Pontifical Mission Societies have been the official missionary arm of the Church charged with the work of evangelization and charitable works throughout the world established in 1922. Our work also provides mission awareness and supported by our benefactors, raises funds for the poorest mission churches of the Catholic Church.
Vision: “Ensuring that the diocese participates actively in the propagation of Christ mission of evangelization through prayer and sacrifice”.
Mission: “Promotion of Jesus Christ Evangelism mission on earth through the four (4) pontifical Missionary Societies.
Functions and Activities:
- Directing and Coordinating missionary formation and cooperation through formative programs aimed at information, celebrating and solidary, aware that missionary activity is a matter for all Christians (Redemptoris Missio II)
- By ensuring that the Papal vision of the PMS is actualize in the diocese
- Promoting the October celebration of world mission Sunday (2nd but last Sunday in October) through various media.
- Work in relation to the activities of the PMS (Propagation of faith (POF), Holy Childhood Association (HCA) St Peter the Apostle (SPA), and pontifical Union of Priest and Religious (PMU) in the diocese.
Administration: The Sokoto diocesan PMS Administration is under the direction of the Local Ordinary of the diocese with the coordination of the diocesan PMS Director, who organizes, animates and develops the work of the four (4) societies in faithfulness to their charisma with the help of the diocesan PMS secretary and diocesan HCA Coordinator.
- Rev. Sr. Sylvaline Obiezughara,OP (Director, PMS Sokoto diocese)
- Aloysius .Tochi. Ohashiegbulam (Secretary,PMS Sokoto diocese)
- Stella Uchechukwu Obi (Coordinator HCA Sokoto diocese)
The Holy Childhood Association was founded in France in 1843 by Bishop Charles de Forbin-Janson. It’s purpose is to encourage all children to be aware of the needs of children living in mission diocese through the world. Bishop de Forbin-Janson always had a keen interest in the missions. He was a great preacher and traveled throughout France preaching the Gospel. He received letters from missionaries in China requesting his financial help to save starving and abandoned babies. He did not know how to raise these funds so he met with Pauline Jaricot who had already began her work to raise funds for mission dioceses. She advised him that no one could understand the needs of children better than children. She gave him the idea to start a children’s charity.
In 1843 he called upon the children of France to help save the children of China. He asked them to become Missionary Children, helping to spread the Good News. He asked them to say a Hail Mary every day and give a small coin every month to help feed the Chinese children.
Their motto was “children helping children”. The French children took up this great work and from then on the work of missionary children has spread across the world. Today it is in 120 countries and helps make Jesus known to children all over the world. Under its banner “children helping children”, monies raised through schools are directed towards self-help programs involving the building of schools, the provision of health and nutrition programs and medications, school fees, and teaching and learning resources.
Children in communities, orphanages, homes for the disabled, refugees, and those living on the streets are assisted by the generosity of children who wish to make the love of Jesus know everywhere.