Missions

Event helps ministry close gap after state cuts

Archbishop Robert J. Carlson spoke with people at a recognition dinner hosted by the Criminal Justice Ministry on June 1 at Moulin in St. Louis. Archbishop Carlson accepted the Luminary Award on behalf of the Archdiocese of St. Louis at the event.

The funding gap for the Criminal Justice Ministry caused by a state budget cut is closing, but the ministry still needs financial support to help the agency with its outreach.

Since 1979, the Criminal Justice Ministry has supported and empowered people impacted by incarceration. The agency provides jail and prison ministry, client re-entry services and advocacy for community safety and criminal justice reform.

Editorial | ‘Mercy changes the world’

On World Mission Sunday, Oct. 23, all Catholics of the world join into one community of faith. At Mass that Sunday, we recommit ourselves to our common vocation, through baptism, to be missionaries, through prayer, participation in the Eucharist and by giving generously to the collection for the Society for the Propagation of the Faith.

Together with our brothers and sisters in the missions we offer our prayers and sacrifices so that others may come to know Jesus — and to experience His mercy as we express our merciful concern for those in greatest need.

Indonesian priest experiences Church’s work worldwide

Father Aloysius Irawan held a baby after a baptism. He did seminary and parish work in his native Indonesia and in the Philippines before coming to St. Louis recently. The Missionaries of the Holy Family have a focus on family life.

Father Aloysius Irawan, a priest of the Missionaries of the Holy Family, has seen firsthand the importance of the Church's work with seminarians, couples and families in his native Indonesia.

Now in St. Louis, he recently discussed his work in advance of World Mission Sunday, which will be celebrated Oct. 23. The Society of St. Peter the Apostle, a program of the Pontifical Mission Societies, supports St. Peter Ritapiret Major Seminary in the Maumere Diocese in Indonesia. Other support from the collection on World Mission Sunday goes to various dioceses in Indonesia.

Mother Teresa is model of mercy at work, fueled by prayer

Blessed Teresa of Kolkata cares for a sick man in an undated photo.

VATICAN CITY — When Pope Francis canonizes Blessed Teresa of Kolkata Sept. 4, he won't simply be fulfilling a special duty of his office, he will be honoring a woman he has called "a symbol, an icon for our age."

When talking about the intersection of prayer, mercy, concrete acts of charity and peacemaking, Mother Teresa was Pope Francis' go-to reference.

In one of his early morning homilies in November, Pope Francis spoke about war and about how, by the way they live their lives, many people promote hatred rather than peace and selling weapons rather than sowing love.

Who goes there? We do

Ah Canada. It has the Hockey Hall of Fame, the Rockies, French-speaking Quebec and fishing villages. Mexico and the Caribbean islands have beachfront resorts.

But South America? Bolivia, with its high altitude and rainforests? Who goes there?

Mission to Bolivia, land of peace

The St. Louis missionaries to the poorest country in South America bring the Catholic faith to people there, showing them God's mercy and love. Their parish work is seen daily - often from sunrise to much beyond sunset. But it also reflects in the people of the parish, from children to older adults, who are empowered and inspired to serve others or to take up the cross of Christ.

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