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​We have a higher mission, connected with others to share the faith — wherever they may be. Mission is at the heart of the Christian faith. The Good News of Jesus Christ must be announced, lived, and shared — from our home communities, to Third World countries, and to all places in between.

In the Diocese of Greensburg, we understand that Catholics are called to continually recommit themselves to the Church’s missionary activity through prayer, sacrifice, and action.

In his 2017 message for World Mission Day, Pope Francis reminded us, “The Church is missionary by nature; otherwise, she would no longer be the Church of Christ, but one group among many others that soon end up serving their purpose and passing away.”

And while we recognize that we can share Jesus Christ with people around the world, this Christ-given mission also can take place in our own backyards.

Recognizing that every human being needs to experience Christ’s message of love and mercy, we provide many opportunities in the diocese to realize this mission.

Additional information and resources for The Society of the Propagation of the Faith can be found at

MCA International Bulletin

Click to open.The most recent newsletter from the MCA International General Secretariat (October 2022) has been received from Sister Roberta Tremarelli, AMSS, Secretary General of the Missionary Childhood Association (MCA) in Rome.

This issue features "voices of children" in the Missions, including from Myanmar, Albania, Nicaragua, and Uganda.

 Mission Work

​​The Pontifical Mission Societies of the Diocese of Greensburg, responding to the church document "Mission Ad Gentes," continues to vigorously pursue its role in the evangelization of peoples. This is accomplished through educational programs, appeals from workers in the mission fields, and the charism of prayer. Together we bring forth the kingdom of God.
_MotherTeresa.gifMother Teresa
More than a decade after her death, Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta, known as the “Saint of the Gutters” for her work with the poor, still inspires the faithful to dedicate their lives to serving others. "In her, we perceive the urgency to put oneself in a state of service, especially for the poorest and most forgotten, the last of the last," said then Pope Joh​n Paul​ II, Oct. 19, 2003, during the beatification of the beloved Nobel Prize-win​ning nun, who died in 1997 at the age of 87.


Today, the sisters and brothers of Mother Teresa’s order, the Missionaries of Charity, founded in 1950, continue her work in the slums of Calcutta, India, and around the world.

J. Sheen

Evangelization was a gift for Archbishop
Fu​lton J. Shee​n​
, one of the best “spokesmen” the Catholic Church has ever had. He spread the word to the masses via a national radio broadcast beginning in 1930, and, later, a weekly prime-time television program that reached millions. Archbishop Sheen 
was director of the Society for the Propagation of the Faith from 1950 to 1966, when he was named bishop of Rochester, N.Y. 


"Everything that you have so tirelessly accomplished in the past, by deed and by the spoken word, to feed Christ's flock has won for you universal acclaim. We now nourish the fond hope that in the future you will vigorously undertake even greater things,” said then Pope Paul VI, in a 1966 letter appointing him to the post.

 2019-20 MCA Christmas Artwork Contest

 How To Help

The Mission Office encourages individuals of all ages to dedicate time, talent and treasure to the local and world missions. 
_april_smith.jpgEach month, the Mission Office receives more than 100 requests from missionaries, schools and religious communities locally and from around the world. The office reviews each request and, if able, extends assistance. Funds come from the people of the diocese, the Mission Cooperative Program and collections held throughout the year.
Local Missions
The Ligonier-based Rich in Mercy Mis​sion Institute works to meet the material and spiritual needs of the poor in Haiti. The Institute sponsors “reverse mission” pilgrimages and support in the form of medicine, medical and school supplies, and other goods to clinics, schools and orphanages, as well as grants for educational scholarships and sustainable development projects.

Rendu Servi​ces, based in Dunbar, provides services to needy people in Fayette County, including a mobile health van, parish nursing and a monthly food bank. Rendu Services also partners with the Fayette County Housing Authority to provide an after-school program and educational and recreational activities for children, educational and recreational programs for adults, and health and recreational programs for families.
​The Mission Office also assists seminarians from mission-funded dioceses attending Saint V​incent Seminary in Latrobe. The seminary is the fourth oldest Catholic seminary in the United States, shaped by the Benedictine heritage of liturgical prayer, study, hospitality and community. 

 Worldwide Missions
​​Catholic Volunteer Network, established in 1963, is a non-profit membership organization of 215 domestic and international volunteer and lay mission programs. They foster and promote full-time domestic and international faith-based volunteer service opportunities for people of all ages, backgrounds, and skills. As the leading membership organization of Christian volunteer and mission programs, we support and enhance the work of our members through volunteer recruitment, training and resources, networking opportunities, and advocacy.

Partners in Progress​ (PIP) is a national, Pennsylvania-based, non-profit corporation founded in 1999 by members of the Pittsburgh Regional Haiti Solidarity Committee. Their mission is to partner with rural-based organizations in Haiti to strengthen and build cultural, economic, natural resource and social assets for sustainable community development.

Get Involved in Mission Work Resources

A Simple House
Our motto is to wonderfully and radically fall upon the cross of Christ for grace and support.  A Simple House began in Washington, DC in 2003, and in 2009, a house was founded in Kansas City, MO.


Catholic Relief Services (CRS)
​Catholic Relief Services was founded in 1943 by the Catholic Bishops of the United States to serve World War II survivors in Europe. Since then, we have expanded in size to reach more than almost 100 million people in 93 countries on five continents.


Holy Childhood Association (HCA)
The Missionary Childhood Association (MCA) offers young Catholics and their families opportunities to
make those daily connections.


Lay Mission Helpers
​Millions of people need education, healthcare, and support. Together we are doing something about it. Lay Mission-Helpers serve in a variety of different professions and strive to live a simple life in solidarity with the poor.


From Our Diocese

Karen Hunka, a diocesan resident and parishioner from St. Florian, United, writes about her experiences as a Lay Mission-Helper. While writing her blog in Ghana, Africa, she proclaims the Good News of Jesus Christ. 


Mission Santa Maria
​Mission Santa Maria is a U.S.-based non-profit organization helping children and youth in Ecuador.  We have been raising money in the United States since 2007.


Prosan Catholic Radio Program
​Prosan, is a registered non-profit organization located in Lima, Perú that produces and distributes evangelization human development radio programs in Spanish and Quechua for the Catholic Church in Latin America. 


The Society for the Propagation of the Faith (SPOF)
​Founded by the Venerable Pauline Jaricot, the Society for the Propagation of the Faith seeks prayer and sacrifice for the world’s Missions, now some 1,150 dioceses in Asia, Africa, the Pacific Islands, and remote regions of Latin America.


United States Catholic Mission Association (USCMA)
The United States Catholic Mission Association (USCMA) is the only association of US Catholic mission-sending and mission-minded organizations and individuals. USCMA supports the activities and efforts of US-based home and international missionary groups by providing opportunities for these groups to gather, share, and learn from one another.


 Mission Cooperation Plan

The Mission Cooperation Plan directs missionaries into parishes across our diocese once a year to describe the conditions of their country and solicit ​funds for particular needs. Through this plan, 27-30 missionary groups visit our parish communities. Those who visit the parishes are selected by the diocesan director of the Mission Office from a pool of hundreds of request​s. The money collected is then forwarded to the specific group through the Mission Office. 

 Our Response to Mission Work Questions

​​Many individuals have questions surrounding missionary work, the Pontifical Mission Societies, or where their money actually goes once they decide to make a contribution to a cause or appeal. Some of our responses to the top questions we receive are listed below. If you have an additional question that we might be able to assist you wit​h, please don't hesitate​ to contact our diocesan Mission Office​ directly at 724-837-0901. 
expand Question : A priest from India just visited my parish during his homily, he asked for help for his diocese. Does the money I offer during this special collection get sent to the Pontifical Mission Societies? ‎(1)
expand Question : How are my donations distributed to the missions? ‎(1)
expand Question : How can I get someone to speak to our school or group about missions? ‎(1)
expand Question : How can I help the missions of the world through the Pontifical Mission Societies? ‎(1)
expand Question : Our parish has a special relationship with another parish in the developing world. I help to support this relationship through financial contributions and volunteer work. Do I still need to support the work of the Pontifical Mission Societies? ‎(1)
expand Question : What are the Pontifical Mission Societies? ‎(1)
expand Question : What do these organizations do? ‎(1)
expand Question : What does the term "pontifical" mean? ‎(1)
expand Question : What is World Mission Sunday? ‎(1)
expand Question : What makes the Pontifical Mission Societies unique from other mission organizations? ‎(1)
expand Question : Where are the Pontifical Mission Societies located? ‎(1)