PIME ( from the
Latin"Pontificium Institutum pro Missionibus Exteris") is a society of secular priests and lay people who dedicate their lives to missionary activities in: Bangladesh, Brazil, Cambodia, Cameroon, Guinea-Bissau, Hong Kong, India, Ivory Coast, Japan, Mexico, Myanmar(Burma), Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Taiwanand Thailand.
Independently founded in
Milanin 1850 and Romein 1874 as a group of missionary diocesanpriests and seminarians, these two seminaries were merged and officially recognized as PIME in 1926 by Pope Pius XI. PIME supports more than 550 missionaries in 14 countries and is headquartered in Rome. The institute opened its U.S. Regional headquarters in Detroitin 1947 at the invitation of then Detroit Archbishop Edward Cardinal Mooney.
The U.S. Region focuses its efforts by being at the service of the Church, both locally and globally. The members of PIME minister in local parishes, fostering vocations, mission awareness and financial assistance to their missions and missionaries around the World.
PIME has built more than 2,000 churches and chapels and either operates or supports many hospitals and clinics, schools, orphanages and shelters. Among the programs PIME offers include:
"'*Foster Parents Mission Club
*Native Seminarians Program
*Missionary Medical Relief Society
* [http://www.pimeusa.org/ www.pimeusa.org]
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