The Second Vatican Counsel’s document Ad Gentes, the Decree on Mission, clearly states the mission of the Church in the world. “The Church has been divinely sent to all nations that she might be ‘the universal sacrament of salvation.’ The very nature of the Church is missionary and she is summoned by Christ (Mt. 5:13-14) with urgency to bring the message of Christ to the four corners of the world.
The Diocese of Charleston, which itself is not long out of being a missionary status Diocese, carries out this responsibility through the Office of the Propagation of the Faith. Although our office is small, with only myself and our coordinator Helena Moniz, we take this work seriously. We have done work in India, Nepal, Ecuador, Fiji Islands, and Africa. With God’s help and direction, we intend to continue to follow the Gospel command to preach the good news to all lands and all peoples.
We believe that our mandate to bring the “good news” to all people constitutes the essential mission of the church.
“Go therefore making 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.” – Matthew 28:19-20
In light of Christ’s mandate, the Diocesan Mission Office supports missionaries and their work of proclaiming and witnessing to the Gospel of Jesus Christ in developing countries. The Mission Office works to include the local Church in missionary activity by mission education and inviting the ministries of the diocese to both contribute to and learn from the missions. It also encourages area parishes to form parish to parish relationships, which unite the people of God from different nations.
The Mission Office motivates the Church of Charleston, SC to support the worldwide work of the Missionary Church through prayer, works of justice, and financial offerings. Material support is provided through various diocesan appeals.
Rev. Msgr. Edward D. Lofton, Director
Helena Moniz, Associate Director