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.

Friday, July 26, 2013

Giving Mothers and Babies a Chance in the Missions

One of the great blessings of this ministry is the relationships made with others who share the work around the world.  Whether that connection is made through email or in person, we truly feel we are members of One Family in Mission, working constantly to help each other awaken a missionary spirit in the people of our own dioceses and countries.

Fr. Bernard at St. Peter's, Plymouth
Few have been better brothers to me than Fr. Bernard Makadani Zulu, National Director of the Pontifical Mission Societies for Zambia. Fr. Bernard is known to regular readers as my host during my mission experience in his country in June 2011. He is also known across the Archdiocese of Boston as a participant in our office’s Mission Co Operative program during 2012; he came from Zambia for five weeks and preached mission appeals for the Propagation of the Faith in Whitman, Holliston, Bellingham, Reading and Methuen. He also spoke to Religious Education children in Plymouth for the Missionary Childhood Association! He touched so many here in the Archdiocese and continues that work through emails, letters and pictures that he sends to our office so that we can do our job – informing you, our donors, about the vital work being done because of your prayers and sacrifices.

Fr. Bernard has shared a letter and pictures with me from one of the most vital programs run in a Zambian diocese - that of helping HIV positive mothers and their babies.  In a letter from Sr. Rosa Margarita, Fr. Bernard was told that thanks to support from the Propagation of the Faith, the Mother and Infant Care program in Mongu, Zambia has met and even exceeded their goal of reducing the transmission of HIV from mother to baby through breast milk by 80% in the program participants.  Their methods are simple – educating HIV positive mothers about the necessity of using baby formula instead of breastfeeding and providing an easy way to clean and store water to make the formula in a sanitary manner. The mothers also receive other nutritional supplements for themselves and their babies and further their own vocational training.

Sr. Rosa says, “To improve the lives of those who are directly affected by this pandemic illness, it is essential to support them in personal, social, spiritual, and intellectual ways, achieving a holistic approach to each one of the mothers and through them to their families.”
To all donors, she writes, “This note also goes to you full of gratitude for your kindness in thinking of and helping our people in Mongu. As you know the reality here is very hard and the help received counts a lot. God bless you.”

To read more about the vital work being done through your generosity and prayers, visit
-Maureen Crowley Heil

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