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Monsignor’s Message – World Mission Sunday

Posted on Oct 12, 2017 in Monsignor's Message

This is a message from Msgr. Kieran Harrington, Vicar for Communications for the Diocese of Brooklyn that appears in The Tablet:

Next week, on Oct. 22, we celebrate World Mission Sunday. This celebration, which focuses attention on the work of the Church through the Propagation of the Faith, is a visible extension of the Great Commission given to the Apostles. Jesus reminds us of the call to “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you.” (Mt 28:19-20). Most of us cannot travel to far-off and dangerous parts of the world to proclaim the Gospel. Missionaries take up that work and are supported by our prayers, acts of penance and charitable support. This World Mission Sunday, I am thinking of Father Stanley Rother, a priest of Oklahoma City who ministered to the people of Santiago Atitlán in Guatemala. He lived, like the people he served, in extreme poverty. During the civil war that ravaged the country, many people sought refuge by living in their parish churches. Father Stanley’s name appeared on a “kill list” and still he refused to abandon his people. He was murdered on July 28, 1981 and declared a martyr June 14, 2015. Let us reflect on his mission and sacrifice.

May God bless you,
Monsignor Kieran Harrington, V.E.