"The word of God challenges those who believe 'to go forth' - all of us are called to take part in this new missionary 'going forth' - to obey His call to go forth from our own comfort zone in order to reach all the 'peripheries' in need of the light of the Gospel." (Pope Francis - Joy of the Gospel, December 2013)

In a paper given at a Mission symposium at Catholic Theological Union, Chicago, IL in October, 2011, Father Robert Schreiter, CPPS described what he calls a "Third Wave of Mission." Schreiter referred to the 1st Wave as those missioners who accompanied the early explorers into the Americas.  The 2nd Wave he referred to as those missioners from the early mission societies and religious orders who were so influential in growing the local churches in Africa, Asia, and Latin America.  Though this 2nd Wave continues strongly today, there is a 3rd Wave of mission being engaged in by thousands of Catholics and other Christians from a multitude of dioceses, parishes, schools and universities who have taken up the Ad Gentes challenge to engage in mission.  

Following this symposium, formation materials for leaders of short term mission programs and solidarity partnerships have been developed. These formation modules can be downloaded from this site and used freely.



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