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The National Office of the Pontifical Mission Societies (PMS) is presently situated on the 2nd and 3rd Floors of Lankarama No.19 Balcombe Place, Colombo 8. Previously the office was located in the same parish in which the National Director lived at that time. When Rev. Fr. Malcolm Ranjith was the National Director of the PMS he made arrangements to purchase this office from the Bishops Conference and the National Director moved to the present premises at Balcombe Place.

The commencement of the operations of the PMS could be traced back to the year 1950 and the following National Directors handled the work in this office, which was formerly known as the Pontifical Mission Aid Societies. 

1. Very Rev. Fr. G. Fortin OMI from 1950 to 1955

2. Mgr. G. Manik Muttukumaru from 1955 to 1974

3. Rev. Fr. Kingsley Swampillai from 1974 to 1984 now Rt. Rev. Dr. Kingsley Swampillai

4. Rev. Fr. Malcolm Ranjith from 1984 to 1993 - now His Eminence Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith

5. Rev. Fr. Kingsley Silva from 1993 to 1995

6. Rev. Fr. Tony Martyn from 1995 to 2006

7. Rev. Fr. Reginald Saparamadu from 2006 to 2016

8. Rev.Fr.Basil Rohan Fernando from 2016 to date 


The four Societies represented by the PMS are the following:- 

1. Society for the Propagation of Faith (SPOF)

2. Society of St. Peter the Apostle (SPA)

3. Society of Missionary Childhood (MC)

4. Society of Pontifical Missionary Union (PMU) 

In addition there is another collection made for Pope's Day and the monies thus collected are sent in its entirety to the Apostolic Nuncio to be remitted totally to His Holiness the Pope. 

The National Director of the PMS is responsible for the collections in respect of these Societies from all parishes in the island. We have 11 dioceses in Sri Lanka and therefore the respective Diocesan Bishops appoint a representative from each diocese to handle the work of the PMS and co-ordinate the work with the National Director. They are the Diocesan Directors. These Diocesan Directors are responsible for the collections of the diocese they represent and these collections are handed over to the National Office of the PMS. However, we do not collect any monies for the PMU.

15% of the monies collected could be utilized for the running expenses of the National Office i.e. for printing of publications and posters, stationary, payment of bills, and maintenance of the office and staff salaries etc. The balance 85% is accounted for and is left at the disposal of the Solidarity Fund in Rome. At the Superior Council Meeting of the National Directors in Rome in May each year the monies collected from all over the world which is at the disposal of the Solidarity Fund are distributed as requested by the Bishops for their various projects. 

The National Director of the PMS with his team of 11 Diocesan Directors meet thrice a year in January, July and November at the National Council Meeting to discuss and formulate programmes for the entire year in respect of the Four Societies which come under the purview of the National Director of the PMS in Sri Lanka. They organize Training Seminars for the Holy Childhood Children and Animators in their own dioceses or combine with other dioceses. These programmes are conducted in both Sinhala and Tamil languages. The staff of the National Office also participate in these programmes to train the children and animators. Children's rallies are organized at diocesan level. Some programmes are conducted at parish level and deanery level as well.

The monies collected from the Society for the Propagation of Faith (SPOF) are distributed for the SPOF projects such as the Catechetical Apostolate for the training of catechists, printing of catechetical books etc; the Social Communication Apostolate  Signis; for the construction of small churches, mission stations, mission houses and new pastoral centres; to name a few.

The monies collected from the Society of St. Peter the Apostle (SPA) are distributed for the SPA projects such as for the formation and education of seminarians in the major intermediate and minor seminaries and religious novices and for the maintenance of seminaries.

The monies collected from the Society of Missionary Childhood (MC) are distributed for the MC projects such as orphanages, children's crches, Montessori's, Children's feeding centres, projects for street children etc. All these projects are for children who are under 14 years of age.

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The Pontifical Mission Societies is an invitation to the baptized Christian throughout the world to share in the command of Jesus Christ when He said, "Go out to the whole world and make disciples". The most convincing way in which this command was carried out by the first Christians was when they lived their Christianity sharing and caring for each other in Love

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