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Training and education

Training the next generation of sisters, priests, brothers and lay catechists


Most of the world’s mission dioceses are found in Africa, Asia and Latin America. Often the Christian communities found in these regions cannot provide the resources and facilities needed to assist local people who are called to religious life. Despite sacrifices being made by families and parishes, they struggle to cover the costs of training, while also supporting day-to-day basic needs makes becoming a sister, priest, brother or catechist very challenging.


The Missio family is unique in its commitment in trying to support every seminarian in the missionary world – an aim which was set by Pope Pius XI in 1922, and one which is still embraced today. Together with the kindness of the Irish faithful, we provide funding to support the basics, like food and shelter, and the more advanced needs for theological and pastoral studies.


Training and educating ensures the gift of faith will be shared with generations to come. By preparing tomorrow’s Church leaders, teachers and carers, your support plays an essential role. You ensure that anyone who has a religious vocation is not turned away because of financial difficulties.

How Irish Support Makes a Difference

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Food and Shelter

Lessening the burden by providing the basic needs, so those in training can continue their journey towards religious life

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Formation and Education

Training the future by contributing towards the cost of formation and education for seminarians and novices

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Catechists in Communities

Extending the reach by training local people in remote areas to become lay catechists