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What's on Your Christmas Wishlist?Maureen Crowley Heil

If you're like me and are of a certain age, your Christmas list shrinks every year. My husband and I promised each other early on that power tools and kitchen gadgets were not personal gifts. They ...

In Mission, Always Expect the Unexpected! Maureen Crowley Heil

Traveling to donor sites around the world has given me the opportunity to meet incredible people and experience more than I ever thought I could. As a girl at St. Michael School in Hudson, Massachusetts, ...

Making a Big Difference in a Small WayMaureen Crowley Heil

Quite often, when I am visiting schools or parishes, speaking about the missionary work of the Church and the need for everyone to take responsibility for it, I hear the same feedback: I have so little. ...

November Masses in the Missions Maureen Crowley Heil

November is a time of change and a time of reflection. The trees begin their show, then the air cools. Summer "toys" have been packed away; we set the clocks back. These are the practicalities of the ...

We Shall Go to ThemMaureen Crowley Heil

The October 21 edition of The Boston Pilot did a wonderful job of describing the pageantry of Boston's World Mission Sunday celebration held at St. Michael's in Lowell. As the flags of many nations ...

World Mission Sunday: Be My Witnesses Maureen Crowley Heil

As the Universal Church celebrated World Mission Sunday on October 23, our Archdiocesan observance took place at the 11 a.m. Mass at St. Michael Parish in Lowell. Father Chris Lowe and his parishioners ...

Your Gifts at Work in the MissionsMaureen Crowley Heil

Meet Father Tarcisio Kyaw Aye, the local priest at St. Joseph Parish in Taunggyi, Myanmar. Besides serving the local Catholic community, the parish provides refuge for people with leprosy. It has forty ...

World Mission Sunday: Supporting Missionary Witnesses Maureen Crowley Heil

As we celebrate the 200th anniversary of the founding of The Society for the Propagation of the Faith by newly Blessed Pauline Marie Jaricot, we thank God for YOU, our donors, who support the vital work ...