"Spare a thought and prayer for our brothers and sisters overseas who are scrambling desperately to survive in the face of so much relentless adversity," says WMI director Fr Michael O'Sullivan.
The mission of Viatores Christi is to work in solidarity with partner organisations to improve the lives of local people by improving access to basic services.
According to information gathered by Agenzia Fides, 29 missionaries were killed throughout the world including 18 priests, 1 permanent deacon, 2 religious men, 2 nuns and 6 laypeople.
Thousands of life-changing projects have been implemented with one common thread: Misean Cara members working in solidarity with a community to address a real and immediate need.
“With every contract signed, every meal provided and every diploma granted, Sr Orla Treacy advances the status of women and the cause of peace in South Sudan.”
“Today, Columban missionaries are at the forefront of teaching about reconciliation and justice, caring for the earth, our common home, and pointing out how the poorest peoples of the world suffer most from the throwaway culture of greed and waste.”
“You have been wonderful ambassadors for Ireland and for your faith. By your actions you have humbled us, and by your words you now draw the attention of our country to climate justice.”
"Our true success is reflected in the lives that are changed for the better in places that face extraordinary challenges, such as South Sudan, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Malawi, and parts of Kenya and India. It is inspiring to see a life transformed due the active care and belief of a missionary.”
“The missionary movement is firmly enshrined as a key part of our national heritage,” former president of Ireland, Mary Robinson, writes in the Foreword of ‘The Legacy of Irish Missionaries Lives On’.
“We in Ireland are not at all used to the humility demanded by the fact that we might have something to receive," IMU president Sr Kathleen McGarvey OLA.
The Church has provided great spiritual, human and material support to the people making a decisive contribution towards Timor Leste’s process of liberation.