On the 30th June 2020, the MSSP celebrated the 110th Anniversary since its Foundation. Joseph De Piro the Founder opened the first house and welcomed the first MSSP Community in 1910.
The House was a stone’s throw away from the palace he was born and raised in, and was another sign of De Piro’s shunning of material wealth to devote himself to missionary activity and the care of those most in need.
Humble beginnings indeed for the germinating society. Since then the Society has come a long way. The Missionary charism of the Society has been shared with and welcomed by many lay people, so that we can now truly say that the humble beginnings of 1910 are taking root and bearing fruit in many countries. The celebration of the Foundation Day, including a global online meeting of lay and religious members gave us the opportunity to thank God for His care and faithfulness and to recommit ourselves to the Missionary Charism.
Frs Jude, Silvio and Mario are grateful to the many parishioners and friends that extended their prayers, appreciation and good wishes on the occasion of our Foundation Day.
Here are some words of support and encouragement from around the world:
Happy Feast Day. My prayers and thoughts are with you, your brothers and your extended communities in: Philippines, Peru, Pakistan, Malta, Canada, Italy, Cuba and here in Australia. My life and faith has been influenced by many religious orders, societies and diocesan priests over the past 65 plus years but in the last fifteen years I have become very attached to the Missionary Society of St Paul, particularly at St James the Apostle Parish, North Hoppers Crossing. The charism established by your founder, Joseph De Piro, demonstrates a genuine understanding and commitment to the Gospel. My faith has been nourished by this charism, which demonstrates a love and commitment to all people without exception.
May God bless you and your work throughout the world.
Your brother in Christ, Peter
Happy Foundation Day MSSP! In celebration, all 13th street children made a thanksgiving letter during Catechism offer to MSSP Community and all benefactors to extend deepest gratitude and to show self-giving love to the Lord. Thank you Lord for giving MSSP to us, Thank you Joseph De Piro, Servant of God. We continue to pray for them to serve God and people wholeheartedly. To God be the Glory!
Joseph Clarin Lucero
Happy Anniversary Padres! I tuned into the mass from Manila tonight ( I know I’m getting holier by the day) and thought of you two special guys when I joined with the congregation saying this prayer. Thank the Lord for showing me the MSSP way!
To listen to Fr Mark Grima, Superior General of the MSSPs reflection on the Foundation Day, CLICK HERE: