Forty guests were expected, a hundred came. We had to move to the big chapel. Ursula Landtwing, the publisher, presented the book project: A life as a foster child, hired hand, cheese-maker apprentice, missionary brother in Zimbabwe.
Bro. Francis grew up in a humble farmer family in rural Entlebuch, Switzerland. After his apprenticeship as a carpenter and a couple of years of experience, he joined the SMB seminary at Schöneck (1952), where he did his postulancy and novitiate. Skilled and enterprising, he worked for 5 years, first at the seminary and later […]
Everyone called him Chalaway, after the refrain of a song that was popular during his studies. It suited him, he spread a pleasant atmosphere. It is not easy to summarize how I experienced Chalaway, but I will try.
December 22nd 2016 Swiss Television aired a documentary on our aging community. It focuses mainly on our confreres in Zimbabwe, with flashbacks on their exploits two generations ago. Although many do not appreciate the title «The End of mission» it shows a sympathetic picture of these veterans.
Two groups of 13 to 17 year-old boys arrived on August 16th and 17th 2016 at the “House of Youth” in the Mission House 1. They hope to be integrated again into society. They were received warmly by the supervising team of Caritas Switzerland. The General Council of the Mission Society was also there to […]
From August 9th to 12th twenty missionaries on home-leave experienced a very intense meeting at the Mission House, organized by Mrs. Rita Kammerlander and Father Josef Christen SMB. After getting to know each and an impressive light celebration, the next morning Josef Meili began with the very impressive Seminar: “The name of God is mercy”. […]
From July 1st to 13th, we were privileged to accommodate a course for Chinese pastors at the Mission House. All the participants had already attended a basic course with us. One of the priests, after completing his doctorate in Münster, decided to take care of Chinese students in Munich for two years. After her studies, […]
Born 18.5.1921 Entry into the SMB 23.9.1949 Mission Seminary Schöneck/Emmetten as farmer Diocese Gwelo, Driefontein 1953-1954 Bondolfi 1954-1956 Mukaro 1956-1960 Holy Cross 1960-1961 Driefontein, dairy farming 1962-1975 Immensee, stamp-collection department 1975-2000 Retirement 2000-2016 Deceased 29.5.2016 Dear Confreres, dear relatives and friends of Brother John Kränzlin, Brother John began his own brief CV with “In the name of God”. That was his […]
In April each year, the Association “同舟 – In the same boat” of Chinese priests, sisters and seminarians studying in Rome has its annual meeting. Previously, students of various Collegios had little contact among themselves. After our first workshop for them at Immensee in 2008 they founded this association in order to maintain contact with […]
On the fourth Sunday of Advent we commemorated 90 years since the first brothers entered our society. For this occasion we invited our former SMB brothers living in Switzerland. Despite the short-term notification, eight of them followed our invitation. Three of them brought their wives. During the Thanksgiving Mass several of us gave testimony of […]