The Irish branch of the Pontifical Mission Societies, formerly known as World Missions Ireland, is being rebranded as ‘Missio Ireland’. The rebranding of the Pope’s official charity for overseas mission takes place ahead of the annual collection on World Mission Sunday which helps to fund the work of missionaries abroad.
‘Missio Ireland’ will be part of a global network of charities, serving the Church in over 120 countries. Many of these are already known as Missio and, to honour the continued collaboration and union between all the Missio offices, and to harness the energy of the Missio family worldwide, it makes sense to adopt the Missio name.”
The chairperson of Missio Ireland, Kieran O’Reilly SMA, Archbishop of Cashel and Emily, said, “‘Missio Ireland’ is a positive name change as it embraces its global nature. As a global Church community, we depend on one another, on our shared prayer, solidarity, and generosity. World Mission Sunday, and the mission month of October, calls on every person, in every parish, in every corner of the world to stand together to share what they can, no matter how little. It also challenges the traditional idea that mission work is solely done by overseas missionaries. Mission is at the heart of every Christian’s baptismal call. It invites each one of us to consider the part we can play in changing our own lives and the lives of others.”