Missio Printed Volumes Collection

  • This material is held at
  • Reference
      GB 33 Missio Printed
  • Dates of Creation
  • Name of Creator
  • Language of Material
      English  and French
  • Physical Description
      4 metres

Scope and Content

Series of printed volumes, published by Missio, including:

1. Annals of the Propagation of the Faith (1838-2008)

2. Annals of the Society of the Holy Childhood (1850-1956)

3. Catholic Missions (1914-1921)

4. Missionary Times (1961-1966)

5. Annales de l'oeuvre de la Sainte Enfance (1848-1908)

6. Annale de l'association de la propagation de la foi (1827-1844)

Administrative / Biographical History

The Pontifical Mission Societies, known in some countries as Missio, is the name of a group of Catholic missionary societies that are under the jurisdiction of the Pope. They continue to raise funds in England to contribute to the papal pot forworldwide distribution. They began in 1822 with Sister Pauline in France, collecting money for supporting churches and training elsewhere. The Association for the Propagation of the Faith, Society of St Peter the Apostle, Mission Together (HolyChildhood) and the Pontifical Missionary Union came together in 1922, rebranded as Missio in 2009 as the Catholic Church's official support organisation for overseas missions. The societies provide assistance for local missionaries to work alongsideglobal communities that are poor, regardless of their background or belief, until they can become self-sufficient. Missio raises awareness and fosters prayer and cooperation in the whole Catholic Church, with 120 offices worldwide supporting the1,200 mission dioceses of the world. Each branch of Missio is headed by a National Director appointed by the Pope.

On 26 June 2012, Pope Benedict XVI appointed Bishop Protase Rugambwa, who until then had been serving as bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Kigoma, Tanzania, as the Deputy Secretary of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples andas President of the Pontifical Mission Societies, naming him an archbishop. Rugambwa ceased to be president after being appointed as Secretary of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples on 9 November 2017, with Giovanni Pietro Dal Tosoreplacing him.

Access Information

The collection has not yet been sorted or catalogued. For this reason, it is not normally possible to consult the collection.

Acquisition Information

Donated by Mary Rafat, January 2020, Acc No Misc.2019/20:74.


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Separated Material

The archive of the UK branch of Missio is currently held in an office in Eccleston Square, London, and will be transferred to Durham University Library in due course.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to make any published use of material from the collection must be sought in advance from the Head of Collections (email pg.library@durham.ac.uk) and, where appropriate, from the copyright owner. The Library will assist where possiblewith identifying copyright owners, but responsibility for ensuring copyright clearance rests with the user of the material

Appraisal Information

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Clean duplicates removed


No further accruals of printed volumes expected.