I invite you to join with me for a special mission celebration!
The World Mission Dinner on May 2, 2012, will celebrate our unity as "one family
in mission" and renew our commitment to support, through prayer and sacrifice, our
extended family in the Missions. Your presence and assistance at the World Mission
Dinner make you an integral part of a holy, far-reaching work of the Church the sacred task of
bringing people in touch with the reason for all our hope, the Person of Jesus Christ.
The Catholic Church in mission lands is indeed often the only source of hope and help for the poorest and most vulnerable of our brothers and sisters half a world away. Concretely, the Society for the Propagation of the Faith, the Holy Childhood Association and the Society of St. Peter Apostle keep the following going day in and day out:
- 9,000 clinics, caring for the sick and dying
- 10,000 orphanages, providing a place of safety and shelter
- 1,200 schools, educating children in some of the poorest parts of the world
- 80,000 seminarians in training for the priesthood
- 9,000 religious Sisters and Brothers in formation programs
...all of these operating in 1,150 mission dioceses, mostly in Asia and Africa where the poorest of
the poor receive an education, and health care, while experiencing the loving heart of the Lord
through the service of priests, religious Sisters and Brothers, and lay faithful.
The proceeds of this World Mission Dinner will directly benefit those works.
I prayerfully hope you will join us at our World Mission Dinner on May 2, 2012 at The Pierre Hotel
in New York City. I encourage you to "RSVP" in the affirmative through this website.
We are delighted to have our local archbishop and now member of the College of Cardinals, His
Eminence, Timothy Cardinal Dolan joining us together with the Pope's representative here in the
United States, Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò. And we will be honoring, as "Pontifical Ambassadors
for Mission," Mary Higgins Clark, author and philanthropist; His Eminence, Theodore Cardinal
McCarrick, and Lawrence "Larry" Kudlow, economist, television/radio host, and a convert to our
As my beloved predecessor Archbishop Sheen would say to end his radio broadcasts: "God love you! Pray for our missionaries."
Very Reverend Andrew Small, OMI, STD
Pontifical Mission Societies in the United States
Bishop Bejoy D'Cruze, OMI leads the new Catholic Diocese of Sylhet in Bangladesh. The Catholic Church
here serves the small tribal community who are employed on the country’s 132 tea estates. Most workers
earn about 50 cents a day, and cannot afford daily necessities, including food, clothing and housing.
Education and health care are among the services the Catholic Church provides. The Pontifical Mission
Societies support such outreach to the poor of Bangladesh.
Special guests to be with us for the evening include Mr. Eduardo Verástegui, well-known for his leading role in the pro-life movie, Bella.
He will star in the upcoming movie For Greater Glory (Cristiada), the chronicle of the Mexican martyrs, set for release nationwide in June 2012.