HISTORY OF MPS

MPS was founded by George Cotter, MM (a Maryknoll Missionary) in 1974, who saw the need to provide a link between missionaries’ needs AND funders in both Europe and the United States, who had the interest and financial ability to offer support.

 

In 1982, the first Agencies Funding Guide was published. Shortly thereafter, MPS was taken over by the Sacred Heart Fathers. Under the leadership of Father Pierre Aubin (Director) and Beverly Hennigan (Executive Director), MPS continued to publish updated versions of the Agencies Funding Guide and also provided formal grant research and writing workshops for English, Spanish and French speaking missionaries. In 2005, The Brothers of Christian Instruction and Walsh University (North Canton, Ohio) assumed MPS operations under the direction of Brother Marcel Sylvestre, FIC.

IN THE LAST DECADE ALONE, THE MPS FUNDING GUIDE HAS BEEN SOLD AND DISTRIBUTED IN OVER 150 COUNTRIES AND WORKSHOPS HAVE BEEN PROVIDED TO MISSIONARIES ON EVERY CONTINENT.

Mission Project Service (MPS) is now an outreach of Oblate School of Theology (OST). OST is located in San Antonio, Texas and is a ministry of the US Province of Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate, a Catholic congregation of priests and brothers, whose primary charism is ministry to the poor. MPS is directed by the Missionary Oblate Partnership (MOP), also a ministry of the US Province of the Missionary Oblates.