The Missionary Society of St. Paul is a Clerical Society of Apostolic Life of Diocesan Right. The Priest members of the Society are incorporated into it by an Oath of Permanent Membership and are dedicated to the Society’s Missionary Apostolate. By their Oath of Permanent Membership, members undertake the observance of the evangelical counsels of Chastity, evangelical Poverty (Simplicity of Life) and Obedience in imitation of Christ. The members who live as a community of priests in the Church carry out, in a special way, the missionary mandate and commitment of the Catholic Church where the Church most needs them.
- Motto: Pro Christo Legatione Ergo Fungimur (therefore we are ambassadors for Christ) 2 Cor. 5: 20.
- Coat of arms:
i) A Cross – Sign of Salvation;
ii) A Dove – Signifying the presence of the Holy Spirit;
iii) A Stole – Sign of Ministry;
iv) The Bible – Word of God;
v) The Globe – The whole world is the area of Ministry.
- Meaning and Purpose:
The apostolic disposition of the Missionary Society of St. Paul hinges on the appeal that our Patron, St. Paul, makes for the world to be reconciled in Christ (2 Cor. 5: 25). Our missionary apostolate is borne out of the zealous endeavour to bring Christ’s salvific message to people all over the world, through ministry that is undertaken in accordance with the Gospel, and in docility to the Holy Spirit. Under the Church’s hierarchy, we, both as individuals and as a Society, strive for a universal love for all men and women of all races and creeds, especially the poor, through faithful living of the evangelical counsels.