About Us

Mission


The St. Francis Xavier Lay Missionary Society is dedicated to the formation, sending and support of Catholic lay missionaries to bring the love of Jesus Christ to others in Asia.

Vision

The St. Francis Xavier Lay Missionary Society is dedicated to pursuing the Christian call to mission by serving in Asia in an effort to draw all people, especially young adults, into a deeper and more meaningful relationship with God.  As Catholic lay missionaries, we devote ourselves to bringing the love of Christ to non-Christians and providing faith formation for those already baptized to form loving faith communities of intentional disciples empowered by the Holy Spirit and dedicated to serving Christ in every aspect of life.

We further seek to:
  • spread awareness within the Church of the special call of many laity to foreign missions and the universal call of all Christians to evangelization
  • aid individuals in their discernment to serve God in a foreign culture
  • form lay missionaries for foreign ministry of a high standard, grounded in faith and love in the service of our Lord.

Motto

• Fides • Ministerium • Caritas •

"Serving God in Asia with Faith & Love"

Values

We strive to conduct ourselves as ambassadors for Christ, serving with
  • love
  • compassion
  • understanding
  • encouragement
  • humility
  • respect
  • leadership
  • courage
  • social justice
so that more people throughout the world might be filled with the hope and love of our Lord Jesus Christ.



History

The spirit of this ministry began with a desire to further spread the love and joy of Christ to Japan at the turn of the century.  Yet it would not be until 2012 that this idea would really take flight.  While Tricia Bølle was serving in mainland China through an educational nonprofit, the spiritual needs of those around her became increasingly evident to the point where she began spending much of her time assisting with the pastoral needs of the local community.  A later trip to Japan, India and Hong Kong would reveal that these other Asian countries with far greater religious freedom were also in need of greater pastoral care and the beautiful hope and love that only our Lord Jesus Christ can offer.
Statue of St. Francis Xavier in front of Beijing's oldest church

Inspired by a fellow missionary in Asia and motivated by the lives of others in Asia, the St. Francis Xavier Lay Missionary Society was formed to focus on sharing the love of Jesus Christ with young adults in Asia.  Like our patron saint, we seek to represent Jesus Christ to others through compassion, caring, teaching and service.


Officers

Tricia Bølle -- President & Program Director
Fr. Isaiah Mary Molano, OP -- Spiritual Director
Sally Brien Holper - Director of Operations
Br. Gregory Liu, OP - Cultural Liaison and Program Assistant
Peter Navarini - Missionary Support Coordinator
Agnes Tung - Translation and Local Outreach

Board of Directors

Tricia Bølle - President
Fr. Isaiah Mary Molano, OP - Vice President
Teresa Lee - Secretary
Maria Vickroy-Peralta



Ecclesial Support

We are principally based out of the Diocese of San Jose and receive the support of the Most Reverend Bishop Patrick J. McGrath.  In addition, we have received an outpouring of Dominican support primarily from the Western Dominican Province.  We are also an affiliate ministry of St. Dominic's, the Catholic Community at Stanford University.
 
Western Dominican Province Diocese of San Jose Archdiocese of San Francisco Diocese of Oakland
Dominican Sisters of Mission San Jose Diocese of Hong Kong Catholic Community at Stanford