Pauline Jaricot, the woman who started the Propagation of the Faith in 1822, was beatified on 22 May 2022 in Lyon, France, her birthplace. Her beatification indicates that her work which is continuously growing after 200 years, is the work of the Holy Spirit. Blessed Pauline described herself as the instrument who lit the match to light the fire. This fire has burnt steadily and brightly and has led many to serve. It is also the inspiration for why we help candidates to the priesthood in the traditionally called mission territories in Asia and Africa, Latin America, and Oceania.
Your generous donation for this campaign will help in the formation and education of future priests and religious – the future leaders in the Catholic Communities. In the Divine Word Seminary in Tagaytay, Philippines, the theologian students have developed a farm to help make the Seminary self-sustainable and even contribute to being eco-friendly. St. Pope Paul VI Seminary in Zanzibar, Guinea Equatorial, Africa, has been organizing ways to dig a borehole and create a water source for the Seminary. Their dream to gain a clean water source will also benefit people living near the Seminary. We feature both stories in our Newsletter.
WE NOW HAVE A DONEE STATUS
In early 2018, I started working on behalf of the Pontifical Mission Societies to establish a new trust called MISSIO BENEVOLENT SOCIETY with the Business Name MISSIOAOTEAROA. On the last day of March 2022, after five years of work, I received a note from the IRD Office notifying me that MISSIOAOTEAROA had been given the donee status. Donations given to projects supported by MISSIOAOTEAROA are entitled to a tax rebate. Your gift will help keep the flame that Blessed Pauline Jaricot started 200 years ago. May we keep it strong, steady, and lasting.
A small request. Please help us get new donors for MISSIOAOTEAROA. After you have read the Newsletter will you share it with a relative or a friend in the parish?
A THIRD TERM OF OFFICE
The Cardinal Prefect of the Congregation for Evangelization in the Vatican has given me another term for five years in this office. I will continue working as the National Director of the Pontifical Mission Societies. Remember me in your prayers as I remember you in mine, especially during the daily Mass I celebrate for you and your intentions. I offer you my priestly and missionary blessing of peace, good health, and Gospel joy. May God listen to the prayers of your generous heart. And as always, may only goodness and kindness follow you all the days of your life.