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Eugene Birrer celebrates his 75th birthday

On June 2nd 2016, Eugene Birrer came back to Immensee from Nairobi, Kenya for a well-deserved home leave. He can look back on an interesting “career”. See the description of his assignments: http://www.smb-immensee.ch/en/assignment-countries/kenya/ On June 25th he celebrated his 75th birthday with his confreres. His health is impaired as the result of two assaults, the […]

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30 years involvement in the Philippines

Thirty years ago, the Bethlehem Mission Society at the invitation of Bishop Francico Claver SJ, sent the first lay-missionaries to the Diocese of Malaybalay, Mindanao in the southern Philippines. In 1992 Father Martin Jäggi SMB joined them. When Bishop Claver took up the administration of his home diocese in the northern Philippines, he invited the […]

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World Day of Prayer for China

In his letter to the Catholic Church in China Pope Benedict XVI invited the faithful in the whole world to celebrate May 24 of each year as World Day of Prayer for China. It is the commemoration day of Our Lady “Help of Christians”, under which name she is greately venerated at the shrine of […]

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Chinese New Year at the Mission House

On 19th February 2015 began the Chinese Year of the Ram. For the Chinese, the beginning of the lunar year, the most important festival of the year, is a family celebration. Everyone who can travels home to his family. This means about 2.8 billion trips. For the Chinese living overseas it can be a difficult […]

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Bro. Francis celebrates his 85th birthday

On February 24th Bro. Francis Portmann celebrated his 85th birthday. Francis was born 1930 in Wittenmoos, Marbach into a farm-worker family. In 1937 the family had to move to Menzberg where they could only stay for two years. When the estate, Petsch, was sold, the father had to give up farming, a difficult time for […]

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