“Go into the whole world and proclaim the gospel to every creature” (Mark 16:15) is the command Jesus gave to his disciples before his Ascension. Proclaiming the Good News has and still is the mission of all the baptized. The witness of the faithful, and their example of living the Christian principles, inspires others to embrace the faith. In order to deepen and strengthen the faith, teaching and preaching are part of the process, as is the joyous witness that the Lord is the center of our life.
Since 1886, Missionary Benedictines are involved in this ministry. The efforts of evangelization are manifested in pastoral ministry, especially in the celebration of the Sacraments. A major focus is faith formation and the outreach to people in our care.
At one time missionary work might have been coined as one of “mortar and brick” especially at the pioneer time when churches, schools, and hospitals were established. However, the human being was and always will be in the center as we share Christ’s message.