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Frequently Asked Questions
Answers to the most common questions
We share the Good News of the Gospel...
Missio funds the Church of the future in mission dioceses overseas. We build Church infrastructure and support those in need, regardless of background or belief, in 157 countries.
In 157 countries...
Our work is mainly focused on areas of the greatest need. Currently these include Africa, the Indian sub-continent and Asia.
To provide for the different needs of the overseas Church...
The Church in the developing world is too young and poor to support itself. We therefore focus on four main areas of provision:
- Children's projects (faith, health and education)
- The training of local priests and sisters
- The building of Church infrastructure and support of faith communities
- The promotion of world mission through prayer and study
Love: proclaiming and sharing the Gospel message of God's unconditional love for all
Generosity: responding generously to the needs of all, regardless of background or belief
Mission: offering every Christian, whether at home or abroad, the opportunity to be a missionary
Respect: spiritual and practical support for Catholic faith communities, enabling them to become self-sufficient and flourish according to their own needs and traditions
Any diocese considered too young or poor...
They are often found in developing countries where parishioners are unable to donate enough in the parish collection to keep the church running. Missio has been given the responsibility of supporting these faith communities until they are strong enough to become self-sufficient. This means we provide a stipend for every missionary bishop to enable him to run his parishes. There are currently 1, 069 mission dioceses worldwide. With your help there could be even more.
To overseas mission...
Money collected annually by Missio England and Wales, is sent through trusted Church channels to mission parishes overseas. Missio money goes towards the running of every mission parish overseas as well as the training of future Church leaders and the Church's health, education and faith projects for children in developing countries.
Where it is most needed...
It costs a lot to keep a mission diocese running. In addition to the day-to-day costs of the churches and chapels - gas, electricity and water - there are also catechetical programs, seminaries, work of religious communities, communication and transportation needs, and the building of new churches that need support. The number of extra projects we fund each year depends entirely on the total donations we receive. In 2011 we funded 6 extra projects per diocese but in 2012 we were only able to fund 4. We rely 100% on the generosity of Catholics in England and Wales and receive no government funding for our work.
We are part of an international Church...
Missio Worldwide is the Catholic Church's official support agency for overseas mission. This website is for Missio England and Wales. In order to channel all of the donations from Catholics to missionary dioceses effectively, we have Missio offices in 120 countries to collect the funds and distribute them directly to bishops in dioceses in need.
Pray, donate and volunteer...
Jesus has called all Christians to make his message known throughout the world. For some of us this means leaving home and family to travel to foreign countries and preach the Gospel. For others it might not mean physically going to work in mission dioceses, but that doesn't exclude us from the Church's divine calling to spread the Good News. Missionary work at home is just as vital and it has three components – prayer, volunteering and donations. By doing these three things, you are investing in the future of the Church and playing your part in missionary activity.
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Contact the LMVN...
There are a number of local and national organisations that help connect lay Catholics to mission opportunities abroad. You may contact religious congregations directly or the Lay Missionary & Volunteer Network (LMVN). The LMVN promotes opportunities for men and women of all backgrounds and skills to respond to the Gospel through international volunteer services for people in need.