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MISSION & Archbishop Sheen

Venerable Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen published the first issue of MISSION magazine in the spring of 1951.  As its founding editor, then Monsignor Sheen wrote:  “The purpose of MISSION is to ‘comfort the afflicted and to afflict the comfortable’:  to comfort the afflicted by bringing the impoverished of body and soul, bread and the Eucharist; to afflict the comfortable by reminding them that they need the poor more than the poor need them.” 

“To wed the afflicted and the comfortable is our humble mission, our dedicated task, our abiding love,” he concluded in that first editorial.

Today, more than 60 years after that editorial was written, this publication continues to introduce readers to the mission story, making the vital connection between those who hear the Good News of Jesus – and those who support the work and witness of the missionaries who proclaim the reason for our hope, Jesus Christ.



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“The audience is always there, the opportunities are ever present.”

This was the answer that Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen gave when asked about faith and the media. And he took full advantage of those opportunities, hosting the first religious television show in New York, even with few television sets in the entire city. The audience for his weekly radio program, The Catholic Hour, reached four million. “I was born in the electronic age, when light waves are used to communicate the Word,” Archbishop Sheen said.


On radio and television, as in this magazine, Archbishop Sheen encouraged all to respond to the Lord’s presence in our world – to reach out to Him in the poor and marginalized, the forgotten and the abandoned in the Missions.

Show me your hands. Do they have scars from giving? Show me your feet. Are they wounded in service?” In those broadcasts and in his writings, he connected you with those whose hands and feet are weary from service, but who remain joyous for your generous connection to their efforts. If Archbishop Sheen were writing MISSION today, he would tell you about Sister Marie Madeleine in Cameroon, working to build classrooms to educate some 350 little ones. Just $20 provides for a desk; $1000 will buy plaster and cement. And he would no doubt write as well about Father Dennis in Sri Lanka, seeking to educate the poorest of the poor by providing scholarships. (See more about these two change-makers in our world today in this MISSION Update).

Imagining this former National Director of the Society for the Propagation of the Faith on the scene today, I could see him seizing the opportunities presented by digital media to speak about the Missions, his “greatest love.” Continuing his legacy, we launched our new Missio App this September during the visit of Pope Francis. Missio puts people in direct contact with missionaries around the world, like Sister Marie Madeleine and Father Dennis, and with the communities they serve. Like MISSION, Missio provides opportunities for more mission support, adding to the generosity such as you provide on World Mission Sunday each October.

“Show me your heart. Have you left a place for divine love?” Archbishop Sheen would say. By your prayers and support, your hearts are truly connected to the loving hearts of missionaries around the world who reveal the Lord’s love and mercy to those in greatest need.

Yes, the opportunities are ever present. And I give thanks for your responding to them to make a difference for your mission family half a world away.



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