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Leave a Legacy of LoveMaureen Crowley Heil

There's a saying we like to repeat in the Mission Office: Some people give to the missions by going, others go to the missions by giving. Recently, we found the exception that proves the rule. Last year, ...

Join the Cardinal Cushing Club -- Make Miracles Happen Maureen Crowley Heil

In 1922, Father Richard Cushing took on a job that became a lifelong love: Director of The Society for the Propagation of the Faith. Even as the Archbishop of Boston, Cushing delighted in gathering people ...

It's Our World -- On MissionMaureen Crowley Heil

Every year Missionary Childhood Association's (MCA) Mission Education Day brings an experience of mission to the hearts and minds of the youngest missionaries of our Archdiocese. In past years, Catholic ...

Painting a Picture, Calling all Witnesses Maureen Crowley Heil

Twenty-two years ago, when I started my work for The Pontifical Mission Societies, I thought of it as just that -- a job. I spent years at home, raising three children. When the time came that they were ...

The More You KnowMaureen Crowley Heil

Here at the office of the Pontifical Mission Societies of Boston, we have a two-fold ministry. While tasked by the Holy Father with gathering material support for the missions, we must also educate our ...

Pray, then Act, for Haiti Maureen Crowley Heil

There are few times when words fail me. This is one. Regular readers may remember that my first mission immersion trip was to the beautiful country of Haiti. While there, I worked in the schools and health ...

Children Helping Special ChildrenMaureen Crowley Heil

In many places in the missions, when a child is born with a physical disability it can be the beginning of a hopeless existence. Depending on the education level of the child's parents, quite often a ...

Continuing in Faith Maureen Crowley Heil

July 9, 2021 marked the tenth anniversary of the independence of South Sudan, the world's youngest nation. These years have been marked by war, drought, cultural violence, and an economy in free fall. ...