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Living Water for the MissionsMaureen Crowley Heil

"The Church offers her maternal care to all children and their families, and she brings them the blessing of Jesus." -- Pope Francis Imagine the hopelessness you would feel if you were unable to provide ...

Called to the Priesthood: A Different Seminary Life Maureen Crowley Heil

When young Deogratias Ekisa felt a call to the priesthood in Uganda, he knew that his family would not be able to shoulder the burden of the education necessary to prepare him. He describes his upbringing ...

A Solomon's ChoiceMaureen Crowley Heil

Throughout the many (Arch)diocesan mission offices around the world, we often refer to ourselves as One Family in Mission. We feel strongly that, united by a common faith and desire to see that faith ...

Sister Pauline Fortin: Celebrating 65 years of 'Yes!' to Christ Maureen Crowley Heil

Growing up in Kingston, Rhode Island, Sister Pauline Fortin remembers being a sixth-grade student in what she called "Sunday School" when she first heard God speak to her heart. She felt him calling her ...

Do Not Fear, I Am With You! (Is 41:10)Maureen Crowley Heil

Sister Stan Therese Mumuni runs the Nazareth Home for God's Children in the Diocese of Yendi, Ghana. She currently cares for almost a hundred children, all with some level of physical or mental challenge. ...

Do You Miss Your Missionaries? Maureen Crowley Heil

With all the changes we've come to view as the "new normal" as practicing Catholics this summer, one may have slipped past us as we worry about Mass sign-ups, sanitizers, and facemasks. Many parishes ...

And a Little Child Shall Lead ThemMaureen Crowley Heil

As we wrap up a very busy and productive month of promoting "Fatima", the Movie and raffling off a pilgrimage to Fatima and Lourdes in 2021, we were reminded of the importance of coming together as a ...

From Fatima to Waltham and back! Maureen Crowley Heil

These last few weeks have felt like "All Fatima! All the time!" for us here in the Mission Office! And what a delightful time it has been as we have drawn ever closer to the Blessed Mother by concentrating ...