The Church is missionary by its nature. Catholics seeking to understand their baptismal call to mission benefit from opportunities to deepen their faith and missionary vocation. The Office of Mission promotes a universal missionary spirit in the hearts and minds of the people of God through the Society for the Propagation of the Faith, the Society of St. Peter the Apostle, the Missionary Childhood Association and the Missionary Union of Priests and Religious.
The Pontifical Mission Societies
Founded in 1822 by Blessed Pauline Marie Jaricot, The Pontifical Mission Societies support the proclamation of the Gospel, the building of the Church, and the work and witness of mission priests, religious, and lay pastoral leaders. These missionaries provide food, education, pastoral care, and medical care to the most vulnerable communities in the Pope’s missions.
There are four Pontifical Mission Societies. Each of the Pontifical Mission Societies has its own specific identity and goal. They are united in spirit and intent to promote a generous mission spirit among the people of God.
Under the jurisdiction of the Pope, these organizations include the Society for the Propagation of the Faith, the Society of St. Peter the Apostle, the Missionary Childhood Association and the Missionary Union of Priests and Religious.
The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Washington supports The Pontifical Mission Societies through education, parish outreach, and annual collections, including World Mission Sunday.
How Can You Help?
• Pray daily for the Church’s mission work and invoke the intercession of St. Francis Xavier and St. Thérèse of Lisieux, patrons of mission.
• Give generously during mission collections, including World Mission Sunday.
• Remember the Office of Mission and The Pontifical Mission Societies when writing or changing your will.
• Encourage your school or parish to participate in the Missionary Childhood Association and use their educational materials.
Mass Offered by a Mission Priest
Through Mass intentions and donations, the Office of Mission supports many priests who are either part of a missionary religious order or living in a mission diocese. A mission priest will celebrate Mass for your personal intention or for a friend or family member, living or deceased. A $10 donation is asked for each Mass requested.
To request a Mass for your intention, note on the check’s memo section “Mass Stipend” and send a check, along with your intention, to:
The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Washington
Office of Mission
P.O. Box 29260