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Farewell to Hermann Stoffel †

Born: 30.1.1931. Ordination: 22.3.1959. Missionary in Southern Rhodesia/Zimbabwe St. Anthony/Zaka, pastor: 1961-1970. Later Head of the Mission Station. Matibi: Head of the Mission Station: 1971-1981. Loreto: Head of the Mission Station: 1982-1995. Matibi: Head of the Mission Station, later assisting priest: 1995-2011. Deceased: 1.8.2015. Herman grew up in the village of Visperterminen VS and attended […]

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Farewell to Fr. Karl Fässler †

Born: 28.5.1932. Ordained: 22.3.1959. Head of the Mission stations Holy Cross and St. Joseph: 1960–1967. Pastor of the Cathedral parish in Gweru, Dean: 1968–1980. Head of the Gokomere Mission: 1981–1986. Head of the Bondolfi Mission: 1987-1999. Parish priest in Triangle: 2000–2002. Mission House Bethlehem: pastor and a member of various choirs: 2002-2015. Deceased: 30.7.2015. Karl […]

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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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Farewell to Fr. Georg Schelbert

Georg Schelbert was born on November 2, 1922 in Kaltbrunn SG, Switzerland as the second child into a family with nine children. After the secondary school (Progymnasium) in Rebstein and the grammar school in Immensee, he entered the SMB novitiate at the Mission Seminar in Schöneck in 1941. As preparation for his future work in […]

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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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Gallery at the Mission-House

For the last six years we could admire a photo exhibition on the “Flower Bridge” of the Mission House. The Brother who took these photos wishes to remain anonymous. He shows images from his previous mission assignment as well as from Switzerland. For this year’s exhibition he has chosen the title “Growing older …” – […]

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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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Return of cultural objects

After a year of language study in Beijing in 1946-47, Alfred P. Giger SMB worked in the Hebochang parish in the south of Beijing for five years. Then he studied Japanese in Tokyo for a year. From 1954-1970 he was a missionary in the Taidong mission, Taiwan. In those 16 years he was a missionary […]

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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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Farewell to Fr. François Lovis †

Funeral sermon by Fr. Ludovic Nobel, SMB Death is part of life, as we all know. How many times have I uttered that sentence! Yet today, it is difficult for me to take leave of our dear brother, Father Francis, as he was an endearing personality. His many qualities recalled earlier by my confreres no […]

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