This Christmas, as the Shepherds acted on God’s word and the Spirit of faith, you can too!
In the Turkana, one of the poorest regions in north-west Kenya, Missionaries work in this spirit of faith. You can be a part of it this Christmas season!
Turkana, in the Diocese of Lodwar, Kenya, is one of the driest regions in the world. This December, the children there will go “sledging” – sledding on sand using an old piece of plastic. It’s almost as good as on snow! Children also play simple games like sticks-n-stones or hide-n-seek.
Play time comes only after chores. Fetching water is a daily chore for children throughout Kenya. In Turkana, the search for water often involves digging holes in a dried-up riverbed. Reaching water may require digging 16 feet into the dry ground.
With offerings from the Catholic faithful and the Pontifical Mission Societies in Germany, the Lodwar Diocese has constructed a water station for the people of Turkana.
Help our Mission Societies help too! Your generous gift of $150 purchases one water tank – $1,000 builds one rain water catchment. Perhaps you can offer that amount or something towards it, maybe $50 or $25. Whatever you provide will be most appreciated to help children and their families a half a world away.
Joseph J. Sweeney Jr., who retired as the Secretary for Catholic Human Services for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia in 2015 and served the Archdiocese of Philadelphia in various positions for more than 30 years, was honored at the Second Annual World Mission Dinner on October 19, 2016.
Joe’s long-time commitment to those less fortunate throughout the Archdiocese of Philadelphia shows his true Missionary spirit. Each one of us must discern the path the Lord points out to us. Joe has choose a path of service to those who are often forgotten, the sick, the dying, the elderly, the poor and those with disabilities. He has made a lifetime of making their lives better. Joe’s care, compassion and love of God make him a true Missionary disciple.
Joseph Sweeney was presented the 2016 Second Annual World Mission Ambassador Award from Most Reverend John J. McIntyre, who worked with Joe when he was Secretary for Catholic Human Services. Reverend Monsignor James T. McDonough, last year’s recipient of the World Mission Ambassador Award and Director of the Pontifical Mission Societies-Philadelphia from 2006-2014, co-presented this year’s award to Joseph Sweeney. Joseph also received a letter of Congratulations from Archbishop Charles Chaput, OMI, Cap.
Monsignor Arthur E. Rodgers, current Director of the Pontifical Mission Societies-Philadelphia and the office staff would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to everyone who supported the 2016 Second Annual World Mission Dinner held in honor of Joseph J. Sweeney. It was a Mission-inspired and wonderful evening.
Generous donations will be made to the Pontifical Mission Society for the Propagation of the Faith in Joe Sweeney’s name. These donations will be used to help bring the Good News of Jesus Christ to all those aided by our Missionaries across the 1,111 dioceses we serve.
Thank you to the following benefactors for their generous support in helping Mission Dioceses throughout the world through donations to the 2016 Second Annual World Mission Dinner:
Venerable Pauline Jaricot Spirit Sponsors:
Catholic Social Services
Mr. William Curtis, Jr – Porter & Curtis, LLC.
Mr. Michael B. Laign – Holy Redeemer Health System
Mr. & Mrs. Patrick and Jean McGinley – John Patrick Publishing
Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish
The McGuigan Family
The Sweeney Family
Venerable Fulton J. Sheen
Mr. Charles P. Connolly
Reverend Kevin J. Gallagher
Mr. Jonathon Peri, Manor College
Mr. & Mrs. Patrick J. & Mary Frances Kelly
Mr. & Mrs. Bob & Michele Meiers
Mr. & Mrs. James & Marianne Molinaro
Office for Clergy – Archdiocese of Philadelphia
Mr. & Mrs. John D. & Maureen R. Rilling
Reverend Monsignor Arthur E. Rodgers
Dr. & Mrs. A. Joseph & Barbara Woodring
Mission Circle Patrons
Reverend Daniel Arechabala
Reverend Monsignor Richard T. Bolger
Mrs. Elaine Redding-Brinster & Dr. Ralph Brinster
Mr. James Chapman
Ms. Patricia R. Cooney
Mr. & Mrs. Tom & Nina Gaffney, Archway Printing
Mr. & Mrs. John & Anne Leonard
Mr. & Mrs. Christopher H. & Martha Marchese
Reverend Monsignor Michael T. McCulken
Reverend Monsignor Joseph C. McLoone
Reverend James E. McVeigh
Mrs. Charlene Miller
Reverend Monsignor Thomas M. Mullin
Reverend Monsignor William J.J. O’Donnell
Mr. Daniel Polett
Dr. & Mrs. Charles A. & Eleanor Porrini
Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary
Ms. Margo Toland
Drs. Enrico & Estela M. Zambrano