We are pleased to share with our blog readers this series of Mission Reports (the latest one is Mission Report #7) that highlight the restoration efforts of the Mission Saint Therese of the Infant Jesus in Mouila, Gabon, Africa, written by Rev. Canon Henry Fragelli. Canon Fragelli briefly served the Institute Apostolate of St. Margaret Mary’s in Oakland a few months from late 2011-2012.
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 it’s 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 as highlighted on his “Mission Reports” that he sends out periodically. We are very happy to have been given the permission to share with you these Mission reports (PDF files) of which can be accessed here: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, and 7. We will continue to post future reports as they come along!