General Assembly of the Pontifical Mission Societies: "How to support the universal mission today and tomorrow"
Vatican City – The Annual General Assembly of the Pontifical Mission Societies , begins next Monday, June 1, at the Retreat House of the Salesians in Rome. The National Directors of the PMS from all continents, together with the President and the General Secretaries of the four Societies will meet for their annual pastoral Session and Ordinary Session .
The Assembly will be opened by Cardinal Fernando Filoni, Prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples, and Archbishop Protase Rugambwa, Adjunct Secretary of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples and President of the PMS. The session will be dedicated to the pastoral theme “How to support the universal mission today and tomorrow” and the speaker will be Cardinal Orlando Quevedo, Archbishop of Cotabato .
On Thursday, June 4 the Ordinary Session of the Assembly will begin, during which the general Secretaries of the four Pontifical Mission Societies will present the report of the past year, the budget estimate and requests of subsidies regarding the various projects that were submitted.
The Secretary General of the Pontifical Society for the Propagation of the Faith, Fr. Ryszard Szmydki, OMI; Fr. Fernando Domingues, MCCJ, Secretary General of the Pontifical Society of St. Peter the Apostle; Ms. J. Baptistine Ralamboarison, Secretary General of the Pontifical Society of Missionary Childhood; Fr. Vito Del Prete, PIME, Secretary General of the Pontifical Missionary Union as well as Director of CIAM and Fides will take the floor. The final report will be held by Mgr. Silvano Rossi, Administration Delegate.
On Friday, June 5, the Holy Father will receive in audience the participants in the Assembly. The agenda also provides for meetings of the National Directors for each continent, an overview of the decisions taken during the assembly, the approval of budgets and projects. The closing speech of the President of the PMS, Mgr. Rugambwa, will close the proceedings of the Assembly on Saturday, June 6.