The Congregation of the Immaculate Heart of Mary (CICM) was founded in 1862 by a Belgian diocesan priest, Fr. Theophile Verbist, for the evangelization of China. Missionhurst-CICM missionaries give witness to the universal love of God by living among the people, sharing in their privation,and participating in the day-to-day effort needed to achieve lifelong spiritual and material changes.
Fr. Charles Phukuta Khonde, CICM has been elected as the New CICM Superior General. Father Khonde has served on many boards and committees, including two terms on the Missionhurst provincial finance committee and one term on the U.S. provincial council. He also served on the board of directors for the Africa Faith and Justice Network, headquartered in Washington.