hands_around_world_fullThe Saint Cloud Mission Office carries the primary responsibility for promotion of the global outreach of the Catholic Diocese of Saint Cloud. We are the office for the Pontifical Mission Societies (global pastoral and evangelization work in some of the poorest dioceses of our world) as well as for Catholic Relief Services (CRS) (emergency relief, sustainable development and global solidarity efforts in 99+ countries across the globe).  The staff considers their role to be bridge-builders between our diocesan church and communities of faith throughout the world. Our role at the Mission Office is proactive as we strive to help everyone see the face of God in all people. It is to walk together on a journey of faith, living out our membership and our call to the Global church, united as one family. It is about all of us together educating, learning, and teaching each other about our similarities, our differences and the giftedness of everyone in God’s great world.

Please visit the pages above to learn more about this remarkable type of ministry and all the great things happening in mission around our diocese, and world – from diocesan partnerships and missioners to the Pontifical Mission Societies and CRS, from parish mission groups and mission trips to education opportunities and fair trade, and more!


Newest News in Mission

Mark your calendars now for an amazing fall to come!  Mid September will find us welcoming a delegation from our partner diocese of Homa Bay, Kenya.  You can meet all sixteen delegates at our 4th annual Partnership Barn Dance, on Saturday, September 30th at the Wadena County Fairgrounds in Wadena, MN.  The day will begin with Mass with Bishop Kettler at 4:00pm, and include a special blessing for the delegates; meal, music, live auction, fun for the kids and more will follow.  Live music groups include Vista Jazz and the Wadena Whirlaways – don’t miss it!  Download the Barn Dance flyer here, and don’t forget to share the fun news.

October is Mission Month!  Mark your calendars for World Mission Rosary Day on Friday, October 6th and World Mission Sunday on Sunday, October 22nd.  Watch for a special mission insert in the Visitor’s October 20th issue, and check out this great Mission Month Calendar and other resources to help you or your community pray the World Mission Rosary and other prayers for our world throughout the month of October. 

 

Thank you to those involved in welcoming Fr. Bob McCahill, MM to our diocese for two days this June.  He had a wonderful time sharing his story with various groups, and many were touched by his message of simplicity, a life of service and living in unity with those who differ.  Thank you to all!  Read more about his visit here. 

 

Check out the May Mission Ed Bulletin for resources, ideas, events, reflection and a special THANK YOU to all those who have collaborated and supported mission this past school and faith formation year!  The bulletin is attached HERE, or visit the Mission Education page for past bulletins.  Blessings on all the steps you take in faith this season of movement!

 

Thank you to all those who were a part of making this year’s Mission Rally such a huge success!  Read all about the fantastic day and the way that we as Baptized Christians can continue to cooperate in the missionary activities of the church near and far, in this Visitor article.  

 

Take a look at the Spring Mission Connections NewsletterContact us if you would like to know more about any of the Mission Connections listed within it, or if you would like a hard copy sent to your home to read again and again!  You can also view past editions on our newsletter page to hear about the many additional ways our diocese is connected in service and solidarity all over the world!

 

MNSights_GiveMN_logo Looking to support mission?  You can give to the St. Cloud Mission Office online; support our work and your global brothers and sisters by visiting our online giving page at GiveMN.org (under our legal name  “Society for the Propagation of the Faith, Inc.”) to make a one-time or recurring donation to the Mission Office.  It’s quick, it’s easy, it’s secure, and it makes a huge difference!!  Click on the icon to the right to be taken directly there.  Your gift will help make a world of difference!

 

A reminder that 25% of all funds given to Rice Bowl this past Lent are kept right here in the St. Cloud Diocese to be used as grants to local parishes and organizations working on hunger-related relief for Central Minnesota!  If you work with or know of an organization working to alleviate hunger and poverty, share the following Local Rice Bowl Grant Application with them.  Local_Rice_Bowl_Grant_application (Microsoft Word)  / Local_Rice_Bowl_Grant_application (PDF) 

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The Mission Office is located at 11 – 8th Avenue South, Saint Cloud MN 56301 in downtown Saint Cloud, next to St. Mary’s Cathedral rectory.

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