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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.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Missionaries Bring the World to Boston

Recently I welcomed to our offices in the Pastoral Center in Braintree, MA Abbot Matthew Nguyen Ba Linh, the Superior of the Cistercian Abbey of Our Lady of Divine Grace in Vung Tau City, Vietnam. The area occupied by Vung Tau City includes the Mekong Delta, the extreme southern end of the Mekong River, and the area around Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), Vietnam. He was in the Archdiocese to visit with two seminarians from his monastery who are enrolled at Blessed John XXIII National Seminary in Weston. He wanted to meet with me in order to request support for his religious community through participation in our Missionary Cooperative Plan for 2011. The Missionary Cooperative Plan brings representatives of various religious communities into the parishes of our Archdiocese so that our parishioners may have the opportunity to support their missionary activities.

Abbot Matthew presented a sort of “happy dilemma” to me. His monastery is bursting at the seams with vocations. He has a community of eighty-five men, and their average age is below forty. It always strikes me that the Church flourishes most in those parts of our world where it has to struggle to live and grow. He is anxious to build bigger facilities including a larger monastery building and a retreat center that will accommodate both men and women. At present, his retreat facilities are available only to men and he told me that women are complaining that they cannot make a retreat there!

Any new construction requires the permission of the Communist government. Abbot Matthew told me that they have already secured this permission. His major obstacle is funding and he is looking to The Society for the Propagation of the Faith for any assistance we can provide. I assured him that we will include his religious community in the Missionary Cooperative Plan for the coming year.

In your prayers, please remember Abbot Matthew and the monks in his community who have to work much harder to practice the faith that we often take for granted.

For more information on the missionaries who bring the world to Boston and become part of our One Family in Mission visit our website at www.propfaithboston.org.
Rev. Rodney J. Copp, J.C.L.

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