Extraordinary Month of Mission – October 2019

It’s 100 years since Pope Benedict XV’s encyclical Maximum Illud called Catholics to bring the Good News to all peoples (Missio Ad Gentes). To commemorate its anniversary, Pope Francis has declared October 2019 to be an Extraordinary Month of Mission (EMM2019). This special month of prayer and action calls us all to renew our missionary commitment by sharing the Good News of Jesus with all people!
Below are some real examples of how our Church family will celebrate the Extraordinary Month of Mission. However you are welcome to celebrate it whatever way you wish! For some extra inspiration and more details on the month, we have prepared an EMM2019 Facts & Toolkit. Click here to download the Toolkit

It’s Time to Get Involved!

To highlight that we’re all called to share God’s love, and to gather the energy of our Church family, Pope Francis is inviting individuals, schools, organisations, dioceses, parishes, communities, orders and congregations to get behind the EMM2019 campaign! Throughout August, September and October there are a number of easy ways to get involved…


The concept is simple. Use your Facebook or Twitter profiles to share your personal mission, with the hashtag #MyMission and tag World Missions Ireland. #MyMission is asking you to step-up and let the world know how you, just like our overseas missionaries, are reaching and sharing love. #MyMission could be a simple act of kindness, like visiting a neighbour or something bigger like volunteering with a fellow local charity. Click here to download #MyMission Template


Pope Francis is asking groups to share their collective mission on either Facebook or Twitter with the hashtag #OurMission (don’t forget to tag World Missions Ireland!). #OurMission is asking schools, organisations, orders, congregations, dioceses, parishes and communities to step-up and let the world know what your collective mission is. Perhaps your school’s mission is to make everyone welcomed and supported, or your contemplative congregation will pray the EMM2019 prayer. Click here to download #OurMission Template

Pray the Extraordinary Month of Mission Prayer

Deepen your connection with your missionary spirit by praying the official Extraordinary Month of Mission Prayer. Click here to view EMM2019 Prayer

Take Part in the EMM2019 Universal Prayer Chain

As an act of solidarity and love for all people, Pope Francis invites you to join the EMM2019 Universal Prayer Chain during October. This worldwide prayer chain will connect the Church family, and give each of us strength to live out our mission!

WHO everyone, everywhere is invited to pray the official EMM2019 prayer
WHEN every Friday, after the Angelus, during October
WHY by praying together we will revitalise and reawaken our missionary spirit


Sing the Extraordinary Month of Mission Hymn ‘Baptised and Sent’

Choirs are encouraged to sing the EMM2019 hymn during October. Special thanks to our sister office, Missio Malta, who created the hymn!