The Pontifical Mission Societies, known in some countries as Missio, is a Catholic worldwide network of missionary animation and cooperation that is under the canonical jurisdiction of the Bishop of Rome (the Pope).  These Societies include:

The Society for the Propagation of the Faith

The Holy Childhood Association

The Society of Saint Peter the Apostle

The Missionary Union of Priests and Religious

Since 1922, Missio has been the Catholic Church’s official support organization for overseas mission.  It raises awareness and fosters prayer and cooperation throughout the whole Catholic Church, bringing the message of Christ to the world, especially in countries where Christianity is new, young, or poor.  The societies care for and support the younger Churches until they are able to be self-sufficient.  Missio exists through the generosity of Catholics.

At present, Archbishop Giovanni Pietro Dal Toso is appointed the President of the Pontifical Mission Societies.


“A dynamic Philippine Church responding to the call for Universal Mission.”


The Pontifical Mission Societies in the Philippines, in collaboration with the local Church, commits to:

  1. Promote passionately the goals and objectives of the Four Pontifical Societies (Pontifical Society for the Propagation of the Faith, Pontifical Society of the Holy Childhood, Pontifical Society of St. Peter the Apostle, Pontifical Missionary union);
  2. Enhance active participation of Diocesan Mission Directors and Collaborators;
  3. Increase missionary consciousness among the People of God;
  4. Foster spiritual cooperation;
  5. Promote vocation, especially for mission ad gentes;
  6. Bring efficient collection of material and financial support for mission endeavors.