The Center for Mission represents two international institutions for the Archdiocese of St Paul and Minneapolis.
Pontifical Mission Societies
The Center for Mission is the Archdiocesan contact for the Pontifical Mission Societies in America – the official international network for the universal Catholic mission activity under the patronage of the Holy Father. Activities and appeals are generated by the Center for Mission to support these societies. They include:
– The Society for the Propagation of Faith: seeks prayer, service and financial support for the Church’s missionary work and provides ongoing help for the pastoral and evangelizing programs of the Church of Africa, Asia, the Pacific Islands and Latin America.
– The Society of St. Peter Apostle: encourages prayer and financial support for the vocations of priesthood, religious life and lay leaders in mission dioceses.
– The Missionary Childhood Association: (new name for Holy Childhood Association) helps to cultivate the missionary spirit among children and to animate the universal dimensions of their Catholic faith with emphasis on relieving the suffering and improving the lives of the world’s children. Activities promote “children helping children.”
– The Missionary Union: is a spiritual apostolate that assists in the formation of local pastoral leaders, catechists and religious educators in the missionary life of the Church so that they may animate others in the missionary spirit.
Catholic Relief Service
The Center for Mission also serves as the archdiocesan contact for Catholic Relief Services (CRS), the international and local relief and development arm of the Catholic Church in the United States. Established in 1943 to help refugees fleeing the devastation of World War II, CRS has expanded to serving in over 100 countries providing relief during times of catastrophe and ongoing development toward building self-sustaining and peaceful communities.
CRS is rooted in the Catholic social principle of global solidarity and strives to offer bridges for U.S. Catholics to reach beyond their own national borders and to engage the global concerns of our time through actions of mutuality, compassion and justice. Many of these actions of solidarity include disaster relief, prayer, advocacy and political responsibility, outreach, economic development and more.
Examples of CRS activity in the archdiocese include disaster relief appeals, Lenten Rice Bowl, immigration and DACA, Fair Trade, human trafficking, and other very important global concerns. Occasionally, the Center for Mission will host speakers from CRS in the archdiocese. In 2016, Lane Bunkers, from Kenya and Somalia, and Kevin Hartigan, from the Middle East, spoke at the archdiocese to share their CRS inspiring stories.
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