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.

Thursday, June 27, 2013

It’s a Small (Mission) World

This week, we had the pleasure of hosting Fr. Denis Treacy, a Mill Hill Missionary and cousin of Mary Myers from the Pastoral Center.  Fr. Denis has been a missionary priest for over forty years, thirty seven of them in Kisii, Kenya.  When he first arrived in Kisii, there were no local clergy; he served with fellow missionary priests.  Fr. Denis told me he considers it one of the greatest successes of his mission that when he left, the opposite was true – most of the clergy were Kenyan.
Through his work, and the work of many others, the Catholic faith had taken root in Kisii and many men had answered God’s call to the priesthood.  They were able to do so with the help of The Society of St. Peter Apostle, one of our Church’s four Pontifical Mission Societies and a “brother” Society to the Propagation of the Faith. 
Every year, in mission seminaries worldwide, The Society of St. Peter Apostle grants $700 scholarships to men studying for the priesthood.  The remainder of their fees is covered by their home dioceses, many of whom struggle to meet their part.  Those dioceses are also faced with a “problem” we would love to have here in Boston: an abundance of vocations.  Unfortunately, due to a lack of funding, some young men are asked to delay their seminary training or are turned away altogether.
Fr. Dennis Treacy, mhm and Maureen at the PMS Boston office
As Fr. Treacy and I discussed his time in Kenya as well as his work for Missio, the British version of the Pontifical Mission Societies, he showed interest in our various mission education materials produced by our office for schools and parishes.  As I showed him our Cardinal Cushing Club donor calendar, he spotted a photo on my desk.  In it, I am greeting two visiting mission priests who were in Boston for our World Mission Sunday celebration last October.  “I know this man!” Father exclaimed.  “I helped him through his seminary training in Kenya!”
Fr. Peter, AJ, Maureen and Fr. Richard, AJ
Fr. Richard O'Nyamwaro, AJ, now stationed as an Apostles of Jesus missionary priest in the Diocese of Allentown, PA, had been able to say a resounding “YES!” to God’s call to the priesthood because a missionary had been in place in Kenya to lead the O’Nyamwaro family to the Catholic faith.  Fr. Richard has become our good friend and collaborator through mission appeals done here in Boston to support his own mission work.
This summer, please consider making a gift to the Society of St. Peter Apostle for the education of seminarians in the missions so that more “small (mission) world” stories can be told.
-Maureen Crowley Heil

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