Extraordinary Missionary Month
Pope Francis has set October 2019 as an Extraordinary Missionary Month to foster greater awareness of missio ad gentes and to animate the missionary transformation of Church life and pastoral activity. “Baptized and Sent: The Church of Christ on Mission in the World” is the theme chosen by Pope Francis for the month, which will coincide with the 100th anniversary of Pope Benedict XV's apostolic letter Maximum Illud, a foundational mission document.
Extraordinary Missionary Month is intended to awaken the awareness of the missio ad gentes and to reinvigorate a sense of responsibility for proclaiming the Gospel with new enthusiasm, combining the pastoral concern of Pope Benedict XV with the missionary vitality expressed by Pope Francis in his recent apostolic exhortation Evangelii Gaudium: “Missionary action is the paradigm of every work of the Church.” (EG 15)
How to Live the Extraordinary Missionary Month October 2019
There are four dimensions, specified by the pope, to live more intensely the journey of preparation for the Extraordinary Missionary Month October 2019:
- A personal encounter with Jesus Christ alive in his Church through the Eucharist, the Word of God, personal and communal prayer;
- Testimony: missionary saints, martyrs and confessors of the faith, as an expression of the Church scattered throughout the world;
- Missionary formation: biblical, catechetical, spiritual and theological;
- Missionary charity.
World Mission Rosary
Pray a rosary for missionaries all over the world and those they serve. Each color of the rosary represents a different region.
Free rosaries are available to all. Contact the Office of Missions for more information.
Mass Cards and Enrollment
We offer many ways to honor your loved ones. They include enrollment in the Society for the Propagation of the Faith for individuals and families, as well as Masses of remembrance. Masses will be said for your loved ones by missionaries around the world.
For more information, contact the Office of Missions.
"It's not just charity. It's change."
A direct way to help missions around the world is through Missio, a connection with Pope Francis' missions around the world.
You can choose the project to which you would like to contribute, whether it's building a greenhouse in Kenya or growing a parish farm in the Philippines. Learn more and Donate today.
CRS / Ethical Trade
Catholic Relief Services provides assistance to those in need all over the world. You can help by donating or hosting an Ethical Fair Trade sale. Contact the Office of Missions for details.
Office of Missions / CRS
Ms. Yvonne Borelli-Chace, Director
510 Ocean Avenue, Portland, ME 04103