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Sharing the Mission Ministry: From Boston to Luweero, Uganda

Every day, missionaries are hard at work spreading the Gospel because of the support of The Society for the Propagation of the Faith.  At the behest of the Holy Father, our brothers and sisters are served in places where they are  too poor for even an address: places where many have come to know that the people of Boston can be relied on for prayerful support.

An example of this generosity came from one of our inner city parishes: St. Patrick Church in Roxbury, MA. A parishioner donated to a mission priest through our Missionary Cooperative Plan who had spoken of catechists – local men and women in Africa who run Sunday worship services in remote outstations in the absence of a priest. These catechists and their spouses may walk over 10 miles to their mud-walled chapels. Father told the Boston parish that for $100, he could buy a bicycle so the catechists’  “commute” time was cut significantly, allowing them to spend more time in faith formation. When a parishioner handed Father that exact amount after Mass, a promise was made: a bicycle would be purchased.

In June 2011, a member of our staff was privileged to visit the Archdiocese of Tororo, Uganda, a remote, mountainous place. After touring a local parish, she was asked to cover her eyes and was led outside. There proudly stood the parish catechist, Joseph and his wife Robin, with their new bicycle. A metal plate hung from the cross bar that read: Donated by Cesar, Boston USA.

<p>Joseph said that every Sunday, he and Robin used to walk 13 miles to lead the worship service and faith formation classes at his outstation. Now thanks to Boston, they ride. He said as he pedals, he prays, “Thank you God, for Boston!” They now know we are all part of the same family no matter how far apart we live.

To share in the ministry of catechists like Joseph and Robin, who carry the Good News to the most rural outposts of the missions, click on our Donate Now button at the top of the page.

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