Logo for Extraordinary Missionary Month October 2019Extraordinary Mission Month 2019

In 2019, to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Pope Benedict XV’s Apostolic Letter Maximum Illud, Pope Francis has announced the Extraordinary Missionary Month October 2019. Pope Francis wants this extraordinary missionary month to rest on four points:

  • For each Christian to strengthen his or her personal encounter with Christ
  • Rediscover the value of the saints and martyrs
  • To deepen the doctrine
  • To practice charity

With these four elements, Pope Francis wants ‘there to be a mess in the diocese, I want you to go outside. I want the Church out in the street!’

Baptized and Sent

The Holy Father has chosen the theme ‘Baptized and Sent: The Church of Christ on a Mission in the World’. Awakening the awareness of the missio ad gentes, and reinvigorating the responsibility of proclaiming the Gospel with new enthusiasm, are themes that combine the pastoral concern of Pope Benedict XV in Maximum Illud with the missionary vitality expressed by Pope Francis in the Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii Gaudium: ‘Missionary action is the paradigm of every work of the Church’ (EG 15).

‘The Pope is clear that it is necessary to renew the ardor and missionary passion because, in fact, we need more missionaries. The fundamental question is to discover because I don’t think that it is known that the mission is the proper name of the relationship between Christ’s Church and the world.’  Fr. Fabrizio Meroni, Pontifical Missionary Union

Rome will offer materials to inspire, provoke and stimulate reflection. However, even though the Pope will preside over some public events from Rome, the Vatican wants every diocese to live this extraordinary month with absolute freedom. More information, including testimonials, voices from the missions, and a guidebook for dioceses is available on the Vatican’s official EMM2019 website HERE.