The Historical Index of
Religious Missions lists more than 800 sites providing information
for the study of the proselytisms in the past and present. Proselytism
is understood here in a broad perspective, as the movement of faiths,
rituals, beliefs, practice and people... continues
at the bottom of the page
Historical Index of Religious Missions Indexes of Virtual Resources of Religious Missions:
(C.R.S.P.: Clerici Regularis Sancti Pauli)
Barnabitas (Provincia Chilena). Site of the
order founded by San Antonio Maria Zaccaria (1502-1539). Their goals are:
"La entrega total al plano de Dios; La capacidad de ruptura con las riquezas
y bienes de este mundo; La atención especial a los sufridos y enfermos; La
capacidad de organizar y dar vida a grupos de discípulos que integran un mismo
ideal." E-mail: email@example.com.
(Canada). "International religious congregation of Roman Catholic priests
and aspirants to the priesthood. The charism of the Basilian Fathers is education
within the Church's mission of evangelization. To achieve this end, the Congregation
has founded high schools, universities, and parishes in France, Canada, the
United States, Mexico, Colombia, and Saint Lucia. Moreover, Basilians are
also involved in other apostolates that are compatible with education, evangelization,
and the common life." E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Camilliani - Ordine
dei Ministri degli Infermi San Camillo (Roma, Italia). "Attualmente
l'Ordine è presente in una trentina di Paesi dei Cinque Continenti,
13 sono le Province, una ventina le Missioni, i religiosi circa 1.050, 200
le case... I camilliani svolgono ovunque il ministero dell'assistenza ai malati,
nelle forme e modalità che lo sviluppo della società moderna
comporta, in risposta alle sempre nuove esigenze del mondo della salute e
ai bisogni dell'uomo." E-mail: email@example.com.
Capuchins (O.F.M.Cap.: Ordo
Fratrum Minorum Capucinorum)
Carmelitans (Ordo Fratrum
Beatissimae Virginis Mariae de Monte Carmelo)
Carmelitana. Italian site of the Carmelitans, one of the missionary's
oldest orders, by Anthony Cilia O.Carm. E-mail:
Further on, in the same site, there is a
of all the missions the Carmelitans are engaged in.
Website (for Carmelite Friars of the North American Province Of St.
(Colombia). "Asociación formada por matrimonios, célibes, sacerdotes, obreros
y profesionales de distintas áreas, que fieles al magisterio de la Iglesia
y a la experiencia viva de la Renovación Carismática Católica se esfuerzan
y ayudan por ser sal de la tierra y luz del mundo, unidos en la oración y
en la mesa de Jesús, la Eucaristía." E-mail : firstname.lastname@example.org.
Emanuel (Brasil). "Divulgar a Palavra de Deus evangelizando no poder
do Espírito Santo - é o objetivo da Comunidade Emanuel, dirigida por Dom Cipriano
Chagas OSB... mais de 30 pessoas reúnem seus esforços para editar livros,
revistas, vídeos, cassetes, promover cursos, retiros e eventos, reunir grupos
de oraçao, celebrar Missas com oraçoes de cura.Tudo isso para que o espírito
missionário de levar a mensagem evangelizadora com sinais e maravilhas se
mantenha vivo, conforme as ordens de Jesus e a orientaçao da santa Igreja."
International Catholic Charismatic
Renewal Services. "ICCRS keeps in contact with Catholic Charismatic
Renewal Leaders worldwide. ICCRS meets regularly with the Holy See to obtain
indications and consultations while keeping them updated on the growth within
the International Catholic Charismatic Renewal. ICCRS visits the various Catholic
Charismatic Renewal centres and its leaders worldwide, promoting the Baptism
of the Holy Spirit. ICCRS publishes a bimonthly Newsletter in English, Spanish,
French, Italian, German and Portuguese. It contains news, testimonies and
advertisements." E-mail: email@example.com.
Carismática Católica. Page dedicated to: "todos los Jovenes del Mundo
que han encontrado y aceptado en su Vida a CRISTO JESUS! y han decidido seguirlo.
A todos aquellos que al impulso del ESPIRITU SANTO! son JESUS Joven! al lado
de MARIA! nuestra Madre. Para Gloria de DIOS Padre!". E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Minuto de Dios
(Bogota, Colombia). "Promovemos el desarrollo integral de la persona humana
y de las comunidades marginadas a la luz del Evangelio."
Marcelo Rossi. Non-official site of the most famous representative
of the Charismatic Renovation Mouvement in Brazil.
"Nella sua essenza il RnS è una corrente di grazia che, dove è
giunta ed è stata accolta, ha rinnovato qualsiasi realtà. Negli
ambienti piu diversi e senza distinzione di persone, essa ha suscitato e continua
a suscitare un rinnovamento spirituale che trasforma radicalmente i cuori
e la vita, orientandola decisamente verso Dio e, di conseguenza, verso l'uomo.
(USA Eastern Province). "The Claretian Missionaries are a Roman Catholic
religious community of priests and brothers. We are dedicated to the mission
of living and spreading the Gospel of Jesus. We do this by living together
in community and serving in a variety of ministries devoted to social concerns
and issues of justice, peace, and the environment. Our work includes parishes,
foreign missions, and publishing; we also have a commitment to reach out to
young people, from summer camps and college campuses to the inner city."
Comboniani. "LIstituto Comboniano è presente nel
mondo con comunità formate da sacerdoti e fratelli che vivono
ununica testimonianza di vita, di comunione, di condivisione e di impegno
solidale con i più poveri e abbandonati del nostro tempo. I missionari
sacerdoti si dedicano allevangelizzazione attraverso il ministero della
Parola, la celebrazione dei sacramenti e la cura delle comunità alle
quali sono inviati. I missionari fratelli evangelizzano impegnandosi in
particolare nella promozione umana, testimoniando linscindibile legame
che unisce la fede alle attivita quotidiane. Lannuncio missionario si
traduce, per i Comboniani, in un modo particolare di vivere la missione,
secondo una etodologia precisa, concreta e coraggiosa, fondata su alcuni
capisaldi: Salvare lAfrica con lAfrica Fare causa comune con la
gente Evangelizzare come comunita." E-mail:
Missionaries. "Consacrated for life to the mission. Founded by the
Blessed Joseph Allamano at the beginning of the century, they form two
international Roman Catholic religious Congregations: the Fathers and Brothers,
and the Sisters. Laypersons cooperate into their works. The activities of the
Consolata Missionaries are: the announcing of the Good News to peoples who are
not yet evangelized, preferably to the most needy and neglected; a temporary
co-operation with those local Churches that have already been evangelized, but
neither become self-sufficient in ministries, nor have as yet adequately
developed their Christian communities; missionary animation and vocation
promotion among God's people."
Daughters of Divine Love Congregation. "Religious congregation of
women of pontifical right, in which its members pronounce the public vows of
Chastity, Poverty and Obedience; and dedicate themselves to contemplation and
apostolic work. The Late Bishop Godfrey Mary Paul Okoye, C.S.Sp, founded the
Congregation on July 16, 1969, at Ukpor in Nigeria West Africa. Its Mother
House is in Nigeria." E-mail: email@example.com.
Sisters. "Adrian Dominican Sisters are an international
Congregation of more than 1,000 vowed women religious whose roots go back to
St. Dominic in the thirteenth century. We minister in 34 states and three
countries (Canada, Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico). Responsive to the signs
of the times," we strive to address the needs of the world and to serve
where we are called to go." E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Friars of the St Barbara Province. Web page of the Franciscan Friars of
the St Barbara Province, U.S.A, providing some information about American
missions and Franciscans. E-mail: email@example.com.
Family Album (by Joseph F. MacDonnell, S.J.Fairfield University
Fairfield, CT-USA). Excellent electronic version of a book containing "202
Jesuit scholars, scientists, artists, explorers and saints who impacted history
during the first two and a half centuries of Jesuit history."
The Jesuit Relations: Index.
"This site nearing the completion of the entire English translation of
the The Jesuit Relations and Allied Documents, originally compiled and edited
by Reuben Gold Thwaites and published by The Burrows Bothers Company, Cleveland,
throughout the latter part of the nineteenth century.
l'abstinence. "Au-dela de l'abstinence est une association à
but non lucratif d'hommes et de femmes, qui vient en aide à toute personne
ayant de la difficulté, suite à une identification de dépendance,
à s'intégrer à un nouveau mode de vie. Différentes
sessions de croissance humaine et spirituelle sont préparées
spécialement pour ces personnes, en semaine ou en fin de semaine, en
lien avec les douze étapes du programme de réhabilitation de
Alcooliques nonymes." E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lazarists (Congregatio Missionis
St. Vincentii a Paulo)
"The Marist Sisters are part of the "family" of the Society of
Mary which has many branches: Marist Priests, Marist Brothers, Marist
Missionary Sisters, Marist Sisters and Marist." E-mail:
Society of Mary. "It is an international congregation with members
living and ministering in over 50 countries on every continent in the world.
(We have even ministered to U.S. Army personnel in Antarctica!). The
congregation was founded in France in 1836..." E-mail:
of the Precious Blood (Saint Joseph's College, IN-U.S.A.). "The Missionaries
of the Precious Blood are a Society of the Apostolic Life, not a Religious
Order, like the Franciscans or Jesuits. The main difference between a Religious
Order and a Society of the Apostolic Life is that members of Religious Orders
enter the vowed life. The members of the Congregation do not take those vows
as part of their membership in the community. Instead, in the Rite of Definitive
Incorporation, or profession ceremony, all the members, priest and brothers,
make a promise of fidelity to the Society. For the members that are ordained,
a vow of celibacy and obedience is part of the ordination rite... Today the
Missionaries of the Precious Blood is a world-wide community with about 500
definitively incorporated members... In all the Missionaries of the Precious
Blood minister in 17 different countries." E-mail: email@example.com.
of the Precious Blood (Cincinnati, U.S.A.). "The Society dedicates
itself to the service of the Church through the apostolic and missionary activity
of the ministry of the word. The Society takes part in the apostolic mission
of the Church, proclaiming the mystery of Christ who has redeemed all human
beings in his Blood to make them sharers in the Kingdom of God." E-mail: VocDirCPPS@aol.com.
of the Precious Blood (Dayton-OH, U.S.A.). "Congregation of 280 women
who are committed to work in ministries that change attitudes and bring about
change in unjust segments of our society. As a religious congregation, our
280 Sisters challenge one another to listen to the Spirit, to be open to new
visions, to take risks, to think globally, and to act with passion and faithfulness."
of the Sacred Hearts (Linwood, NJ-U.S.A.). "Religious congregation
of priests and brothers, dedicated to serving the needs of God's family while
witnessing the great love present in the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary through
pastoral ministries, fostering of vocations to the priesthood and religious
life, and active promotion of devotion of the Sacred Hearts. You will find
our apostolates in Italy, the United States, Argentina, India and the Republic
of Slovakia." E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Missionary Society of St. Paul of Nigeria. "Established in
response to the call of Pope Paul VI, for the commencement of a new era of
evangelization in the wake of the Second Vatican Council. It was founded by His
Eminence, Dominic Cardinal Ekandem, of Blessed memory, and established by the
Catholic Bishops' Conference of Nigeria (CBCN). The Bishops' Conference took
the decision to establish the National Missionary Seminary and Missionary
Society of St. Paul in September, 1976." E-mail:
Oblates (O.M.I.: Congregatio Oblatorum
B. Mariae V. Immaculatae)
Prelatura del Opus
Dei (Buscar a Dios en el trabajo y la vida cotidiana). Informative
official page of the Opus Dei in Spain, by the Oficina de Información
del Opus Dei en España. E-mail: email@example.com.
(Finding God in Work and Ordinary Life). "Opus Dei is a personal Prelature
of the Catholic Church. "Opus Dei" means "Work of God." The
complete name is Prelature of the Holy Cross and Opus Dei. It is also more
briefly called Prelature of Opus Dei or simply Opus Dei." By the Office of
Communications, Prelature of Opus Dei. E-mail:
The Unofficial Homepage. "These pages are intended to be an independent
source of information and a collection of links about the Opus Dei sect. It is
not meant as an anti-Opus Dei propaganda - both the the positive and negative
sides of the organisation will be mentioned. E-mail:
Crucis (Canons Regular of the Order of the Holy Cross). "Today,
the worldwide Order of the Holy Cross includes foundations in the Austria,
Belgium, Brazil, Congo, Germany, Indonesia, the Netherlands, and the United
States. There are approximately 500 Crosiers throughout the world."
Passionist (Pass.: Congregatio
Clericorum Excalceatorum Ssmae Crucis et Passionis D. N. Jesu Christi)
The Passionist Home
Page. There are more than two thousand Passionists in 52 nations in the
five continents. The official name of the institute is "The Congregation
of the Passion of Jesus Christ." E-mail:
Mission Societies. "There are four societies that make up the
Pontifical Mission Societies: Society for the Propagation of the Faith - funds
needs of the missionary church; Holy Childhood Association - helps needy
children; Society of Saint Peter the Apostle - educates priests, brothers,
sisters in mission countries; Missionary Union of Clergy and Religious -
supports missions with prayer and solidarity. The Pope (thus
"Pontifical") gives us the responsibility to support the preaching of
the Gospel of Jesus (evangelization) and the work of charity,social
improvement, and rural health clinics around the world. We do thisby prayer,
sacrifice, information, and fund-raising. Our work for the integral development
of peoples has its foundation in the Gospel." E-mail:
Societies. Canadian site of the Pontifical Mission Societies, formed by
The Pontifical Society for the Propagation of the Faith, The Pontifical Society
of St.Peter the Apostle, The Pontifical society of Missionary Children and The
Pontifical Missionary Union of Priests & Religious. E-mail:
The Society For The
Propagation of the Faith (U.S.A.). This is one of the four Pontifical
Mission Societies. It is under the direction of the Congregation for the
Evangelization of Peoples (Rome, Italy), and the bishops, and seeks to foster
an ever-deeper spirit of universal mission, to inform Catholics of the life and
the needs of the Catholic Church in the Missions, and to encourage prayer and
financial help for those mission churches. E-mail:
Service. "Fides was to "provide to the Propagation of the
Faith Directors of the world two classes of publicity material: 1) news copy
and photos, the timeliness of which is such that they will be valuable not only
to the Annals but for the non-mission press of each country. 2) Studies of
contemporary mission conditions of religious and social affairs throughout the
world so far as they affect the conversions of non Christians" (First
Statutes of Fides). E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Site of the order founded by St. Norbert in the early 12th century. Also known
as the Premonstratensians, Norbertines, or White Canons (in the British Isles).
Redemptorists (C.SS.R.: Congregatio Sanctissimi Redemptoris. Kent,
England, U.K.). "The Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer, better known
as the 'Redemptorists', was founded in 1732 by St. Alphonsus who was called
by God to preach Salvation. It grew to over 6,000 members throughout the world."
Salesians (Sal.Don Bosc: Societas
S. Francisci Salessii, Don Bosco)
Don Bosco nel
mondo. "Siamo evangelizzatori dei giovani, specialmente più
poveri; abbiamo una cura particolare per le vocazioni apostoliche; siamo
educatori della fede negli ambienti popolari, in particolare con la
comunicazione sociale; annunciamo il Vangelo ai popoli che ancora non lo
(C.S.Sp.: Congregatio Sancti Spiritus, Fathers of the Holy Ghost)
Province). "The Spiritans are currently working in fifty countries around
the world. Their work ranges from working with the poor in Developing countries
to education at all levels in the First World." The order was founded in 1703
by Claude Poullart des Places."
aunar nuestros esfuerzos por una nueva Evangelización en América
Latina y en todos los países donde se transmite el Evangelio en la
noble lengua hispana." Very interesting links to other sites, most of
them specialised in fighting the sects. By the Instituto del Verbo Encarnado
(Argentina). E-mail: email@example.com.
"Our philosophy at Catholic City has been to provide a human touch
to an Internet world filled with cold technology." This is an Internet-born-site
that tries to build up a virtual e-community of e-catholics. Created by the
Mary Foundation. Maintainer, Tim Harrison. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org,
Forum. "The Catholic Community Forum provides
you with a wide range of services to help you communicate online with other
Catholics and the world at large." It has a list (http://www.catholic-forum.com/saints/indexsnt.htm)
of Patron Saints Index. E-mail: email@example.com.
Catholic Information Network
(CIN). Catholic electronic evangelization offering "a free exchange
of news, information and discussion", and is not "an official organ
of the Catholic Church."
(Promoting Missionary Prayer and Activity). Pontifical site for missionary
action. We quote Pope John Paull II: "I sense that the moment has come
to commit all of the Church's energies to a new evangelization and to the
mission ad gentes (to the nations)." E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Catholic Network for Women's
Equality. "Making our path by walking. Mission: to enable women
to name their giftedness and from that awareness to effect structural change
in the Church that reflects the mutuality and coresponsibility of women and
men within that church." E-mail: email@example.com.
The Mission of Catholic Online is to Serve as a Center for the Exchange of
Information for Catholics and All People of God, to Help them Deepen their
understanding of Our Catholic Faith.
of the Roman Catholic Church. "This web site was developed mainly
for non-Catholic Christians, but is also for Catholics who want to defend
their faith against Protestantism/Fundamentalism. This "defense"
most often is against "Bible" Christians and Fundamentalist Christians."
Ecclesia - A Web Service for Catholics.
"Ecclesia, a donated by The Fabian Foundation is devoted to providing
quality web sites to Catholic Organizations and promoting Catholic research
& networking on the internet." E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Global Catholic Network. A well managed, well organiyed page.
Association. "Founded in 1843 as the Holy Childhood Association,
HCA is an international organization dedicated to mission awareness among
elementary school-age children."
Leadership Conference of
Women Religious (Silver Spring MD, U.S.A.). "Canonically approved
membership organization which exists as a support system and corporate voice
for leaders of institutes of women religious (Catholic sisters) in the United
States. The purpose of the Conference is to promote an understanding of the
religious life of Catholic sisters in the United States through its service
to religious leaders." E-mail: webdirector"@lcwr.org.
The Legion of
Christ. "The Legion of Christ is a Roman Catholic Congregation
of priests, founded in 1941, active in 20 countries on 4 continents, North
America, South America, Europe and Australia, with over 450 priests and over
2,500 seminarians. By Warner Press Inc.. E-mail: email@example.com.
Mary Mother of
God Mission Society. "Our mission is to revive the Holy Catholic
Church in the Far East of Russia. Our mission territory in Russia is centered
on the diocese of Vladivostok, and extends for 66,000 square miles. Currently,
we have seven parishes, staffed by only two priests, Father Myron Effing and
Fr. Daniel Mauer (who have founded a new Order of Canons Regular), several
nuns, and a small but growing number of seminarians." E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
(Argentina). "El portal para la formación permanente de líderes
Mother Teresa: The Path
of Love. "This Mother Teresa: The Path of Love site is not affiliated
with the Missionaries of Charity, or any other Catholic Organization. Rather,
the information compiled in these pages has been researched, gathered , and
is maintained by a private admirer of Mother Teresa's. Please reference the
bibliography for information sources." E-mail.
Libani. Page of the Lebanese Catholic Church.
Offers information "about: Council of Catholic Patriarchs of the Orient,
Assembly of Catholic Patriarchs and Bishops in Lebanon, the Middle East Council
of Churches, and all the Episcopal Conferences. Moreover, we find special
pages about both the Patriarchies and the Catholic Churches: Maronite, Roman
Catholics, Armenians, Copts, Syriacs, Chaldeans, and Latins".
Our Lady Appears in Rome.
"Da molto tempo la Madonna appare in privato a Roma a Marisa Rossi e
porta messaggi di Dio per tutta l'umanità sull' EUCARISTIA che è
il cuore della fede Cattolica. Nel Giugno 1993 ha chiesto in nome di Dio che
i messaggi venissero resi pubblici e tra il 1995 e il 2000 sono avvenuti molti
MIRACOLI EUCARISTICI." E-mail: email@example.com.
Société des Missions-Étrangères.
"La Société des Missions-Étrangères a été
fondée par les évêques du Québec le 2 février
1921. Elle répond au désir de l'Église du Canada francophone
de contribuer à l'annonce de l'Évangile à toutes les
nations et de se solidariser effectivement avec d'autres Églises, en
partageant avec elles son patrimoine spirituel et humain." E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
St. Michael's Call.
The official website apostolate of the Order of thr Legion of St. Michael.
This is a "Papal Fidelity Site, loyal and obedient to the current Pope,
Vicar of Christ, and to the magisterium in union with him."
The Taizé Community.
"The community: ecumenical, international community founded in 1940,
in Taizé, France, by Brother Roger."
network. Italian Catholic organization of spiritualità Ignaziana
e Montfortana & altre risorse per l'opera della nuova evangelizzazione.
- Una Vox (Italy). Its goals are: "difendere la Tradizione
immutata e incorruttibile della Fede Cattolica; conservare e promuovere
la liturgia latino-gregoriana; incentivare lo studio e l'approfondimento teologico
e culturale dell'immenso patrimonio religioso, storico e artistico della Cristianità ..."
(Continues from the
top of the page) Although a large amount of the information
concerns only Christian missions, I intend to provide information regarding
other confessions, such as Buddhism, Islam or Judaism, and also proselytisms
from the secular world: IGO's, NGO's, etc. The Index could also be used as
a source of data in itself, a research tool on the ways traditional and new
confessions try to communicate through the Internet.
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