Missions and social works. Missionaries today

Preparation (1919-1923)

In the following years there was a fruitful epistolary relation between Shanghai, Manila, Rome and the apostolic vicars inside China. The provincial chapter in 1922 commissioned the new provincial Celestino Yoldi, so that he would ask the Holy See for a missionary territory in China. Propaganda Fide did not respond directly to his petition, but rather asked about the missions in Palawan (the Philippines), how many religious were prepared to go to China and what economic means they had to establish the mission. Whilst this was happening, the Recollects were immersed in the search for a concrete place. In 1923 monsignor Noé Tacconi, the apostolic vicar for West Henan, offered part of the mission to the Recollects.

The Recollects arrived bit by bit until they established a mission which was exemplary. The Recollects arrived bit by bit until they established a mission which was exemplary.

Hopes are reborn and rapidly the efforts are multiplied. Tacconi, the Apostolic Delegate, and the Director General of the Institute for Foreign Missions offered favourable reports for the handover. On the 15th of November 1923 Propaganda Fide authorizes the entrance of the Augustinian Recollects into the north-east of Henan. From 1924 they select the most capable religious to respond to such a hard task.


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