First Evangelization; Pastoral Care, formation and development activities for the people of God that involves: Christian initiation; Administration of the Sacraments; Formation of the Christian community; Assistance to the young churches; Pastoral ministry to Church groups; Missionary Animation and Vocation promotion; Organization and Development of structures of the Christian community; Social Communication; Ecumenism and inter-religious dialogue; Witness of life and initiation of charitable activities; Promotion of peace, justice, reconciliation and integrity of creation. All these we do so that the missionary work may mature in depth and be consolidated to guarantee its functioning and permanence. Also it is done to support the maturation of the local churches by carrying out a work of consistent and logical preparation that will permit the members of the local church to assume the administrative responsibility as soon as possible.
Our missionary obligation also extends to the re-evangelization of Christian communities that by reason of superficial evangelization, or because of the lack of adequate religious assistance, are in a state of decline. Those territories where the local hierarchy does not yet exist, where maturity of Christian life as not yet been achieved, or where ecclesial structures are yet insufficient, also come within the sphere of our missionary activity.
We Collaborate With Others
We recognize the importance of experiencing the apostolate in communitarian form, and we acknowledge the limitation of our congregation as pertains to lack of adequate material resources and personnel. Hence, we are very grateful to work with the missionaries from other congregations and with the local and Fidei Donum clergy.
We relate and collaborate with the local ordinaries with understanding that all priests, both diocesan and religious participate in and exercise with the Bishop the one priesthood of Christ and are hereby meant to be prudent cooperators of the Episcopal order. With the other priests the collaboration is principally manifested in relations that are always marked by authenticity, cordiality and true fraternal love founded on the priestly vocation we share.
The brother’s apostolate is open to any field of work where the ministerial duties of our priests are not directly required. We recognize in religious women who are at the service of the local churches, real collaborators in missionary activity. Religious women are very instrumental in the promotion of women activities, teaching in schools, running health institutions, catechetical institutions in the parish and in schools, youth ministry and charitable work.
The Catechists have played and are playing a greater role in the work of evangelization of non-Christians. They have collaborated with our missionaries in establishing the church. Without the cooperation of catechists, an extensive, well-organized work of proclamation of the Gospel and of apostolate in new areas would not be possible, nor could the new Christian generations be given the assiduous care they need.
Their work effectively multiplies the presence of the church, even in the most difficult and otherwise in accessible places. We value Lay people since they cooperate in the church’s work of evangelization. As witnesses and at the same time as living instruments, they share in a saving mission.
The lay groups, especially from Europe, have been working with the Consolata missionaries for many years. They have been of great help in teaching and management of temporary activities such as social development projects. They have been assisting the parish and diocesan activities with finance they collect from relatives and friends from their home countries. They have also been promoting the apostolate of laity. Therefore, collaboration in the mission helps us to complement each other; share missionary challenges with others and support one another.