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Thanks to Volunteers, We're Having a Mary-athon!Maureen Crowley Heil

April 20th is National Volunteer Day. We can think of no better group to honor than our own wonderful, dedicated people who give to the missions with their time and talent. Before our shutdown closed ...

Sharing God's Love in Helpless Situations Maureen Crowley Heil

A great blessing of this ministry is that many of the missionaries I meet become my friends. Although we exist in very different parts of the mission world -- they go, stay, and live the work, while I ...

Finding God on the BridgeMaureen Crowley Heil

Once again, the headlines bring more news of terror inflicted on Catholics as they worship. On Palm Sunday, the Sacred Heart Cathedral in Makassar, Indonesia was targeted by two suicide bombers. Thankfully, ...

Telling the Stories, Making Connections Maureen Crowley Heil

One of my favorite parts of this ministry is speaking at parishes, giving mission appeals. Speaking at every Mass in a parish that (most times) I have never attended is a great experience for so many ...

This Rose by Any Other Name ... Was a Mission HeroMaureen Crowley Heil

George Rose would be the first one to tell you that he lived a life full of blessings. Although his father died when George was only three and his mother worked multiple jobs to raise the family, George ...

Vital Support for Mission Priests Maureen Crowley Heil

We are blessed that many Catholics in the Archdiocese of Boston follow the time-honored custom of requesting a Mass to be celebrated for their loved ones, living or deceased, or for special intentions. ...

Sowing the Seeds of FaithMaureen Crowley Heil

Our Mission Family is blessed by the multitudes of "farmers" around the world -- men and women called by God to plant the seeds of our faith wherever He sends them. We call them missionaries; the crop ...

Finding Saint Joseph Around the World Maureen Crowley Heil

To mark the 150th anniversary of the declaration of Saint Joseph as Patron of the Universal Church, Pope Francis issued an Apostolic Letter entitled "With a Father's Heart". The Holy Father also declared ...