The Pontifical Mission Societies are One Family in Mission, these four societies are:
- Society for the Propagation of the Faith
- Missionary Childhood Association
- Society of St. Peter Apostle
- Missionary Union of Priests and Religious
Under these four societies, which form one institution with the aim according to their statues is “the promotion of a universal missionary spirit in the hearts of the People of God”. Their common task is to keep before us the essential truth that “The pilgrim Church is missionary by her very nature, since it is from the mission of the Son and the mission of the Holy Spirit that she draws her origin, in accordance with the decree of God the Father.” – (Ad Gentes 2)
Under the direction of Congregation for the Evangelization of People and the Bishops, the Pontifical Mission Societies exists now in more than 120 countries. Each society seeks to promote prayer and sacrifice for the world-wide mission of Jesus. Over 1,100 dioceses in Asia, Africa, Oceanic and Latin America, receive assistance from the general funds distributed globally on the basis of need.