About Us PIME (Pontifical Institute for Foreign Missions) is an International Society of Apostolic Life with more than 400 priests and 25 brothers who dedicate their lives to the mission among non-Christians in seventeen different countries. Founded in Italy in 1850, the Institute opened its North American Region Headquarters in Detroit in 1947. http://www.pimeusa.org/index.php/component/content/frontpage.html Mon, 29 Aug 2016 21:30:37 +0000 Joomla! 1.5 - Open Source Content Management en-gb Bishop Angelo Ramazzotti named Venerable http://www.pimeusa.org/index.php/component/content/article/34-news/200-rammven.html http://www.pimeusa.org/index.php/component/content/article/34-news/200-rammven.html In recognition of his “heroic virtue” PIME founder Bishop Angelo Ramazzotti, was named Venerable. In a December 15, 2015, press release from the Holy See, the Servant of God, Bishop Angelo, was listed among the names under consideration for sainthood to be promulgated by the Congregation for the Causes of Saints. Pope Francis authorized the list with Cardinal Angelo Amato, SDB, prefect of the Congregation. Venerable is the second stage for the Catholic Church in the process of a person’s beatification.


Bishop Ramazzotti was born in Milan, Italy, on August 3, 1800 and died in Crespano del Grappa, Italy, on September 24 1861. He and Monsignor Guiseppe Marinoni are credited with founding the Seminary of Milan for the Foreign Missions, which would eventually become the Pontifical Institute for the Foreign Missions (PIME).

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"If we keep life only for ourselves, then it withers. Life is radiant from the moment we give it to others.” - Blessed Clement Vismara, PIME

How do our missionary priests and brothers serve the poor in 17 countries, bringing them hope, healing and the Gospel message?

They don’t do it alone.

The PIME Missionaries rely on our benefactors to pray for us, raise mission awareness, and provide for the very real needs of our missions. “General Works” refers to the primary works of our missionaries – the most important way that we touch the lives of the poor all over the world. There are great needs in our missions that must be provided for, needs that are not always met through our other programs.

When you provide for General Works, you are helping the PIME Missionaries become as effective as possible in completing their mission in:

• Proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus Christ

• Healing hearts and bodies

• Sustaining new Catholic communities

• Providing for the physical needs of missionaries and those they serve


PIME is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization. Donations are U.S. income tax deductible. We do not sell donor names.

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My Mother, My Confidence

Mater Mea, Feducia Mea!

Novena Prayer

O Mary, Mother of God and Mother of the Church, to you we entrust our life. We are your children and in your hands we place all our needs. To you, Virgin of Nazareth, we humbly offer our desire to follow Jesus on the path of love with fidelity and perseverance, so that we may serve Him with an undivided and generous heart. Guide us always with motherly love. Sustain us in our weakness; strengthen us in hope. Increase our trust in God, our love for Christ, and our fidelity to the Church. Amen.

The Story

The Madonna della Fiducia (Our Lady of Confidence) is a beautiful portrait of the Blessed Virgin Mary with the Infant Jesus in her arms. It is small, copper, oval picture painted by Carlo Maratta (1625 – 1713). Maratta donated it to Sister Clare Isabella, the Abbess of the Poor Clares of St. Francis Convent of Todi, Italy. Sister Isabella developed a deep and tender devotion to the Blessed Mother through the beautiful painting. She received a promise of particular consolation from the Blessed Virgin Mary for all who venerate her through the image. Mary’s intercession is typically invoked through the short prayer “My Mother, My Confidence,” or by the recitation of the novena prayer that follows.

The Promise

“The divine Lady deigned to reveal to me that every soul that confidently presents herself before this picture will obtain from her Divine Son the general pardon for all her sins. Moreover, my divine Lady assured me with the love of a true mother that she would grant a special tenderness to everyone who contemplated this picture.”

The History

The devotion to Our Lady of Confidence by the seminarians of the Pontifical Major Seminary in Rome goes back to the late 18th century. A copy of the picture is venerated today in the chapel of the seminary, next to the Basilica of St. John Lateran. The seminary has always held the picture in great esteem. During World War I, the Blessed Virgin watched over the more than 100 seminarians and alumni who had recourse to her. Among them was the young Angelo Roncalli the future St. John XXIII. The late Fr. Nicolas Maestrini, PIME, an alumnus
of the Roman Major Seminary, obtained a canvas copy of the image from his alma mater. The picture came as a gift and was installed in the chapel of the newly built Maryglade PIME College in Memphis, Michigan in the 1960’s. Today, the painting hangs in the chapel of the PIME USA Regional Headquarters in Detroit.

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PIME's first priority is the proclamation of the Gospel to non-Christians, for over 150 years, PIME missionaries have ventured to remote regions of the world to proclaim the Gospel. In doing so, we strive to be creative in our missionary presence, proclaiming the Gospel and promoting dialogue and understanding among religions and cultures. We live as a family of apostles in a communion of life and activity. Working among the poorest of the poor, we engage in the development of trade schools, hospitals, clinics, and educational programs, through the promotion of justice and peace, and the pastoral care of newly-founded Catholic communities. In many of our missions, we work together with local clergy to evangelize the territory. Our vocation leads us to assume commitments going beyond ordinary pastoral activity.

The missionary vocation of PIME members calls them to service. By going abroad, beyond his own borders, away from his native culture and church, the PIME missionary challenges all Christians to work toward universal evangelization. PIME requires young men (usually between the ages of 18 and 30) with a deep faith in Christ, a calling to the priesthood, and a desire to bring the Catholic faith to the people of other countries and cultures. Our missionaries must go the distance to reach the isolated, ignored, and impoverished. PIME welcomes and unites those who wish to dedicate themselves totally to evangelization and service.

Our formation and training program is flexible and attempts to meet the needs of each individual. Depending on one's academic background and life experiences, accepted candidates will live at our Regional Headquarters in Detroit for at least six months and if needed, will study philosophy at a local university or seminary. After this, candidates will complete the Period of Spirituality in Italy. Theology will then be studied at one of our two International Formation Houses in Italy or the Philippines.

The lifelong commitment that a PIME missionary undertakes not only means "for life" but also "with all our lives". It is a commitment that states "being missionaries is not what we do, but what we are". In our Institute, the missionary vocation is total and lifelong.

Do you have what it takes?


For More Information Please Contact Us At: outreach@pimeusa.org

If you are interested in learning about other vocations as a PIME Missionary you can do so here.


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