Catholic Home Missions

The Catholic Home Missions is an organization founded in 1924 by the American Board of Catholic Missions (ABCM) with the aim of helping and supporting poor dioceses in the United States.[1] Their effort focuses principally on providing religious education. Since 1998 U.S. bishops have conducted an annual appeal in parishes across the country, with the proceeds going to dioceses in the United States and its territories.[2][3][4][5][6]


In 1919 missionary directors from throughout the United States met at the University of Notre Dame to organize a national missionary society, the American Board of Catholic Missions, to serve the missions at home and abroad. Their focus was soon changed when the Society for the Propagation of the Faith was founded in Rome, with offices in countries around the world, for the support of missions worldwide. In 1924 the national mission society was refounded as a society in support of those missions in the United States and its territories that did not receive funds from the Propagation of the Faith. In 1972 ABCM became the Bishops' Committee on the Home Missions, a standing committee of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB).[7]


In 2016 parish collections across the United States provided $9 million for programs in 84 dioceses, ranging from evangelization, to Hispanic ministry, to education for seminarians and lay ministers.[8][9] An annual report is produced by the USCCB Subcommittee on Catholic Home Missions.[10] The Subcommittee also produces a quarterly newsletter Neighbors which acquaints Catholics with the various missionary works being subsidized.[11][12]

See also


  1. ^ "Catholic Church Extension Society" (PDF). April 6, 2011. Retrieved May 21, 2018.
  2. ^ Chaz Muth. "Special collection translates into missionary work for U.S. regions". Catholic News Service. Retrieved May 22, 2018.
  3. ^ "Catholic Home Missions Collection held April 28-29 – DioSCG". DioSCG. Retrieved May 22, 2018.
  4. ^ "About the Diocese > Diocese of Juneau". Retrieved May 22, 2018.
  5. ^ "Catholic Home Missions Appeal". Diocese of St. Augustine. April 24, 2018. Retrieved May 22, 2018.
  6. ^ "Catholic Home Missions Appeal". Catholic Diocese of Little Rock. Retrieved May 22, 2018.
  7. ^ "American Board of Catholic Missions". Retrieved May 22, 2018.
  8. ^ "Special collection translates into missionary work for U.S. regions". Retrieved May 21, 2018.
  9. ^ "Eparchy receives $125,000 grant from Catholic Home Missions". Byzantine Catholic Eparchy of Parma. Retrieved May 22, 2018.
  10. ^ "Catholic Home Missions Appeal Annual Report 2016". Catholic Home Missions. Retrieved May 22, 2018.
  11. ^ "Catholic Home Missions". United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. Retrieved May 22, 2018.
  12. ^ "Sharing the Faith in South Dakota" (PDF). Neighbors. No. 1. 2018. Retrieved May 21, 2018.
American Board of Catholic Missions

The American Board of Catholic Missions was a Catholic missionary society organised by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.Organized at Cincinnati, Ohio, 1920, by a committee appointed by the bishops of the Catholic Church to consolidate various missionary activities of the United States under the Catholic hierarchy in the United States and coordinate them with Catholic missions of other countries under general jurisdiction of an international board selected by the Vatican.

The Catholic Home Missions was an initiative of the board.

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