The Pastoral Mission Fund was established in 1982 to assist missionary sisters and priests of parishes and indigenous orders with small projects and programs directly related to evangelization and strengthening of the Roman Catholic faith. Funding is allocated to small-scale religious projects for the support of religious programs at the parish level in spreading the Good News.
Through this ShareLife-funded agency allocations are made in support of missionaries working at a grassroots level in the developing nations in Africa, India, Vietnam, South America, Haiti, and Oceania.
An allocations committee administers the Pastoral Mission Fund. Members are 'returned' missionaries and representatives of the Roman Catholic Church in Toronto that volunteer their time and services. The committee meets three times a year, under the chairmanship of an auxiliary bishop to review applications to the fund in:
M1 PMF AC Meeting - March
M2 PMF AC Meeting - June
M3 PMF AC Meeting - September
Applicants must apply individually with a written project proposal application in English for projects directly related to pastoral-evangelization (religious) work to be eligible for funding. Photocopied, faxed or e-mailed applications and bishop endorsement letters are not accepted. Due to limited funding and high demand, early submission is recommended. Year-end deadline is September 15.
Recipients and their dioceses must comply with Revenue Canada Agency regulations for funds sent outside of Canada. Non-compliance will prevent the funding of future projects to dioceses and parishes.
For more detailed information and guidelines for applying to the Pastoral Mission Fund outlining our process and procedures including what is eligible for funding, what ineligible, timelines and other pertinent allocation information, download Pastoral Mission Fund (PMF) guidelines.
For more information on the Pastoral Mission Fund projects, download the Pastoral Mission Fund - 2012 Annual Summary Report.