In celebration of the Extraordinary Month of Mission (EMM2019), Catholic communities and groups are reawakening the spirit of mission and reaching out to share the light of Christ’s love.

This October will be a special time for the Church around the world. As well as World Mission Sunday on 20 October, Pope Francis has declared an Extraordinary Month of Mission (EMM2019). It will be a special time of prayer and celebration for the whole Church. And the Catholic Women Organisation (CWO) of Mzuzu diocese, Malawi, is planning a special mission to remote communities along Lake Malawi.

Jane Mkandawire Lungu, diocesan president of the CWO, is preparing missions to parts of the Mzuzu diocese that are difficult to reach. Along with chaplain of the Organisation, Fr Mark Mkandawire, a group of Catholic women will set out on Friday 11 October to visit Usisya, Ruarwe, Khondowe and New Salawe.

The spirit of Maximum Illud

Ms Lungu explained: ‘We have developed this missionary programme to celebrate the Extraordinary Mission Month of October 2019 and World Mission Sunday, in line with the message of Pope Francis and the encouragement of our bishop.

‘On Friday 11 October we will travel by boat no less than seven hours from Nkhata Bay to Usisya. On Saturday 12 we will reach the three communities along the lake to celebrate the Word and the Eucharist and distribute rosaries. On Sunday 13 we will celebrate in Usisya.

‘The commitments made for this month will help us Catholic women to rediscover the missionary dimension of our faith in Jesus Christ, as bestowed upon us through baptism’.

Encouraging people on the outskirts of society

Fr Vincent Mwakhwawa, National Director of Missio in Malawi, said:

‘I am impressed by our Catholic women who, moved by the spirit of the Apostolic Letter Maximum illud of Benedict XV and the message of Pope Francis for World Mission Day 2019, want to share their Catholic faith and encourage those who live on the outskirts of society.’

‘Our hope is that EMM2019 and World Mission Day will raise awareness among all Catholics to reach those who live on the outskirts,’ Ms Lungu said. ‘With the help of God, we can contribute to the construction of prayer centres in the most disadvantaged areas’.

Missio in Malawi

The Catholic community in England and Wales is supporting missionaries in Malawi as they bring the light and hope of Jesus to poor and vulnerable communities. We recently shared the inspiring work of Sr Sonia, who is running a crucial medical clinic in Lisanjala

And the CWO’s mission for EMM2019 shows how we can all be inspired with the missionary spirit received at baptism.

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Get involved with EMM2019

Pope Francis has declared October 2019 to be an Extraordinary Month of Mission (EMM). This special month of prayer and action calls us all to renew our missionary commitment. We’re called to share the Good News of Jesus Christ with all peoples. You can find out more about EMM2019 and get involved here>>

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