Presence in the world

By continent

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Europe
Amérique du Nord
Amérique du Sud et Antilles
Afrique
Asie

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The Philippines

The seeds of the Montfortian presence in the Philippines were planted in 1984 with the coming of an international group of Missionaries:  a Canadian, an Italian, an English man and a Colombian. This was the answer to the request of Cardinal Sin (Archbishop of Manila) to Fr. Gerard Lemire, SMM (Superior General) that the Montfort Missionaries come to Manila. By God’s  Providence after 25 years, this Delegation is blessed with 11 Filipino ordained priests, 9 scholastics and 7 postulants. The confreres are involved in vocation promotion and formation of candidates, running a parish, doing apostolates with the laity especially the propagation of the Montfortian Consecration through the Totus Tuus Journey, and mission team who do itinerant missions in the island of Cebu and other apostolates to the poor.

http://montfortmissionaries.web.officelive.com


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Germany

The Vice-Province of Germany is a small one, whose members work in parishes and in teaching posts, as well as in the support of various missionary ventures through the Mission Procure. The Province produces a Marian review, "Mutter der Kirche" (Mother of the Church), which has many thousands of subscribers.


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Argentina

Members of the French Province of the Company of Mary work in the mission of Argentina, where they staff the parish of Santa Cruz in Fiorito as their principal apostolate.


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Belgium

The Belgian Vice-Province of the Company of Mary was formed in the 1960s from the Dutch Province. Its principal ministries today are the Marian Apostolate and the Apostolate of Pilgrimages. The Vice-Province produces a Marian review in both French and Flemish (Dutch), and organises many pilgrimages, both to the Holy Land and to Marian shrines around Europe. Members of the Vice-Province also work in a number of parishes. http://www.montfortsite.be/index.html


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Brazil

The Dutch Province of the Company of Mary maintains a small mission in São Paolo, Brazil. There is also a Formation community in João Monlevade. This community, and any others which may be established in Brazil, will in future (starting 1 january 2002) belong to the Italian Provincial Delegation of Peru-Brazil. So far, the congregation has just one Brazilian member, but there is hope for others in the future.

http://monfortianos.org/


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Canada

The Montfort Missionaries first went to Canada in 1883, when it became very difficult, because of the new laws in France, to conduct a seminary in France. They settled some distance from Montreal, in a place which eventually became known as Montfort. From small beginnings, the group there grew into one of the largest Provinces of the Company of Mary, being designated a Province in 1947.

The United States Province was split off from it in the 1950s. For some time they had a mission among the North American native people in Vancouver Island on the West coast.

Today the Canadian Province continues to serve the people of Canada, particularly the French-speaking, through parish missions and retreats, special courses in Scripture, Mariology, etc. They conduct a Marian shrine, the Shrine of Mary, Queen of All Hearts, in Montreal, and have a flourishing Pastoral Centre in Drummondville.

http://www.smrdc.org/index.php


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Colombia

Colombia is the largest Province of the Company of Mary in South America. The mission was started by French and Dutch missionaries, of whom a handful remain in Colombia. The Province maintains a seminary in Bogotà, the capital. It is responsible for a number of parishes, and for a mission in the Vichada region of Colombia. It also runs a Marian Centre at Santafé de Bogotà.

http://www.montfortianos.org/


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Croatia

In the last 20 years, a few Croatians have joined the Company of Mary, and there is one residence in Croatia, in the capital, Zagreb.


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Denmark

The Dutch Province began a mission in Denmark on the 8th of June 1901: in Roskilde on the Island of Sjælland, - since 1903 until 1991 supported by the Sisters of Wisdom. For nearly 100 years, until 1993, they edified futher five parishes on this island: Ringsted-Slagelse-Kalundborg-Holbaek and Taastrup and built in each parish a church. In 1903 the first missionaries for Iceland was sent out from Roskilde. One Father published through 30 years (1950-1980) a marial magazine and arranged a lot of pilgrimages from Scandinavia to Lourdes.  The last (dutch) mis­sionary in Denmark died in 2000, and so the Company of Mary no longer has a residence there. However there is still a Montfortian presence in Denmark, in the shape of the Montfort-Community (two fathers and two brothers), which, with residence in Slagelse and with links to the German Vice-province, takes care of three of the former Montfortian parishes, and, since 1995, a group of Montfortian Associates ("Mary, Queen of all Hearts").

 

http://www.montfort.ninja.dk/ 


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Ecuador

There are a handful of Spanish Montfort Missionaries in Ecuador, together with a French missionary; they engage in parish work there.


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Spain

A few members of the Company of Mary work in Spain, principally from the French Province. A few Spanish members of the Congregation have been professed and ordained, most of whom now work in the missions in Ecuador. There is a Montfortian Web site (in Spanish) at "Los Monfortianos en España".

http://www.misioneros-monfortanos.org


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The United States of America

The United States Province of the Company of Mary was formed from the Canadian Province in the 1950s. It is mainly confined to the Eastern States.

The Province has two retreat or pastoral centres, one at Bayshore, NY, and one at Litchfield, Ct, where there is also a Marian shrine, Lourdes in Litchfield. Another Marian shrine, Our Lady of the Island, is maintained at Eastport, Long Island, NY.

The members of the Province carry forward the mission of the Congregation through preaching (a mission team gives parish missions), the conducting of retreats, the pastoral care of visitors to the shrines, work in a number of parishes, and publishing.

The Province produces a review, "Queen Magazine", and publishes the works of St Louis Marie de Montfort and other books related to Montfortian spirituality, through Montfort Publications at Bayshore, NY. The Province is responsible for a small mission in Nicaragua.

http://www.montfortusa.org


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France

Until the latter part of the 19th century, the members of the Company of Mary did not leave France, but worked continually in the apostolate of giving Parish Missions, mainly in the West of France.

Today, many of the French priests and brothers are elderly, and the itinerant preaching of missions is much reduced. Many of the priests, however, serve in parishes, particularly where there are serious shortages of priests.

One of the major forms of apostolate today is the annual Montfortian Pilgrimage to Lourdes, which involves a year-round preparation, not only of the practical logistics of such a large pilgrimage, but of the spiritual and devotional aspects of the event.

There is a vast network of lay-members of the "Hospitalité Montfortain", who are provided with spiritual guidance by a team of Montfort Missionaries. France still has a number of members also working in the foreign mission field, principally in Madagascar and Haiti. There is also a community of priests in the Island of Réunion.

The Province produces a monthly Montfortian review, Le Règne de Jésus par Marie.

http://www.misioneros-monfortanos.org/smmfrance.htm

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Great Britain & Ireland

Great Britain and Ireland form one Province of the Company of Mary, with residences in England, Scotland and the Republic of Ireland. Members of the Congregation first came to England in 1891 as a result of the anti-religious laws framed by the Third French Republic. In 1910, as a result of the same laws, a Junior Seminary or Apostolic School was opened at Romsey in Hampshire. With the outbreak of the Second World War, a structure independent of the French Province had to be created, and the Province of Great Britain & Ireland came into being. A first residence was opened in Scotland in the 1960s, and shortly afterwards the first house in Ireland was bought. Today some members of the Province are involved from time to time in preaching Missions and retreats; but there are also a number of Montfortian Pastoral and Retreat Centres, where Montfortian Spirituality is offered to all who are interested. Some of the members of the Province are working in parishes, often in deprived areas, while a few others continue to serve the young churches in Africa and Asia.

http://www.montfort.org.uk/


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Haiti and the Bahamas

The first move of the Company of Mary outside France was to Haiti, where they undertook a mission in 1871, as well as conducting a seminary for Haitian clergy in Pontchâteau, France. Today there are more than 50 Haitian Montfortians, who are assisted in their work in Haiti by a number of missionaries from France and Canada. They have charge of the Diocese of Port de Paix in the North-West of the country, and also work in Port-au-Prince and Gonaives dioceses. Apart from parish work, the members of the Province are involved in many initiatives, particularly to help the poor in Haiti. One member of the Province is stationed in Nassau, Bahamas, particularly to minister to the many Haitian refugees in those islands.

http://montfortainhaiti.com/pr_sence_smm


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India

The presence of the Company of Mary in India dates from the early 1970s. Today there are about 26 Indian priests, and nearly 20 students studying for the priesthood. Many of the members of the delegation are involved in the formation houses: the junior college, novitiate and scholasticate in Bangalore and Mysore. A few others work in missions among the tribal peoples of India, and a coffee plantation is maintained to raise much-needed funds.

http://www.smmindia.org/main.html 


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Indonesia

The Dutch Province has traditionally sent many missionaries to Indonesia. There are still 8 working there, although they have all taken Indonesian nationality. They work, together with a number of Indonesian priests and brothers, in the diocese of Sintang in Borneo, and in the Novitiate and Scholasticate in Bandung in Java. There are at present about 30 Indonesians studying for the priesthood as Montfortians in Indonesia.


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Italy

The General House of the Company of Mary is located, like those of many other Congregations, in Rome. But there also exists in Italy the largest province of the Company of Mary, with residences in many parts of the country. A wide variety of apostolates is carried out in the Province, including the publishing of a number of Marian and Missionary reviews and other works, the preaching of missions in the parishes, and the care of a number of parishes. Many members of the Province work in the Foreign Mission field, principally in Malawi (the Diocese of Mangochi), Peru and Madagascar.

http://www.monfortanibg.it/


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Kenya

The Company of Mary has one residence in Kenya, a Scholasticate (seminary) in Nairobi for African aspirants to the Congregation.


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Madagascar

The Company of Mary has had missions in Madagascar for many years, and today there are a few Malagassy Brothers and Students. Madagascar is today a General Delegation of the Company of Mary, dependent on the General Administration, but missionaries are still supplied by the French and Italian provinces. The work done is mainly in parishes, but there is also a novitiate and seminary, and the mission is responsible for a Centre for Rural Education and another for Agricultural Training.


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Malawi

The Montfort Missionaries first went to Malawi (then known as Nyasaland) in 1901, and began missionary work in the South of the country, in the Shire River region. Today, four Provinces continue to send missionaries to Malawi: the French, Dutch, Italian and Great Britain and Ireland Provinces. The French and British/Irish work mainly in Zomba diocese, the Dutch in Blantyre diocese, and the Italians are responsible for the diocese of Mangochi. The work is mainly in parishes, but they also maintain a number of Pastoral centres, and the Italian missionaries produce various publications at Balaka. There are today a few Malawian students who have joined the Congregation, and are at present preparing for the priesthhood, as well as three ordained Malawian priests.


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Mozambique

Formerly there were many Dutch Montfortians working in Mozambique, but the civil war in that country reduced the numbers considerably. However, one or two stayed on, and for a while there were four Montfortians there, two Dutch and two Indian missionaries. The numbers have now been reduced to one.


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Nicaragua

The United States Province of the Company of Mary is responsible for a parish in Nicaragua, where they are aided by a member of the Haitian Province.


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Uganda

The Company of Mary has one residence in Uganda, at Mbarara, where there is a novitiate for English-speaking African novices. Some retreat work and ministry to AIDS sufferers is also done by the English, Irish and Dutch members there.


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Papua New Guinea

In June 2009 the Mission Diocese of Daru Kinuga in Papua New Guinea celebrated the 50th anniversary of the arrival of the first Montfort Missionaries from Canada in the Western Province of Papua New Guinea. Today the Church here is vibrant, having taken its roots in the Melanesian culture and in the spirit of Vatican Council II. Members from India, Indonesia and Africa belonging to the three Montfortian congregations work here hand in hand to build on the solid foundation laid by the Canadian Missionaries under the leadership of Bishop Gilles Cote SMM. Our Sisters and Brothers already have members from Papua New Guinea join them and a time may soon come when we have priests too from the native land. A well established pastoral plan guided by the communitarian spirituality provides ministry in pastoral, educational and health care with special attention to the physically challenged and those affected by HIV. Please visit us at our website: www.missionfrontier.org to know more about our work in pictures that tell it without too many words.

http://www.missionfrontier.org/


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The Netherlands

The Dutch Province of the Company of Mary is one of the largest in the Congregation. Members of the congregation first went there in about 1886 to found a novitiate and seminary, when conditions in France made it impossible to continue with these in France itself. The Province became the most active in the foreign mission field, with missionaries sent to Mozambique, Malawi, Colombia, Haiti, and Indonesia. Today it is an ageing Province, and many of the missionaries have returned home to semi-retirement in parishes and other residences. But there are still a number who work in the foreign missions, principally in Indonesia and Malawi.

http://montfortanen-nederland.nl/


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Peru

The Montfort Missionaries are to be found in Lima and Huánuco. Today there are about a dozen Peruvian members of the Congregation, together with Italian missionaries, and one French. They work mainly in parishes, but also maintain a novitiate. Recently (1 Jan 2002), the community of João Monlevade in Brazil, together with any new establishments in Brazil, were joined with the delegation in Peru to become the Italian Provincial Delegation of Peru-Brazil.


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Portugal

Portugal is a General Delegation of the Montfort Missionaries, depending on the General Administration. Begun by the Dutch Province, it now numbers 15 or 16 Portuguese members. It has residences in Lisbon, Fatima (close to the Marian shrine), Castro Verde and Junqueira. Members work in parishes and various other apostolates.

http://monfortinos.com.sapo.pt/

http://juventudemonfortina


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Democratic Republic of Congo

The Democratic Republic of Congo (the former Zaïre) was for many years a mission supported by the Belgian Province of the Company of Mary, aided by a few Dutch confreres. Some still work in the diocese of Isangi, and they have been joined by a handful of Congolese members.


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Zambia

There are 3 or 4 Italian members of the Company of Mary working in Zambia, in the parish of Chipata.


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