ALLOUEZ — Kressner Handmaids Children’s Home is an orphanage in Accra, Ghana, West Africa. Its mission is to give children hope and a better life by providing for basic needs, education and medical care. Since 2016, support received from the Catholic Foundation Missionary Cooperation Plan Appeal (MCP) of the Diocese of Green Bay has helped the children’s home build a school dormitory, acquire classroom blocks and provide a 40-foot container filled with clothing, school supplies, furniture and medical supplies. The MCP also helped to fund the building of a medical clinic which is currently being furnished.
“Your foundation is a great backbone to our mission,” said Sr. Angela Dassinor, speaking about the financial support received from the Catholic Foundation’s World Mission Services. Sr. Angela serves her congregation in Ghana and the orphanage as a sister of the Handmaids of the Divine Redeemer. She hopes to see the clinic open soon to provide needed medical treatment.
Sr. Angela’s mission was one of 38 missionary groups invited by Bishop David Ricken to participate in the 2021 MCP in the Diocese of Green Bay. The 2021 Appeal was very successful, raising a record $425,260.65 in our parishes to help our missionaries. This means $11,191.07 was distributed to each group. This is the largest-ever distribution provided from our MCP to participating missionary groups.
“Our parishes welcome our missionaries with open arms each year and our generous parishioners open their hearts, giving both prayer and financial gifts to MCP,” said Cindy St. Aubin, World Mission Services director. “All monies raised go directly to our missionaries.”
The World Missions office receives more than 300 applications each year for MCP from missionary groups based in Africa, India, Philippines, Guatemala, Vietnam, Haiti and other locations around the world.
The Catholic Foundation’s World Missions Services promotes MCP yearly. Thanks to Bishop Ricken, all 156 parishes in the diocese host a MCP missionary group. Groups participating in the 2022 MCP will have the opportunity to make a personal appeal for financial support between May 15 and Sept. 15.
Missionaries help to educate people on the challenges they are facing and the needs of the church on a global level. The support of people from across the diocese goes a long way in helping their missions. “I would like to thank your foundation, Bishop Ricken and all those who contribute to the foundation for the missions,” added Sr. Angela.
Under the direction of the Catholic Foundation for the Diocese of Green Bay Inc., World Mission Services helps serve the global needs of the church by promoting the missionary spirit of Christ’s Gospel. Through World Missions Services, missionary priests received over $5,530 in Mass stipends in 2021. Rosaries are also shipped worldwide to share the gift of prayer.
World Missions Services is responsible for diocesan consolidated collections, disaster relief collections and the Holy Land Collection on Good Friday. Supported projects can be found in the World Mission Services Projects Booklet at catholicfoundationgb.org/projects.
Among these is the Dominican Republic Mission, which the Diocese of Green Bay has supported for nearly 60 years. World Missions Services also distributes local grants from monies collected for the Rice Bowl through Catholic Relief Services (CRS) and the Diocese of Green Bay.
World Mission Services also serves as the diocesan representative to the Pontifical Mission Societies. These include the Society of the Propagation of the Faith and the Missionary Childhood Association (MCA). The Pontifical Mission Societies have been the official missionary arm of the Catholic Church for 100 years and support more than 1,100 mission dioceses.
“World Missions is a joy, and it warms my heart to know the impact and difference that each and every one of us can make globally through prayer, action and financial gifts,” said St. Aubin. “This is what we as Catholics are called to do.”
People in the Diocese of Green Bay gave nearly $2 million in financial support to World Mission Services in 2021, she added.
Readers can support the 2022 MCP by giving to the collection at their parish. For more information, contact World Missions Services at (920) 272-8192 or email [email protected].
Bobka is a marketing specialist for the Catholic Foundation for the Diocese of Green Bay.