Not all missions are foreign missions. It may surprise many Canadian Catholics, but they don't have to look far: some of the poorest and neediest missions served by the Church can be found here in Canada.
These are mainly poor and scattered communities in the Canadian North, isolated from their neighbors because of geography and the extreme cold of the long winter season. These are missions located in the hinterlands which cannot be reached except by plane or by log truck. These are mission churches still heated by old wood-fuelled stoves. These are missions without running water and the amenities of life. These are missions where families constantly struggle to cover the basics such as food and shelter and clothing because opportunities for work and jobs are scarce.
Sometimes missionaries have to travel more than 100 kilometres each way to celebrate the Eucharist or to preside at a funeral service. Most often, there are too few missionaries available to bring the Good News of the Lord to the small mission communities.
Since its founding in 1908, Catholic Missions In Canada, then known as The Catholic Church Extension Society of Canada, has come to the aid of isolated missions across the country where a lack of resources makes it impossible to maintain a Catholic presence without outside financial help.
Catholic Missions In Canada exists to keep the Catholic Faith in remote and poor mission communities across Canada
From the beginning of its institution, Catholic Missions In Canada has been directed by its board of governors. This is a panel constituted to ensure that the Society operates according to its proper guidelines and by-laws.