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Give the gift of hope to the missionsMaureen Crowley Heil

As Catholics, our faith tells us that Advent is a season of preparation. It's a time to begin anew, to ready ourselves for the presence of the Christ Child in our hearts. Our culture, however, pulls us ...

Offering Time and Talent to Support the Missions Maureen Crowley Heil

One lesson taught through programs of the Missionary Childhood Association is that of offering up your time and talent as well as your treasure for children in the missions. Believe it or not, the treasure ...

The Sacred AcreMaureen Crowley Heil

Recently, I had the opportunity to attend a retreat with my Pontifical Mission Societies peers from dioceses across the country. We gathered at the Marywood Retreat House in St. John's, Florida to pray ...

The Match that Lit the Fire Maureen Crowley Heil

As I write this, I have traveled to St. Johns, Florida to attend a weeklong retreat on the life and charism of soon-to-be-Blessed Pauline Marie Jaricot, foundress of The Society for the Propagation of ...

Road Trip!Maureen Crowley Heil

One of the silver linings in this COVID-induced cloud has been the regular collaborative Zoom meetings held with other diocesan Pontifical Mission Societies offices. From Boston to Birmingham, St. Louis ...

Bringing the World to Boston during Mission Month Maureen Crowley Heil

As October, World Mission Month, draws to a close, here at The Pontifical Mission Societies office, we take time to reflect on all the outreach we have done in the name of mission education. Our ministry ...

The World Mission Rosary Around the WorldMaureen Crowley Heil

During October the Church calls us to pray the rosary and to celebrate the missions. In our ministry, we pay special attention to the World Mission Rosary and focus on both. Archbishop Fulton Sheen ...

Proclaiming the Gospel with Joy in Papua New Guinea Maureen Crowley Heil

Bishop Donald Lippert, OFM, Cap shepherds the Diocese of Mendi, in the mountainous Southern Highlands Province of Papua New Guinea. In a place rich in beautiful scenery and strong local culture, Bishop ...