My name is Red Box, (not a lotta people know that)
Missio is the umbrella name for two separate charities, the Association for the Propagation of the Faith (APF) and the Mill Hill Missionaries (MH). The two organisations entered into a partnership in 1935 purely for the purpose of collecting funds. We now benefit from their earlier work by having Priests from countries like Tanzania and the Congo assisting the SDS priests whilst continuing their studies in this country.
The Association for the Propagation of the Faith was started in 1822 by the efforts of a young French girl named Pauline Jaricot and its policy was to support all missions everywhere. Exactly 100 years Later, Pope Pius XI declared the APF a ‘Pontifical Society’ which meant that it had become the Churches official organisation for supporting all Missions. Today the APF is established in nearly 150 countries. The contributions from the World Mission Day collections help the 1039 mission bishops, with prayers and money, to support their priests, brothers, sisters, catechists and all who preach the gospel.
Mill Hill Missionaries was founded in 1866 by Cardinal Archbishop of Westminster, Herbert Vaughan, the eldest of thirteen children, eight boys and five girls. Six boys became priests and all the girls entered the Convent. He believed that the English Catholics should consider the spiritual needs for the British colonised countries and so in 1866 he founded England’s one and only missionary society, today its Priest, Brothers and associates work on every continent.
The Red Box
In 1876 Fr. Thomas Jackson , a young Mill Hill missionary, was assigned as chaplain to the British Army to serve with a regiment during the original Afghan War, he was wounded three times and was once left for dead. For his action he was recommended for the Victoria Cross, but because the Mill Hill tradition was not to accept titles or honours, his Superior would not countersign it. Years later, whilst serving in Borneo, ill health forced him to return to England where he set about raising funds for the education of future Mill Hill missionaries, to do this he turned his Tea Caddy into a collection box and the Red Box was born and is one of the major methods of fund raising for the charities.
Today it is believed that there are over 200,000 homes in England and Wales with their own Red Box in which families place their loose change and coins, of course higher denominations are acceptable (as long as they are folded neatly). The boxes are emptied periodically throughout the year and the donations recorded, collated and paid into the Missio account.
Over 50 CTK parishioners hold a Red Box and they are emptied twice a year, either by Individual box holders or by a Sponsor, who collects from a few individuals, records the amount and passes the collections to the Secretary who collates, records and deposits the collection in the bank. Having a Red Box makes you a member of Missio, so if you haven’t got one but would like one, or further information, just contact the CTK local secretary.