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.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Feed the Body, Feed the Soul

Each year every parish in the Archdiocese of Boston hosts a visiting missionary in order to participate in the Missionary Cooperative Program of the Society for the Propagation of the Faith. These missionaries may be bishops, priests, men or women members of religious communities, or lay representatives of various missionary groups. Your generosity to these missionaries enables them to carry out the work of preaching the Gospel in ways that would otherwise be impossible.

The Archdiocese of Boston has been fortunate to number among its native sons several bishops who shepherd missionary dioceses across the globe. One of these dedicated missionaries is Bishop Paul Duffy, a member of the Oblates of Mary Immaculate and the bishop of Mongu in the Western Province of Zambia. Bishop Duffy grew up in Saint Catherine Parish in Norwood and is the first bishop of the Mongu diocese, established in 1997. The diocese includes more than 66,000 Catholics in only thirteen parishes. Under Bishop Duffy’s leadership, several new initiatives have taken place. The number of parishes serving over 66,000 Catholics in the diocese has increased from nine to fourteen. He has also increased the numbers of the diocesan clergy, and welcomed five new congregations of Women Religious to minister there.

According to the information on the Bishop’s blog: the Western Province is the poorest and least developed of Zambia’s nine provinces. Hence the poverty is very evident and is a challenge for the Church. Great efforts are being made to uplift the lives of the people, encouraging them to become self-reliant. This means that, in addition to addressing the spiritual needs of his people, Bishop Duffy has to be concerned with their material welfare as well. Like many missionaries, he depends heavily on the support provided by the Missionary Cooperative program. Our Missionary Cooperative Program will begin shortly. When a missionary visits your parish, please remember to be generous with your financial support and with your prayers.

For more information on the work of the Society of the Propagation of the Faith, please visit our website,
-Rev. Rodney J. Copp, JCL

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