Our priests and brothers are sent wherever our missionary presence is most needed. For more information about our foreign or U.S. missions, click on the links below.
In villages without roads, water, schools, or clinics, native peoples struggle for bare survival. Missionaries work to create cottage industry so rural families will not just survive, but thrive.
The focus of our multiple works in Brazil centers around the unique manifestations of injustice and exploitation there: crusading against corruption; prison ministry; providing economic alternatives to ecological exploitation; as well as addressing the effects of injustice on parishioners.
In urban areas ravaged not just by poverty but constant violence, missionaries evangelize by walking alongside the poorest of the poor in every conceivable way, sharing the real dangers of their daily life.
We, the CICM religious missionaries of the Province of the Dominican Republic, as members of a multicultural community at the service of the people and the local Church and moved by the Holy Spirit, strive to follow the example of Jesus Christ in trying to fulfill our mission. We find our inspiration in our founder and the confreres who have preceded us in this country.
We proclaim the Kingdom of God – a kingdom of peace and justice and integrity of creation and universal brotherhood – together with the poor, marginalized and excluded with whom we live.
We live this mission in a spirit of dialogue and close collaboration with the local Churches, as prophetic presence, respecting their specific nature. Faithful to our charism and aware of the temporary nature of our missionary presence, we live and work in frontier situations and strive to respond to the extreme situations of injustice that exist in this country.
Convinced that the Father is the Lord of the Harvest and that we are his collaborators, we dedicate ourselves completely to mission, aware that our collaboration with Him shall become effective, though not always perceptible, only to the extent that with courage, intelligence, humility, generosity and prayer, we remain witnesses of His unconditional love.
Coming from different countries, we wish to bear witness to universal brotherhood by experiencing our differences as a means of mutual enrichment. This universal brotherhood in Christ, willed by the Father, is lived in apostolic communities made dynamic by our CICM charism.
We live among people of which the great majority is Muslim. In the poor suburbs of Dakar as well as in the northern Sahel region we animate local Christian communities in view of proclaiming and witnessing to the Good News of Jesus Christ. As CICM missionaries, we intend to meet the poor in their richness, working with them so that the message of liberation might be heard.
We place ourselves at the service of first evangelization by building and animating small Christian communities, privileged places where the proclamation of the Good News can be lived, and by training lay leaders.
We take part in the people's development and human promotion, in their will to take their own responsibility, and in their struggle against all forms of injustice and oppression.
Our missionaries of different races and cultures live and work together as brothers in order to bring the Good News of Jesus Christ wherever it is most needed. We achieve our mission when we facilitate the encounter between Jesus Christ and the "nations". Our mission includes enabling people to experience the coming of the Kingdom - proclaimed by Jesus Christ - in their own God-given context.
Called and sent to proclaim the Good News of salvation we commit ourselves henceforward:
In urban areas filled with street children and surrounded by poverty, injustice and exploitation abounds. Missionaries provide refuge and hope through a special kindergarten for young children.
We come from different countries and cultures; our desire to follow Jesus Christ and our commitment to the mission He entrusted to the Church unite us in view of God’s coming Reign. One Heart, One Soul
We foster knowledge of and interest in the country’s religious traditions in view of mutual enrichment and collaboration. We reach out through publications to people who ask existential questions and try to answer them.
We journey with youths in schools and youth movements, and discover with them their possibilities and strive to realize them in line with Christ’s message of Love.
Responsive to the call of the Father through His Son Jesus Christ to proclaim the Good News of Salvation to peoples and cultures and inspired by our founder Theophile Verbist, we have left out country of origin in order to be of missionary service to the Church of Indonesia and Singapore… Living in the midst of a population diverse in cultures and faith traditions, ethnic and social-economic backgrounds… we devote ourselves to missionary presence and witness; we always seek to be in dialogue with and in service of the Church; in our pastoral ministry we stress evangelization, the Word and the Sacraments, and formation of lay people with a view of making them self-supporting. We also promote missionary vocations.
Kindled by the love of God and His Spirit alive in the peoples within our Sino-Mongol District,our missionaries of different races and cultures, are called by Christ to proclaim the Good News to all Creation…With the people we are sent to, and inspired by the liberating Gospel of Jesus, we journey together while trying to discern the presence of God in their respective lives and cultures, through respectful and constructive dialogue.
Being and becoming “One Heart, One Soul”, by living in international communities and engaging in team work, we bear witness to the universal brotherhood, and we are signs of solidarity and unity among the particular Churches and the Universal Church of Jesus Christ. Through our simple life style, we express our solidarity with the poor, and we are “living witnesses” through modesty, hospitality and sharing.
At “Missionhurst,” the idyllic 11-acre Arlington hilltop property from which Missionhurst-CICM gets its name, several missionaries oversee the necessary administrative and fundraising functions of the religious order. They minister in several Virginia parishes, and we also offers hospitality for spiritual retreats at the Missionhurst house and chapel.
We evangelize among the urban and rural poor southside of the Hispanic community with several parishes in San Antonio’s West Side.
North Carolina was among the first places missionaries came in the United States, on a rural mission that also included vast counties in Virginia. True to their mission among the rural poor, they continue to pastor where needed.
In a society in which values have become relative and faith has hardly any place, but which is still in search for meaning, in the belief that our CICM vocation is to proclaim the Gospel where it is not known nor lived, we opt for a proclamation of the Good News of Jesus Christ that meets the expectations of our society, knowing that this requires consistency between life and words as well as a constant personal and communal interiorization of this Good News…In a society in which inequalities, individualism and violence are growing, and in which conscience is being manipulated by a certain type of information, in the belief that our CICM vocation urges us to denounce whatever wounds the human person and to proclaim the Kingdom of God, we opt to commit ourselves to the associative world and to other groups in view of promoting education for justice, peace and universal brotherhood. We are particularly eager to reach out to the youth to help them in their growth, knowing that this requires understanding and a sympathetic approach of the associative world and a permanent concern to awaken the consciences.
As we continue to place ourselves at the service of the Filipino people, helping to build up and strengthen indigenous communities of faith, we shall strive to help raise the missionary consciousness of the local Church by the promotion of the missionary vocation among the youth of the land and the formation of Filipino missionaries for overseas mission.
We are challenged evermore to concentrate on our calling to proclaim the gospel, assuming the roles of heralds and pioneers, but respectful always of the values and creativity of the Filipino people, thus witnessing to the universality of Christianity and the incarnation of God's love through Christ in this world.
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