A Missionary Church

The history and current situation of India's Roman Catholic Church as a rapidly growing missionary church with a long history.



Program One: A Missionary Church



  • Missions Today (the magazine published by the Propagation of the Faith/English Canadian Branch. Online version.


Study Guide


The goal of Program One is to introduce students to the presence of the Catholic Church in India through interviews with Bangalore Archbishop Bernard Moras, Msgr. Ignaci Siluvai, National Director of Pontifical Mission Societies, India plus a variety of local clergy and parishioners. To better understand the missionary nature of the Church in India and how, today, India is beginning to supply missionaries to the rest of the Roman Catholic world.


1. Show the internet TV DVD Program One: A Missionary Church

2. Ask students to form small groups to describe the following:

  • What does the Indian Church look and sound like? Why would you like to visit?
  • What have we learned about the Catholic Church in India?
    What other faith groups co-exist in India? Describe the Catholic Church's minority status.
  • How does the Catholic Church try to serve Indian people of all religions.
  • Give three reasons why Canadian Catholics should support the
    work of the Church in India.

3. Option for Take-Home Assignment

Via the Internet find more facts about:

  • The Church in India and what it is like to be a minority
    religion in that country.
  • Describe the different faiths that co-exist in India
  • Find out how Canadian Catholics support the work of the Church in India
  • Describe how students can help Propagation of the Faith support Catholics and their work in India
  • Locate Archbishop Moras' Archdiocese on a map of India

In groups, make presentations to the class about any or all of the above.