Celebrating and supporting vital work of missionaries

Bishop Enrique “Kike” Figaredo Alvargonzalez (second from right) with visitors to the Arrupe Centre and Outreach Program (Catholic Mission)

Today marks the beginning of World Mission Month, a time when Catholics join together to support and celebrate global missionary work. Source: Catholic Mission.

It also marks the feast day of St Therese of Lisieux, the patron of the missions.

“October is an opportunity for us to give particular attention to the work of mission,” says Catholic Mission National Director Fr Brian Lucas.

This year World Mission Month focuses on the essential work of priests, religious and lay missionaries in Cambodia, supporting people with disability and their families.

“Through our prayerful support and solidarity, and through our generosity we are able to make available resources to those mission churches,” Fr Lucas said.

“To help spread the Gospel, and also to be of service to people who are often very vulnerable.”

The Arrupe Centre and Outreach Program, run by Bishop Enrique “Kike” Figaredo Alvargonzalez in the Apostolic Prefecture of Battambang in northwest Cambodia, is an example of how the Church is empowering children and young adults with disability.

Dara was just 11 years old when he lost his hand and most of his eyesight after finding an unexploded landmine on his family farm. But thanks to the Arrupe Centre, and Catholic Mission supporters with their prayers and generosity, Dara has received practical support and healthcare to help continue his education.

“These COVID times are challenging for everyone but the missionaries of the Church are still present, still available in service of the people,” Fr Brian said.

Details: www.catholicmission.org.au/cambodia

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