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.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

A Rich Mission History

Here in the Archdiocese of Boston, we have been blessed by the work of many Mission-minded people. From the founding of Maryknoll by Fr. James Anthony Walsh to the beginnings of the Missionary Society of St. James the Apostle by Richard Cardinal Cushing, the Mission Office in Boston has been the “Hub of the World” for missionaries for over 100 years.

Msgr. Bill Glynn and Msgr. Andrew Connell followed in some large footsteps and made their own marks on the Propagation of the Faith office, promoting the holiest work of the Church in parishes and schools across the Archdiocese.

Most recently, we have been led by Fr. Tom Kopp, who now moves on to continue serving as Rector of St. Anselm’s in Sudbury. In just three years in the office, Fr. Kopp oversaw many changes, most dramatically the move to our new, beautiful home at the Pastoral Center in Braintree. Our website – – was launched under his direction, bringing the missions alive online and embracing Pope Benedict XVI’s call for the use of new media to promote the work of the Church. During his tenure as our leader, he travelled to Ecuador as part of a 50 person delegation representing the United States for CAM3, the Pan-American Mission Congress, and met in Lima Peru with the members of the St. James Society.

We wish Fr. Tom Kopp Godspeed, knowing that he will carry his great heart for the Missions wherever he goes.

We extend a hearty welcome to our new Director, Fr. Rodney J. Copp, J.C.L. Fr. Copp will remain pastor of St. Charles Borromeo Parish in Waltham in addition to his new role as the Director for all four Pontifical Mission Societies as of June 14. “I am honored by the confidence that Cardinal Sean is showing in me to serve in this important position,” said Fr. Copp. “It is a privilege to follow in the footsteps of Fr. Tom Kopp, who has done so much good in this area, and to be able to work closely with our missions in places such as Latin America, Asia, Africa and elsewhere.”

As one chapter enters the history books here in Boston, another begins. We pray that this one will be as fruitful for the Missions as all the others before them have been!

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