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Sr. Madge Karecki, SSJ-TOSF

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Sr. Madge Karecki is a former Director of the Office for Mission Education and Animation.

Blog posts by Sr. Madge Karecki, SSJ-TOSF

  • Tuesday, April 30, 2013

    Implementing the New Evangelization

    As we celebrate the Easter Season we are ushered into the marvelous and compelling stories in the Acts of the Apostles that tell of the growth of the early church.  Author Michael Green makes this insightful observation about how the early Christians spread the faith.


  • Monday, October 15, 2012

    World Mission Sunday: A Call to Us All

    The observance of World Mission Sunday was instituted by Pope Pius XI in 1926.  The purpose of this celebration is to make us aware of the extent of the Church’s missionary outreach and the need for support for these efforts. Our Archdiocese has celebrated World Mission Sunday from the time it originated. The first check that was sent to the Society of the Propagation in 1926 amounted to $83,640.72; a marvelous example of the generosity of our Archdiocese.


  • Tuesday, June 26, 2012

    Summer Mission Appeal and Our Baptismal Vocation

    The Second Vatican Council taught us that the Church is missionary by her very nature. It is a non-negotiable.  We can’t choose not to give mission pride-of-place in Catholic life.  One way in which we can increase our awareness of mission is through the Missionary Cooperation Plan.


  • Monday, October 17, 2011

    World Mission Sunday: Much More Than a Collection

    I have been reflecting on the Mass texts in the Third Edition of the Roman Missal. Since the liturgy and mission are intimately connected it seems good to tap into the new translation and see how it fits with World Mission Sunday.


  • Monday, May 16, 2011

    Why Participate in the Missionary Cooperation Plan?

    Every summer dioceses across the country participate in the Missionary Cooperation Plan (MCP).  This is a program mandated from the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples and specifically the Society for the Propagation of the Faith.  This is not an “optional extra” in parish life.  It is our Catholic way of participating in the missionary outreach of the Church.


  • Monday, October 11, 2010

    Celebrating World Mission Sunday

    World Mission Sunday was instituted by Pope Pius XI in 1926 at the request of the Society for the Propagation of the Faith as a day of prayer and offerings for and promotion of mission.  It is celebrated in every diocese, parish and institute of the whole Catholic world.  Pope John Paul II wrote in his encyclical, Redemptoris Missio, that it is a time to remind the whole Catholic faithful of the permanent validity of the missionary mandate the Lord proclaimed in John 20:21:  "As the Father has sent me, so I send you."


  • Monday, May 10, 2010

    The Missionaries are Coming, the Missionaries are Coming!

    June, July and August are the time when missionaries from other countries come to the Archdiocese of Chicago to do mission appeals.  This effort is part of the Catholic Church’s international program called the Missionary Cooperation Plan (MCP).  Representatives from various mission causes do appeals to ask for our monetary support, but they also seek to remind us of our vocation as missionary disciples and to ask for our prayers. John Paul ll, in his encyclical letter, The Mission of the Redeemer (RM) wrote: