Vincentians Continue Tradition of Innovative Evangelization

Continuing a tradition of innovative evangelization, Fr. Ron Hoye, C.M., director of the Catholic Home Study (CHS), is offering online enrichment in Catholic teaching to people who are interested in learning more about the Catholic faith.
Sponsored by the Congregation of the Mission and the Knights of Columbus, Missouri Council, this opportunity comes at no cost and no obligation to those who participate.

This is an outgrowth and updating of a program that started June 21, 1935. Fr. Lester Fallon, a Vincentian priest and theology professor, traveled to Southern Missouri to share the Good News of Jesus Christ. It was called the “Motor Mission” because he witnessed the faith from a portable pulpit secured to the back of a truck. Soon other Vincentian priests joined the ministry in Texas and beyond.


There were few Catholics and no priests in these towns, and residents knew little about the Catholic Church. Fathers Fallon and McIntyre would put up posters to announce their coming. They would arrive in a truck equipped with a pulpit and public address system and would preach for several evenings in front of the post office, courthouse, or general store. They explained Catholic doctrine and answered questions.

From their website:

The study consists of 9 books (and quizzes) that highlight the major tenets of the Catholic faith. Topics such as the Mass, the Bible, Mary and prayer are explained in an easy and relatable style that appeals to people of all ages. You will have online support and tutors to answer your questions and address your concerns. The completion of each book will give you a greater understanding and appreciation of the Catholic faith.

For information about the courses or to enroll, go to our web site:

If you have questions, call us at 573-547-4084 or email us at May Jesus bless you, and may our Lady of the Miraculous Medal keep you close to her Son.

See related pioneering effort of the confreres in Brazil who have been ministering to truckers with their chapel on wheels for more than three decade 

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