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Extraordinary Missionary Month

During the Angelus Prayer on World Mission Sunday, October 22, 2017, Pope Francis publicly announced to the whole Church his intention to designate an Extraordinary Missionary Month for October 2019 (EMM OCTOBER 2019) to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Pope Benedict XV’s Apostolic Letter Maximum Illud. On the same day, the Holy Father sent a letter to Cardinal Fernando Filoni, Prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples (CEP) and President of the Supreme Council of the Pontifical Mission Societies (PMS). He entrusted him with “the work of preparing for this event, especially by raising awareness among the particular Churches, the Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life, and among associations, movements, communities, and other ecclesial bodies.”

In order to reignite the baptismal awareness of the People of God in relation to the mission of the Church, Pope Francis provided the following theme for the Extraordinary Missionary Month: “Baptized and sent: the Church of Christ on mission in the world.” In fact, reawakening an 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 Evangelii Gaudium: “missionary outreach is paradigmatic for all the Church’s activity” (EG 15). It is about placing “the mission of Jesus at the heart of the Church, making it the criterion for measuring the effectiveness of her structures, the results of her labours, the fruitfulness of her ministers, and the joy they awaken. For without joy, we attract no one.” (Meeting with CELAM Executive Committee, Bogotá, September 7, 2017).

The commitment to personal and communal conversion to Jesus Christ crucified, risen, and alive in his Church, will renew the ardour and passion for witnessing to the world the Gospel of life and Paschal joy (cf. Lk 24:46-49) through proclamation and Christian living.

There are four dimensions, specified by the Pope, to live more intensely the journey of preparation for and implementation of the Extraordinary Missionary Month — October 2019:

  1. A personal encounter with Jesus Christ living in his Church: in the Eucharist, in the Word of God, and in 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

Extraordinary Missionary Month–October 2019: Resources

Poster Board with 4 Dimensions of the Extraordinary Missionary Month
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Banner Image for the Extraordinary Missionary Month
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1. Reflections:

A personal encounter with Jesus Christ living in his Church: in the Eucharist, in the Word of God, and in personal and communal prayer.

List of English/Spanish PDF with Daily Scriptures

2. Testimony:

Missionary saints, martyrs, and confessors of the faith as an expression of the Church scattered throughout the world.

List of English/Spanish PDF

3. Missionary Formation:

List of English/Spanish PDF

Biblical, catechetical, spiritual and theological

4. Missionary Charity:

Here are ways you can support and donate to missionary groups throughout the year.

  • Mission Cooperative Plan (usually scheduled between March 1st and August 31st). This appeal has missionary groups go to parishes to preach for the purpose of making an appeal for financial support to further the missionary efforts of groups all around the world.
    • To support Mission Cooperative plan, click here.
  • Missionary Childhood Association helps young Catholics to become more aware of our call to mission through our baptism. Showing appreciation of the multicultural dimensions of the Universal Church. MCA has campaigns year round, (including Advent and Lenten campaigns), as well as supports all collections of Emergency Disasters/Natural Reliefs.
  • Society for the Propagation of the Faith rekindles a believer’s heart to the vastness of the missionary horizon through spiritual and material support for the proclamation of the Kingdom of God. It encourages donations through our Lenten Appeal and Summer Appeal.
  • World Mission Sunday is an annual celebration on the next-to-last Sunday in October. This year, World Mission Sunday is October 19th-20th. As described by Pope Saint John Paul II, this is “an important day in the life of the Church because it teaches how to give: as an offering made to God, in the Eucharistic celebration and for all the missions of the world.”
  • Society of St. Peter the Apostle is an invitation to support the education and formation of candidates for the Catholic priesthood in the mission lands and to support the formation of men and women candidates for the Religious life in the Missions.
    • To support Missionary Childhood Association, Society for the Propagation of the Faith, World Mission Sunday and Society of St. Peter Apostle, click here.

Official Church Documents Regarding Missions

LETTER OF THE HOLY FATHER FRANCIS FOR THE CENTENARY OF THE PROMULGATION OF THE APOSTOLIC LETTER “MAXIMUM ILLUD” ON THE ACTIVITY OF MISSIONARIES IN THE WORLD (English)

MESSAGE OF HIS HOLINESS FRANCIS FOR WORLD MISSION DAY 2019(English)

APOSTOLIC LETTER MAXIMUM ILLUD OF THE SUPREME PONTIFF BENEDICT XV (English)

NOTABLE ASPECTS OF MAXIMUM ILLUD (English)

APOSTOLIC EXHORTATION EVANGELII GAUDIUM OF THE HOLY FATHER FRANCIS (English)

REDEMPTORIS MISSIO- JOHN PAUL II (English)

POST-SYNODAL APOSTOLIC EXHORTATION VERBUM DOMINI OF THE HOLY FATHER BENEDICT XVI (English)

DECREE AD GENTES ON THE MISSION ACTIVITY OF THE CHURCH (English)

EVANGELII NUNTIANDI APOSTOLIC EXHORTATION OF HIS HOLINESS POPE PAUL VI (English)

APOSTOLIC EXHORTATIONGAUDETE ET EXSULTATE OF THE HOLY FATHER FRANCIS (English)

Official documents for the Extraordinary Missionary Month (English) 

Official Website for the Extraordinary Missionary Month (English)

Documentos Oficiales de la Iglesia con Respecto a las Misiones

CARTA DEL SANTO PADRE FRANCISCO CON OCASIÓN DEL CENTENARIO DE LA PROMULGACIÓN DE LA CARTA APOSTÓLICA “MAXIMUM ILLUD”  SOBRE LA ACTIVIDAD DESARROLLADA POR LOS MISIONEROS EN EL MUNDO (Spanish)

MENSAJE DEL SANTO PADRE FRANCISCO PARA LA JORNADA MUNDIAL DE LAS MISIONES 2019 (Spanish)

CARTA APOSTÓLICA MAXIMUM ILLUD DEL SUMO PONTÍFICE BENEDICTO XV SOBRE LA PROPAGACIÓN DE LA FE CATÓLICA EN EL MUNDO ENTERO (Spanish)

ASPECTOS IMPORTANTES DE MAXIMUM ILLUD (Spanish)

EXHORTACIÓN APOSTÓLICA EVANGELII GAUDIUM DEL SANTO PADRE FRANCISCO (Spanish)

REDEMPTORIS MISSIO DEL SUMO PONTÍFICE JUAN PABLO II (Spanish)

EXHORTACIÓN APOSTÓLICA  POSTSINODAL VERBUM DOMINI DEL SANTO PADRE BENEDICTO XVI (Spanish)

DECRETO AD GENTES SOBRE LA ACTIVIDAD MISIONERA DE LA IGLESIA (Spanish)

EXHORTACIÓN APOSTÓLICA DE SU SANTIDAD PABLO VI “EVANGELII NUNTIANDI” (Spanish)

EXHORTACIÓN APOSTÓLICA GAUDETE ET EXSULTATE DEL SANTO PADRE FRANCISCO (Spanish)

Documentos oficiales del Mes Misionero Extraordinario (Spanish)

Sitio web oficial para el Mes Misionero Extraordinario (Spanish)