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THE LOYOLA FOUNDATION, INC.

The Loyola Foundation takes its cue from Pope John Paul II's definition of missionary work as serving "peoples, groups, and socio-cultural contexts in which Christ and his Gospel are not known, or which lack Christian communities sufficiently mature to be able to incarnate the faith in their own environment and proclaim it to other groups" (Redemptoris Missio, 1990).

Centuries ago, Popes dispatched missionaries to evangelize Europe; the continent helped convert the New World and, in time, both sent emissaries to bring the Good News to Africa, Asia and other mission territories.

At the founding of the Foundation in 1957, European missionaries and those from the Americas were plentiful in the developing world. Times have changed and their number has dwindled. Hence, one of the crucial tasks of the present era is the formation and empowerment of indigenous leadership to continue to spur the growth of local Churches.

To contribute to this vital task at hand and others up ahead but still unknown, the Foundation - now under the third generation of family leadership - is designed to never cease its charitable works, always charting its course according to the demands of the time.