MISSIO has been the Catholic Church’s official support organisation for overseas mission since 1992. Missio cares for and supports the younger churches until they are able to be self-sufficient. It raises awareness and fosters prayer and cooperation in the whole Church, with 120 offices worldwide. It is the only organisation which supports every one of the 1,069 mission dioceses of the world, playing a crucial role in combating poverty, disease, injustice and exploitation. Our friend, Sister Janet, whom we met at Vatican Radio as part of the interviewing team, is a key member of the Missio office and writes regularly for the Catholic press.
Sister Janet is a religious sister of order of the Franciscan Missionaries of the Divine Motherhood (often known as FMDMs). They are members of the Franciscan family, and their service is expressed in many forms in response to the Church's needs. The Franciscan spirit is one of presence among the poor, and, as Missionaries of the Divine Motherhood, they have a special concern wherever there is poverty of family life - their mission is not to lands, but to people. For information click above adjacent FMDM logo.