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.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

One Picture is Worth A Thousand Words

One of my most pleasant tasks as Archdiocesan Director is getting to know on an individual basis some of the missionaries who come to our offices requesting assistance with their various apostolates.  When I was first appointed as Director one of the missionaries I met almost immediately was Father Mathew Perumpil, MI, a member of the Society of Saint Camillus (Camillians).  For the past two years Father Mathew has brought his story to the people in our parishes through the Missionary Cooperative Program (MCP), soliciting your support for the SNEHA Care Children’s Home in Bangalore, India.   
 The Camillians recently marked the twenty-seventh anniversary of their ministry in the Archdiocese of Bangalore, India.  There they operate a multifaceted program directed toward helping those who suffer from HIV/AIDS.  While they minister to people of all ages, their major focus is assisting children who are outcasts and victims.  They operate the SNEHA Care Home for orphaned children with HIV.  There they provide a loving and protective living situation, a value-based education, psychosocial support, medical care, a home free from stress and prejudice, and improved confidence and self-esteem.

Father Mathew met with me this week to update me on the progress of his work and to request inclusion in our Archdiocesan Missionary Cooperative Program for 2014.  The program has grown and expanded, providing essential services and support to the most neglected and abused children.  He told me during our meeting that governmental assistance to his program has all but disappeared, highlighting the crucial importance of funds that he is able to raise through the MCP in Boston and in other dioceses in the United States.  The faces of the children in the accompanying picture tell the story better than I could.  In their name, and in my own, I thank you most sincerely for your generous financial support of MCP and for your prayers for its continued success.  
Rev. Rodney J. Copp, JCL

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