Roman Catholic Missiology
Mission outreach has been practiced in the Roman Catholic Church since its inception. The Founder of modern academic and professional Catholic Missiology is generally regarded to be Josef Schmidlin of the State University of Munster in Germany.
Another leader in the early stages of modern Catholic Missiology is Pierre Charles a teacher at the Catholic University of Louvain in Belgium
Proclaiming the gospel of Jesus Christ is central to Roman Catholic Missiology. The practice also includes
Examples of Distinctions in Catholic Missiology
Social Justice Outreach
ROMAN CATHOLIC MISSIOLOGY
Pierre Charles, Professor of Theology at Louvain, was instrumental in establishing Catholic Missiology as a science within Catholic theological training.
Pierre referred to the new science he called Missiology, for the study of which he wanted to gather in Leuven missionaries from around the world" (Masson. "In Memorian. Le P. Pierrce Charles, S.J. Missiologue.8")
Missiology became a term used within Catholic Mission circles by Pierre Charles in the 1920s and Joseph Schmidlin in the 1930s.
Other important developments in Catholic Missiology was Thomas Ohm - Chair of Missiology at the Munster School of Missiology, Louvain School, Missiological Journals
While parts of Roman Catholic theology and ecclesiology is different from other branches of Christianity; Roman Catholic Missiology is the same
Vatican II: Lumen Gentium/ Ad Ventes
Dogmatic Constitutions on the Church
Decree on missionary activity of the church
Vatican II is clear that the purpose of missionary work is to proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ, to bring them into saving faith in the Lord Jesus and disciple them into the Church as the body of Christ.
GMNF - Catholic Mission
GMNF Global Mission Society has operations to Roman Catholic Mission non-profits and churches.
In addition to creating and cooperating on mission strategy, operation and practice in the mission field; GMNF also supports Catholic Mission organizations in their activities:
Divine Word Missionaries (6,000 Catholic Missionaries in 100 countries)
Catholic World Mission
Catholic Relief Services
Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and Catholic Missiology
TEDS is a broad Christian divinity school with faculty and students from various denominations and branches of Christianity
The masters and doctoral degree programs in intercultural studies (missiology) at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (TEDS) is applicable and beneficial to Roman Catholic Missiology.
The cross cultural communications,
Theology of Mission
and other fields
within Intercultural Studies at Trinity can be implemented in Roman Catholic Missions through GMNF Global Mission Society but also in Catholic Churches and non profits worldwide.
These disciplines within missiology helps with prison, homeless, counseling, medical, social services and other Catholic ministry areas
One additional benefit of studying at TEDS as an Roman Catholic
(A) Getting exposure to other perspectives (which is benefical as the people who we encounter regularly are from different outlooks)
(B) while having the ability to sync intercultural studies to Orthodox Christianity
(C) Remain faithful to Orthodox faith.
These benefits in their fullest expression won't not be possible in schools with one denomination or branch of Christianity