 6 July 2019 at 10 a.m. at the church of the Immaculate Conception, Westhampton Beach.
May He Rest in Peace.
The four bishops of Algeria have just announced that the 19 martyrs of the Maghreb will be formally beatified in a solemn Mass on 8th December 2018, the feast of the Immaculate Conception.
Fr. John Michael Henze, MAfr, known to everyone as Fr. Ben Henze returned to the Lord on 7th May 2018 and was buried after a Requiem Mass amongst his brothers in Ealing on 18th May 2018.
A new Africa Europe Faith and Justice Network (AEFJN) contact group was launched in Nairobi on 16 February, 2018. The launch was preceded by a two-day workshop (15-16 February) on Advocacy and AEFJN.
150 Year Celebrations.
There will be celebrations to mark 150 years since the foundation of the White Fathers (Missionaries of Africa) and the White Sisters (Missionary Sisters of Our Lady of Africa). These celebrations will be in:
St Columkille’s Parish, Rutherglen Glasgow G73 2SL
at the 12 midday Mass Sunday 26th August 2018.
Our Lady Queen of Apostles Parish, Hounslow TW5 0RL. Heston
at the 11.30 Mass Sunday 9th December 2018.
It is hoped that another celebration will be held in Liverpool in September 2018, but arrangements are yet to be made.
A young girl of about 8 years old was kidnapped from near her village in Darfur, Sudan in 1876 by 2 armed men. They took her off and sold her into slavery. Her name was taken from her and the slave-name of “Lucky” (Bakhita) given in its stead.
The Missionaries of Africa (White Fathers), as well as the Missionary Sisters of Our Lady of Africa/MSOLA (White Sisters), are preparing world wide to celebrate 150 years of service to, and in, Africa. The Missionaries of Africa date their beginnings to 1868 and the Missionary Sisters of Our Lady of Africa to 1869.
Not the first monk, but the first to go off into the Egyptian wilderness. His parents died when he was 18 years old. Following Jesus’ advice to the young man in the Gospel, he gave away to the poor all the money he had inherited in order to devote his life to coming closer to God.
Recently, in his pastoral letter of last October to the people of the archdiocese, Archbishop Malcolm McMahon wrote: “In the city of Liverpool I have invited the missionaries of Africa, more commonly known as the White Fathers, to take over the pastoral care of one of our parishes. They will be setting up a mission to specifically respond to the needs of our African brothers and sisters, and others of various ethnic origins, in the city”.
At long last the African Union (AU) has reacted and called for action to stop this vile and degrading abuse of human beings. One of the first African countries to react has been Rwanda.
Yesterday Pope Francis joined a prayer service in Rome organised by “Solidarity with South Sudan” and the Justice and Peace office of male and female religious organisations worldwide. The prayers were for peace and justice for the peoples of South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
After reading about Fr. John Slinger’s recent escape from death, having been attacked by a mentally ill man in Tanzania, I read about the 3 British Christian missionaries who were repatriated from Nigeria.
On Monday morning, the 30th Oct, at 6a.m. whilst entering the sacristy to prepare for Mass, I was attacked by a deranged man in the sacristy.