Catholic Mission is the official mission aid agency of the Catholic Church, providing practical, spiritual and emotional support to communities in 160 developing countries world-wide, encouraging all people to be active participants, not passive recipients, of assistance.
Catholic Mission has two complementary tasks:
- To inform and educate the people of Australia about Mission and Justice in the world today;
- To encourage individuals, parishes, schools and community groups to share their time, talents, money and prayer with desperately poor communities overseas and in remote country dioceses of Australia.
Areas in which Catholic Mission is actively involved:
Assisting those threatened by chronic shortages of food, health care, religious and general education. Internationally, Catholic Mission allocated $24,733.930 to 2495 projects for childrne in 2003. Of this amount, Australia contributed $1,096,627 to 111 projects. A great deal of money was collected through the Children's Mission Partners Program, where Partners contribute a specified amount - as little as $15 a month - for use in child-oriented programs eg. the Our Lady of Mount Carmel Centre in Ngao, Thailand, which feeds, clothes and provides education for local village children.
Assisting communities by offering spiritual healing and practical help to communities with the greatest need. This is also accomplished here on a local level by the contributions made through Children's Mission Partners, and a new initiative, Wine Aid. For every case of superb quality wines sold - at affordable prices - $12 is donated to the work of Catholic Mission. Details are available through the diocesan office.
Seminaries and Novitiates
Supports the education, formation and physical well being of young women and men entering the priesthood and religious life in developing countries.
These every day needs are addressed with sensitivity and care which allows and encourages the people to maintain their dignity and self-esteem. Each local community invites our assistance for their particular needs. This commitment and dedication to the poor is a living witness, making Jesus known to the world.