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In 1916, Father Paolo Manna, a PIME missionary serving in Myanmar (then called Burma), envisioned an organization that would help him to share the spiritual graces he had received through his work in bringing the “Good News” of Christ to others. He wanted to encourage those already engaged in the work of the Church to support the work of the Missions — and perhaps to become missionaries themselves. And so, he formed the Missionary Union of Priests and Religious.

Today, this spiritual apostolate started by this Italian missionary continues to address itself to those called to bring Catholics to a better understanding of their baptismal responsibility for the church’s missionary work — to priests, Religious, seminarians, pastoral leaders and those engaged in catechesis and religious education.

In fact, the success of the efforts of the three other missionary societies is linked to the vitality of the Missionary Union, because it is through this work that the missionary spirit –– a spirit of prayer and generous sacrifice – is developed and nurtured. Animators inspiring other animators to carry out the baptismal mandate to “go to all nations and proclaim the ‘Good News'” is what inspires so many men and women, Religious and lay to witness and share their faith with so many more.

Happy 10th Anniversary Missionary Childhood Zambia!

“Make Yourself Neighbors”

Very often, when we give to the missions we think of the material support sent to those living in circumstances less blessed than our own. We are not the only “givers”, however. One of the goals of the Missionary Childhood Association is to teach children worldwide that everyone has something to give through prayer and personal sacrifice. Recently, the children of the Zambia came together to prove just that. The students gathered to celebrate 10 years of their participation in the programs of MCA, not just by receiving, because they are a mission diocese, but by giving as well. For three days, thousands of children gathered, dressed in the colors of the World Mission Rosary to learn about and pray for the children of the continents that their clothing represented. Because they understand that our shared faith in Jesus Christ makes us all connected they chose as their theme “Make Yourself Neighbors”

These MCA members learned about their own baptismal call to be missionaries and spread the Good News to everyone. Meet James Moonga, a fourth grade student at the St. Charles Lwanga School in the Diocese of Monze, Zambia and a member of the Missionary Childhood Association. James is wearing his World Mission Rosary and eating a lunch of cabbage, beans and nsima, a traditional food of his country. The food for James and his fellow HCA members was provided by the Diocese through sacrifices made by MCA member around the world! James is very proud that last year, he and his fellow students in Zambia were able to sacrifice $5300.00 for other children in the missions around the world through the Missionary Childhood Association – up from 4140.00 given last year.

Zambia’s Missionary Childhood members send a message:

We are praying for you!

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.

Sharing in the Mission Ministry

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.

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 faith 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.

Christ the King Seminary

Christ the King Seminary is owned and run by the Archdiocese of Nyeri, Kenya. Men come from all of Kenya to study in three schools of formation — Spirituality, Philosophy and Theology — within one compound. Currently, there are 242 men studying there for the priesthood.

The annual cost of the education that they receive is about $1200 per student. This year, 28 will be ordained to the priesthood and 39 to the Diaconate. The men work at the compound cleaning, painting and farming to help support the seminary.

When they are not busy with their studies and work, the seminarians enjoy sports which they not only play amongst themselves but also compete against neighboring institutions.

The seminary encourages them to join clubs to promote their talents in communications, debating and writing. The men meet regularly in small Christian communities to share the Word of God and pray together.

The seminarians and their faculty depend upon the St. Peter Apostle Society for their educational support.

Recently, Christ the King Seminary released a CD of their choir. Click below to see and hear them praise the Word of God in song and dance! Please pray for these men as they study to become priests, ordained for the universal Church.

To purchase the full CD, with all proceeds going to the Seminary, please contact: mheil@propfaithboston.org