Parish Mission Assigned to: Our Lady Queen of Peace, Alexandria, VA
Superior General: Very Reverend. Charles Phukuta Khonde, C.I.C.M.
Casa Generalizia CICM
Via San Giovanni Eudes, 95
00163 Rome, Italy
Provincial Superior: Very Reverend. Celso Tabalanza, C.I.C.M.
4651 North 25th Street
Arlington, Virginia 22207
Director of Development: Rev. Andre Kazadi, C.I.C.M
4651 North 25th Street
Arlington, Virginia 22207
Ms. Sandi Campbell
4651 25th street North
Arlington, VA 22207
"Missionhurst, Incorporated is the Ministry of the Catholic Order of the Congregation of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Its purpose is to inspire the American Christian Faithful to become co-missionaries in prayer and financial support. Missionhurst helps serve and care for God’s poorest and most neglected people around the world in the United States, Africa, Asia, Latin America and Caribbean. We help those areas that are affected by political instability and are lacking socio-economic programs.
The fund raising activities of Missionhurst in the US are exclusively for the Missionhurst missionaries working in most challenging areas around the world. We support a variety of projects; we work in close collaboration with local churches to promote Christian values, human dignity, self-reliance, and a decent standard of living, while sharing the hope and comfort of the Gospel. Our priests and brothers initiate all these projects in their local parishes
The following are just a few of our projects: Kindergarten in Mongolia; child health and nutrition programs in Guatemala and the Philippines, food and medical assistance for the street children programs and providing clean drinking water wells in the Democratic Republic of Congo; orphanage in Zambia, sewing initiative in Kinshasa to teach mothers skills to enable them to help themselves; sustainable agriculture initiatives in Congo, prison ministry in Mexico and DR of Congo, a Half-Way Home for Boys in the Philippines and Formation of Lay collaborators.
MISSIONHURST-CICM (Congregation of the Immaculate Heart of Mary)
Missionhurst, the Congregation of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, also known as Scheut Missionaries, was founded in Brussels, Belgium, in 1862 by Reverend Theophile Verbist for the evangelization of China. The missionary activity in China was centered in Inner Mongolia. In 1888 the Congregation accepted missionary responsibility for the Congo. Later Missionhurst accepted to send missionaries to other mission countries. At present the Congregation numbers approximately 800 members.
All priests and brothers are at the service of the local dioceses and most of them work at the parish level. They are involved with setting up basic Christian communities, training and supporting local lay leaders, carrying on the work of evangelization, promoting the well being of the local people, assisting with the promotion of social activities and in the setting up of local projects that will help in the development of their people.
After their initial seminary training in their countries of origin, Missionhurst seminarians are sent to their regional Theological study programs located in the Philippines (English) or in Cameroun (French). Presently more than 150 young men are in Formation in the Pre-novitiate, novitiate and theology in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Haiti, Indonesia, Brazil and the Philippines.
Missionhurst Works In The Following Places:
There are 135 members who work in Taiwan, Hong Kong, Mongolia, Singapore, Indonesia and Japan. In Taiwan, Hong Kong, Mongolia and Singapore our missionaries spread the word of salvation through schools and correspondence courses and minister in parishes to a steadily increasing number of convinced Christians. In Indonesia our members are working on the islands of Sulawesi Selatan and Jakarta. Our confreres in Japan are witnessing to the Catholic faith and ministering in small towns and large cities in this unique society.
In the Philippines 96 C.I.C.M. missionaries are trying to make the presence of God more tangible. Through their tireless labor of love, some have brought Christian education to thousands of boys and girls. Many of these young people have become priests or have entered the religious life, several of them becoming missionaries in their turn.
Present to preach and teach God’s word, providing grass root health cares, and work for the socio-economic development of the people of Africa in Cameroon, Senegal, Zambia, and Democratic Republic of Congo, are 203 of our confreres.
Latin America and Caribbean:
South of our border, 111 members have found an unlimited field for helping the poor and the uneducated in Haiti, the Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Mexico and Brazil. They constantly search for opportunities to make the oppressed aware of their human dignity and to lead them in the light of the Gospel.
The majority of the 37 Missionhurst members are working in the Arch/dioceses of San Antonio, Texas, Raleigh, North Carolina and Arlington, Virginia. North American-born Missionhurst priests and brothers are working in Brazil.
Our New Initiative
MercyWorks is an initiative of Missionhurst and focuses on bringing dignity to the world’s most marginalized children by meeting their basic educational, psychological, and physical needs. 100 percent of every penny donated to the MercyWorks projects goes directly to those most in need. The four specific projects this initiative supports are works of mercy in action, that make a tangible and meaningful difference in the lives of children.
At its core, MercyWorks raises money and awareness to support and fund four projects:
● St. Jean Bosco School in Bois de Laurence, Haiti
● The Bethany Center in Cobán, Guatemala
● The Sunflower Center in Baguio City, Philippines
● Catholic Education in Kinshasa and Kasayi regions in the Democratic Republic of Congo
Also unique to this initiative is Missionhurst’s promise of complete fund transparency, meaning 100% of the donations generated under the MercyWorks brand will go to the field. So, if a $10 donation is made to The Sunflower Center in the Philippines, that $10 will go directly to the center itself to support the work done there.
How is MercyWorks different from Missionhurst?
MercyWorks lives under the Missionhurst brand, but exclusively focuses on the four previously mentioned areas of mission — while Missionhurst CICM has a much broader scope of mission.
MercyWorks was created as a separate entity from Missionhurst to call specific attention to the life-changing work of these projects that are literal works of mercy in action and to give donors the opportunity to see every penny of their donated dollars making a tangible difference in the life of a child.
Please Visit our website at www.missionhurst.org" Andre Kazadi 4651 25th Street N Arlington VA 22207 United States firstname.lastname@example.org (703) 528-3805