Friday, October 18, 2013

Words of Wisdom from Glenmary's Founder

Rev. William H. Bishop
‘There was never a time when missionary activity was more needed in our beloved land than it is today.’

‘Our work is to go into the forgotten and neglected places, the no-priest land, the no-Catholic land of America to accept as bases of operation the little borderline parishes that nobody wants and from them to build up little outposts and parishes where now no hope of them exists.’

‘Does the command to ‘Go teach all nations’ make an exception of our own? These vast sections of our land, with their scattered millions of people, overwhelmingly non-Catholic and largely non-Christian, are just as legitimate a field of missionary activity as Africa and China.’

‘No work will be so powerful for us as apostles of peace on earth than that which we are organized to do—the temporal and spiritual works of mercy, feeding and clothing the hungry and naked, ministering to the wounded and the sick, loving the poor and the underprivileged.’

‘Specialized training will be as necessary for this work as it is for the foreign missions.... We plan to go into our home mission fields not one bit less equipped than our foreign mission societies go into the foreign mission field....’

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