Common Questions About Getting Involved

How can I help the Missions of the world through the Pontifical Mission Societies?

All baptized Catholics have the opportunity to participate in the worldwide mission of the Church by offering their prayers, personal sacrifices, or financial contributions to the Society for the Propagation of the Faith, the Holy Childhood Association, or the Society for St. Peter Apostle. The Missionary Union of Priests and Religious is a spiritual apostolate for Priests, Religious men and women, catechists and lay people. Each year, the celebration of World Mission Sunday provides an opportunity, within the context of the Eucharist, for Catholics to express their prayerful and financial support of the Church’s worldwide missionary work and the Society for the Propagation of the Faith in particular.

I would like to serve as a lay missionary. What should I do?

There are a number of local and national organizations that help “connect” lay Catholics to mission opportunities in the United States and abroad. Contact your diocesan mission office for more information or contact the Catholic Volunteer Network. This organization promotes opportunities for men and women of all backgrounds and skills to respond to the Gospel through domestic and international volunteer service to people in need. Catholic Volunteer Network connects volunteers and missioners with more than 200 faith-based programs offering more than 10,000 full-time volunteer placements throughout the U.S. and in over 115 countries.

Are there other organizations through which I can support the work of the Catholic Church in the Missions?

To learn more about supporting the work of the Church in the Developing World visit  Catholic Relief Services or Aid to the Church in Need.

What is World Mission Sunday?

World Mission Sunday is a day set aside for Catholics worldwide to recommit themselves to the Church's missionary activity through prayer and sacrifice. Annually, World Mission Sunday is celebrated on the next-to-last Sunday in October. Offerings from Catholics in the United States, on World Mission Sunday and throughout the year, are combined with offerings from Catholics around the globe and distributed to mission dioceses — about 1,100 at this time.

Rev. Msgr. Edward D. Lofton, Director
Helena Moniz, Associate Director


Donations and Gifts

The Society for the Propagation of the Faith accepts monetary gifts in the form of general donations, special donations to the Missionary  Childhood Association, St. Peter the Apostle Native Clergy, bequests from wills, Mass stipends, and other miscellaneous donations for the work of the missions.

To help the Missions TODAY you can:

• Pray daily for the Church’s missionary work – Our Father * Hail Mary *Glory Be *St. Francis Xavier, pray for us.* St. Thérèse of Lisieux, pray for us.
• Offer your personal sacrifice – your pain, your loneliness, your anxiety, your sickness or sadness – in union with the sufferings of the crucified Christ for the redemption of the world.
• Of course, you may also send in a monetary offering to help sustain the work of the missions in the developing countries.

To help financially, you can make your check out to:

Attn: Rev. Msgr. Edward Lofton
11001 Dorchester Rd.
Summerville, SC 29485

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Helena Moniz at 843-875-5002