popular missions


To quicken faith and piety among Christians whom their life in the world has made tepid and careless, is for the pastors of the Church an object of no less solicitude than to convert the heathen. In substance, mission-preaching has been employed in every age of the Church; it was applied with extraordinary fruit by Saint Francis and Saint Dominic; but its reduction to a system has been the work of comparatively recent times, and was commenced by Saint Vincent of Paul, when (1617) he preached his first mission to the peasants of Folleville. The Jesuits, Redemptorists, Passionists, Paulists, Dominicans, Carmelites, Augustinians and other orders have applied themselves with special earnestness to this branch of pastoral work.

MLA Citation

  • Father James J McGovern. “popular missions”. Catholic Pocket Dictionary, 1906. CatholicSaints.Info. 4 November 2019. Web. 7 March 2021. <>