The Pontifical Mission Societies
have a special responsibility in the Universal Church. They are at the service of the Holy Father. By virtue of his ministry, the Pope knows and understands more than anyone else the pressing needs of the Church around the world. The Pope reminds the faithful of their baptismal call to be Missionary and invites us to participate with him. The Societies
ask for prayer, sacrifice and financial support of the Church’s works in the Mission lands around the world.
You may designate your gift[s] to one of the following Pontifical Mission Societies
Society for the Propagation of the Faith
to support the pastoral and evangelizing work of the local churches throughout Africa, Asia, the Pacific Islands and remote regions of Latin America.
Missionary Childhood Association
to support the Church's evangelization and pastoral programs among children in the Missions.
Society of St. Peter Apostle
for the support of seminarians and Religious Sister and Brother novices.
Below are some examples of how gifts of varying amounts make a significant impact in the Missions:
- $25 fills a water truck in Haiti for distribution to those with no access, helping to prevent cholera or helps provide hosts and altar wine for a parish outstation in Zambia.
- $40 helps support one child in the Philippines, providing food, shelter and education for almost half a year
- $100 gives a bicycle to a catechist who may walk up to 15 miles to lead a Sunday worship service in absence of a priest in Uganda
- $250 contributes to the medical care of young child orphaned by HIV/AIDS in East Africa
- $700 supports the training of one of over 30,000 Mission seminarians annually