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-THE MISSION STATEMENT- As Paulist Missionaries we are invited by God in Love to share Gods Dream for Humanity of restoring all in Christ In contemplative listening we constantly discover this invitation in Gods Word with the People of God through each other and in the world We gratefully respond through our weaknesses and strengths by participating in the Spirits liberation and reconciliation of Humanity Taken from MSSP homepage Joseph De Piro was born in Malta on November 2nd 1877 into a wealthy and influential family As a young man he thought about becoming a lawyer but then felt that God was calling him to the priesthood In 1903 after the completion of his studies he was ordained in Rome Joseph De Piro founded the Missionary Society of Saint Paul in 1910 on the small Mediterranean Island of Malta His dream was to form a congregation of men who inspired by the gospel like Paul the Apostle would witness to Christ in missions and attitudes of sharing and respect After sending his first missionary to Ethiopia Joseph died on September 17 1933 leaving his Society alone at a very early stage The Missionary Society of Saint Paul had to go through a lot of trials and suffering before it could be officially recognised by the Vatican in 1973 And so the MSSP was born The Paulist Missionaries are a group of men - brothers and priests - from different cultures living together in community giving witness to the fact that all Christians are called to be charitable Wherever they are their call as Paulists is to respect and transcend cultural differences and to reach out to all the world in solidarity When the Paulist Missionaries arrived in Australia theyre main services were towards post war migrants coming into the country as they struggled for cultural adjustment in a new and foreign land At present the members work among the poor
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