MST’s Missionary Involvement in the Contemporary World
Missionary Society of St. Thomas the Apostle (MST) is the missionary front of the Syro-Malabar Church. MST was founded by the late bishop Sebastian Vayalil of Pala in 1968 to coordinate the missionary vocation in the mother church with the blessings of all the syro-Malabar bishops. Following the command of the Master, “Go to the whole world and make disciples of all nations............... (Mathew 28: 19-20), MST has initiated several activities for the social upliftment of the people around and through these activities preach the Good News of Jesus.
The missionary mandate of MST is carried out by its members through various apostolic activities which are means of their sanctification. Together with Jesus they try to bring the fullness of life to all those who are around them (John 10: 10).
‘Mission ad gentes’- Mission to the entire world (to the generations unheard of Jesus) is the primary objective of MST. Through its three mission regions, St. Paul’s Region (Ujjain), St. Thomas Region (Mandya) and St. Alphonsa Region (Sangli) and one delegation (Mary Queen of the Mission, Delhi) MST has contributed greatly in the fields of pastoral care, preaching, general education, special education, health care, women empowerment, empowerment of the differently abled and the marginalised, care and rehabilitation of the HIV/AIDS infected and affected, vocational training, rehabilitation, disaster management, and eco-friendly agro based innovations. MST carries out its missionary mandate through these various apostolic activities in view of creating a harmonious, value based society, transforming the society to establish the Kingdom of God.