Pontifical Mission Societies



The Pontifical Mission Societies (PMS) are the Pope’s chief representatives to help bring the Good News of Jesus to the world, especially in countries where the church is new, young or impoverished. More than one-third of local Catholic communities today are considered Mission Territory, which includes about three-fourths of the world's population. The National Office in New York City is one of 120 located throughout the world.

PMS encompasses:

  • The Society of the Propagation of Faith
  • Missionary Childhood Association (MCA)
  • Pontifical Missionary Union (PMU)
  • Society of St. Peter the Apostle (SPA))


A 2012 -2013 Prayer Movement: World Mission Rosary

During the Year of Faith, the Pope has asked all of us to be part of a great Prayer Movement focused on the person of Jesus Christ and faith in Him. This Prayer Movement — to which we are all called — will be centered on the World Mission Rosary.

Pray the World Mission Rosary: “Renewed energy to the mission of the whole Church.”

                                                                                                                                                                   Pope Emeritus Benedict



The Society for the Propagation of the Faith assists the Catholic Church’s 1,150 mission dioceses and territories providing pastoral care, building churches and chapels, developing evangelizing programs and preaching the Gospel effectively. The first collection for SPF in 1822 went to the immense diocese of Louisiana that covered territories from Florida to Canada.



A Young Woman’s Vision for Transformation

View the video celebrating the 150th anniversary of the foundress for the Society of the Propagation of the Faith, Venerable Pauline Jaricot “ The Match that Lit the Fire.”



Children Helping Children

The Holy Childhood Association changed its name to the Missionary Childhood Association (MCA). This recent change was made by the Pontifical Mission Societies in the U.S., after thorough consultation with diocesan staff nationwide, emphasizes the missionary nature of the association’s work and brings it into alignment with MCA worldwide. Today, MCA continues to follow the vision of Bishop Forbin-Janson – “children helping children.” After learning about the great needs of the world’s poorest children, young people are invited to pray and to offer financial help so that children in the Missions today may know Christ and experience His love and care.