A Library of Catholic Mission Trips

Compiled by Living Fully, Inc.
E-mail: info@livingfullyinc.com
Website: www.livingfullyinc.com

This is not meant to be an inclusive listing. This is a library; the listings are not meant to be recommendations.

This is a resource library for Bishops, Priests, Lay Faithful and for all Dioceses in both North and South America. This library is meant to be personal, allowing you to browse and find your fit.

The following mission programs are available as resources for mission trips of variable length from 1 week to months.

List of Mission Organizations

The Pontifical Mission Societies in the United States

One Family In Mission

This organization is directly under the Vatican. Four missionary societies are linked. This is especially for parish priests in North and South America to volunteer and take parishioners on mission trips.

Parish priests and families may want to subscribe to the great and outstanding “MISSION” magazine for the propagation of faith in their communities. The Pontifical Mission Societies also publish booklets focusing on mission spirituality, mission theology and the call to mission addressed to all the baptized. These publications may be used as part of religious education programs, parish discussion or study groups, as well as a guide for reflection by priests, Religious, seminarians, deacons and lay pastoral leaders. Unless otherwise noted, each publication is 50¢ each. You may order these for your parish groups at the website below.

The Society of the Propagation of Faith

Today the General Fund of the Propagation of the Faith, which gathers gifts from Catholics all over the world — a concept that originated with Pauline Jaricot and her desire to help all the world’s missions — is the basic means of support for the Catholic Church’s worldwide Missions. “The family, whose role is fundamental in nurturing in their children a universal spirit, open and responsive to the world and its problems, and in forming vocations to missionary life.”   ~Pope Benedict XVI, October 19, 2008

Missionary Union of Priests and Religious

Its purpose is to educate and inspire priests, Religious men and women, pastoral leaders and those responsible for catechesis and religious education so that they may better animate others to share their faith and to be missionaries themselves, supporting also the missionary work of the Church worldwide. Through this work the missionary spirit –– a spirit of prayer and generous sacrifice – is developed and nurtured. Provides financial aid.

The Society of St. Peter Apostle

The goal of the Society of St. Peter then and now has been to invite individuals to support the education of candidates for the Catholic priesthood in the Developing World and to support the formation of men and women candidates for the Religious life in the Missions. Today, there are some 30,000 seminarians studying in 500 major seminaries throughout the Developing World.  Support provided through the Society for St. Peter Apostle ensures that these young men may continue to answer the call to serve as priests.

Holy Childhood Association

HCA is unique to other organizations that assist children in the Developing World in that its primary aim is to encourage children to share their faith with children in the Developing World through their prayers, personal sacrifices and financial offerings.

Pontifical Mission Societies in the United States

366 Fifth Avenue
New York, New York 10001
Phone: 212-563-8700
Fax: 212-563-8725

Website: www.onefamilyinmission.org

Ms. Monica A. Yehle, Director of Development & Programs

Email: myehle@propfaith.org

Catholic Network of Volunteer Service

CNVS is a resource for people who are discerning a call to volunteer service, are in service, or have returned from service. They have the most comprehensive volunteer missionary programs available.

CNVS’ RESPONSE Directory of volunteer opportunities is a great resource for you to discover and search opportunities as a missionary. They feature opportunities ranging from 1 week to 1 year or more. Volunteer placements are available in all 50 states, Washington, DC, and in more than 100 countries worldwide. They have opportunities for single and married volunteers including those with children.

Fill out online profile and this will enable all CNVS programs to view your profile. Programs will contact you directly if they offer the type of service you are looking for, and then the application process will begin. Once you have committed to a program please let others know that you are no longer looking. Register online to look up available opportunities on their extensive search engine or you can call at 800-543-5046 for information and advice on service and mission opportunities. You may also want to order your very own RESPONSE directory magazine that has a comprehensive list of all volunteer programs offered.

6930 Carroll Avenue, Suite 820
Takoma Park, MD 20912-4423
USA Toll Free: 1-800-543-5046
Phone: 301-270-0900
Fax: 301-270-0901 ext. 10 or 11

Email: cnvsinfo@cnvs.org

United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

The mission of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops is to support the ministry of bishops with an emphasis on evangelization, by which the bishops exercise in a communal and collegial manner certain pastoral functions entrusted to them by the Lord Jesus of sanctifying, teaching, and governing. USCCB has a number of sub-committee programs, but the one that is most pertinent for our lay missionaries is the Committee on World Missions.

This conference offers appropriate assistance to each bishop in fulfilling his particular ministry in the local Church.

3211 Fourth Street, N.E.
Washington, D.C. 20017
Phone: (202) 541-3000

Website: www.usccb.org

We included the USCCB Bishop in the listing for who they are but there is no department to call for missionary work. They recommend calling another source.

United States Catholic Mission Association

The United States Catholic Mission Association (USCMA) unites and supports people committed to the cross-cultural and global mission of Jesus Christ in service to Church and world.

Parish Priest may contact Father Montoya at 202-832-3112. He has a “Transformation Dialogue Project”; which is a practical program for becoming a missionary in your city. He comes to your parish by invitation. He emphasizes what it means to be a missionary in your own city.

U.S. Catholic Mission Association
Hecker Center
3025 4th Street, NE, Suite 100
Washington, DC 20017-1102
Tel: 202-832-3112
Fax: 202-832-3688

Email: uscma@uscatholicmission.org
Website: www.uscatholicmission.org

The St. Vincent Pallotti Center

The mission of the St. Vincent Pallotti Center is to inspire volunteer service through Catholic-based organizations. We support prospective volunteers during their exploration of service opportunities, strengthen the personal and spiritual development of volunteers while they serve, and assist former volunteers to stay connected to their ideals and their communities.

They will train you for your specific mission.

Order “Connections” magazines, it is a directory of volunteer opportunities for you! Across the country and around the world. It tells where people are, what people do and what their ages are. You can volunteer and go by calling the group listed. The “Connections Directory” has an extensive search engine to help you find the perfect missionary group that best match your skills and interests.

415 Michigan Avenue NE
Washington, DC 20017
Phone: 1-877-VOL-LINK or (202) 529-3330
Fax: (202) 529-0911

Email: pallotti@pallotticenter.org
Website: http://www.pallotticenter.org

The Institute for “World Evangelisation” – also known as ICPE Mission

(Please note that the Italian way of Evangelisation is with an S, rather that a Z.)

ICPE Mission is a Catholic Mission made up of Christians committed to the goal of world evangelisation.

Institute for World Evangelisation – ICPE Mission International Office
Via della Stazione
Aurelia, 95, 00165
Rome, Italy

Phone: +39 06 665 12891

Fax: +39 06 665 12894

Email: imc@icpe.org
Website: www.icpe.org

. . . Contact Information for your missionary questions to offices around the World:

Special note: ICPE abbreviation is the Institution for World Evangelisation’s – ICPE Mission International Office


President: Mario Cappello
Address: Institute for World Evangelisation – ICPE Mission,
International Office
Via della Stazione Aurelia, 95,
00165 Rome, Italy
Phone: +39 06 665 12891
Fax: +39 06 665 12894
E-mail: imc@icpe.org


Directors: Mark & Patricia Dol
Address: Institut für Weltevangelisierung – ICPE Mission,
Allerheiligen 3,
77728 Oppenau, Germany
Phone: +49 7804 97960
E-mail: info@icpe.de
Website: www.icpe.de (in German)


Director: Dominic Osei Kofi
Address: Institute for World Evangelisation – ICPE Mission,
P. O. Box KS 12515, Kumasi, Ghana, West Africa
Phone: +233-51-49925 or 49926
E-mail: ghana@icpe.org


Directors: Fritz & Diana Mascarenhas
Address: Institute for World Evangelisation – ICPE Mission,
Jeevan Daan,
No. 3 Wellington St
Richmond Town
Bangalore 560025
Karnataka, India
Phone: +91 80 22211511
E-mail: icpeindia@gmail.com


Director: Wimpie Santoso
Address: Institute for World Evangelisation – ICPE Mission,
Kav. Polri D XII No.1138, Jakarta 11460, Indonesia
Phone: +62 21 5604345
E-mail: indonesia@icpe.org


Co-ordinator: Noel Chircop
Address: Institute for World Evangelisation – ICPE Mission,
158/2 Guze D’Amato Street,
Paola PLA 05, Malta
Phone: +356 21 697328
E-mail: chircopn@maltanet.net


Directors: Rainer & Lucienne Hensel
Address: Institute for World Evangelisation – ICPE Mission,
St Gerard’s Monastery, 75 Hawker Street,
Mount Victoria,
Wellington, New Zealand
Phone: +64 4 801 7797
E-mail: new-zealand@icpe.org


Director: Jitka Svozilova
Address: Institute for World Evangelisation – ICPE Mission,
5 Gen. Lim cor., Gen. Capinpin St.,
San Antonio Village, Pasig 1603,
Metro Manila, Philippines
Phone: +63 2 637 4998; +63 2 638 9228
E-mail: philippines@icpe.org


Administrator: Grzegorz Misiewicz
Address: Institute for World Evangelisation – ICPE Mission,
Ul. Dembinskiego 18, 42-218 Czestochowa, Polska
Phone: +48 343683522
E-mail: info@icpe.pl


Administrator: Amilia Chai
Address: Institute for World Evangelisation – ICPE Mission,
Blk 141 Bishan St 12,
#08-518, Singapore 570141
Email: amilia_chai@yahoo.com.sg

From Mission To Mission

Catholic non-profit organization which provides a network for laity, religious, priests and ministers who have been involved in cross-cultural ministry, either overseas or domestically. Goal is to assist returning missioners in this time of transition in their lives.

Available Weekend or Ten Day Workshops/Retreats – Workshops are forall returning missioners who have served in another culture, either internationally or domestically, no matter how long they served any missioners who would like to join with others to process their experience, not just for those who had difficulty in their mission experience or in their return missioners who would like to take time to honor the mission experience.

Before you leave, order publications for re-entry and transitioning back into your home life once you have returned from a trauma or violent mission tour.

303 Atwood Street
Longmont, CO 80501
Director: Julie Lupien
Phone/Fax: 720-494-7211

Email: missiontomission@hotmail.com

please do not mix up our www.missiontomission.org with www.missiontomission.com. We are www.missiontomission.org

Website: www.missiontomission.org

National Association of Lay Ministry

The National Association for Lay Ministry is a professional organization that supports, educates and advocates for lay ministers and promotes the development of lay ministry in the Catholic Church.

For Church work…this association promotes the development of lay ministry in your Church.

6896 Laurel Street, NW
Washington, DC 20012

Phone: 202-291-4100
Fax: 202-291-8550
Email: cmelesky@nalm.org
Website: www.nalm.org

Missionary Society of St. Columban

Our mission includes helping local Catholic churches evangelize their laity, promote ecumenical and interfaith dialogue, and foster among all baptized people an awareness of their missionary responsibility.

. . . Visit “Mission Education” page and click on “Programs” to view and order from their video library geared for elementary students as well as high school students and adults, which features a leader’s manual, journaling and activities. Especially important is their NEW “Journey With Jesus” program geared for elementary and middle school students and teaches your students about different cultures, the importance of peace-building, care for the environment, respect for other faiths and understanding and respecting all of God’s people.

”Journey With Jesus” is a supplementary mission education curriculum consisting of five lessons for each grade from pre-kindergarten through eighth grade. The basis of each lesson includes quotes from Scripture, Church documents and Catholic Social Teaching.

PO Box 10
St. Columbans, NE 68056
Phone: 402-291-1920
Toll Free: 877-299-1920
Fax: 402-291-4984

Email: editor@columban.org
Website: www.columban.org

Catholic Theological Union

CTU has grown to be the largest Roman Catholic graduate school of theology and ministry in North America.

Students from all over the world, of every age and vocation, study together. They learn about the Catholic faith as well as how to dialogue with other Abrahamic faith traditions – Protestant, Jewish and Muslim. To that end, we have created several special programs designed for unique ministries, including programs for Black Catholics, Hispanic/Latino Catholics, and church ministers seeking to serve the initiatives of the late Cardinal Bernardin.

. . . For a great spiritual speaker call Father Anthony Gittins, Professor of Mission and Culture. M.A., M.A., Ph.D., University of Edinburgh; Study: University of Cambridge. You may email him at: anthonygittins@aol.com. He is known as a very interesting speaker and author. Books include: Ministry at The Margins: Strategy and Spirituality for Mission and A Presence That Disturbs: A Call to Radical Discipleship. He gives retreats to women and men religious, local clergy and parishes. He speaks about Discipleship, Eucharist Vocation, Mission, Religious Life, InterCultural Living etc.

5401 South Cornell Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60615-5698
Phone: 773-324-8000
Email: anthonygittins@aol.com
Website: www.ctu.edu

Web Page for Father Gittins: Click here to See

Catholic Relief Services

Catholic Relief Services is the official international humanitarian agency of the U.S. Catholic community. We alleviate suffering and provide assistance to people in need in more than 100 countries, without regard to race, religion or nationality.

Click here to volunteer:

Volunteers make a full-time, two-year commitment, of which 12 months is served overseas and 12 months in the United States. Volunteers potentially work in any of the regions of the world in which CRS is present:

  • Africa
  • Asia
  • Caribbean
  • Eastern Europe
  • Latin America
  • Middle East

You can read about Qualifications, Successful Volunteerism, Financial Arrangements and Living Arrangments, etc. Short-Term Volunteering: At this time CRS does not offer volunteer opportunities overseas other than the Volunteer Program that requires a two-year commitment.

228 W. Lexington Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21201-3413
Phone: 888-277-7575

Email: info@crs.org
Website: www.crs.org

Maryknoll Lay Missioners

Maryknoll Lay Missioners (MKLM) is a Catholic organization inspired by the mission of Jesus to live and work in poor communities in Africa, Asia, and the Americas, responding to basic needs and helping to create a more just and compassionate world.

For volunteer information click here:
For Change

Maryknoll Lay Missioners
PO Box 307
Maryknoll NY 10545-0307
Toll Free: 1-800-818-5276 ext 114

Email: mborn@mklm.org
Website: www.mklm.org

Legionaries of Christ

Like the Church, the Legion of Christ is essentially missionary.

“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you…” (Mt 28:19-20).

Click on for Full Time Lay missionary info:

Click here for Families for a one week missionary trip during Holy Week:

Click here for extensive search engine to narrow down your criteria:

Contact: Tom Maccada
Website: www.regnumchristi.org

Neocatecuminal Way

“You are a living proof that the New Evangelization is not a theory” ~ quoted by Pope Benedict XVI


Their work is international.

Contact: Angela & Jose Luis Andreu

Phone: 214-337-8187

Email: jlandrea@ticnet.com

Franciscan Missions

The Franciscans have 5,400 missionaries and 800 missions throughout the world. They serve the poor in every continent, following in the steps of St. Francis, with a special ministry to people with leprosy, many of whom are children.

They offer lay missionary trip.

Contact: Patrick McCormick
Phone: 414-525-9253 x 246
Fax: 262-534-4342

Email: linda@franciscanpilgrimages.com
Website: http://www.franciscanmissions.org/

Lay Missionaries of Charity/Mother Teresa of Calcutta Center

The special mission of the LMC’s is to work for the salvation and the sanctification of the members of their own families and the poorest of the poor of the whole world.

Many people have found volunteering to be the experience of a lifetime. Volunteers are welcome to help the sisters in their service to the poorest of the poor for a week, a month, or longer. For those wishing to volunteer in Calcutta, please write directly to Sr. M. Karina, who is presently in charge of the volunteers at our motherhouse:

Missionaries of Charity

Sr. M. Karina MC
54/A A.J.C. Bose Road
Calcutta 700016

Or call: 91-33-2249-7115 or 91-33-2217-2277
For those wishing to volunteer elsewhere, please contact directly the regional house for the country where you plan to go.

For Eastern U.S.A. and Eastern Canada:

Missionaries of Charity
335 East 145th Street
Bronx, NY  10451
Tel.: 1-718-292-0019

For Central U.S.A. and Central Canada:

Missionaries of Charity
3629 Cottage Avenue
St. Louis, MO  63113-3539
Tel.: 1-314-533-2777

For Western U.S.A., Western Canada, Mexico (Tijuana):

Missionaries of Charity
164 Milagra Drive
Pacifica, CA 94044
Tel.: 1-650-355-3091

Trinity Missions

Be a missionary right along with us. Share in all the goods works of our priests and Brothers laboring in the mission field. Know that the poor, sick and abandoned of the world need your help today!

The many places that they go:

Costa Rica
Puerto Rico
United States
•    Alabama
•    Arizona
•    California
•    District of Colombia
•    Florida
•    Georgia
•    Idaho
•    Maryland
•    Mississippi
•    New Jersey
•    Pennsylvania

9001 New Hampshire Avenue
Silver Spring, MD 20903
Toll Free (English): 888-248-8577
Toll Free (Spanish): 800-363-7343
Fax: 301-408-1443

Email: info@trinitymissions.org
Website: http://trinitymissions.org

Society of Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity

The Society of Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity is serving in various apostolic works throughout the North American continent. The members are engaged in service in such areas as that of, Education, Health Care, Catechesis, New Evangelization, Retreats and Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy. Of particular interest in accordance with the Vision and Mission of Our Lady’s Society is the extension of service to “those areas of greatest apostolic need”. Therefore the Society’s Ecclesial Teams have members actively involved with the Native, African and Latin American peoples. Among numerous missions and works in America, we highlight the following works.

They welcome lay mission volunteers.

Click here for information on how to volunteer:

The following missions the various ways in which Our Lady has members of her Society serving:

Central America
Mexico • Belize • Guatemala

Island Apostolates of the Caribbean
Haiti • Puerto Rico

Western Europe
England • Wales • Italy

Philippines • China • Thailand

Papua New Guinea

North America
United States

SOLT International Headquarters
109 W. Avenue F
Robstown, TX 78380
Contact: Fr. Tim Kelleher
Phone: (505) 977-8320
Phone: (361) 387-2754/8090

Email: soltlaity@societyofourlady.net
Website: http://societyofourlady.net

Paulist Fathers

We give the Word of God a voice in pulpits and print, on radio and television, on the Web and the wide screen. We search out those who have no church home, and welcome home those who have been away. We share the passion of St. Paul for unity in faith and solidarity in mission among all the baptized in the body of Christ. We build bridges of respect and collaboration with people of other world religions. We welcome people of diverse racial and cultural backgrounds in our parish, city center and campus worshipping communities. The Gospel we preach calls for all the children of God to be treated with dignity and justice. We claim Isaac Hecker as our founder, the Holy Spirit as our primary guide, St. Paul as our patron and laity as our valued partners in mission. We are Paulists. Missionaries to North America.

We give the Word of God in pulpits. We build bridges of respect and collaboration with people of other world religions. The Paulist missionaries in North America can be contacted and one can participate in their missionary work.

North American Paulist Center
3015 Fourth Street NE
Washington, D.C., 20017-1102
Phone: 202-269-2521

E-mail: media@paulist.org
Website: www.paulist.org or http://www.pncea.org/

Xavier Missionaries USA – St Francis Xavier

Our life is inspired by faith, strengthened in Hope, and driven by Love. Christ is the source and inspiration of our feelings, thoughts and actions. This enables us to seek, see and love God in all.

You may volunteer with them by dedicating your their time and energy to children, especially to those with disabilities and those who are abandoned.


Mission Vocation Office
Fr. Joe Matteucig, SX & Fr. Carl Chudy, SX
101 Summer Street
Holliston, Massachusetts 01746
Telephone: (508) 429-2144
Fax: (508) 429-4793

Email: pino.ma@gmail.com
Website: www.xaviermissionaries.org

Mission Moment

“To evangelize the world there is need of apostles who are “experts” in the celebration, adoration and contemplation of the Eucharist.” ~ Pope John Paul II, Message for World Mission Sunday 2004

The Mission Moment began on World Mission Sunday, October 21, 2001. It’s a weekly message that inspires, encourages, and challenges its readers to live life in the Presence of God. Sent across the United States and overseas to nearly every continent, it is inspiration for the New Evangelization. Simple truths in small doses!

John Paul II, who reminded the faithful that the “Church lives from the Eucharist,” has made the sacrament the focus of his pastoral concern, as reflected in his 2003 encyclical, “Ecclesia de Eucharistia.”

“Christ, ‘the living bread which came down from heaven,’ is the only one who can satisfy man’s hunger at all times and in all parts of the earth,” he said.

In the Eucharist, “Christ gives his Body and Blood for the life of humanity. And all those who nourish themselves worthily at is table, become living instruments of his presence of love, mercy and peace,” the Pope JP II explained. (article)

Click here for a great speaker on missions contact Bill Donaghy:

Prayer is the very breath of our souls, and gives life to the spirit just as air gives life to the body. But few of us today realize how essential this dialogue with God is, and to what depths our prayer is meant to lead. Inspired by the intimate vision of Pope John Paul II, this talk will explore the necessity of prayer, the three traditional levels of prayer, and it’s ultimate spousal meaning.

To schedule this talk for your parish community, or for more information, call 484-995-3486.
Phone: 484-995-3486

Email: contact@missionmoment.org
Website: www.missionmoment.org

Salesian Lay Missioners / Salesian of Saint John Bosco

Since the official inception of the Salesian Society by St. John Bosco in 1859, the Salesians have focused their time and effort in working with poor and abandoned youth – and not simply taking care of them but teaching them to take care of themselves.

Don Bosco knew from the beginning that the laity would play a vital role in the Salesian ministry and even said, “Let it be a lay institution.” His mission was clear and simple: to be a friend – a friend to kids who were poor, kids abandoned, kids at risk – and, in so doing, to be a friend to Christ.

And so this mission continues with the SLM program. Each and every volunteer brings this missionary spirit to each community they serve – caring for the youth and being a friend to them.

Volunteer Application Process click here: 

An introduction to the international volunteer service program of the Salesians of Don Bosco, USA. Directed by Luke Wassermann. Music by Hans Parent. This short video features footage of our sites in Bolivia, India, and Sierra Leone, and interviews with former SLMs, site directors, and priests, brothers, and sisters in the Salesian family.

Follow the link:
Director of Lay Missions: Adam Rudin
Phone: 914-633-8344

Email: slm@salesianmissions.org
Website: www.salesianlaymissioners.org

Focolare Movement

We have to explore and develop charity in the heart of parish communities, so that with the fire of Christ they can melt the ice of the world and they can appear as a sign of unity and true witness of the Church.

The Movement proposes a “way of life”, which is quite difficult to express in words and images. However, if you wish, no matter where you are, we can get to know each other and keep in touch.

Communication is a service to communion, and to the unity of the human family. To spread the ideal of unity that inspires the Focolare Movement at an international level and in step with the latest technological developments, a variety of means of communication are used, from the press to the internet.

For Youth: The Gen Movement, a “new generation” of the Focolare Movement: young people coming from different social backgrounds, who want to live the spirituality of unity in the fullest possible way.  Linked together in a network around the world, they meet locally in small groups called “gen units,” where they experience the life-giving force of the presence of Jesus in the midst, as he promised to where “two or more united in his name,” that is, in his love.

Youth for a United World – International Secretary

via San Sebastiano, 37
00040 Rocca di Papa (Roma) IT
Contact: Mr. Claudio Manto
Phone: (210) 590-8812
Phone: +39-06-94792089

Email: southwestm@focolare.us
Email: sgmu@focolare.org
Website: www.mondounito.net
Website: www.focolare.org
For Families:

International Secretariat “New Families”
via Isonzo, 64
00046 Grottaferrata (Roma) IT
Tel. +39 06 9411565
Fax +39 06 9411614

E-mail: famiglienuove@focolare.org
Web-site: www.famiglienuove.info/

Neocatechumenal Way


To learn more about the community or get involved in a community


Paco Galvan
Tel: 713-292-8220

Contacts for Medical Mission Trips Available for Doctors

The Catholic Society of St. Basil the Great

A medical student society.

The Catholic Society of St. Basil the Great is a registered student organization at UT Southwestern Medical School, comprised of medical and graduate students, staff and faculty. The organization exists to facilitate volunteer service, academic discussions, social fellowship, and spiritual events among its members and the greater UT Southwestern and Dallas community.

Interested in going but not organizing a mission trip contact Thomas Heyne at Click Here
Dallas, TX

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