The Pontifical Mission Society of the Missionary Childhood Association was founded in France in 1843 by Bishop Charles de Forbin Janson. Its Motto, “Children Helping Children” awakens the Missionary Spirit of prayer and generous sacrifice in all the children of the world leading them to share both spiritual and material resources.
FACTS ABOUT THE MISSIONARY CHILDHOOD ASSOCIATION
The Pontifical Mission Society of the Missionary Childhood Association helps children to proclaim and share the joy of the Word of God with other children through their prayers, works of charity, inviting others to join them and providing material help to those most needy.
The Missionary Childhood Association concentrates its efforts on teaching the Catholic Faith to children, promoting their rights and providing assistance in situations where children are suffering due to various reasons.
It promotes Missionary vocations at an early age hence future apostles: priests, sisters, brothers, catechists and responsible parents.
The Mission Society of the Missionary Childhood Association aims to foster Christian faith and missionary formation of children and to help them take their responsibility in the Church as Missionaries.
THE MISSION ROSARY
In February 1951, Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen (National director of the Society for the Propagation of the Faith from 1950 to 1966), in a radio address (The Catholic Hour), inaugurated a World Mission Rosary; “We must pray, and not for ourselves, but for the world. To this end, I have designed the World Mission Rosary. Each of the five decades is of a different colour to represent each of the five continents”
The founder of the Missionary Childhood Association (MCA), Bishop Charles de Forbin Janson, asked the children to say a Hail Mary every day as Missionary children and help to spread the Good News.
To celebrate the month of May (Month of our mother Mary dedicated to the children), and the Mission month – October, children and their animators all over the world pray the Mission Rosary for special intentions for all the children of each one of the five continents. The Mission Rosary has five colours:
Green for Africa, Red for America, White for Europe, Blue for Oceania and Yellow for Asia.
The aim of the Mission Rosary is to help children grow in the universal Missionary spirit of prayer and generous sacrifice as they reach out to all the children of the world.
Sr. Lucy Kamene ASN
Coordinator of the Missionary Childhood Association
Diocese of Mandeville.