Mission is inseparably connected with jurisdiction, so that he who is validly sent exercises a lawful jurisdiction in the place to which, and over the persons to whom, he is sent; and, on the other hand, any person exercising a lawful jurisdiction must be held to have received a true mission. Mission precedes jurisdiction in the order of thought, but is coincident with it in practice.

A priest having the care of souls within a certain district must be sent to that district by the bishop, who has the general charge of all the souls within his diocese; he cannot appoint himself to it. “How shall they preach unless they be sent?” In a regular parish there may be more priests than one engaged in ministerial functions, but one alone has the responsibility, of the souls within it. He has ordinary, not .delegated faculties; other priests ministering within his parish have not ordinary faculties.

MLA Citation

  • Father James J McGovern. “mission”. Catholic Pocket Dictionary, 1906. CatholicSaints.Info. 4 November 2019. Web. 5 March 2021. <>