Editor: This is the conclusion of Fr. Donald Senior’s talk, given during the 2014 U.S. Catholic Mission Association Annual Conference, held in Alexandria, VA, Oct. 24, 2014, directed by our own Fr. Jack Nuelle, M.S., Director of the U.S. Catholic Mission Association. The La Salette Missionaries were one of the four major sponsors of this conference.
It should be clear... that Pope Paul VI's famous declaration that "justice is constitutive of the Gospel" and the renewal of that call to a mission of justice in Pope Francis’ “The Joy of the Gospel” are neither novel innovations nor a modern trend, but a restatement of the Christian heritage as old as the biblical witness.
The social mission of the Church is not one topic among many; it strikes at the heart of the Christian witness; it is essential to an understanding of the very nature of the Gospel. To believe this and to be committed to it calls for constant conversion of heart.
Indeed, the Catholic Church is blessed with an incredible and powerful heritage of social teaching − teaching eloquently affirmed from the time of Pope Leo XXIII down to the most recent encyclicals of Pope Benedict XVI and Pope Francis’ exhortation, “The Joy of the Gospel.” The source and inspiration for that social teaching − even when it is not stated in biblical terms — is rooted in our Scriptures.
Our Community: The Missionaries of Our Lady of La Salette are deeply rooted in the Apparition of Our Lady of La Salette which occurred near the hamlet of La Salette in southeastern France on Sept. 19, 1846. The Missionaries were founded in 1852 by Bp. Philbert de Bruillard, Bishop of Grenoble, France, and presently serve in some 25 countries.
Our Province: The Province of Mary, Mother of the Americas, was founded in 2000AD and is one of several provinces in the congregation. The members of this Province serve mainly in the countries of Canada, the United States and the Region of Argentina/Bolivia.
Our Mission: Our La Salette ministry of reconciliation responds to the broad vision given by Mary at La Salette as well as in response to the needs of the Church. As reconcilers, we together with the laity take seriously Mary’s mandate: “You will make (Mary’s) message known to all (her) people.”