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"Ratio Missionum" (fundamental approch to mission activity)

Fr. Robert Maloney introduced this document with these words.

Today, with great gratitude to all of those who worked so hard in preparing this Ratio Missionum, I present it to you for your study. I encourage all the members of the Congregation to read this document, to meditate on it, and to search for ways in which it can shape the life and ministry of each of us. I ask too that it be studied carefully in all of our houses of formation. It should be one of the fundamental documents for those preparing for full membership in the Congregation of the Mission, since it responds to some basic questions concerning our ministry: What should a Vincentian foreign mission be like? What are its characteristics? What are the criteria for accepting and evaluating missions? How should candidates be prepared for them?