This year, as has become customary, the Pontifical Missionary Union of Priests and Religious proposes to priests and consecrated religious a prayer vigil for the Day of Missionary Priests, which will be celebrated Saturday, Dec. 3, the day the Church commemorates St. Francis Xavier, patron of the missions.
The theme chosen this year is the same as the missionary intention of the month of October last year: “Witnesses of God.”
The recent canonization of Guido Maria Conforti, co-founder and first president of the Pontifical Missionary Union of Priests, offers us an opportunity to reflect on the missionary dimension of the priestly vocation. Saint Guido Maria Conforti was priest and bishop not only to his diocese, but to all the world. The Xaverian Missionaries, founded by St. Conforti, work in 19 countries worldwide for almost 120 years.