Pontifical Mission Societies
Pontifical Mission Societies in the United States
“Jesus was a missionary.
As the Word of God, He was the light of all nations.
As the Word made flesh, He brought God’s own life into our midst.
Before returning to the Father, He sent the church to continue the mission given Him by the Father and empowered her with His Spirit:
‘As the Father has sent me, so I send you’ (Jn 20:21).”
Every baptized person is a missionary. No matter what age. No matter what culture. No matter what language spoken. We are all called to be witnesses of the love and mercy of God found in the person of Jesus Christ. Through the Pontifical Mission Societies (PMS), the universal Church continues to proclaim the redemption and fulfillment of man wrought by the death and resurrection of Christ the Lord.
Each of the Pontifical Mission Societies has its own, specific identity, goal and means of activity. These four societies renew their activity to suit the different situations in the Church and in society; they are united in spirit and intent as the Societies of the Holy Father and the Bishops of the world to promote among the people of God a generous missionary spirit.
One of the four Pontifical Mission Societies, the Propagation of the Faith raises funds to help the 1,100 dioceses throughout the world which are not able to be self-supporting. It also challenges young people to go to these dioceses as lay missionaries, sisters, priests and brothers. This society is supported by high school and college students, and adults from all walks of life.
A pontifical society of “children helping children,” the Missionary Childhood Association seeks to educate all children (grades K thru 8th) on the missionary vocation of all the baptized. Through prayer and sacrifice, children from all around the world are called upon to support the missionary work of the Church, especially in the work of evangelization among children.
The goal of the Society of St. Peter is to invite individuals to support the education of candidates for the Catholic priesthood in the Developing World and to support the formation of men and women candidates for the Religious life in the Missions. In its first year, the Society of St. Peter Apostle sent help for some 2,700 seminarians in the Missions. Today, some 30,000 major seminarians, mostly in Africa and Asia, receive an annual subsidy of $700 per student.
This spiritual apostolate started by the Italian missionary Father Pablo Manna continues to address itself to those called to bring Catholics to a better understanding of their baptismal responsibility for the church’s missionary work — to priests, Religious, seminarians, pastoral leaders and those engaged in catechesis and religious education.