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Rev. William J. Donnelly, MM

October 3, 2014

Mission is essential to the Catholic Church as the Second Vatican decree, “ad gentes” or on the church’s missionary activity, teaches. Before Jesus went to heaven, he said to his disciples, “I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth. Therefore, go and make disciples from all nations. Baptize them in the name …..

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Rev. Matt Foley

October 3, 2014

After serving 6 years in mission service I am acutely aware of the importance of participating in World Missions Sunday. The temptation as a Pastor is to take care of the foreign mission services that we currently have a direct relationship. At St. James we have relations with Churches and services in Haiti, India, and …..

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Gregory Darr Maryknoll Lay Missioner

October 3, 2014

Some years ago, in my Maryknoll lay mission service in East Africa, I worked at times in support of a small legal project that assisted poor Kenyans in securing their basic human and legal rights, especially land rights. One day, I stopped by their office and noticed one of their administrative assistants, a sophisticated young …..

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The Mission Office, formerly known as the Catholic Missions Office, looks to educate and inspire people to take seriously their baptismal responsibility to be on mission in whatever context they live and work. The Office is at the service of the worldwide Church while remaining firmly rooted in the Archdiocese of Chicago. It also serves as the local representative for the Pontifical Mission Societies: The Society for the Propagation of the Faith, Missionary Childhood Association, The Society of Saint Peter Apostle, and the Missionary Union of Priests and Religious.

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"Today, as the Church seeks to experience a profound missionary renewal, there is a kind of preaching which falls to each of us as a daily responsibility. It has to do with bringing the Gospel to the people we meet, whether they be our neighbours or complete strangers. This is the informal preaching which takes place in the middle of a conversation, something along the lines of what a missionary does when visiting a home. Being a disciple means being constantly ready to bring the love of Jesus to others, and this can happen unexpectedly and in any place: on the street, in a city square, during work, on a journey." - Evangelii Gaudium (127)

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