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What is a Catechist?Maureen Crowley Heil

If you were to look up the word catechist in a dictionary, you'd find a few different meanings. Most of us think of catechists as volunteers who teach the faith to children at our parishes. Some may ...

Pray for Haiti, Pray for Peace Maureen Crowley Heil

For those in ministry on the front lines of the missions, life can be chaotic and dangerous. Nothing illustrates this more than the messages we have been receiving lately from our friends at Hands Together ...

Investing in the Future Leaders of Our ChurchMaureen Crowley Heil

Kelvin was born into a non-Christian family in Nigeria. As a young boy, he felt moved to serve his neighbors. As he matured, he became more aware of the poverty of his fellow Nigerians. When he was led ...

Wanted: Good Samaritans Maureen Crowley Heil

I'm a collector of many things. If you could peer into my office, you would see gifts and keepsakes from many mission countries. With each visit, I try to bring home items that represent the local ...

Who We Are: Faith, Mission, and UniversalityMaureen Crowley Heil

At our recent National Conference of the Pontifical Mission Societies in the United States (TPMS USA), we had a special guest with us: Archbishop Giovanni Del Toso, President of TPMS at the Vatican. Many ...

Walk With Us Maureen Crowley Heil

It's no secret that the pandemic has wreaked havoc with everyone's plans over the last few years. Included on that long list, for those of us in The Pontifical Mission Societies (TPMS) ministry, ...

Extending a Missionary WelcomeMaureen Crowley Heil

While visiting Pontifical Mission Societies (TPMS) projects in the missions, I can always count on one thing -no matter how well planned the itinerary is, something will interrupt it. Because our TPMS ...

Be the Match! Maureen Crowley Heil

There is so much to say about our recently beatified founder, Blessed Pauline Marie Jaricot, I could write for weeks! Lest people think that Pauline was a hero of her times and celebrated during her life ...