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The Global Mission of the MSFS
Fired with a desire for the foreign missions by an atlas with which he whiled away the time in the Roman offices, Fr. Mermier decided he would like to send some of his missionaries to preach the gospel in Africa.
His offer was accepted by the Sacred Congregation for the Propagation of the Faith. However, the mission team he appointed was despatched by Rome to the mission-fields of India.
The first batch of MSFS landed in Pondicherry on 8th September 1845 and the Congregation for the Evangelisation of Peoples entrusted the vicariate of Visakhapatnam to the MSFS on 2nd May 1848.