Missionaries as Models of Mary’s Love & Faith
Missionaries who respond to Jesus’ call and follow Mary’s model of faith and love to serve those in need throughout the world.
At Fatima, Our Lady’s implored each of us to pray the Rosary for world peace. Missionary catechists answer her request by teaching children and their families prayers, especially how to recite the Rosary. The Daughters of Mary of the St. Joseph Province in Tamil Nadu, India teach the children the basics of colors, numbers and letters. And, of course, each day is filled with the most important lesson of all – who Jesus was and how much He loved them and how to pray to Him!
$15 FOR books, school and rosary making supplies
Our Mother, Mary, traveled to Elizabeth in her time of need to comfort her. In the Catholic Diocese of Lusaka, Zambia, Missionaries console hundreds of patients, including children with disabilities, at the St. John Paul II Orthopedic hospital. This small Mission hospital has only one consultation room. Resources are needed to expand.
$25 Buys hospital linens for the children
$500 Helps build an extension to the hospital
“. . . Mary kept all these things, reflecting on them in her heart.” Luke 2:19 Our Blessed Mother, throughout Jesus’ ministry on earth, was always present for her Son. In many ways, like Mary, the true gift of being a Missionary is being present to those you serve. There may not be enough money to provide for all their people’s needs, but their presences is invaluable.
$$ Any Amount supports a Missionary
Mary, with the Apostles, spread the “Good News” of Jesus after the Resurrection, just as the Dominican Sisters of Mary Immaculate in Saigon, Vietnam are doing today. The Sisters provide free tuition for children from poverty-stricken homes. The Sisters also instruct and care for children with disabilities.
$60 Provides school supplies and tuition for one child’s education for half a year
$200 Sends a child with disabilities to an on-campus school for a year
Mary at the Wedding at Cana, responds to the needs of others and asks her Son to intervene. The water turned wine brings renewal and continuity to the Wedding. Both spiritually & physically, Missionaries help “renew” the people they serve. Physically, water is essential to life. In the Archdiocese of Mandalay, Burma water contamination poses health hazards. Though water is abundant, it has heavy lime content and therefore not potable. Father Thomas, an Archdiocesan priest, brings faith to his community and is raising money to drill a new well to provide clean and safe water.
$75 Buys bottled water
$300 Helps pay for well drilling
The future for Catholic Priests & Religious in the Missions depend on prayers and support. They have the faith, but lack the material resources to be educated to serve the Church in the lands supported by St. Peter Apostle – 1,108 Mission Dioceses worldwide.
In the Turkana, one of the poorest regions in northwest Kenya, children rely on Missionary Childhood Association for clean drinking water and education – learn more about how you can help.
Although the celebration of the Jubilee Year of Mercy, proclaimed by Pope Francis, for the universal Church, has come to an end, each day is a good time to reflect on what is Mercy.
There’s “Good News” in Africa, in the small nation of Swaziland – and you can be part of it at Christmas and into the New Year! Religious Sisters at St. Phillip’s Home in Manzini are making a difference for the increasing number of children who are orphans
Napo, a Seminarian at St. John Vianney in Pretoria, South Africa understands God’s point . . . during breaks from his studies, he returns to his rural village, visiting the sick and elderly at local hospitals and hospices, helping terminally ill patients find peace in their final days.
In Thies, Senegal $40 helps Sister Rosalind. Sister works in a small village there – a place she describes as “in the middle of nowhere – with no roads but many paths.” That’s only a $1 a day for 40 days . . . about the cost of a cup of coffee . . .
Missionaries serving in Lebanon understand the words that Pope Francis spoke about Christian love. Desperate for help, peoples are fleeing in great numbers to Lebanon. They are being met by Missionaries like Sister Antoinette Assaf, who Sisters help run an Outreach Center and Medical clinic in Beirut.
No Room at the Inn, but a Home with the Sisters. In Egypt, the Lord’s love is born in the hearts of homeless men and women as they are welcomed to a home run by the Missionaries of Charity – Blessed Mother Teresa’s Sisters. Here 11 Sisters care for 65 men and women and also provide food and other aid to the poor families in the surrounding neighborhood.
How many times have you had a drink of water today? Washed your hands? Or taken a shower in a week? Many of us do not think of water as being an indulgence. It’s always there. So, for many, it’s hard to believe that over 800 million people around the world do not have clean water to drink.