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

Delegation 2019 to Homa Bay, Kenya

The Mission Office is in the process of planning our next delegation trip to visit our Partners in Homa Bay, Kenya.  Our delegation of 16 people has been picked and we are preparing ourselves to encounter our friends in March, 2019.  Please keep us in your prayers through this preparation process.

 


 

A Culture of Encounter: Mission at the Heart of Our Faith in Christ

October 25-27, 2018

Boston Marriott Quincy Hotel

Click here for more information about the conference

All Catholics are called to mission –  to move beyond ourselves, to step outside of our comfort zone, to cross some type of border (geographic, socio-economic, linguistic), to risk a personal encounter with a stranger, and to do so in the name of the Gospel.

Scripture proclaims that when we encounter others, especially the poor, those in need, and the stranger, we encounter Christ (Mt 25). The Catechism of the Catholic Church teaches that the faithful, through the waters of baptism, are “incorporated into the Church and made sharers in her mission” (CCC 1213).

Pope Francis reminds us that our encounter with Christ is at the heart of our faith. In Evangelii Gaudium, the Holy Father exhorts all Catholics to live with a missionary zeal and not to leave the work of evangelization to a handful of religious. To that end, USCMA strives to convene, connect, and collaborate with missionary orders, groups, and parish-based mission-minded faithful to promote mission and global solidarity. The annual conference is an opportunity for people of faith to come together to share their experience of living missionary discipleship.


The Spring 2018 Newsletter is now available online!  Check out these great reflections and updates from missioners and global volunteers in Fundong, Cameroon, China, as well as great happenings right here in our diocese!  You can also find past stories from a plethora of other great people, places and events on our Newsletter page


Does your community have a Food Shelf or Hunger-Relief program?  If so, you might be eligible for the Local Rice Bowl Grant!  Take a look at the grant guidelines and application (available in  PDF, or in Word), and see if the hungry in your area might not benefit from this wonderful program this year!  Learn more on our Catholic Relief Services page.

 


Support the work of the Mission Office and the needs of our 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! 

 

 


Don’t forget, you can also support the work of the Mission Office/Society for the Propagation of the Faith when you shop online.  Visit smile.amazon.com and select us as your favorite charity for the day, and a portion of all your purchases will come back to us to help continue the ministry we do!  Shop now, at this direct link.

 

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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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The Mission Office is in the process of planning our next delegation trip to visit our Partners in Homa Bay, Kenya. We are looking for individuals to travel with us who are interested in building the Kingdom of God by building relationships with people, sharing lives and faith, and drawing closer to Christ through the beauty of diversity and our global Church. If you are interested, please attend our informational meeting on Monday, June 4 from 6:30pm – 8:00pm at the Mission Office in St. Cloud.  If you have questions, please call Katy at (320) 251-1100.