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, October 13, 2010

Peace and Justice in the Name of Christ

We recently welcomed Father Michael Montoya, MJ to our offices in Braintree, MA. Father Michael is a member of the Missionaries of Jesus, a religious community of priests and brothers founded in the Philippines in 2002. Their charism or gift is best expressed in the words of their own constitutions—to be called and inspired by the mission and humanity of Jesus, who calls us to “make disciples of all nations.” The Missionaries of Jesus minister in the Philippines, Guatemala, Papua New Guinea, and in the United States. They educate seminarians who will become missionary priests and work to train lay people as catechists and lay (pastoral) leaders in order to equip them to bring the message of the Gospel to those who might otherwise never hear it, or who may see a priest only occasionally.

Furthermore, their ministry is not confined solely to bringing spiritual values to bear on the everyday lives of the people to whom they are sent, but rather embraces the material needs of the people given into their care. The Missionaries of Jesus fund and operate literacy programs, provide scholarships for deserving and poor students, make available health care for aging and sick missionary priests, in addition to providing health care services for the people who live in their mission outposts. The members of the Missionaries of Jesus seek to raise the “mission awareness” of everyone in the Church and to remind us that, by baptism, everyone is called to live and proclaim Gospel truths and values. This is beautifully summarized in a prayer found on their website:

Look upon us, Jesus. Give us the patience to sit down and marvel at your wonders—alive, yet hidden, in cultures and beliefs other than our own. Grant us the grace to discover you in the midst of our busy lives. Instill in us the patience of a woodcarver in carefully removing the things that hide your face. Shape us into more devoted missionaries eager to make you, and not ourselves, known. Mold us so that we become worthy friends and disciples.

Please continue to pray for Father Michael and for all those courageous men and women, both religious and lay, who labor heroically to bring the Good News of Christ to far away places. For more information on the missionary activity of our Church, please visit our website at http://www.propfaithboston.org/.

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