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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.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Take Nothing for Granted

A few weeks ago I wrote to you about my experience of meeting one of our missionary bishops, Bishop Bejoy D’Cruze, OMI.  He is the bishop of the new diocese of Sylhet in Bangladesh and was a guest at the recent Annual Meeting of the Pontifical Mission Societies.  The bishop is a delightful man who clearly enjoys his work in this very rural and poor diocese.  I never saw him without a smile on his face.
Unfortunately, a little over a week ago Bishop D’Cruze suffered a life-threatening heart attack.  He was in the Archdiocese of San Antonio taking part in their Missionary Co Operative Program, speaking in parishes about the missionary activity of the Church and about his diocese in particular.  He is a relatively young man and appeared to be reasonably healthy.  However, he had several severe blockages in his coronary arteries.  Approximately one week ago he underwent a quadruple bypass and the latest information we have is that he is recovering. 
I bring this to your attention for two reasons.  First, I ask that you include the bishop in your prayers for his speedy and complete recovery.  He is desperately needed in his diocese and we pray that he will be able to return there in good health as soon as possible.  Second, his story highlights the tremendous gap that exists between much of the world and us.  In our own country, emergencies like this are common and sophisticated care is usually readily available.  Had Bishop D’Cruze returned to Bangladesh before suffering this heart attack, it is likely that he may not have survived.  He would have been far removed from any kind of advanced medical help and could not have withstood the arduous journey needed to receive that intervention.
Bishop D'Cruze (second,left) with Cardinal Sean O'Malley of Boston,and  Fr. Rod Copp and Maureen Crowley Heil of The Pontifical Mission Societies of Boston
Please continue to pray for Bishop D’Cruze’s recovery.  And take a moment to reflect on the many blessings we enjoy in our country—blessings that much of the world can only imagine.  For more information on the missionary work of the Church, see our website, www.propfaithboston.orgClick below to hear Bishop D’Cruze himself thank you for being a donor to the missions through our office here in Boston.
Rev. Rodney J. Copp, JCL

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