|A Vocation to Mission and Communion
VATICAN CITY, 16 JUNE 2006 (ZENIT)
Here is the description of the Missionary Community of Villaregia
which appears in the Directory of International Associations of the
Faithful, published by the Pontifical Council for the Laity.
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Official name: Missionary Community of Villaregia
History: CMV was founded following a meeting in Cagliari at the
beginning of 1975 between Father Luigi Prandin and Maria Luigia Corona,
who discovered they had a common specific vocation to communion and
mission, while pursuing different paths toward it.
A group of young people gathered around them who wished to give
themselves to God in order to create a Iife of communion and
relationship receptive to the mission.
The first Community was set up in 1981 at Quartu Sant'Elena with the
blessing of the Archbishop Giuseppe Bonfiglioli of Cagliari. After
beginning its work in Sardinia, the missionaries arrived in Veneto where
Monsignor Sennen Carra, the bishop of Chioggia at the time, erected it
as a pious institution in 1984, giving it canonical recognition.
On May 26, 2002, the Pontifical Council for the Laity decreed the
Comunità Missionaria di Villaregia to be an international association of
the faithful of pontifical right.
Identity: CMV sets out to create a life of intense communion, with the
Holy Trinity as its source and model; it is totally dedicated to the
mission "ad gentes," and lives in confident abandonment to providence.
The formation of the members, which attends to the comprehensive
development of the individual person, is provided in community, and is
designed to enable the members to assimilate the charism; formation for
the missionaries includes theological studies; it is completed in the
apostolate and in relations with the people of God.
Every CMV center provides an organic route for human and Christian
growth as well as experiences of prayer and meeting with the Word of
God, evangelization, missionary service and cooperation, community and
The task of evangelization is carried out in the older Christian
countries and in the younger churches where CMV takes on responsibility
for parishes and apostolic work, in terms of its own specificity. In the
old Christian countries, it works to revive and nurture an ecclesiology
of communion, with outreach to the universal mission of the Church,
through days and weeks of community and missionary animation, or broader
It also works in schools or with groups of various kinds, in order to
cooperate in providing education in universality, conviviality and
Organization: CMV has full members and affiliated members. The full
members, who make up the core group, are people united by the vocation
to live in community for the mission "ad gentes," the communion of
material and spiritual goods, and sharing a common apostolic ministry.
They give themselves to God with private vows of poverty, chastity and
obedience in the case of the men and women missionaries, and commitment
to live their married life in poverty and obedience in the case of
The fourth vow of living in community for the mission "ad gentes" unites
all in their striving to place communion before all things, and to
spread it to the ends of the earth. The full members are divided into
four groups: missionaries (priests and consecrated men), consecrated
missionary women missionaries in the world, and missionary couples.
Among the first and second groups the dimension of prayer and proximity
to the poorest are particularly keenly felt and tangibly practiced
through the ministry performed by some of the brothers and sisters who
are called to dedicate themselves to intercession and praise (the
fraternity of the contemplative life), or proclamation and compassion
(the fraternity of mercy).
The affiliated members are people who find within the community the
possibility of growth and commitment, using and cooperating with the
service that the community offers, participating in its charism,
cooperating to achieve its purposes.
The affiliated members are also divided into four groups: volunteers,
members of the Missionary Commitment Groups, missionary animators and
friends of the mission.
Membership: CMV has 450 full members and 8,000 affiliated members, and
is present in six countries in Africa, Europe and South America.
Works: Seeing human promotion as a fundamental dimension of
evangelization, CMV has set up development structures both in Africa and
South America such as drop-in centers for street children, cultural
centers to provide young people in financial difficulties with a place
to make friends and to grow; literacy schools; medical centers to
provide health care to individuals who have no opportunity to be treated
in hospitals, and to educate them in food and hygiene standards to
combat children's diseases; running pharmacies and soup
Thanks to the commitment of the community, over the past 15 years in
these geographic areas, two churches have also been built together with
15 chapels with premises for the catechumenate and catechesis.
Publications: Comunità Missionaria di Villaregia, published every four
Web site: www.cmv.it
Comunità Missionaria di Villaregia
Fraz. Villaregia, 16
45014 Porto Viro RO
Tel. (39) 0426-325032
(c) Copyright 2006
Libreria Editrice Vaticana [adapted]