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BAPTIZED AND SENT
- THE CHURCH OF CHRIST ON MISSION IN THE WORLD -
Pope Francis announced the Extraordinary Missionary Month October 2019 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Pope Benedict XV's Apostolic Letter Maximum Illud.
For the Extraordinary Missionary Month, the Holy Father has chosen the theme ‘Baptized and Sent: The Church of Christ on a Mission in the World’. Awakening the awareness of the missio ad gentes, and reinvigorating the responsibility of proclaiming the Gospel with new enthusiasm, are themes that combine the pastoral concern of Pope Benedict XV in Maximum Illud with the missionary vitality expressed by Pope Francis in the Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii Gaudium: "Missionary action is the paradigm of every work of the Church" (EG 15).
How to Live Your Own Extraordinary Missionary Month
There are four dimensions, specified by the Pope, to live more intensely the journey of preparation for the Extraordinary Missionary Month October 2019:
- A personal encounter with Jesus Christ living in His Church through the Eucharist, the Word of God, personal and communal prayer;
- Testimony: missionary saints, martyrs and confessors of the faith, as an expression of the Church scattered throughout the world;
- Missionary formation: biblical, catechetical, spiritual and theological;
- Missionary charity.
Columban missionaries doing outstanding work
Watch a series of videos of Columban priests, sisters, lay missionaries and co-workers from around the world sharing their stories of Mission. Watch the videos here.
Mission in Myanmar
Columban Fr Eamon Sheridan works in a drug rehabilitation centre in Myitkyina, Kachin, North East Myanmar. The program deals with the three aspects of addiction – physical, mental and spiritual. They try to help their clients understand that they suffer from a disease and not from a moral failing.