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, December 29, 2012

Sharing the Good News

As most of you know, every parish in the Archdiocese hosts a visiting missionary once a year as part of our Missionary Cooperative Program.  This program operates in every diocese under the direction of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, and is administered in the Archdiocese of Boston by The Society for the Propagation of the Faith.  This provides a twofold opportunity to our parishioners—to learn more about the missionary activity of the Church, and to have the opportunity to support that work with their prayers and sacrificial offerings.

The Stigmatine Fathers and Brothers are well known in the Archdiocese of Boston.  Their ongoing ministry at the Espousal Conference Center in Waltham has long made a significant contribution to the spiritual lives of Catholics all over the Archdiocese.  Less well known, however, is their work in the foreign missions.  It may surprise some people to know that there is a strong link between the Stigmatine Community in Waltham and their missionary activity in Thailand where they have ministered since 1952.

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Central to that link is the life and ministry of an American priest, Father Charles Dolan.  Father Dolan, a New Hampshire native and member of the American province, spent most of his life and ministry working in Thailand.  Beginning in 1959 as a newly-ordained priest he gave of himself tirelessly until ill health forced his retirement in 2011.  Even then, in his work as mission coordinator for the Stigmatine Community from his home in Waltham, he managed to make a yearly return trip to Thailand where his heart remained.  It was fitting that he was called home to God on January 28, 2011 at the age of 83, as he was on his way to make his annual visit to the people of his adopted country.  Father Dolan’s example of dedication to the Thai people remains as a great testimony to the work of every missionary who sacrifices generously to bring the Gospel to those who otherwise would never hear it.

We are grateful to the people of the Archdiocese of Boston who support the work of missionaries like Father Dolan through participation in the Missionary Cooperative Program.
-Rev. Rodney J. Copp, JCL

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