MEANING OF PMS
PONTIFICAL: means, under the office of the Supreme Pontiff For/of/under The HOLY FATHER.
MISSIONARY: to do with the mission of Jesus Christ – reaching out to others in Prayer, service and monetary/material contribution.
SOCIETIES: (groups) organized interested, appointed people join /work / support / cooperate to achieve the given objectives.
THE ROLE OF PMS
- To raise missionary awareness in different ways (sessions, distributions of materials etc.
- To teach and mind the people of God in the local church about the universal mission of the Church and their obligations in the universal Church.
- To promote missionary cooperation through prayer, service and monetary/material contribution for the mission of the Church.
- To collect and raise funds for the universal mission of the Church.
- Promote special prayers for the universal mission of the Church (mass, missionary rosaries, private prayers and devotions etc.).
The Holy Father: Leader of Missionary Cooperation, PRAYS for the mission of the Church every day.
THE FOUR SOCIETIES OF PMS
All the four societies started in the 19th Century in France as answers to the needs the church had at that time. With time the societies spread to Europe and other parts of the world.
- THE SOCIETY OF THE PROPAGATION OF FAITH.
- Founded in Lyons-France in 1822 by Pauline Jaricot.
- It aims at awakening interest in worldwide evangelization in all sectors of the people of God i.e. families, Small Christian Communities, Parishes etc.
- It aims at promoting among the different local churches, the spirit of assisting and helping in the evangelization of the world through spiritual and material help and by exchange of apostolic personnel.
- The basic working day of this society is MISSION SUNDAY which is observed worldwide. The collections made on this day are sent to the society in Rome.
2. THE PONTIFICAL SOCIETY OF SAINT PETER THE APOSTLE.
- Founded in France in 1889 by Jane and Stephan Bigard
- In 1929 final approval and establishment of headquarters at the sacred congregation in Rome.
- It aims at helping in the development and training of local clergy in the missions.
- It provides scholarships for seminarians and contribute to the building and running of seminaries in the mission countries.
- Today the scope has been broadened to include both men and women in religious life.
- To fulfil these aims, the society depends on the promotion of prayers and sacrifices of the faithful for the promotion of missionary vocations.
- The basic working day of this society is VOCATION SUNDAY. The money collected on this day is sent to the society to fulfil its aims.
3. THE PONTIFICAL SOCIETY OF HOLY CHILDHOOD
- Founded in 1842 as an outcome of the meeting between Miss Jaricot and the Bishop of Nancy, Msgr. Forbin Janson.
- It awakens in children a missionary awareness and to lead them to a sharing of spiritual and material resources with poor children in other countries.
- The society aims at providing for the needs of children in mission lands.
- Many children in mission lands, through dioceses and parishes have been helped in their needs; academic, material, development and many others including Mzuzu Diocese.
- This society sows the seed of genuine Christian attitudes and true missionary spirit on the children.
- The basic working day of this society is EPIPHANY SUNDAY. The money collected on this day is sent to the society to fulfil its aims.
4. THE PONTIFICAL MISSIONARY UNION
- Founded in 1916 by Fr. Paul Mana
- It aims at stimulating growth in mission awareness among priests, religious men and women, candidates to the priestly and religious life as well as other persons engaged in the pastoral ministry of the Church.
- Thus, all who are called to spread the faith have to be united
- Their unity in missionary work will foster and strengthen the success of the other three societies.
BY: FR. PHILIP NUKA SHABA ( THE PRESENT PMS DIRECTOR OF MZUZU DIOCESE).