Mission: Glenmary Home Missioners stands as a corrective to the notion that all missions are foreign. Glenmary serves in areas of the U.S. where 0-3% of the population is Catholic, the poverty rate is typically twice the national average, and a high percentage of the population (as high as 70%) of the population have no church affiliation at all. Glenmary's current areas of ministry are in eastern Tennessee, Georgia, and North Carolina.
Results: Over the past 75 years, Glenmary has established 129 Catholic communities in rural counties of Appalachia, the South and Southwest where the Catholic church previously did not exist. There is still much work to be done, as there remain over 350 counties in the South alone with no resident Catholic priest or no Catholic Church.
Target demographics: spread the best gift we have, the gift of our Catholic faith, to the rural areas and small towns of our own country.
Direct beneficiaries per year: Nine counties in Appalachia and the South, where the Catholic church was previously not present
Geographic areas served: the United States only, in counties of Appalachia and the South where the Catholic Church is not yet present
Programs: the Sacraments, religious education, social justice ministries, ecumenical efforts including food and clothing pantries, nursing home ministry, ministry to the incarcerated, ministry to the immigrant population, and much more.