2420 Branch Pike
Cinnaminson, NJ 08077
Office Hours: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday
Under the Office of the Bishop, the diocesan Office of Missions, which is comprised of the Pontifical Mission Societies, exists to promote mission awareness and support for the various programs.These Pontifical Mission Societies include the Society for the Propagation of the Faith, the Missionary Childhood Association, the Mission Union of the Clergy and the Society of St. Peter the Apostle.
Thank you for your interest in the Office of Missions of the Diocese of Trenton. We enthusiastically embrace the challenge of our baptismal commitment to Jesus Christ, and are privileged to participate in his mission, embodied in the Church, to build unity among all peoples in the world. We hope you will join us in our work through the many activities and programs we offer. We invite you to contact us if you need additional information.
The Pontifical Mission Societies consist of The Society for The Propagation of the Faith, the Missionary Childhood Association, The Society of Saint Peter Apostle, and the Missionary Union of Priests and Religious. The Pontifical Mission Societies have, as their primary purpose, the promotion of the universal mission spirit—a spirit of prayer and sacrifice— among all baptized Catholics.
The first three Societies, in carrying out that goal, invite baptized Catholics to express their missionary commitment by offering their prayers, personal sacrifices and financial support for the work of the Church in the missions. The missionary Union of Priests and Religious works to deepen mission awareness among priests, men and women Religious, catechists, and educators so that they are fully prepared to take on the mission formation of the faithful. These four Societies each received the title “pontifical” in 1922 to indicate their status as official instruments of the pope and the Church worldwide.
The Office of the Pontifical Mission Societies supports 1,150 struggling mission dioceses around the world. Programs are offered to parishes and schools to promote mission awareness, as well as the spiritual and financial support of the Church’s home and foreign missions.
The 107 parishes across Burlington, Mercer, Monmouth and Ocean Counties are preparing to cultivate the “missionary heart” of the Diocese of Trenton this summer as missionaries from throughout the world make their annual visits and offer appeals for support.
While parishes have hosted missionaries in May, June, and July, several dozen others are scheduled for visits throughout the summer months. Parish listings that will be visited this summer TBA soon.
Mission Reach Out, sponsored by the Office of the Pontifical Mission Societies, offers grammar schools, religious education programs, and high school students of the diocese the opportunity to hear personal witness from missionaries who have served in various countries. Students are challenged to fulfill their baptismal call to mission by invigorating their mission identity, learning about global trends in mission, and offering prayerful and sacrificial support.
Each Reach Out is highlighted by the celebration of a mission liturgy at which the bishop serves as principal celebrant. For more information contact the Diocesan Pontifical Mission Societies at 609-267-7729.
Elementary and High School Reachout will not be held in the usual annual format this year. Instead, at the request of the Bishop, we have incorporated the Reachout with the Catholic Schools’ Mass, October 15, 2015, 10:30 am, at St. Mary’s Cathedral, Trenton.
Sr. Lisa Marie Valentini, Missionary Sisters of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, will be speaking prior to Mass on her mission experiences and the purpose of mission involvement.