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The Pontifical Mission Societies

The Pontifical Mission Societies are evangelical.  That is, they have always had as their main objective the support of evangelization in the strict sense, for the spiritual nourishment of God’s people.  Not excluding the contact or involvement with organizations of social progress and health assistance, the Societies maintain that “the best service we can offer to our brothers and sisters is evangelization, which helps them to live and act as children of God, sets them free from injustices and assists their overall development.”  (Redemptoris Missio, 58; Statute, 19)

The Four Pontifical Mission Societies are:

  1. The Society for the Propagation of the Faith was founded in France in 1822 by Pauline Marie Jaricot.  The Society helps all the world’s missions through the prayers and sacrifices of the faithful.  It seeks to form the People of God and make them aware of their worldwide missionary vocation that was given in Baptism.  The Society increases spiritual and material assistance among the faithful of every land.
  2. Missionary Childhood Association encourages children who are rich in faith to help other children in the missions.  Children throughout the world are invited to sacrifice in their schools and religious education programs to support their counterparts in mission countries.
  3. The Society of St. Peter Apostle has the goal of supporting the training of Catholic priests in mission lands, and the formation of men and women candidates for Religious Life in the missions.
  4. The Missionary Union of Priests and Brothers seeks to stimulate missionary formation and awareness of mission among the world’s priests and religious. It seeks to deepen the knowledge of mission among seminarians, and to promote the missionary spirit of all the baptized.

Photo description: Two boys in Malawi.