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.

Sunday, December 30, 2012

From Generation to Generation

One of the most interesting and rewarding aspects of my assignment as Archdiocesan Director is the correspondence sent to our office but directed specifically to me—the personal notes that people take the time to write.  Their life stories are varied and special and I am often struck by the fact that many of these folks are the second or third generation in a family to have special interest in the missions. 

This past week I received a delightful note from one of our loyal supporters who provided me with a look into her own history of involvement in the work of the missions.  Having lost her mother at the age of seven, she was raised by an eighty-four year old great aunt.  It was from this great aunt that “Mary” learned a love for the missionary work of the Church.  She herself is now retired at the age of eighty-four, and wrote to share her story with me.

My aunt was a faithful donor.  Perpetual memberships for our souls were given to branches of our family.  The Lord took my aunt home…at the age of 102.  As a young teacher I wrote a check each month in her name.  Someday when I drive to the Pastoral Center I will drop in to say hello.  I thank the Lord each day for my spiritual heritage.

I look forward to meeting “Mary” in person at our offices in Braintree.  She is a great example of the way spiritual values and priorities are communicated from one generation to another.  Although her mother’s untimely death must have been very difficult, she was fortunate to receive from her great aunt the timeless lessons of devotion and faith that are alive and vibrant in her heart even today.

We are always happy to welcome visitors to our offices at The Society for the Propagation of the Faith.  Simply give us a call at 617.542.1776 to arrange a convenient time for you to visit us.

The following people have been enrolled as Perpetual Members in
The Society for the Propagation of the Faith
Paul & Nancy Perreault, Mr. & Mrs. Gary Ferry, Mary Santagata, Marcia Haggerty Sharr, Dr. Mildred F. Jefferson, John E. Conway, Robert P. Balzarini, Fr. Emil Kapaun, Nellie Gray, Neil Armstrong, Rev. Msgr. John A. Abucewicz, Rose M. Brown, James P. Attridge, Alfred R. Vogel, Henry C. Mazurkiewicz, Rev. John R. Mescall, C.P., Edward E. Stapleton, William & Patricia Simone, Josephine Lemay, Michael A. Stott, Josephine Maade, Joseph A. Tosney, Jr. Edward M. Donnelly, The Family of Joseph & Alice O’Donnell.
-Rev. Rodney J. Copp, JCL

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