HELP THE MISSION OF ST. THERESE
THE MISSION'S EXISTENCE COMPLETELY DEPENDS ON THE GENEROSITY OF DONORS LIKE YOU. PLEASE CONSIDER MAKING A DONATION TODAY.
THANK YOU AND MAY GOD BLESS AND REWARD YOU FOR YOUR GENEROSITY.
WELCOME ALL FRIENDS OF THE MISSION OLD AND NEW
This site is a witness to the labor, joys, and struggles of our dear priests in Africa doing God’s work on a daily basis. Our goal is to provide a window into mission life from the writings of the priests themselves. One cannot help being touched by the incredible progress made in reclaiming the Mission in Gabon from the clutches of the jungle.
This is only rivaled by the rapidly growing and joyful flock of souls hungry for the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass and the sacraments. The grace of God and protection of Our Blessed Mother is everywhere evident. Here the faith is real and active... against all kinds of adversities, lack of conveniences, and a constant shortage of resources.
That is where you come in. If your soul is moved by what you see and discover here, we ask you to prayerfully consider whatever material support you can provide. Large or small, every donation helps and God will surely not be outdone in generosity. If you are not able to assist at this time financially, then we beg your sincere prayers for these dedicated and humble priests and the faithful that they serve.
MISSION ST. THERESE OF THE INFANT JESUS
IN MOUILA, GABON, AFRICA
As the Bishop of the Diocese of Mouila, the late Monsignor Obamba gave the Mission Saint Therese of the Infant Jesus to the Institute of Christ the King in 1988, to be the founding place of the Institute. Within two or three years, Cardinal Piovannelli (Bishop of the Diocese of Florence, Italy) invited the Institute to establish its headquarters and seminary in Gricigliano in a beautiful Italian villa on the shores of the Arno river. From there, the Institute, being closer to Rome, expanded rapidly, taking the international dimensions it has today. Despite no longer being the headquarters of the Institute, the Mission remains the founding place, the “crib” of the Institute. It has also always been one of the most flourishing missions in the African continent—bringing faith and education to countless children and families of the region. For reasons of sickness, financial, and other difficulties, however, the lack of a priest to “hold down the fort” caused the Mission to close at one point but was re-opened on the occasion of its 25th anniversary in 2012. It was during this time that Canon Fragelli was assigned for this task of restoring the Mission and has been making significant efforts since then
MEET THE PEOPLE BEHIND THE MISSION
Noëline is our cook, laundry and house cleaning lady. A fervent Catholic and dedicated employee of the Mission.
Always joyful, she helps coordinate all the ladies activities at the Mission: from the lady’s Rosary Group, to the bakery, the sewing workshop, the girls group, etc., as well as the choir.
Her little son: Marc-Antoine is the “Mission’s mascot.”
Marc-Antoine is the “Mission’s mascot.” He is a good student of the Trinitarian Sister’s Pre-school called Les Poussins de Dieu (God’s little chicks.)
CHARLIN & RAISSA
Charlin is our Grounds Keeper. He does “everything”. From cutting the lawn and keeping up the garden, to helping with construction and doing all kind of maintenance work, repairs, painting etc.
Raissa is a part-time. She does the cleaning of the lower buildings that contain the big chapel, sacristy, library, bakery, sewing and carpentry workshop, etc. Charlin and Raissa are receiving their catechism and are scheduled to be baptized and married in the Church in May/2015.
They have two children: Rochelle, 7 years old, and Chardin, 3 years old. Chardin is Fr. Fragelli’s godson and Marc-Antoines inseparable friend.
Roline works part time too. She comes in, every day, and makes fresh bread and all kinds of pastries for the Mission’s events. Roline is also responsible for the Mission’s choir.
ST. FRANCIS DE SALES SCHOOL
THESE CHILDREN NEED YOUR HELP
Please come to their aid and help build for them St. Francis de Sales School.Time has come to build a REAL Catholic school for these children. But... you know what I'm going to say: we cannot do it alone. We can NOT do it without you! So PLEASE, for the love of God, consider sharing your blessings with these children where many have not even a home, nor school, not even a family! God will repay you hundredfold.
INSTITUTE OF CHRIST THE KING
The Institute of Christ the King, Sovereign Priest is a Society of Apostolic Life of Pontifical Right whose goal is the honor of God and the sanctification of priests in the service of the Church and souls. Its specific aim is missionary: to spread the reign of our Lord Jesus Christ in all spheres of human life. Our work is carried out under the patronage of the Immaculate Conception, to Whom the Institute is consecrated.
The Institute was founded in 1990 by Monsignor Gilles Wach and Father Philippe Mora in Gabon, Africa, where we still have missions. Today, the motherhouse and international seminary of the Institute is located in Gricigliano, in the Archdiocese of Florence, Italy.
Recognizing the importance of a deep harmony between faith, liturgy, life, and the power of beauty in attracting the human senses to the things above, an integral part of the Institute's charism is the use of the traditional Latin Liturgy of 1962 for the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass and the other sacraments. Great care for a solemn liturgy, complete fidelity to the doctrine of the Church and the Holy Father, and awareness of the central role of Grace, especially Charity — these are essential elements of the Institute's spirituality, which is drawn from its three co-patrons, St. Benedict, St. Thomas Aquinas, and St. Francis de Sales. Our motto, taken from St. Paul, is "Live the truth in charity." The Institute operates in more than fifty places in twelve countries, where our priests focus on the care of souls in many different ways. To assist our priests in their apostolic work, the Institute also has clerical oblates. In 2004, a community of religious sisters was canonically established to aid the priests in their mission through prayer and apostolic work.