The work of Catholic Mission

The work of Catholic Mission continues to inspire people, young and old, across the Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle to make a positive difference in disadvantaged communities around the world.

This is shown through awareness raising activities and financial support provided annually to Catholic Mission projects.

For example, all parishes of the Diocese participate in our annual Church Appeal, while schools are invited to run annual mission support activities. Many do so in October, which is World Mission Month. Other important sources of support come from generous individuals who commit to our regular giving programs such as Children’s Mission Partners or the CSO’s Teachers Helping Teachers workplace giving program.

So, who is Catholic Mission? We are the international missionary agency of the Catholic Church in Australia. Compelled by the message, life and love of Jesus Christ, Catholic Mission raises funds for mission and brings together Australians for mission, both in Australia and around the world.

Catholic Mission works with communities around the world to bring the fullness of life to all people through a range of crucial projects. From catechism training to water and sanitation facilities, the initiatives we support address needs identified at the grassroots level, as local church leaders serve their communities by planning and implementing these projects. At Catholic Mission, we provide the funding and program support to ensure their long-term sustainability.

Catholic Mission encourages our supporters to consider how ‘You are Mission!’

Many have taken to heart Pope Francis’ invitation to trade the couch for a pair of walking shoes and to get up and make a difference in the world. The irony is that they do not need to travel great distances to make a great difference. Motivating for mission in their own schools, parishes and communities has generated a lot of fun, awareness raising and effective fundraising activities among the community.

In 2017-18, people across our Diocese contributed $445,949, enabling life-saving medical and health education projects in Uganda and child-focused education and teacher-training projects in Myanmar. 

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Mark Toohey

Mark is the Diocesan Director for Catholic Mission in the Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle.