REV. FR. SOCRATES C. MESIONA, MSP
824 Don Quijote Street
Sampaloc, 1008 Manila, Philippines
Tel. (02) 731-3208
Fax: (02) 740-3030
Nature of the Pontifical Missionary Societies
1. The Pontifical Missionary Societies is that activity which the Council and the Holy See have declared to be the characteristics of the Church, endowed with the highest priority, and seeking both to make Christians aware of the universal missionary status as baptized persons, and to promote and organize the cooperation of all the ecclesiastical communities towards the achievement of the task of evangelization.
2. The Pontifical Missionary Societies include four main branches: the Pontifical Missionary Society for the Propagation of the Faith; the Pontifical Missionary Society of Saint Peter the Apostle; the Pontifical Missionary Society of the Holy Childhood; and the Pontifical Missionary Union.
3. These four Pontifical Missionary Societies constitute a single organ placed at the service of the churches by the competent ecclesiastical authorities.
4. Each of the four competent organization retains its own individuality, and enjoys autonomy in its specific activities.
5. The help provided to the missionary task of the Church by these societies does not limit itself to mere financial and material assistance. It includes, on an equal basis, any type of cooperation that is apt to promote the various aims of the organization.
Aims of the Pontifical Missionary Societies
1. To promote awareness of the universal dimension of the Church’s missionary task in all the Christian communities, and in each one of their members.
2. To promote and organize the spiritual cooperation of all the Christian communities and all their members in the missionary task of the church.
3. To promote missionary vocations, whether priestly, religious or lay, in all ecclessial communities. Such vocations are a proof of true Catholic spirit and genuine Christian charity.
4. The Pontifical Missionary Societies seek to involve itself in the ecumenical movement, especially in view of the harm done to the work of evangelization by the lack of Christian unity.
The Pontifical Missionary Societies form One Institution with Four Branches
1. The Pontifical Society for the Propagation of the Faith promotes missionary awareness among the laity and establishes a program of regular aid to Mission Territories.
2. The Pontifical Society of St. Peter the Apostle awakens the adult and youth to the mission of the training of local clergy, women and men religious, and catechists in Mission Churches.
3. The Pontifical Society of the Holy Childhood awakens missionary awareness in children so as to lead them to share spiritual and material resources with the children in the young Churches. It is aimed at primary and elementary school children.
4. The Pontifical Missionary Union of Priestly and Religious is the soul of the Church’s missionary commitment. Priests, women and men religious, seminarians and catechists help the missions by the sanctity of their lives, by their daily prayers, by offering their daily crosses, and by animation of their community. It stimulates growth in mission awareness among priests, women and men religious, candidates to the priestly and religious life, as well as in others engaged in the pastoral ministry of the Church.
The Association of School Animators for Missions (ASAM)
In October 1969, the Mission Education Committee was organized in the Philippines for the purpose of implementing the Vati¬can II Decree on the Missionary Activity of the Church, Ad Gentes. It is an inter¬congre¬gational effort among the Philippine missionary religious communities.
Its main objective is to promote missionary awareness among the People of God in the various segments of society. The MEC members initiate missionary animation among the members of their respective congregations and communities and inspire them to work for memberships to the four branches of the Pontifical Missionary Societies.