Out here in the wilds of the Pacific NW, we're a mission ourselves and really could use a LOT of help, but that's another series of threads.
Our church has been glomming on to the local Baptist mission trips and other "Christian" organizations. It finally occurred to me to ask why. I was informed it was because there are no Catholic Mission trips.
In this person's defense, our Archdiocese website has been completely embarrassing up until recently. It's still lacking in many regards, though.
Long story short, I did my own research for the person in charge of these things and discovered many threads here on CA and sites on google.
My hope is that anyone could add more or use this thread as an easier reference or more importantly add their own comments.
Thanks in advance,
Following are some of the organizations I was able to find that do Catholic Mission trips.
I started with this thread on Catholic.com
These were recommended in the thread:
Wow. They’re doing mission trips to Haiti!
Franciscan and Friends site
Serving the poor of the Caribbean
Catholic Mission Trips
Regnum Christi - wish they were closer for the awesome workshops!
Catholic Volunteer Network
This connects Catholic Volunteer opportunities with willing volunteers ... hmm... maybe we could see if someone wants to be a youth minister?
These others I found through googling "Catholic Mission trips"
Catholic Family Mission trips
The St. Vincent Palotti Canter provides volunteer opportunities usually for 1-2 years in the US and abroad.
These guys look great ... it's not clear how to form groups to go.
Catholic World Mission
Maybe the best yet-
Family Missions Company is an apostolate of Catholic laity, called to foreign missionary evangelism. Filled with the Holy Spirit, we proclaim Jesus Christ and His Gospel to the poor.
Catholic Heart Workcamp
Oops. Just found a TON more stuff: http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q...+mission+trips
Recommendations from the above threads:
“Saint Patrick's Evangelisation School” is a nine-month programme in London, England, beginning around the start of October
ABOUT THE MISSIONARIES OF THE POOR
The Missionaries of the Poor (M.O.P.) is an international monastic order of Brothers dedicated to "Joyful Service with Christ on the Cross" to serve the poorest of the poor.
OMGosh! if only I had know about these when I was searching as a youth!!!
Project Solidarity - Builds Homes for people in Honduras - (not obvious how to go & help).
Catholic Medical Mission Board - does need non-medical help
Society of African missions SMA Fathers
St. Patrick's Missionary Society
-Do you have a call to be a missionary?
I couldn't actually find mission trips involving this organization but one of the threads recommended it...
Ave Maria Radio seems to only do "Pilgrimages" maybe they've done mission trips in the past
Big WOW - these guys are everywhere!
For our parishioners now in college?
FOCUS - Fellowship of Catholic University Students
And you probably know about this one: Christian Foundation for Youth and the Aging
-not Catholic only - but apparently highly recommended by some Catholics
A recommendation for "Family Missions Company" from a Catholic apologist on Catholic.com
Salesian Youth Ministry - we just watched a great movie on St. John Bosco who founded the Salesians
Last but not least
Apparently some people had problems with them… IDK?
There’s the best I could come up with. I’m sure I missed a few.
And once we have a mission trip all planned we can refer to this thread on "Sending forth" Song Ideas for Catholic mission trip”