The PIME Missionaries are Catholic priests and brothers who commit themselves to lifelong missionary service, especially to non-Christians. PIME's priority is the proclamation of the Gospel. We strive to be creative in our presence and witness as we engage in the promotion of dialogue among people of all religions and cultures. We are actively involved in human development and the promotion of justice and peace. Our ministries include the foundation of schools, hospitals and clinics, orphanages, and founding new Catholic communities and providing their pastoral care.



The PIME Missionaries have their roots in the Lombard Seminary for Foreign Missions and the Pontifical Seminary of Sts. Peter and Paul for Foreign Missions. PIME (The Pontifical Institute for Foreign Missions) came into being on July 30th, 1850 in Saronno, Milan, a commune of Lombardy, Italy. This was all thanks to the great heart of Pius IX, who gave a fervent push for foreign missions.

76 years later, PIME was officially founded by Pius IX Iin 1926, when he united the seminaries of Milan (1850) and Rome (1871). The two merged to become the Pontifical Institute for Foreign Missions, Pontificium Institutum pro Missionibus Exteris, or the name we know and use today, PIME.

Our charitable works serve to act as a beacon of hope for others from our Mission Center in the United States across the rest of the globe. Through our Sponsorships at a Distance program we provide aid for needy children, youth, disabled, and seminarians. Our Mission Projects program offers opportunities to help our mission communities with specific projects such as creating medical clinics, clean water initiatives, housing construction, and building orphanages and chapels.

We cannot do it alone. Our missionaries need assistance to do what they do best. It's our job to provide what these dedicated men need to transform lives and bring hope, relief, and support to the underprivileged.

Our missionary Priests and Brothers service the underprivileged in 17 countries, bringing them hope, healing, and the Gospel message. These men commit themselves to lifelong missionary service to transform lives, both physically and spiritually, the world over.

It's our dedication to others to change the mentality of an individual, village, or community, to better others lives through the Gospel. We go into the toughest places and start from scratch, because these places need God the most, and God needs them. Throughout our history, some of these dedicated men have died as Martyrs serving in the missions, or have been recognized by the church through Sainthood.



The PIME missionaries work among the most underprivileged communities in the world in seventeen countries. We support human development and encourage social justice and peace in underdeveloped areas of nations including: Algeria, Bangladesh, Brazil, Cambodia, Cameroon, China, Ivory Coast, Myanmar, Mexico, The Philippines, Japan, Guinea-Bassau, India, Italy, Papau New Guinea, Thailand, and the United States. See Stories from our missions to discover the depth of our missionaries' work.

  • Cameroon
  • China
  • India
  • Ivory Coast

ways you can help pime

The PIME Missionaries can't do what they do alone. They depend on us to meet the very real needs of our missions, as they cannot access everything needed while serving in the missions. There are 3 ways you can help PIME touch the lives of others all over the world: Donate, Volunteer, and Support.


We're not in the missions for the glory or the pride of preaching the Gospel. We're there to live the Gospel and spread the primary mission of the Church: to "go and make disciples of all nations". When modern missionaries leave our native lands, we bring with us the tools of a modern world. We utilize these tools in order to foster human development in otherwise neglected corners of the globe. Our missionaries provide modern solutions, such as solar power and water purification, to address age-old issues of survival. We provide for the physical needs of communities so that we can better address their spiritual needs as well.

Mission in Bangladesh
Mission in Detroit
Mission in India
Mission in Mexico
Mission in Thialand



The entire purpose of PIME Missionaries is to apply the teachings of the Gospel across different cultures. We aim to transform the lives of entire communities. From the time PIME was founded in 1850 to the present day, PIME's priests and brothers have been guiding lights in places lacking the Word of Jesus Christ. It's the sole purpose of missionary work to provide hope and healing, not only to those in poor or suffering countries, but to those in wealthy and well-developed countries as well. We need you to join us in proclaiming the Word of Jesus Christ, healing bodies and spirits, establishing new Catholic communities, and providing for the physical needs of our missionaries and those they serve. Will you stand by our side in supporting social justice, regardless of one's religious affiliations?

Recent Updates

Children Enjoy Solar Power and Clean Water in Myanmar

Published Fri, Mar 22, 19. Written by Kathleen Connors.


Sr. Natalina and the children of St Joseph’s Hostel are now enjoying solar powered lighting and clean water thanks to PIME USA donors.   Sister reports the project has been completed and the children are now studying under solar lighting, which power the study hall, bedrooms, and kitchen. In addition, the power lights the common areas of the community house and the nursery school in the same compound. The children are also able to have some recreation with television and videos. In addition, both the sisters and children also have pure water from their new well, pump and tanks. They now have access to clean well water every day for kitchen use, washing and bathing. This helps the general health and cleanliness of the hostel and the children. They are very grateful and blessed by your support.


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Donors Continue Assistance to Leprosy Patients in Bangaldesh

Published Wed, Mar 06, 19. Written by Kathleen Connors.

Fr. Michael D’Cruze recently updated us on the treatment, care and therapy the patients at Dhanjuri Leprosy Control Center (DLC) continue to receive. DLC is a charitable program of the Catholic Church of the Dinajpur Diocese in Bangladesh and serves people of all faiths in the diocese.

Fr. Michael thanked PIME USA donors for their support of the Center. He informed that in 2017-2018 the center cared for 225 new patients of which 197 completed treatment. Patients treated early who complete the full therapy suffer no disability, which is one of the Center’s goals. In addition, the Center admitted 73 patients to their hospital for a total of 3,407 days, treating and curing 72 lepers.

DLC’s operations include case detection, treatment, prevention of deformity, Community Based Rehabilitation and education to the community and patients. Thanks to your continued support the community of Dinajpur has a center committed to the prevention, treatment and education of leprosy.





Progress Update on Gowrampalem Chapel in India

Published Thu, Jan 17, 19. Written by Kathleen Connors.

PIME Missionary Fr. George Puthenpura has provided an update on the construction progress of the chapel in Gowrampalem village. The chapel is coming along nicely with initial brickwork and pillars. The following remaining to complete: wall around, plastering, flooring tiles, concrete roof, and painting. The altar and sanctuary, stair case, and exterior landscaping also need to be completed. He expects the chapel to be finished before Easter this year and will provide further updates as the work progresses.


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Donors Help Bethlehem Center Care for the Disabled

Published Fri, Jan 11, 19. Written by Kathleen Connors.

With the support of PIME USA donors activities at the Bethlehem Center for the disabled continue improving the lives of those in need. The services provided with your help include: consultation and diagnosis of patients for better intervention; orthopedic surgery, medications to surgery patients with follow up and rehabilitation for those recovering. Raising awareness in the community about the value of disabled persons is also a priority of the project. Thank you for caring about those who have the greatest needs.




Medical Care Provided to the Poor in India

Published Fri, Dec 07, 18. Written by Kathleen Connors.

PIME Regional Superior in India, Fr. Vijay Rayarala has updated us on the medical project with dispensaries in the Eluru Diocese. Father informs that in the last 16 months the project implemented health checks and medical camps in 8 villages of the PIME - Luigi Pozzoli Hospital target areas. In these areas, 3,129 people were seen for health checkups in medical camps; of these 2,894 people received medications through the dispensaries in 8 villages or “dispensary access points” in Hanuman Nagar, Gavaravaram, Venkateswara Colony, Satrampadu, Xavier Nagar, Duggirala, Joseph Nagar, and Koppaka gudem. The children of St Xavier’s Orphanage also received regular health checkups and medication through the dispensaries, as well as the people with leprosy who are in Hanuman Nagar and Vegavaram.

Father informed the following services were provided thanks to your generosity: general medical consultations, blood sugar testing for diabetes (Kidney, etc.), blood pressure checks, orthopedic, ENT, gynecological, and dermatological consultations, screening for vision issues and optical medication, referrals to higher/government hospitals as needed by patients, counseling, medication distribution and regular follow up.  Fr. Rayarala is grateful to PIME USA donors for continuing their care for the poor and needy in Eluru.


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PIME USA Donors Provide Safety to Convent and School

Published Thu, Nov 15, 18. Written by Kathleen Connors.

Sr. Rose Mary Khin Pan has informed us that the project for the security of St Luke’s Convent, in Nam Sang village in Myanmar has been completed. A newly constructed security wall protects the convent and school, which was exposed to the risk of intruders and theft. The implementation of this security wall now keeps the sisters and children safe in the complex.

Sr. Rose Mary and the children are grateful for the help of the PIME Mission Center and its supporters for this much needed and invaluable help. St. Luke’s Convent is home to poor children, especially orphans, the marginalized and the needy. The sisters care for the children’s education and vocation. All now feel secure to support the children entrusted to their care, providing them with needed schooling and the opportunity of other vocational skills, according to their needs and interests.

The sisters offer their humble service for the good of these poor children and their community exists to highlight faith and worship in proclaiming the Gospel and in bearing witness to God’s mercy towards others. St Luke’s Convent is a place where peace and love embrace these children, who thank you for providing for their safety.

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PIME Donors Assist Poor with Clean Water

Published Thu, Nov 08, 18. Written by Kathleen Connors.

Fr. Dugumpudi Vijaya Paul has updated the PIME Mission Center that through the help of PIME USA donors, the borewells project has been implemented in 7 communities of 5 villages (Velair, Kyathampalli, Kistajigudem, Pallagutta, Malakpalli) in the Diocese of Warangal, India. So far, the project has benefitted 295 poor rural families and tremendously improved their daily lives. They spend less time and energy having to gather water and hygiene and health have been dramatically improved with safe and clean drinking water.

More borewells are being installed in other communities soon thanks to the support of our PIME USA donors. Your help has made and continues to make a difference in the lives of those most in need throughout the world.


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Orphans Receive Beds from PIME USA Donors

Published Thu, Nov 01, 18. Written by Kathleen Connors.

Thanks to the kindness of PIME USA donors Sr. Cecil May has implemented the renovation of St. Francis Xavier’s Orphanage. The bedrooms of the orphanage have been equipped with bunk beds, so the children will no longer have to sleep on the floor. Sister also informed us that with the funds provided she was able to purchase 36 beds rather than the 32 initially anticipated. She also informed that the floors both inside and outside the orphanage building have been repaired.

With each child now sleeping in their own bed, the spread of disease is greatly reduced, and the newly repaired floors are smooth and neat. The living conditions of these poor children have been improved as well as their health. Sister Cecil May is grateful for the help of all those who supported this project of “prevention rather than remedy.”

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Students Helped With Bilingual Education

Published Wed, Oct 31, 18. Written by Kathleen Connors.

Thanks to the support of PIME USA donors a bilingual education project by Fr. Luigi Scantamburlo, PIME, was implemented for the 2017-2018 school year. Fr. Luigi reports that 8 teachers and 7 monitors successfully provided bilingual education to 150 students. The children and teachers received bilingual textbooks and the children made great progress in their studies. They are better able to read and write in their own Creole language along with mastering Portuguese for communicating with teachers and peers. They are now better able to comprehend the contents of their lessons and communicate more freely in both languages.  Thanks to your care and concern for the most vulnerable, these children have a better and more positive future.

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The Disabled Continue to Receive Critical Care from PIME USA Donors

Published Fri, Oct 12, 18. Written by Kathleen Connors.

With the continued support of PIME USA donors activities at the Bethlehem Center continue improving the lives of the disabled. The services provided with your help include: consultation and diagnosis of patients for better intervention; orthopedic surgery, providing medications to surgery patients with follow up and rehabilitation for those recovering. Staff that are supported through the project include nurses, an orthopedic surgeon, and a physical therapist. In addition, patients received post-operative care and medications at the Foundation as well as rehabilitation. Raising awareness in the community about the value of disabled persons is also a priority of this project. Thank you for your care for those most in need.

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