On the feast day of Saint Francis Xavier, one of the founders of the Society of Jesus, Fr. Arturo Sosa, recalled the enthusiasm and missionary spirit of the Jesuit and the attraction he managed to arouse around him, preaching the Gospel in the East. “The only reason for being of the Church, of the Society of Jesus, of a parish, can only be to announce the Lord,” he stressed, adding that “we are all challenged to do so, at every moment”, and that the world today “needs, more than ever, this presence of the Lord.”
Before going to the parish of Nossa Senhora do Amparo, the first visit of Fr. General to the Province of Portugal was to the village of São José de Alcalar in Mexilhoeira Grande. Fr. Domingos Monteiro da Costa, the Jesuit who founded this social apostolate, has the particularity of welcoming the elderly in their own houses, built around squares that resemble a neighbourhood. Almost 80 collaborators are working closely with Fr. Domingos, helping in medical and caring for the elderly. The interaction with Fr. General brought smiles to people’s faces.