Archbishop Fulton Sheen has been declared Venerable by Pope Benedict XVI and the National Director of the Pontifical Mission Societies Father Andrew Small joined The Catholics Next Door to tell us all about it.
Born in Liverpool, England, and now a U.S. citizen, Father Small entered the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate in Dublin in 1989. He studied philosophy and theology at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome and then at Milltown Institute in Dublin before his ordination in Liverpool in 1999.
He holds law degrees from Sheffield University in England and Georgetown University Law Center, where he is an adjunct professor of international law. He also holds a doctorate in systematic theology from The Catholic University of America in Washington.
Father Small joined the USCCB in 2004 as a policy adviser on international economic development. Before that he worked in pastoral ministry in Houston and in Rio de Janeiro. He was named new national director of the Pontifical Mission Societies in the United States in April of 2011.
The Pontifical Mission Societies consist of the Society for the Propagation of the Faith, the Holy Childhood Association, the Society of St. Peter Apostle, and the Missionary Union of Priests and Religious. Their purpose is to promote a universal missionary spirit among all Catholics.
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