Frequently Asked Questions
The Pontifical Mission Societies consist of 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. The Pontifical Mission Societies have, as their primary purpose, the promotion of a universal missionary spirit — a spirit of prayer and sacrifice — among all baptized Catholics.
In the Archdiocese of Boston, we are located at 66 Brooks Drive, Braintree, Massachusetts, 02184. We are present in every (Arch)diocese in the world. National Offices exist in more than 120 countries including the United States whose office is in New York City. Central administrative offices are located at the Vatican under the direction of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples. Cardinal Luis Tagle is the Prefect of the Congregation.
Reporting to the Holy Father, the Pontifical Mission Societies are institutions of the Universal Church and of each local church. We are recognized in the Catholic Church as the principal instrument for educating the faithful to an awareness of the Church’s universal mission and for encouraging their support, in prayer and sacrifice, for the evangelizing mission of the Church among two-thirds of the human family.
Offerings from Catholics in the United States are combined with offerings to The Societies from Catholics worldwide to form the General Solidarity Fund. Mission territories receive regular annual assistance. In addition, these territories may submit requests to the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples for assistance for many needs. Among them are catechetical programs; seminaries; education; orphanages; health care; communication and transportation needs; and the building of chapels and churches. These needs are then matched with the funds gathered each year.
The world’s national directors of the Pontifical Mission Societies vote on these requests, matching the funds available with the greatest of needs for help. All of the General Fund is distributed in its entirety each year.
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