World Mission Sunday, Oct. 21-22
On World Mission Sunday, Catholics around the world unite to recommit to their missionary identity. This is an appeal of the Society for the Propagation of the Faith, which supports our brothers and sisters in over 1,150 mission dioceses worldwide. This year’s theme, Mission of the Little Flock, calls to mind the places where the mission Church is small, marginalized and persecuted – the little flocks of Jesus. An example is the mission Diocese of Vijayapuram, India, where the Church is a minority supporting the poor and disenfranchised. For World Mission Sunday materials, Click Here>>
Archeparchy of Damascus, Syria and the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis
The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis and the Maronite Archeparchy of Damascus, Syria, a Church very much in need, are in the process of developing a spiritual and material relationship appropriate for both dioceses. Center for Mission Director, Mickey Friesen and Chorbishop Sharbel Maroun, in St. Paul, have connected with Archeparch Samir Nassar in Damascus, Syria. A steering committee has been formed and discussions are underway. As planned, the Archdiocese will forward a financial gift to Damascus from a portion of the Holy Land appeal on Good Friday.
The Pontifical Good Friday Collection for the Holy Land took place in parishes on Good Friday, April 14, 2017. This year, in response to the U.S. Bishops’ call to solidarity with suffering refugees and persecuted peoples, including Christians, in the countries of the Holy Land, donations that were taken in our archdiocese above previous Holy Land collection totals were to support the humanitarian needs of our brothers and sisters in the Archeparchy of Damascus, Syria. Thanks to all of you and your generosity, we are forwarding over $58,000 to the Archeparchy of Damascus, Syria!
2017 Annual Writing Contest Winners
CHECK OUT THE WINNERS OF THE 2017 WRITING CONTEST!! Congrats to all the winners and thank you to all of the over 700 students who submitted entries. To see winners, Click Here>>
Missionary Cooperation Plan (MCP)
Applications for 2018 are now being accepted! If you are interested in participating in the Missionary Cooperation Plan, applications are now available Click Here>> Download the file to your computer, fill it in, save it for yourself and email (or mail) back to us. If you have questions, contact Mickey Friesen, Click Here>>
The Center for Mission accepts mass stipend donations and coordinates distribution to mission dioceses for the celebration of requested intentions. For Mass Stipend Form, Click Here>>