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Called & Gifted - Hong Kong 2015

posted Apr 15, 2015, 3:57 PM by Tricia Bølle   [ updated Apr 15, 2015, 3:59 PM ]

  
Register Today!  

Fr. Isaiah Mary Molano, OP and Tricia Bølle, on behalf of the Catherine of Siena Institute, will teach a Called & Gifted workshop in Hong Kong, April 30 - May 1, 2015.


The Called & Gifted workshop aims to offer a greater understanding of God's special calling in one's life and to educate Catholics how to more effectively touch other's lives with God's love and live out one's faith as a more fully engaged Catholic.  

We are graciously endorsed by Bishop Stephen Lee and look forward to this year's workshop.  We received a strong positive response from those in attendance at our last year's workshop.  The Holy Spirit was very present within the faith community as Catholics from throughout Hong Kong came together to learn about and discern their charisms and unique calling from God.

Following the workshop, Fr. Isaiah Mary will offer a special Mass.  Spiritual gifts interviews will also be offered for workshop participants.  This program continues through the spring with small groups to aid in further discernment of each person's unique spiritual gifts.

Special thanks to Carla Basto-Clark from ACTS Hong Kong who is assisting with local logistics.

If you are interested in attending this Called & Gifted workshop in Hong Kong or would like to provide support, please REGISTER HERE or contact us.  We would love to have you join us for our upcoming Called & Gifted program!  God bless.

"To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good."  - 1 Corinthians 12:7


"A Window into Catholicism in Today's China" - ChinaSource Quarterly

posted Jan 21, 2015, 1:59 AM by Tricia Bølle


We invite you to read Tricia Bølle's recent thoughts and contributions about the Church in greater Asia as guest editor of a special Catholic edition of  ChinaSource Quarterly, a respected Christian resource on Christianity in China.  


The lead article "Finding Faith and Purpose" focuses on young adult Catholics in China. How do we identify with our Chinese brothers and sisters in Christ? How can we rise to the challenge to live more fully as ambassadors of Jesus Christ in the US and throughout the world? God is calling you!

Please pray for Asia and God bless. 為亞洲祈禱和天主保佑!

"A Window into Catholicism in Today's China"ChinaSource Quarterly, Vol. 16, No. 4 includes:

Interview w/ Mark Shea on "Catholic and Enjoying It!" on Radio Maria

posted Dec 3, 2014, 2:18 PM by Tricia Bølle


Come listen today at 3pm PST as Mark Shea interviews Tricia Bolle, founder of St. Francis Xavier Lay Missionary Society on his radio show "Catholic and Enjoying It!" on Radio Maria.  You can read about it on Mark Shea's blog post on Patheos.

Have a most blessed Feast of St. Francis Xavier!

The podcast will be available later at:

Thanks and God bless!

Praedicare - A Giving Opportunity for Advent

posted Dec 3, 2014, 10:38 AM by Tricia Bølle


Fr. Isaiah Mary Molano, OP, our spiritual director, invites you to support missions in a very real way this Advent. Please read his special blog post for the St. Francis Xavier Lay Missionary Society.


May you be blessed with the spirit of faith and generosity to enable us to better share the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ with all who we are blessed to meet. 

Thank you and may you have a most blessed Advent season as we prepare to share the joy and hope of the true Gift of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Lord of All Nations, 
We thank you for giving us this opportunity 
to proclaim your message of compassion and love to all people. 
Bless all missionaries, 
called to this unique work of proclaiming your name to foreign lands. 
May your Spirit of Providence be with the St. Francis Xavier Lay Missionary Society. 
Bring them holy men and women dedicated to spreading your new good news, 
the opportunity to do your work and the fortitude and grace to bring your Name to all. 
Through Christ our Lord. 
Amen.

Happy Feast Day of St. Francis Xavier

posted Dec 3, 2014, 10:11 AM by Tricia Bølle   [ updated Dec 3, 2014, 10:12 AM ]


Wishing everyone a most blessed Feast Day of St. Francis Xavier, patron saint of missionaries. May his life of sacrifice and devotion to sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ remind us all of our own baptismal call to share the hope, peace and love of Jesus Christ with others. 
How is the Spirit leading you to share your faith with others today?

Please keep all missionaries who serve our Lord both home and abroad in your prayers. May the Lord bless you and keep you!

St. Francis Xavier, pray for us!

Lay Missionary Summer Formation Program

posted May 7, 2014, 11:40 AM by Tricia Bølle   [ updated May 7, 2014, 11:45 AM ]

For those who are interested in just attending the lay missionary formation program during the summer, a select number of openings will be available for Catholics who wish to deepen their understanding of the faith with a special emphasis on foreign missions.

The formation program runs June 23 - August 23 at St. Albert's Priory in Oakland, CA.

This is an intensive 9-week lay missionary training and formation program that aims to provide a solid foundation and understanding of our faith, missionary work, living in a foreign environment, important life skills, and region-specific issues, while continuing the discernment process for those interested in serving as Catholic lay missionaries in a foreign culture. The regional focus will be Asia.

Courses will be taught by both lay and religious at an academic level equivalent to the intellectual rigor and workload of a graduate studies program.

The program features approximately 250 hours of class time, plus Mass, prayer, praise & worship, fellowship, and community service activities.

Application deadline is May 30th.  Click here to apply!
For more information, please click here.  Thank you and God bless!

Called & Gifted Workshop in Hong Kong

posted Apr 26, 2014, 2:07 PM by Tricia Bølle

  
On March 28-29, Tricia Bølle from St. Francis Xavier Lay Missionary Society and Lydia Lim on behalf of the Catherine of Siena Institute taught the first Called & Gifted workshop in Hong Kong.

The Called & Gifted workshop aims to offer a greater understanding of God's special calling in one's life and to educate Catholics how to more effectively touch other's lives with God's love and live out one's faith as a more fully engaged Catholic.  

We were graciously endorsed by Vicar General Dominic Chan and received a strong positive response from those in attendance.  The Holy Spirit was very present within the faith community as Catholics from throughout Hong Kong came together to learn about and discern their charisms and unique calling from God.  This program continues through the spring with small groups to aid in further discernment of each person's unique spiritual gifts.

Special thanks to Charmian Lam from the HK Catholic Diocesan English Youth whose solid coordination has been essential to enabling the workshop to come to fruition.

If you are interested in attending the next Called & Gifted workshop in Hong Kong or would like to provide support, please contact us.  We would love to have you join us for our next Called & Gifted program!  God bless.

"To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good."  - 1 Corinthians 12:7

Feast Day of St. Paul Miki & Companions

posted Feb 6, 2014, 11:54 PM by Tricia Bølle   [ updated Feb 6, 2014, 11:56 PM ]

26 Martyrs of Nagasaki

Today we honor St. Paul Miki & Companions, martyred for the faith in Nagasaki, Japan in 1597.  As we remember them, please pray for the Church in Japan.  

St. Paul Miki and Companions, your strength and courage in your faith and love for our Lord in the midst of great persecution challenges and inspires us to live out our own faith ever more boldly. By your living legacy, you reaffirm the true success of the efforts of St. Francis Xavier, Alessandro Valignano, and all those who labored for souls in Japan during the Christian century. May you and all the holy martyrs of Japan pray for us!

University Catholic Conference of California

posted Jan 13, 2014, 8:19 PM by Tricia Bølle

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The St. Francis Xavier Lay Missionary Society will be at the University Catholic Conference of California in Berkeley, CA this weekend. Find out more at:  http://uccatholics.com/
We will be at the Sunday afternoon exhibition.  Hope to see you there.

As always, please pray for more lay vocations to the mission field.  God bless!

World Mission Sunday

posted Oct 22, 2013, 2:39 PM by Tricia Bolle   [ updated Oct 22, 2013, 2:39 PM ]

World Mission Sunday is October 20th. Please pray for all those involved in foreign missions and their respective ministries around the world! Tricia will be speaking at all masses at the Catholic Community at Stanford University on World Mission Sunday.

Please keep in mind that foreign missions can definitely use your prayers and support.  If you'd like to support our ministry, please visit us at: http://www.laymissionary.org/support-us.

If you're interested in becoming involved with our ministry our would like to learn about other ways to support the St. Francis Xavier Lay Missionary Society or other missions, please contact us.

Thank you and God bless.

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