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,
Monsignor Francis X. Blood
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:
- Society for the Propagation of the Faith
- Missionary Childhood Association
- Society of St. Peter Apostle
- Missionary Union of Priests and Religious
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.
"Missionary activity is the greatest and holiest duty of the Church."
(Decree on Missionary Activity – Ad Gentes #29, The Documents of Vatican Council II)