Mission Office

A Message From Our Director

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Welcome to the website of the Mission Office of the Archdiocese of St. Louis! I hope that you will enjoy your visit to our website. We are happy that you are here, and invite you to learn more about the missions online.

We, the staff of the Mission Office, are here to serve you and to assist you in your desire to learn about the missionary work of the Church, and to support it through your prayers and sacrifices. Your support is important and needed by our own St. Louis priest missionaries in our Latin America Apostolate and by missionaries worldwide, whom we support through the Pontifical Mission Societies.

I hope you will take the time to learn more about missionary work and how we are called to support missionaries through our prayers and offerings. May Our Lord Jesus, who tells us in John 20:21, "As the Father has sent me, so I send you," strengthen and assist you as you respond to the call to be a missionary for Our Lord, and to support other missionaries who leave their homeland so that "repentance and forgiveness of sins should be preached in His name to all nations" (Luke 24:47).

Gratefully in Our Lord,
Rev. Robert J. Menner
Director, Mission Office
Archdiocese of St. Louis


About the Mission Office

The Mission Office of the Archdiocese of St. Louis is the official agency entrusted with the promotion of world missionary education, awareness, and support. We are the official agency of the four Pontifical Mission Societies:

We also serve the Archdiocese of St. Louis in our own Archdiocesan missionary initiatives in Bolivia through the Latin America Apostolate. We aid children in Bolivia, Kenya, Colombia, and Uganda through Pan y Amor.

Not only do we raise financial support, but we also strive to promote missionary education for the faithful of all ages, as well as prayers for the missions, as illustrated in our mission statement:

To awaken and maintain within the local Catholic community a sense of service to

 

 those areas of the world where the Church is not present, or if present, is not firmly rooted.


Visit the website for the National Office of the Pontifical Mission Societies!

"Missionary activity is the greatest and holiest duty of the Church."

(Decree on Missionary Activity – Ad Gentes #29, The Documents of Vatican Council II)

Latest News

2016 Daily Worldmissionnaires Annual Appreciation Dinner

2016 Daily Worldmissionnaires Annual DinnerThe Daily Worldmissionnaires Annual Appreciation Dinner was held in May 2016 at Orlando Gardens. Moderators and Group Leaders were given special recognition for their support of the DW program, as well as their recruiting efforts, prayers, and sacrifices for the worldwide missions of the Catholic Church.

Fr. Daniel Vogt was the evening's keynote speaker. Fr. Vogt was born in St. Charles, Missouri and attended St. Charles Borromeo School and Chaminade College Prep before studying accounting at St. Louis University, where he graduated. After graduation he worked as a CPA before entering the Claretian Missionaries in Chicago, where he studied theology at Catholic Theological Union before being sent to Guatemala in 1987. Fr. Vogt continues to serve in Guatemala and was incardinated into the Apostolic Vicariate of Izabal in northeastern Guatemala in 2006.

2016 Daily Worldmissionnaires Annual DinnerIn his nearly 30 years of missionary service, he has served as a pastor and parish vicar, as well as being responsible for numerous programs and projects over the years to improve the health and educational conditions in Guatemala, especially with rural indigenous communities. At present, Fr. Vogt is pastor of San José Parish in Morales, and is also responsible for the social ministries of the Apostolic Vicariate.

Following Fr. Vogt's keynote address, Msgr. Francis Blood (Director of the Pontifical Mission Societies in St. Louis and Spiritual Moderator of the Daily Worldmissionnaires) presented the Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen Award. This year's recipient was Mr. Paul C. Wehner, Jr. (posthumously).  Mr. Wehner's family accepted the award.

2016 Daily Worldmissionnaires Annual DinnerA plaque honoring all recipients of the Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen Award over the years will also be displayed at the Pontifical Mission Societies Office in St. Louis. Each time the award is conferred, the recipient's name is engraved on the plaque.

Thank you to all of our Daily Worldmissionnaires for attending the Annual Appreciation Dinner, and for your daily prayers and sacrifices for the missions!

Click here to view a photo gallery of the 2016 Daily Worldmissionnaires Annual Appreciation Dinner!

"Gift a Mattress - Deliver Sweet Dreams" for children in Uganda

Pan y Amor needs your help! One of our Pan y Amor programs, Broader Vision School (BVS) in Uganda, has a Fund a Need that is currently "live" but only for 30 days. BVS is a school for children who have been orphaned or abandoned and can't afford public schooling. The Fund a Need is for mattresses for a recently built dormitory. Please download the free Missio app on your phone and search for "Gift a Mattress - Deliver Sweet Dreams." Thank you - all donations help!

"Gift a Mattress - Deliver Sweet Dreams"

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