what is


Missio is about the Church in Scotland caring for the Church in other parts of the world where it is financially poor or young.

The people in the Church in other parts of the world pray for us and we pray for them.

This is part of the Church's mission - that others will know Christ by the love seen among us.

Father Vincent Mwakhwawa - National Director of Malawi

Missio Scotland is the Scottish branch of the Pontifical Mission Societies and is the official mission aid agency of the Catholic Church, continuing the mission of Jesus Christ in the world. Missio reaches out, gives life and calls all people in the world to faith, justice and love.

Since 1922, Missio has been the Catholic Church's official charity for overseas mission. We bring the hope of the Gospel where there is turmoil, poverty and uncertainty in the world, and where the Church is new, young or poor.

Grassroots needs are identified by local Catholics, to give people the opportunity for a full, enriched life—physically and spiritually—regardless of race, stigma, religion or gender.

Missio—through the Pontifical Mission Societies—operates in over 160 countries to support initiatives in 1100 dioceses on five continents.

To provide for the different needs of the overseas Church, Missio focuses on four main areas of provision............


  •  Caring for our Church family and sending missionaries

  • Training future priests and sisters overseas

  • Supporting children's faith and development projects

  • Nurturing a worldwide missionary spirit 

“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,

for He has anointed me.

He has sent me to bring good news

to the poor,

to proclaim liberty to the captives

and to the blind new sight,

to set the downtrodden free,

to proclaim the Lord’s year of favour.”

(Luke 4:18-19)


Missio aims to continue the mission of Jesus Christ in the world to share faith, care for people in need and act for justice and creation.

The Good News is proclaimed most powerfully in selfless acts of love. By these acts, Christians are both signs and revelations of Christ.

This witness is essential so that all will know Jesus as Saviour and fullness of life, and come into the body of Christ.

The Reign of God is fully realised when the equality and respect for the dignity of all persons is ensured and human rights are guaranteed. This only becomes reality when we place the intrinsic value of the each person at the centre of our lives and our societies, and encourage Gospel values to be lived out as we serve God through reaching out to others.


God reaches out to all people offering ‘life to the full.’ ‘God reaching out’ is central to the Gospel-centred vision and values of Missio. God’s mission is universal, or ‘Catholic,’ and He initiates it. God reaches out and through His touch gives life to all people.

Missio shares the dream of our Creator, God, from before time began, seeing all people as made in the Creator’s image and that they know God truly loves them.

All people are gifted with great potential for growth to reach fullness of life and joy, and are worthy of respect. Missio shares the Church’s responsibility for a world where all people, free from any discrimination and free from all barriers to life, can reach their full potential and experience God’s love. This will allow all to live their lives in full dignity, as the Creator God intends.

Part of that responsibility is Missio’s commitment to encourage Scottish people to get involved with and support mission.

"I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.”

(John 10:10)