Catholic Mission is the Australian agency of the international Pontifical Mission Societies.
Locally and globally, we answer the call to love God and love our neighbour, and work to establish the Reign of God through building communities of missionary disciples of Jesus who share their faith by proclaiming the Word, serving people in need, acting for justice and creation, and adopting child-focused development programs.
Compelled by the message, life and love of Jesus Christ, we form Australians for mission and raise funds for mission—in Australia and around the world. This enables heroic missionaries to reach out to help children and communities in need, and provide vital training for seminarians and other young Church leaders.
Catholic Mission operates in over 160 countries to support initiatives in 1,100 dioceses, including remote Australia. Grassroots needs are identified by local Catholics, to give people the opportunity for a full, enriched life—physically and spiritually—regardless of race, stigma, religion or gender.
Catholic people are called to give priority to Catholic Mission as the agency provides essential funding for the Church in Africa, Asia, the Pacific and parts of South America. Internationally Catholic Mission is called the Pontifical Mission Societies or Missio, and historically is known as Propagation of the Faith, Children’s Mission and St Peter Apostle.
How We Fund Projects
Catholic Mission operates through the international structure of the Catholic Church and is part of the international Catholic network known as the Pontifical Mission Societies. Catholic Mission respects the principle of “local initiative” and “self determination” as all project funding requests originate from an existing community or work, often from a parish community or a religious congregation.
Catholic Mission has three sources of funding for different types of Church works:
- Funding projects for children younger than 15 years of age. These are most commonly schools, orphanages, rehabilitation centres, health and nutrition programs, and care for pregnant mothers.
- Funding projects that assist the whole parish community in their pastoral work. These projects often include the construction of parishes and meeting rooms, presbyteries or living stipends of priests and religious. A large portion is for the training of local catechists in mission stations, far from parish centres, who are the mainstay in the faith formation of the community.
- Funding projects for the training of priests and religious brothers and sisters in their initial years of training, or novitiate.
Though the requests come from parishes or groups within the diocese, they must communicate with the local bishop and inform him of their request. All approved requests are then made to the Pontifical Mission Societies’ headquarters in Rome for consideration by the National Directors of all 160 Countries where Catholic Mission exists.
Within Our Diocese
The people of the Rockhampton Diocese support Catholic Mission through their annual activities including World Mission Month, Socktober and other appeals. People also generously provide regular or one-off donations and bequests.
The Diocesan Director for Catholic Mission is Mr Greg Clair.
You can visit the Catholic Mission website for further informationView Website
Mr Greg Clair
Diocesan Director – Catholic Mission
07 4887 3083 / 1800 257 296 firstname.lastname@example.org PO Box 611
Rockhampton Qld 4700