Father Judge Missionary Cenacle (FJMC,) named after our founder, is the final home for many of our aging priests and Brothers after serving many years of mission service. Right now, we have 17 men residing there.
Recently, Father Stephen Giorno was reminded of the legacy each Missionary Servant leaves behind when he found himself a resident of FJMC after his recent hip replacement surgery.
Father Stephen is grateful for the time spent with his senior brothers. While there, he saw in the men the history of our religious order and remembers many of them when they were younger and still very active. He knows every one of them would love to be “back on the missions.” But, like everyone else who grows old, they realize their limitations and know that God has something else in store for them as age advances.
Most of them have “retired” from full-time missionary work and might need a little special medical attention. Still, they are an active, supportive community. Several of these exceptional men still find ways to make a difference.
The men pictured are just a few of the examples of how our missionaries continue reaching out even when they are no longer in full-time mission assignments.
Throughout their lives as Missionary Servants, our priests and Brothers are called to care for one another and this is especially true when age or physical need requires additional support or attention.
These men have spent their lives without many of the comforts we are accustomed to — paved roads, air conditioning, and reliable transportation. Many of them lived in stark poverty along with the poor souls they were serving, without complaint. It is only fitting that they are cared for in their golden years.