The Propagation of the Faith – a Pontifical Mission Society

The Mission Office assists the faithful of the Diocese of La Crosse in carrying out Jesus’ directive to his apostles before his ascension into heaven … to go and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. The Faith must be kept and guarded in our souls, but it must also be generously passed on to every person in the world. The Church must be missionary if she is to be the faithful spouse of Christ.

Pontifical Mission Societies

The Pontifical Mission Societies consist of the Society for the Propagation of the Faith, the Holy Childhood Association, the Society of St. Peter Apostle and the Missionary Union of Priests and Religious. The Pontifical Mission Societies have, as their primary purpose, the promotion of a universal missionary spirit – a spirit of prayer and sacrifice – among all baptized Catholics.

Fr. Joseph Walijewski Legacy Guild

Is an association of people dedicated to furthering the cause of the Servant of God, Father Joseph Walijewski, and providing continued support for the legacy he left behind. Padre Jose’s spirituality is rooted in seeing Christ crucified in everyone he met; especially the orphans, the abandoned, the marginalized and the poor.

Those devoted to Father Joseph Walijewski are encouraged to join the Guild and regularly say the prayer for his canonization, which is available online and on a special prayer card. Members are asked to pray for Father Walijewski’s canonization, report favors received and assist in the advancement of the cause.

To learn more about the life and works of Father Joe Walijewski and the cause for his Beatification and Canonization, please visit Father Joe’s Guild.

Parish Report

Mission Receipts from PARISHES of the Diocese of La Crosse 2018-2019

Parish Report

Contributions of YOUTH
from Parishes and Schools 2018-2019

What does the Mission Office do?

  • Coordinates the Mission Cooperation Program for visiting missionaries
    in  Diocesan parishes.
  • Distributes Mass stipends to retired and missionary priests.
  • Supports priests, sisters and lay persons in the  Diocesan parish in Santa Cruz, Bolivia, and the Casa Hogar Juan Pablo II Orphanage in Lurin, Peru.
  • Coordinates La Crosse Diocesan student Lenten Mite Box collections.
  • Promotes the annual fundraising benefit dinner for Casa Hogar Orphanage.
  • Coordinates and promotes the annual Monsignor Anthony P. Wagener Mission Awards.

Appeals made through the National Office

  • World Mission Sunday – for the propagation of the Gospel in mission territories.
  • Christmas and Lenten Appeals – for those in most need in the developing world.
  • St. Peter Apostle – education and formation of men and women who have been called to serve the Lord as a priest or member of a religious order in a developing country.

For more information go to:

Catholic Life Articles

  • The Brother James Miller Day A Life’s Mission Educating the Poor

    Remembering Blessed Brother James Miller The place is a boarding school, De La Salle House, in Huehuetenango, a city in west-central Guatemala on the southern slopes of the Cuchumatanes Mountains. These highest mountains in the country are far away, 2,700 miles, from Ellis, Wis., where Blessed Brother James Miller, FSC, grew up. Huehuetenango means “Place The post The Brother James Miller Day A Life’s Mission Educating the Poor appeared first on Catholic Life - The Roman Catholic Diocese of La Crosse.

  • “Michelle, this changed my life!”

    So said Jordan Sorenson, a University of Wisconsin—Stevens Point (UWSP) student, to Michelle Shulfer, her instructor in the School of Health Care Professions, last February. Together with more than 500 volunteers from the university and the surrounding community, they had just finished packing nearly 117,000 meals for starving children around the world. The seeds had The post “Michelle, this changed my life!” appeared first on Catholic Life - The Roman Catholic Diocese of La Crosse.


    A story of Relational Solidarity This international relationship began for St. John the Baptist with the Sisters of Our Lady Queen of Africa in 2014 and in less than 2 years more than $100,000 was raised to fund the building of a new convent in Mwanza, Tanzania. (Those involved are convinced of God’s provision.) In The post TANZANIA: A MISSION OF CHANGE appeared first on Catholic Life - The Roman Catholic Diocese of La Crosse.

  • Remembering Bernard Louis

    There are some missionaries who serve in the name of Jesus Christ in extraordinary ways. They learn new languages, travel to distant places and evangelize in the name of Jesus Christ. God calls them, fortifies them with His Spirit and sends them to work in His fields. There are also some missionaries who do the The post Remembering Bernard Louis appeared first on Catholic Life - The Roman Catholic Diocese of La Crosse.

  • Do you want to be a saint?

    In 1979, then Mother Teresa received the Nobel Peace Prize. Shortly thereafter, my mother in law printed off part of her acceptance speech, framed it and gave it to my family. Here is what it says: Each person’s mission is a mission of love…Begin in the place where you are with the people closest to The post Do you want to be a saint? appeared first on Catholic Life - The Roman Catholic Diocese of La Crosse.

“There will always be poor people in the land – Therefore, I command you to be openhanded toward your brothers and toward the poor and needy …”
Deuteronomy 15:11

Contact Information

Mission Office
Phone: 608-791-2676

Rev. Woody Pace, Director

Marga Apel, Administrative Assistant

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