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Mission in Action

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Catholic Mission encourages Australians and our friends around the world to put Christ’s mission into action – to reach out, give life and call all people in the world to faith, justice and love.

This happens through:

Educating and forming Australians in mission

Providing mission leadership formation, educational services and resources throughout Australia.

Engaging Australians in global mission

Offering opportunities and inviting Australians to participate in the work of mission and justice through prayer, action, giving and cross-cultural immersion.

Partnering with local churches and communities in 1,100 dioceses worldwide

Through spiritual and pastoral care and building programs, both overseas and in remote Australia. In so doing Catholic Mission continues the work of nourishing the hungry and thirsty; welcoming the stranger, ostracised and lonely; clothing the naked; protecting the vulnerable; visiting and going out to the sick and incarcerated (Cf. Matthew 25:35-37); teaching and healing (Cf. Matthew 9:35).

Fostering local Church leadership

Through funding vital training for emerging Church leaders in communities that are poor, throughout the world. This includes local priests, deacons, religious, lay leaders and catechists as servants of their people. In so doing Catholic Mission continues the work of caring and teaching; celebrating the sacrament of life; ensuring that there are the necessary leaders to serve the community and to preside in the sacramental moments of its life; and praying for all people in need (Cf. Matthew 9:36-38).

Encouraging children to care for children

Through the support of education, healthcare, shelter, food and personal development programs. It also invites the wider community to support children’s initiatives. In so doing Catholic Mission continues the work of giving special preference to those children who are the most vulnerable—the most in need—in the name of Jesus, as welcoming Jesus himself (Cf. Matthew 18:5).

Reach Out, Give Life

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Each year Catholic Mission internationally reaches out to give life and hope to millions of people in 1,100 dioceses spanning 125 countries, and offering mission formation opportunities in 160 countries. This is possible because of passionate, caring people like you.

Catholic Mission raises funds for the largest humanitarian organisation in the worldthe Catholic Churchand is the only Catholic organisation with works dedicated to children. Catholic Mission partners with local Catholic dioceses and parishes. Works are carried out by lay and religious people, including priests, brothers and sisters/nuns, who are usually in their home country or community.

In 2011, supporters of Catholic Mission in Australia enabled the work of the Church in 187 dioceses throughout 37 countries around the world, specifically:

249,112 children in their spiritual and practical needs
5,226 catechists and 1,082 seminarians in training
• The building, upkeep and maintenance of more than 37 churches, presbyteries, pastoral centres and convents
• Subsidies for 18 Catholic radio and TV broadcasters
• Mission formation opportunities for more than two million Australians

What an amazing contribution you and passionate people like you have made throughout the world!

Our Values: “Reach Out, Give Life”

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"Love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love another."

John 13:34

 

  • Be Prophetic
  • Be Theologically Grounded
  • Be Missionary
  • Be Collaborative
  • Be Respectful
  • Be Affirming
  • Be Accountable
  • Celebrate!

Our Mission

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“I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.”

John 10:10

Catholic Mission is the Australian agency of the international Pontifical Mission Societies. Locally and globally, we answer the call to love God and love our neighbour, and work to establish the Reign of God through building communities of missionary disciples of Jesus who share their faith by proclaiming the Word, serving people in need, acting for justice and creation, and adopting child-focused development programs.

Compelled by the message, life and love of Jesus Christ, we form Australians for mission and raise funds for mission—in Australia and around the world. This enables heroic missionaries to reach out to help children and communities in need, and provide vital training for seminarians and other young Church leaders.

Catholic Mission operates in over 160 countries to support initiatives in 1,100 dioceses, including remote Australia. Grassroots needs are identified by local Catholics, to give people the opportunity for a full, enriched life—physically and spiritually—regardless of race, stigma, religion or gender.

Mission in action happens right now and for generations, to help people immediately, longer term and eternally. We engage in mission when we proclaim our faith through our words, actions and lives*.

Founded in 1822 by a lay single woman named Pauline Jaricot, today Catholic Mission is the Pope's own mission organisation. Catholic people are called to give priority to Catholic Mission as the agency provides essential funding for the Church in Africa, Asia, the Pacific and parts of South America. Internationally Catholic Mission is called the Pontifical Mission Societies or Missio, and historically is known as Propagation of the Faith, Children's Mission and St Peter Apostle.

*Redemptoris Missio 42

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