(Formerly the Association for the Propogation of the Faith, APF) comprising the Association of the Propogation of the Faith; The Society of St Peter the Apostle; Mission Together (Holy Childhood); Pontifical Missionary Union.
The APF is the world-wide network of Pontifical Missionary Societies.
It works in England and Wales with the Mill Hill Missionaries. The APF grew out of a small movement founded in 1822 by the Venerable Pauline Jaricot in Lyon, France. Pauline encouraged factory girls to pray for the missions and save pennies to help missionaries abroad.
A century later when it had been established in almost every country world-wide Pope Pius XI made it the official mission-funding society of the church.
We support the Mill Hill Missionaries through the famous red boxes which can be found in 200,000 houses and have raised millions for the missions.
St Joseph’s Missionary Society, Mill Hill, the only English missionary society, was founded by Fr (later Cardinal) Herbert Vaughn in 1886. It was one of the first societies to introduce lay missionaries. Its priests, brothers and lay associates now work in 27 countries and all continents.
The Society of St Peter the Apostle is the official fundraising body for the training of clergy and religious is mission countries. It was placed under papal patronage in 1922 and tasked to help every seminary in the developing world – currently supporting 1069 dioceses, funding 31,000 seminarians and 10,000 novas. We support a named seminarian and have promised to provide £600 while he is studying. An annual collection is taken on his behalf.
Missio is a registered charity No 1056651. Gift forms are available for tax payers contributing through the boxes. Box holders receive a quarterly magazine Mission Today and a liturgical calendar. In his encyclical Redemptoris Missio (Mission of the Redeemer, 1990 www.vatican.va) Pope John Paul wrote
“…the task of the missions is to bear witness to and proclaim salvation in Christ”.
To support the missions is to be a missionary. Boxes are available from your local secretary.
APF Office: 23 Eccleston Square
Tel: 0207 821 9755
Canon James Cronin
Fr Richard Biggerstaff
Tel 01273 473309