Corpus Christi Missionaries of the Poor Compound is located in Labuan Bajo on Flores island. The brothers live in the compound & provide all the teaching, nursing, feeding, clothing & medical treatment to the residents in the compound & local community. Local employment is provided for teachers, nurses, cariers & domestics, along with indigenous members of MOP in leadership positions of responsibility at the Centre.
Helpers of MOP in Australia funded construction of the main building to accommodate the 22 brothers who operate the compound & take care of the residents. The building was officially opened in July 2013 with Carol & Leo Keutmann as honoured guests. The funding stretched to build a school in the compound to teach local children English written & spoken.
Currently under construction are: two aged-care residences for men & women; a residence for disabled; a medical clinic & dispensary offering free treatment & medication to the local community & aged & disabled residents; and a refectory & kitchen for the Missionary Brothers to cook & feed the residents.
Helpers of MOP Australia donated funds for the running costs of the Missionaries of the Poor Centre in Naga City on Camarines Sur Island. Naga centre houses 140 disabled & elderly & the monies went towards feeding, clothing & accommodation (cost to feed one person is A$3 per day). The Naga centre provides a school & health centre. The school children are fed & transported to and from the school to their homes on the dump site.
Missionaries of the Poor are coming to Australia this coming March for a speaking tour of Brisbane. Toowoomba, Sydney and Townsville. On tour are Fr Charles Susai, Fr Joseph Ssali and Wynton Williams.
Fr Charles Susai has been Secretary General for Institute of Missionaries of the Poor for 6 years & co-coordinator of the music ministry “Fr Ho Lung & Friends”.
Fr Charles: “ the call to serve the poor is an invitation to happiness … lay people spend time with us from all over the world & experience the mysterious joy that comes from attending to the marginalized people … it is the spiritual work of God.”
Fr Joseph Ssali is Local & Regional Superior of Naga City in the Philippines & is the first Ugandan-African member of MOP. He was the 1st brother chosen to be a priest & celebrates 15 years of service. Fr Joseph completed his studies at St Philip Neri Oratory, Toronto & Franciscan University of Steubenville, USA. Fr Joseph’s first priestly assignment was the Ugandan Mission for 2 years, then Cebu Philippines as Mission Superior for 3 years ,and currently in Naga City Mission.