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MEP – A brief history

Paris Foreign Missions (MEP) :
360 years of adventure, faith and service

For 360 years, the Paris Foreign Missions have contributed to the evangelization of many Asian countries: Thailand, Vietnam, China, Cambodia, India, Laos, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Singapore, Burma... In the twentieth century, MEP sent missionaries, 23 of whom are canonized. Even today, MEP continues to participate in proclaiming the Good News by sending missionary priests for life to Asia and the Indian Ocean. Fifteen seminarians are currently preparing for missionary life.

The foreign missions today

More than 180 priests.
- 15 seminarians.
- 150 young people sent each year to Asia and the Indian Ocean for a period of volunteering, from two months to two years.
- Year of preparation: 5 young people are welcomed for a year to the Vocational Foyer Saint Theophane Venard, a place that allows them to explore their vocation while continuing their studies or their professional activity.

But Paris Foreign Missions is also :

Epiphany Chapel

Built between 1683 and 1697, Epiphany Chapel has been hosting departure celebrations for MEP missionaries leaving for the missions for more than three hundred years. It is open every day from 6.45 am to 6 pm. More information about the history of the chapel and times of services.

A sanctuary : Martyrs' Hall

Located in Paris at 128 rue du Bac in the seventh arrondissement, the Martyrs' Hall is a shrine dedicated to Catholic martyrs in Asia. The Martyrs' Hall is open to pilgrims and visitors from Tuesday to Saturday from 10am to 12pm and from 1pm to 7pm. Closed on Sundays, Mondays and public holidays.

Free entry. For groups, a reservation is necessary.

For information, please contact the Events Department.
Paris Foreign Missions

128 rue du Bac - 75007 Paris
Tel: +33 (0)1 44 39 92 01 - Fax: +33 (0)1 45 49 09 98
Mail: 128ruedubac@missionsetrangeres.com



Asian Martyrs