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Our 'Family' of Mission Societies Grows the FaithMaureen Crowley Heil

As the days grow shorter, the air a bit chillier, and the clocks turn back, my mind tends to revisit the missions in my mind. I recall traveling to places where I've seen the effects of all our Mission ...

World Mission Sunday 2020: A Great Day for the Missions Maureen Crowley Heil

This year has certainly been one for the record books! "Adjusting" has become a way of life for all of us whether in the way we work, attend class, or even worship. We mourn for lives lost, struggle with ...

Follow Cardinal Seán's Example: Be a Missionary, Wherever You Are!Maureen Crowley Heil

October is known in our Church as the Month of the Rosary. It is also Mission Month and it kicks off with a great day -- the Feast of Saint Thérèse of Lisieux, Patroness of the Missions. Although she ...

World Mission Sunday -- a Time for Re-dedication to the Missions! Maureen Crowley Heil

On World Mission Sunday, this year October 18th, we celebrate our baptismal call to mission as we gather at the Table of the Lord. Catholics around the world will do the same, praying that the Holy Spirit ...

World Mission Sunday: Connect With the World on Mission!Maureen Crowley Heil

Every year we remember our baptismal call to mission as we celebrate World Mission Sunday. This year, on October 18th, as we gather for Eucharist, Catholics throughout the world will assemble in a spirit ...

The Lay Members of Christ's Faithful Maureen Crowley Heil

Last week's Gospel, about the Parable of the Workers in the Vineyard made me think of one of our Church's beautiful documents, 'Christifideles laici' or 'The Lay Members of Christ's Faithful.' Written ...

Living Water for the MissionsMaureen Crowley Heil

"The Church offers her maternal care to all children and their families, and she brings them the blessing of Jesus." -- Pope Francis Imagine the hopelessness you would feel if you were unable to provide ...

Called to the Priesthood: A Different Seminary Life Maureen Crowley Heil

When young Deogratias Ekisa felt a call to the priesthood in Uganda, he knew that his family would not be able to shoulder the burden of the education necessary to prepare him. He describes his upbringing ...