The Society for the Propagation of the Faith, also known as The Diocesan Mission Office, is the official agency that assists the missions, both nationally and internationally. Three programs are directly under the authority of the Holy Father in Rome. These Pontifical Mission Societies are:
Society For the Propagation of the Faith
This is the principal mission organization. Its purpose is to raise funds to support the Holy Father’s missionary activities throughout the world.
Society of St. Peter the Apostle
Its main purpose is to raise money for the formation and education of priests and religious in mission lands. The Summer Appeal is its largest source of income.
Holy Childhood Association
This is a program of primary school children helping other children around the world.
Three Annual Appeals
The national office of the Pontifical Mission Societies directs three special appeals each year: during Lent, during the Summer, and at Christmas. These collections are sent to Rome to help the Holy Father continue his worldwide mission efforts.
Missionary Co-Op Plan
Each year, several hundred missionary organizations request to preach for funds in our diocesan parishes, to help maintain their congregations, seminaries, convents and evangelization efforts. The Mission Office examines the requests, then selects and assigns parishes for them to make their appeals. The funds collected when the visiting missionary speaks are sent to the office and then forwarded to the corresponding bishop or superior. for more information on the MCP.
Over many years, our diocese has had many mission circles of men and women who devote their efforts to study, prayer and the raising of funds to support the missions. Often they have a special missionary for whom they strive to help spiritually and financially.
You may want to join one of these circles or begin a new one. For information, please call our office.
Information about working in the missions is available from our office. Please call (216) 696-6525 x4240 for more information.