Press Release

Press Release

On the 8th of July 2019, the birth anniversary of our Founder, the Blessed John Baptist Scalabrini, the Holy Father has appointed our superior general, Fr Leonir Chiarello, as a member of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life.

We, the Missionaries of St. Charles Borromeo – Scalabrinians, gathered on the occasion of the 15th General Chapter at Rocca di Papa (Rome), Italy, voice out our concern regarding the recent exoduses in Central America. We support these brothers and sisters of ours, by joining local Churches, other religious congregations and social and civil organizations that are directly accompanying these migrants.

The confreres, gathered in Rocca di Papa for the 15th Ordinary General Chapter, elected today, 25th October 2018, the following confreres as members of the General Council…

The scalabrinian confreres, gathered in Rocca di Papa, in Rome, for the 15th Ordinary General Chapter of the Scalabrinian Congregation, elected today, 24th October 2018, Rev. Fr. CHIARELLO LEONIR MARIO as the new General Superior.

Migration is an epochal phenomenon that is shaking the structures of many nations at all levels. It is certainly a problem, which results from the sum of many problems, but like all problems it depends on us to turn it into a tragedy or a richness.

The Congregation of the Missionaries of Saint Charles, Scalabrinians, and the Scalabrini International Migration Network (SIMN) strongly oppose the immoral policy of family separation currently being implemented by the U.S. government. The Scalabrinians and SIMN, which operates 250 immigration programs—shelters, schools, and community centers—around the world, is well aware of the migration crisis in Central America and the violence and endemic poverty which force migrant families to seek safety in other countries, including the United States.

Today, January 24, 2018 the government of Taiwan awarded the Friend of Foreign Service Medal on father Bruno Ciceri, International Director of the Apostolate of the Sea (AOS) and official of the Dicastery for the Promotion of the the Integral Human Development.

«The stranger dwelling among you will treat him as one who was born among you; you will love it as yourself because you too have been strangers in the land of Egypt. I am the Lord your God» (Lv 19:34). These are the words used by Pope Francis as incipit to his message on the occasion of the World Day of Migrants and Refugees (14 January 2018) on the theme “Welcoming, Protecting, Promoting and Integrating Migrants and Refugees”.

It has been officially called the XV General Ordinary Chapter of the Scalabrinian Congregation. It will take place from October 9, 2018 to November 4, 2018, feast of our Patron, St. Charles Borromeo

Joint ecumenical statement for World Refugee Day 2017

On the occasion of Universal Children’s Day on November 20th, we echo Pope Francis’ appeal «to adopt every possible measure to guarantee the protection and safety of child migrants». In this time of epic human displacement, «children constitute the most vulnerable group, because as they face the life ahead of them, they are invisible and voiceless».

«The outcome document that will be considered by member states in the High Level Summit falls short of creating a new framework for the protection of refugees and migrants around the world». That is the thought expressed, already at the beginning of August, by the Scalabrini International Migration Network (SIMN) together with the Center for Migration Studies of New York (CMS). Their goal is that the “High Level Summit on Large Movements of Refugees and Migrants”, planned by the United Nations in New York on September 19, and related meetings called by the United States on the same sideline, on September 20, can give concrete answers to the delicate subject.

On Tuesday August 23rd, 2016 the first guests arrived in the new C.A.R.A. Scalabrini, site Siponto (FG), promoted by the Scalabrini Missionaries and the Scalabrinian Agency for Development Cooperation (ASCS), in continuity with the structure already opened in Rome for the third reception. The building, in dialogue with the Prefecture, can accommodate 33 asylum seekers in a structure adjacent to the current religious house and it was once the seminar for middle school students.

The humanitarian trip of the Pope to the island of Lesbos in Greece, has confirmed the His attention to the most vulnerable people in our time and in various parts of the world, ie the migrants and asylum seekers. In the meantime, on the first anniversary of 800 migrants dead in the waters close to Sicily Channel, we likely count others 400 dead people in the Mediterranean Sea.

Thousands of refugees arriving every day, too large flow openings that, gradually, you are closing, leaving hopeless people – adults, women and children – blocked to wait. The worried closure of the passages by the countries located on the external front of European Union, is far away from being a solution to the threat posed by the huge human tide on the move, but it could also open the real possibility that the route move to west to the border with Albania; from there across the road right to the coast, to the usual bargaining with the smugglers, finally landing in Puglia. In European summits that is the topic of the day, if it is true that Germany, Austria and neighboring Balkanians already in October 2015 had reasoned to increase controls at the greek-Albanian border crossing. The worry is also spread to Italy which strengthened the contrast in the sea, off the coast of Puglia, combined with the fact of meetings initiated between Italian authorities and those of Albania and Montenegro

It is now more than a century that the Church has dedicated a day of reflection and prayer for migrant humanity, wishing to draw the attention of the faithful, and of all men and women of good will, to this portion of the people of God on their earthly journey. Recently, however, every day of the year was marked by the phenomenon of migrations or of asylum seekers: millions of men, women and children, too often unaccompanied, are confronting us: in them, forced to set out on a journey without the certainty of reaching the desired goal, we are challenged to glimpse the familiar face of the Son of God and to do each one his/her own duty.

In 2015 people who arrived in Europe as refugees reached, at 21 December, the amount of 1,005,000. Coming mainly through Greece, Bulgaria, Italy, Spain, Malta and Cyprus, they count a large number of minors and, among them, of dead ones that are likely to remain just numbers on tables. At the port of Reggio Calabria, where the Scalabrinian missionaries operate in a tireless ecclesial coordination group, asylum seekers reached about 37,000 units from June last year to present days and 10% of them are unaccompanied minors, mostly girls. Children come mainly from Eritrea, Somalia, Gambia, Egypt and Nigeria.

On the occasion of the International Day of the Seafarer 2015, (established by the IMO (International Maritime Organization), to recognize the importance and value of the maritime profession for our life, for the trade and for the benefits it bringsto oursociety) on June 25 in Rome – Italy the Foundation Centro Studi Emigrazione – Rome (CSER) in cooperation with Confitarma, the Federation of Stella Maris and the International Transportation Workers Federation (ITF), has organized in Rome – Italy a Conference entitled “Mare nostrum… human sea” to reflect and to increase awareness on the issue of the “recent” flows of migrants in the Mediterranean from a perspective not usually considered, the one of the maritime industry. Taking into account the dynamics and challenges that this phenomenon creates in the maritime world, the conference aims to address the different aspects of what the crews are facing today in the Mediterranean.

As the EU Commission is about to pass a package of measures the Mediterranean countries can use to manage migration flows emergencies, the Scalabrinian Missionaries, though noticing a first positive sign, cannot fully agree with the announcement of the EU commission’s vice president and Foreign Minister Federica Mogherini’s statement that «faced with a dramatic emergency» Europe «seems to have finally become aware of the urgency» and lately «taken gigantic steps» toward a «global response» to the current challenges in the Mediterranean.

On 2nd February, day of the Presentation of Jesus in the Temple, the Church invites us to remember one of its constitutional dimensions—Consecrated Life.  It would be spontaneous for us to offer some reflections of a theological, spiritual and anthropological kind… It is not my intention at all to underrate the value of such possible reflections. I just would like to invite each of us to go back to, and remember, the day when we said our first “Yes” to the Lord—the day of our First Religious Profession.

Dear Confreres: Today we pause to commemorate the 125th anniversary of the foundation of our Congregation. Let us join together in a sincere moment of thanks and praise to God for the gift of this charism inspired by Blessed John Baptist Scalabrini for the Church.