Mission “is that dynamic that leads you to be a neighbor to others to share the gift you have received: the encounter of love that changed your life and led you to consecrate your life to the Lord Jesus, good news for the life and salvation of the world,” the pope said Feb. 8.
World Mission Sunday is a day set aside for all Catholics worldwide to celebrate their individual and communal call to mission, to solidarity, to unity, to witness and to evangelization both near and far.
The most desolate places in the world in need of Christ are where people are indifferent, even hostile to God and his love. The church’s mission is to bring the faith to the ends of the earth, especially to these “extreme peripheries,” Pope Francis said.
When Kateri Mancini first started working at the St. Cloud Mission Office 11 years ago, her position was called, “mission educator.” Though she was excited to provide mission learning opportunities to people across the diocese, something about the title just didn’t seem to fit.