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Farewell to Brother John Kränzlin †

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 […]

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Meeting of Chinese pastors in Rome

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 […]

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90 years SMB Brothers

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 […]

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Farewell to Bro. Daniel Hitz †

Born:  28.3.1938. Entry into the SMB:   3.12.1961. Mission Seminary Schöneck/Emmetten: Draftsman for several renovations:  1961–1968. Mission House Bethlehem Immensee: Draftsman for new and renovated buildings:  1968–1978. Head of the community of brothers:  1972–1982. Gross shipping for home and Mission:  1978–2010. Sacristan:  2010–2015. Died:  3.12.2015. We were all surprised by the death of Br. Daniel, […]

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Farewell to Franz-Josef Stampfli †

Born: 13.10.1939. Ordination: 2.4.1966. Pastor in Zimbabwe: 1968-1977. Serima, Mashaba, St. Anthony: (1971-77). Administration and pastoral work in Zambia: 1978-1995. Mpima-Seminar: (1978-81). Kaparu-Mission: (1982-95). Pastoral work in Zimbabwe: 1996-2008. Mukaro/Rupiri: (1996-99). Masvingo: (2000-2008). Mission House Bethlehem, Immensee: 2008-2015. Deceased: 23.10.2015. “You also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour […]

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Farewell to Joseph Schmidlin †

Born: 1. 4. 1923. Ordination: 16. 4. 1952. Pastor of various communities in Japan: Matsuo (mines), Ichinoseki and Miyako: 1956-1963. Co-worker in the region of Iwateken: 1963-1967. Pastoral ministry in Morioka-Shake Liturgical publications, media work: 1968-2001. Return to the Mother House in Immensee: 2001-2015. Deceased on: 22. 9. 2015. “Where I live, it is most […]

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Instructors’ course in Singapore

Communicative Theology for Chinese pastoral trainers, Singapore, 2015: „Encounter Christ in the Community“ Background Many of the Chinese sisters, priests and seminarians, who took part in one of our seminars for Communicative Theology in Switzerland and have returned to China after completing their studies, feel overwhelmed by the challenges facing them. Most have multiple roles […]

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Farewell to Alex Stoffel †

Born: 1. 11. 1940. Ordination: 21. 6. 1970. Pastor and parish priest in Zimbabwe: 1974-1989. St. Anthony / Zaka: (1974-79). St. Paul & St.Luke / Gweru: (1980-87). Triangle: (1988-89). Promotion work at Immensee: 1989-1992. Team assignment in Mosambik: 1993-2006. Reconstruction of the parish Mossurize Parish priest of Ausserberg VS: 2007-2015. Deceased: 5. 9. 2015. “All […]

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Visitation in Africa

From Aug. 23 to 20 September 2015 the General Council visited the confreres in Africa. On the way Fr. Martin Jäggi and Norbert Spiegler visited John Bitterli in Tanzania, who works in a remote parish of this very poor country. The Superior General, Ernst Wildi, and Bro. Laurenz Schelbert visited the two confreres in Nairobi. […]

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