As we mark a quarter century since missionaries first returned to Mongolia, the faith community of Divine Mercy on Most Holy Trinity Sunday was raised to the rank of parish. Father Prosper Mbumba, CICM, Congolese missionary in Mongolia, began his service to three baptized persons in that area four years ago. “At that time, once a month I celebrated Mass for three Catholics,” Father Prosper told FIDES. “Once I was accompanied by a few confreres and so we priests outnumbered the faithful in the congregation.” The community has grown, with the original three bringing friends, relatives, and neighbors.
Since 2015, there has been regular Sunday Mass; the government granted legal status to the Catholic community – a requirement – in 2016. During Mass this past Sunday, an adult was welcomed into the Church, receiving the Sacraments of Baptism, Eucharist and Confirmation. During the past two days, there have been six additional Baptisms and one wedding.
Last year, through the General Solidarity Fund of the Pontifical Mission Societies, the Church in Mongolia – now with 1,300 baptized – received $71,000, which included help for catechists, and faith formation activities, including among young people. With MISSIO, we can expand our solidarity with this young Mission Church, helping Father Prosper directly with costs in establishing this new parish community, and with hiring and training a catechist.