No mission can happen unless it comes from within. The members of the Missionary Society of St. Paul embrace a lifestyle which is one of self-giving, born of a deep and personal spiritual relationship with God.

Through service in missionary lands, and through the creation of a deeper awareness of the missionary dimension of the Church, the MSSP, drawing from the wellsprings of Joseph De Piro, its founder, is inspired to give to others the gift of faith.

Whilst it traces its origin to Malta, first evangelised by the Apostle Paul in the very early years of Christianity, it finds in his words, the inspiration to transmit the joy of Christ throughout the world. Through the building of community, and reaching out to the poor and needy of the world, the members of the Missionary Society of St. Paul make the conscious choice to serve in mission.

As Paulist Missionaries, we are invited by God in Love to share God’s Dream for Humanity of restoring all in Christ. In contemplative listening, we constantly discover this invitation in God’s Word, with the People of God, through each other and in the world.

MSSP General Chapter 2000

Adopting missionary service as a fourth vow, in their consecration as religious, most of their work centres around sensitizing the church to remain focused on the little ones of the Kingdom: the poor, needy and disadvantaged.

In lands which are not strictly missionary, the role of the Missionary Society of St Paul centres around evangelisation, missionary animation, youth outreaches and voluntary experiences in MSSP missions.

Through this, the Pauline family strives to ensure, that across its regions, the values of solidarity with the poor, and concern for building authentic Christian communities, remain at the top of the agenda of each local Church.