Pontifical Mission Society

The Pontifical Mission Society provides for a global network of people who are making the difference for the poor and forgotten.  The Pontifical Mission Society is comprised of four organizations:

  • The Pontifical Society for the Propagation of the Faith
  • Pontifical Society of Saint Peter the Apostle
  • Pontifical Association of the Holy Childhood
  • Pontifical Missionary Union

Since 1922, the Pontifical Mission Societies have been the official missionary arm of the Church charged with the work of evangelization and charitable works throughout the world. Our work also provides mission awareness and supported by our benefactors, raises funds for the poorest mission churches of the Catholic Church.

Today, this “family” of mission societies is the church’s primary means to inform Catholics about her worldwide missionary work and encourage their active participation – through Prayer and Sacrifice – in those efforts.

Two main objectives of the Propagation of the Faith are Missionary Animation and Sharing of Resources. Missionary Animation reminds and encourages each baptized Catholic his or her privilege and obligation to witness and to proclaim the Good News of Jesus. Missionary Animation also offers education and information regarding the life of the Church in other countries and strives to nourish and encourage missionary vocation. Sharing of Resources involves the dedication of those who go to a foreign land to share their presence, their personal gifts, and their faith; it also involves the sharing of financial resources.


The Pontifical Society for the Propagation of the Faith seeks Prayer and Sacrifice for the world’s missions, it has offices within 1,120 dioceses in Asia, Africa, Oceanic, Pacific Islands, and Latin America. It provides financial support to mission bishops for day-to-day expenses and special projects. It supports pastoral and evangelization programs, catechists and catechetical work, the building of churches and chapels, the work of Religious communities in health care and education, and for communication and transportation needs.