The Mission Hub


The Pontifical Mission Societies include the Society for the
Propagation of the Faith, the Missionary Childhood Association, the Society of St.Peter Apostle, and the Missionary Union of Priests and Religious. These Societies promote a prayerfulmissionary spirit among baptized Catholics and to gather a fund of support for the evangelizing and pastoral programs of more than 1,150 local churches of the Developing World.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Sometimes, Mission is a Real Circus!

Part of our “One Family in Mission” Team here in the Pontifical Mission Societies’ office is Sr. Lisa Valentini, a Missionary Sister of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus. Sr. Lisa has been visiting the Archdiocese over the summer – many of you have had the pleasure of hearing her speak in your parish as part of the Propagation of the Faith’s Missionary Cooperative Appeal. The MSC Sisters serve in 22 countries around the world; much of their work is supported by the generous prayers and sacrifices made by the donors to all four Pontifical Mission Societies.

On her most recent visit to our office, Sr. Lisa shared with us the charism statement of her order: We, as MSC Sisters, are called to make Jesus known and loved everywhere. Sister feels that this gives her and her Sisters the freedom to be exactly who God calls them to be as His witnesses in the world. The Sisters are nurses, doctors, social workers, teachers…it’s an endless list of professional women sent out into the world to minister to God’s people.

You might be surprised to learn that there are MSC Sisters serving the 300 workers of the Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey Circus! Sr. Dorothy and Sr. Bernard, who once served in Papua New Guinea, have worked for ten years as teachers and catechists for the child performers and children of the circus workers, most of whom are Catholic and from mission countries. As they travel to perform, the children obviously need to be taught to read and write, but they most importantly need the consistency of Catholic Religious Education. The sisters provide it all, including sacramental preparation; on October 15th, there will be seven First Holy Communions, six Confirmations and a wedding celebrated at St. Michael’s Church in North Andover as the circus makes a stop in the Archdiocese of Boston!

Sister Lisa has been a foreign missionary in Peru, Mexico, Haiti and the Dominican Republic where she was called by God to be a teacher. She is quick to remind us, however, that we are all called to be missionaries, no matter where we live or what our work is because we are baptized. This gives us all a share in her Sisters’ charism: to make Jesus Christ known and loved to the ends of the earth.

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