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Universality in All ThingsMaureen Crowley Heil

It seems that as soon as I tell a person who I've met in a church that I've never visited that I'm a 'first-timer," I hear the same response: Be sure to make your three wishes! How this ...

'Prophets of a Future Not our Own' Maureen Crowley Heil

Bishop Ken Untener, of Saginaw, Michigan, wrote the following prayer for a homily given by Cardinal John F. Dearden of Detroit at a Mass for departed priests in 1979. The prayer has been published and ...

Join a Worldwide Movement: The Pontifical Mission SocietiesMaureen Crowley Heil

Often enough, when people think of The Pontifical Mission Societies (TPMS), it is through the lens of wealthier countries helping to plant the seeds of the Gospel in under-funded countries and then continuing ...

Keep the Fire Burning Maureen Crowley Heil

On January 9, for the first time, we will be marking the feast day of our founder, Blessed Pauline Jaricot, who was beatified in May 2022. Pauline boldly spent her life and her life savings to further ...

A Challenge for 2023: Feed the HungryMaureen Crowley Heil

"The Shepherds went in haste to Bethlehem and found Mary and Joseph, and the infant lying in the manger." (Lk 2:16) The scene of Jesus' birth in Saint Luke's Gospel has become so romanticized ...

Be a Gift to the Missions for Christmas Maureen Crowley Heil

The girls at Saint Athanasius School in Zambia say, "Thumbs up!" for clean water! Thanks to donors to The Society for the Propagation of the Faith, a well was dug and a pump installed. The result? Improved ...

A Man of God who Risked LoveMaureen Crowley Heil

Last week, our Mission Family lost one of our most vibrant members. Father Jimmy Jeanfreau was the Director of our Pontifical Mission Societies office in New Orleans and a dear friend of mine. If you ...

What's on Your Christmas Wishlist? Maureen Crowley Heil

If you're like me and are of a certain age, your Christmas list shrinks every year. My husband and I promised each other early on that power tools and kitchen gadgets were not personal gifts. They ...