luigi sma"It was your prayers that sustained me in these years of imprisonment."

Dear friends,

We, Missionary Fathers of the Italian Province of the Society of the African Missions, greet you and wish you all the best.

Together we received with great joy the news about the release of our confrere and friend, Fr. Pier Luigi Maccalli.Our profound thanksgiving goes to the Lord of Life and to each one of you who, with your prayers and sincere thoughts, continued in the faith awaiting his return.

Our words are not enough to express our gratitude for your closeness, your friendship, and your support towards Fr. Pier and our missionary communities during the long period of time in waiting. One of the first phrases expressed by Fr. Gigi upon his return was this: "it was your prayers that sustained me in these years of imprisonment". Heartfelt gratitude to you all.

In this missionary month, the testimony of Fr. Maccalli encourages us to continue announcing the Good News of the Kingdom, among the least and the needy on earth. This Easter experience renews in us the call that we have received to be salt of the earth and light of the world. Together, we continue to ask the Lord for more workers for his harvest.

In the suffering flesh of Fr. Luigi, on the weight of the Cross of Christ, in these two years, which we are celebrating today in joy and faith, a deep experience of spiritual communion with all of you was born. We ask the Lord for the grace to continue growing as a family, gathered in the name of the Lord, and sent to the ends of the earth.

May the Lord bless you and may his Mother Mary be a star that guides your steps.

The SMA fathers,

Italian Province