The Extraordinary Missionary Month October 2019

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Pope Francis announced the Extraordinary Missionary Month October 2019 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Pope Benedict XV's Apostolic Letter Maximum Illud.

The Theme

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:

  1. A personal encounter with Jesus Christ living in His Church through the Eucharist, the Word of God, personal and communal prayer;
  2. Testimony: missionary saints, martyrs and confessors of the faith, as an expression of the Church scattered throughout the world;
  3. Missionary formation: biblical, catechetical, spiritual and theological;
  4. Missionary charity.

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The logo of the Extraordinary Missionary Month October 2019 The logo of the Extraordinary Missionary Month October 2019 is a missionary cross where the primary colors refer to the five continents. 

The Cross is the instrument and direct sign of communion between God and man for the universality of our mission, and through its vibrant colors, a sign of victory and resurrection. The world is transparent because the action of evangelization has no barriers or boundaries, it is the fruit of the Holy Spirit. Christian charity and the world transfigured in the Spirit overcome distances and open the horizon of our minds and hearts.

The words Baptized and Sent next to the image indicate the two characteristics of every Christian: baptism and proclamation. 

The primary colors of the Cross are referred to the five continents: red for America, green for Africa, white for Europe, yellow for Asia and blue for Oceania.

The red recalls the blood of the American martyrs, seeds for a new life in the Christian faith.

Green is the color of life and symbolizes growth, fruitfulness, youth and vitality. It is also the color of hope, one of the three theological virtues.

is the symbol of joy, the beginning of a new life in Christ: this is the challenge that the old Europe is facing, so that it may be able to regain the evangelizing strength from which it was generated thanks to so many churches and saints.

Yellow is the color of light, which nourishes itself with light by invoking the true Light.

Blue is the color symbolizing the water of life that quenches our thirst and restores us along the path to God. It is the color of heaven, a sign of God's dwelling with us.

Mission Rosary

Bishop Fulton Sheen, who is now deceased, created the Mission Rosary for people to pray for the World and places where evangelization is on-going.

His desire was for the Mission Rosary to aid the Holy Father and the propagation of faith throughout the World.

Green symbolizes the forest and grasslands of Africa.

Blue symbolizes the oceans surrounding the islands of the Pacific. 

White symbolizes Europe where the Holy Father lives.

Red symbolizes the fire of faith that brought missionaries to the Americas.

Yellow symbolizes the morning light of the East and ‘beginning of civilization’ for Asia/ Middle East.

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On Mission Videos

On Mission Videos

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