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.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

World Mission Sunday – All Are Welcome!

Say “missions” today and most think of Africa and Asia, of faraway places where the poor hear the “Good News” of Jesus and experience the Lord’s great love through the work and witness of missionaries.

But just over a century ago, the “missions” were right here at home, and missionaries from Europe proclaimed the Gospel and served the poor on our shores, all motivated by the command of Jesus to “go, make disciples of all nations.”

One of these missionaries was a young French Bishop, Charles Forbin Janson. Upon his return from his trip to America and Canada, he decided to make a difference by involving the school children of France in praying and sacrificing for other children who had yet to hear the Good news of Jesus proclaimed. This movement became the Holy Childhood Association, the “younger sibling” of the Propagation of the Faith and is now present in every diocese in the world, including of course, our own.

Every week, our “One Family in Mission” grows – this week saw the students from Our Lady Queen of Saints Home School program become members. Eager to embrace the idea that we are all called to be missionaries no matter our age or station in life, these children are excited to also share in our yearly “Family Reunion”: the celebration of World Mission Sunday.

On October 24, 2010 at 2 PM at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross, Cardinal Sean O’Malley will celebrate the Eucharist as missionaries, cultural groups, school children, donors to the missions and Catholics from across the Archdiocese gather to unite ourselves in prayer for the spread of the Gospel. Mass will be followed by a reception in the Cathedral High School gymnasium.

At the reception, missionaries will be at every table to share their own stories with those in attendance; ethnic choirs will entertain us with music from their own countries and light refreshments will be served.

Please consider this post your personal invitation to attend. We hope that every reader will join us on this very special day, when every Catholic Church in the world celebrates what makes us truly Catholic – the call to spread the Gospel to the ends of the earth!

For more information on World Mission Sunday, please visit our website at To RSVP, call 617-542-1776 or email [email protected].

Peace and Justice in the Name of Christ

We recently welcomed Father Michael Montoya, MJ to our offices in Braintree, MA. Father Michael is a member of the Missionaries of Jesus, a religious community of priests and brothers founded in the Philippines in 2002. Their charism or gift is best expressed in the words of their own constitutions—to be called and inspired by the mission and humanity of Jesus, who calls us to “make disciples of all nations.” The Missionaries of Jesus minister in the Philippines, Guatemala, Papua New Guinea, and in the United States. They educate seminarians who will become missionary priests and work to train lay people as catechists and lay (pastoral) leaders in order to equip them to bring the message of the Gospel to those who might otherwise never hear it, or who may see a priest only occasionally.

Furthermore, their ministry is not confined solely to bringing spiritual values to bear on the everyday lives of the people to whom they are sent, but rather embraces the material needs of the people given into their care. The Missionaries of Jesus fund and operate literacy programs, provide scholarships for deserving and poor students, make available health care for aging and sick missionary priests, in addition to providing health care services for the people who live in their mission outposts. The members of the Missionaries of Jesus seek to raise the “mission awareness” of everyone in the Church and to remind us that, by baptism, everyone is called to live and proclaim Gospel truths and values. This is beautifully summarized in a prayer found on their website:

Look upon us, Jesus. Give us the patience to sit down and marvel at your wonders—alive, yet hidden, in cultures and beliefs other than our own. Grant us the grace to discover you in the midst of our busy lives. Instill in us the patience of a woodcarver in carefully removing the things that hide your face. Shape us into more devoted missionaries eager to make you, and not ourselves, known. Mold us so that we become worthy friends and disciples.

Please continue to pray for Father Michael and for all those courageous men and women, both religious and lay, who labor heroically to bring the Good News of Christ to far away places. For more information on the missionary activity of our Church, please visit our website at