Specific Means of Fulfilling our Mission
One of the primary means of fulfilling our mission is providing sound intellectual and moral education to the poor and the less-privileged. Even though our primary focus is the neglected poor and the less-privileged, our schools are open to everyone interested in receiving sound moral and academic training. We make scholarships available to eligible students. The scholarship eligibility is based on the student’s funding capacity. Please, refer to the Charitan Foundation for the Needy (CFN) for more information about our scholarship programs. You can learn more about the CFN at https://charitanmissionaries.org/cfn.html.
Providing healthcare services to the people of God is also an integral means of fulfilling our mission. Health is one of the major problems facing the society today, especially those whose poor financial status would not permit access to fitting medical treatments. So, those poor ones who have no money to go to the hospital for treatment are welcomed to come to our hospitals and/or clinics at a reduced charge. In some cases, free treatments are also available to eligible patients. One’s eligibility, of course, depends on one’s financial status and one’s ability to foot the medical bills. Some of our missionaries receive medical and paramedical professional training necessary to carry out our health-related apostolate. But, we also employ non-members who have medical and paramedical professional knowledge necessary for our mission.
We also have youth centers open to all youths within and outside the community in which we work. At the youth center, we organize various sportive activities for the benefit of the youth. Annually, we organize sportive tournaments among the youth for fun and recreation. We also have a summer camp annually which comprises of sports, academics, spirituals, craftsmanship, and handiworks. At our youth centers, youths are helped to discover their talents and gifts. Moreover, we also organize a leadership workshop at our youth centers for any interested youth and/or adult. Even though our focus at the youth center is the youth, everyone is always welcomed. The epicenter of our youth apostolate is the moral upbringing of the youth, especially the strayed and unattended ones.
It is a common saying that illiteracy is a disease. We strive to provide some basic formal education to those adults who had no opportunity of attending a traditional institution of learning at their younger age. We are patient with them as learning at old age requires enormous effort on the part of both the instructor and the student. To be able to do this, our missionaries are seriously involved, but we also hire outsiders who are trained for adult education. The tuitions are made affordable to the students, but students who are not financially capable of paying the tuition, but are willing to learn, are never deprived of the opportunity, provided their financial capacity has been ascertained by our missionaries.
We are also open to running as many parishes as assigned to us by the local ordinary. At the parish, we strive to be priests and servants for the people of God. In other words, the spiritual and the pastoral needs of the parishioners are our primary focuses. No one is denied of any sacramental benefit unless with a grave or cogent reason. There should be a daily Holy Mass at any parish run by the Charitan Missionaries, the time of which is to be decided by the priests in charge. Our parishes are structured to have a very strong religious education program where the people of God learn more about the Catholic faith. Practically, there is weekly bible study forum, marriage preparation program, Holy Communion preparation class, Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) program, Confirmation preparation class, and continuous faith education for all.
We encourage pious societies such as the Legion of Mary, Blue Army, Block Rosary, Sacred Heart of Jesus, Charismatic Renewal Movement, St. Jude’s Society, Altar Servers, St. Anthony’s society, Divine Mercy, etc. We also ensure that the four alms of the Church, including the Catholic Men Organization (CMO), the Catholic Women Organization (CWO) and the Catholic Youth Organization (CYO) are waxing strongly in our parishes. We equally have a Holy Hour with the exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and Benediction every Sunday evening, following the catechetical instructions. Finally, we do our possible best to see that the laity are participating strongly in the life of any parish run by the Charitan Missionaries.
Ministering to the orphans and the vulnerable children occupies a very important place in our charism of promoting the love and mercy of God in our today’s world. We diligently discharge this responsibility by the means of running orphanage centers where we provide shelter, food, clothing, and sound education to the homeless, orphans and indigent children. This project requires that we build, at least, a dormitory where orphans and other beneficiaries of our mission are housed and cared for. We also make a reasonable effort to make provisions for the basic infrastructural amenities necessary for a comfortable living in our orphanage centers.
Through the home visitation, we are exposed to the needs of the community that we serve. By prudently interacting with the people, we stand a better chance of getting to know them and the pastoral needs they have. Moreover, interacting with the people we serve gives them the opportunity to feel loved. They are more responsive to the gospel message we bring them when they feel loved and cared for. While doing this home visitation, our missionaries should always remember that the work of charity is our identity, which means that we should never refrain from doing charity to people we work with. During the home visitation, the Charitan missionary may share the word of God or the Catholic faith to the visited, if the circumstance warrants that. We are creative in discerning the best means of making the visited feel very comfortable with our visit.
Caring for Retired Priests/Religious and Elderly People:
As promoters of charity among the people of God, the Charitan Missionaries always acknowledge the fact that old people are one of the most vulnerable groups of people in the society. As such, we extend our apostolate to priests who are retired or inactive due to their health conditions or other reasons, and older people in the locality where we work whose family members are not able to give the attention necessary for their well-being. Our missionaries are available to such aged people, including priests and religious, to enable them find the last years of their life more fulfilling than miserable. We build a home for them, train professional healthcare providers and hire people to take proper care of them, all to the glory of God.