Our Mission

The Missionary Society of St. Paul the Apostle (“The Paulist Fathers”) is a community of Catholic priests who share the Gospel of Jesus Christ through mission preaching, media, campus ministries, parishes, downtown centers, the arts and more.

Led by the Holy Spirit, we focus on evangelization (reaching out), reconciliation (bringing peace) and ecumenical and interfaith relations (seeking unity).

Every day, across the Internet and airwaves, in bookstores and campus centers and in communities and churches, we navigate between the spiritual and the secular to meet every person at any point on the journey of faith.

Some have called us “America’s friendliest priests.”  With due respect to all of our brother priests, that’s a compliment we gladly accept!

Evangelization extends to the whole human experience. Our charism lies in awakening seekers to the love of Jesus Christ.

Promoting justice and healing to makes tangible the compassionate, forgiving embrace that is the church.

Building bridges of respect and collaboration with other Christian churches, the Jewish people and members of other world religions.

Spirit-Driven Ministry



Attentive to the movement of the Holy Spirit in our midst, and faithful to the example of St. Paul, we commit ourselves to evangelization in all its forms as our central mission. This apostolic vision must recognize the multicultural reality of our society, the diversity of North American religious experience, and the value of Paulists and laity working together as partners in the transformative work of Spirit-driven ministry.

Evangelization extends to the whole human experience, transforms cultures by Gospel values and promotes justice, It originates and culminates in the preaching of the Good News.   Within our Paulist history and tradition, our charism lies in awakening seekers to the love of Jesus Christ. In service to the wider church and in a spirit of collaboration, we call and form disciples in mission who invite others through proclamation and witness to share in the rich Catholic tradition.

Promoting justice and healing, Reconciliation makes tangible the compassionate, forgiving embrace that is the church. Paulists enter into God’s action of seeking out the lost, the alienated, the hurt, and the broken. We minister especially in welcoming people back to the church. In broader terms, the Spirit impels us to find common ground, working for cross-cultural understanding, peace, justice and human liberation. We recognize that action on behalf of justice is constitutive of the preaching of the Gospel.

Living the Gospel calls us to work for Christian Unity, the goal of giving a more visible expression to our deep communion in the one Body of Christ. Ecumenism opens us to the spiritual riches and Gospel traditions of other Christian churches and communities. The one Spirit of Christ, poured into all hearts, urges us to work with our brothers and sisters for union in faith, life, worship and mission towards the unity God wills for the one church of Christ.

Attuned to the whole human experience, Interreligious Relations open us to our unique spiritual kinship with the Jewish people and to the movement of the Holy Spirit in Islam and in other world religions. This work engages us in a dialogue of life, action, spiritual experience and theological exchange. These forms of dialogue, good in and of themselves, deepen our understanding of one another and cultivate respect for diverse religious heritages as we journey together in and toward truth.


'The word of God in a language that people can understand'

At our 2018 Ordinations Mass, Cardinal Joseph Tobin, C.Ss.R., spoke beautifully about the Paulist Fathers’ mission:

“From its very origin, your congregation has sought to speak the word of God in a language that people can understand. Servant of God Isaac Hecker and his companions suffered much for this passion. Yet their perseverance has enriched the Church in incredible ways. … “

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Busted Halo

Busted Halo is our dynamic media ministry that seeks to help people understand the Catholic faith, put it into practice, and share it with others.

The Arts

Since our community’s founding in 1858, Paulist Fathers have been active in the arts: visual art, music, dramatic arts and more.

Campus Ministries

For more than 100 years, Paulist Fathers have been blessed to serve as Catholic campus ministers at universities around the United States.

Downtown Centers

Our downtown centers provide the Faithful and spiritual seekers a place to grow in their understanding of the Catholic faith.

Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations

We seek unity among Christians and to build bridges of respect and collaboration with members of other world religions.

Paulist Evangelization Ministries

Paulist Evangelization Ministries provides innovative programs and resources for spiritual seekers and Catholics seeking to share the Faith.

Landings International

Landings is a program that invites parishes and communities to reach out to Catholics who have been away from the Church.

Mission Preachers

Mission preaching was a main reason for our founding in 1858. Paulist Fathers conduct a wide variety of parish missions, retreats and workshops.


Paulist Fathers serve at Catholic parishes known for wonderful liturgies, impactful ministries and an strong sense of welcome for all people.

Paulist Associates

Paulist Associates are lay men and women who make a commitment to embody the Paulist Fathers’ charism in their daily lives.

Paulist Deacon Affiliates

Are you a Catholic Deacon with a strong affinity for the mission of the Paulist Fathers? Consider becoming a Deacon Affiliate.

Paulist Pilgrimages

Paulist Pilgrimages specializes in offering journeys around the world that are spiritual, and historical.

Paulist Press

Since 1865, our publishing house has shared the best of Catholic thought at the intersection of faith and culture — through books and other media.

Paulist Productions

Our production company creates films and TV shows that that uncover God’s presence in contemporary human experience.

Paulist Reconciliation Ministries

The sources of suffering, division and conflict are many. The source of healing and reconciliation is one: God.