Our summer season of Mission Masses is off to a great start! We were blessed to join supporters and volunteers from the Archdiocese of Cardiff on 18 May, for a special Mission Mass at the Cathedral of St David, which introduced our new Diocesan Director, Sr Maureen Davies.

It was such a pleasure to be with Missio supporters in Wales for this wonderful celebration. Mass was celebrated by Archbishop Mark O’Toole who was joined by Fr Anthony Chantry, Missio’s National Director for England and Wales, and Fr Greg Price, Missio Trustee.

In his homily, Fr Chantry thanked everyone for coming; especially the Local Secretaries, Supporters and Promoters, as Mission Masses are always a great opportunity to thank them for their amazing work.

Our starting point

Fr Chantry noted that it had been 49 days since the celebration of Easter: the Resurrection of Jesus, ‘which determines everything we do, and the driving force of Mission’.

He explained that our celebration of Easter sets the tone for the coming year, because:

‘Once we have met the Risen Christ, our lives can never be the same. And once we have met the Risen Christ, we cannot just keep it to ourselves.’

Fr Chantry explained that the essence of Mission is letting others share in that joy we receive at Christ’s Resurrection. And, as Pope Francis has explained, the message is always the same: it is the message of God’s immense love for each one of us, shown through Christ.

So what next?

From this starting point, said Fr Chantry, Christ then asks us what we will do with the love shown for him. It’s not enough to know it ourselves, he explained:

‘I think Jesus might say “Well, I can hear the bees but I can’t see the hive!” – we’ve got to demonstrate the love God shows to us, to others. That is Mission – being defined by compassion; reaching out to those in need, by forgiveness; by building peace; by challenging injustice.’

Missio, he explained, is an essential channel through which the Church promotes, shares, and supports this mission.

Our Mission around the world

Fr Chantry shared stories from Mongolia, home to the youngest church in the world, started from scratch by missionaries, and the work they are doing to care for those most marginalised and forgotten in society.

He also shared stories from Cameroon, where the Church finds itself caught ‘right in the middle’ of opposing sides in the ongoing civil war, precisely because it provides care to all and the hope of resolution. Fr Chantry recalled the incredible bravery of missionary Priests which he witnessed on his last visit, the love missionaries bring to people in need, and the hope which their faith instils in them.

Fr Chantry explained that through Missio, supporters and volunteers here in Wales play a vital part in bringing Christ’s love to all people, through their prayers and generous donations.

A gathering of friends

After Mass we gathered in the Mostyn Room where Sr Maureen Davies, the new Diocesan Director for the Archdiocese of Cardiff, spoke to volunteers and supporters. Sr Maureen assured them of her prayers for their ministry and expressed how much she is looking forward to working alongside them to promote Missio.

We want to officially welcome Sr Maureen to the role of Diocesan Director and thank her for growing the Missio presence in the Archdiocese. May God bless you and guide you in your mission, Sister!

Diolch!

A huge ‘thank-you’ to Archbishop O’Toole, Fr Michael Doyle, and the Cathedral community for your warm welcome, your support, and for hosting a wonderful Mission Mass. We can’t wait to come back to Cardiff Archdiocese and look forward to journeying forward with you all as missionaries in Christ!

 Join us for Mission Mass

Throughout the year, Mission Masses and Mission Animation Events take place across England and Wales to celebrate all things ‘mission’, pray for missionaries, and come together in prayer. Click here for gatherings happening near you>>

If you’d like to talk to someone about arranging a talk from a Missio representative in your parish, please get in touch.

With thanks to Alun John for the use of all images.