Missionary work is a vital part of the work of the Church. We are all called to be missionaries in some way. Pope Francis, in his message for World Mission Day 2019 entitled, ”Baptized and Sent: The Church of Christ on Mission in the World” states that “I am a mission, always, you are a mission, always; every baptized man and woman is a mission.” He goes on to emphasize how we, as baptized Catholics, are missionary by means of our baptism. We each have a missionary mandate from the Church which ultimately flows from the mandate of Christ Jesus.
Not all missionaries are called to go directly into the missions. St. Therese of Lisieux is a prime example. She lived her missionary calling in the monastery. She was never able to physically go into a mission area and serve. However, she was named as Patroness of the Missions by the Church because she lived her calling as a missionary so well. Some, however, are in a position to physically minister in a mission area and are being called to share their time and talents as a missionary.
The Glenmary Sisters are offering an opportunity for single women, age 30+, to come and work in the mission fields of the United States in the rural southern areas for up to three months with a Sister. If you are discerning a tug in your heart from the Holy Spirit to spend some time in the missions, but are not able to commit an extended amount of time, the Glenmary Sisters Volunteer Program may be a perfect fit for you. Please take the time to read through our Volunteer Program information. We will be happy to speak to you about the possibilities that we offer.
May St. Therese of Lisieux, Patroness of the Missions, pray for us!
I look forward to hearing from you.
Sincerely in Christ,