Scheut Missions-CICM Missionaries
Fr.Theophile Verbist
Fr. Theophile Verbist
Founder of Scheut Missions - CICM

CICM is Mission

CICM is an exclusively Missionary Institute of religious priests and brothers. Its members are called to go beyond geographical and religious boundaries to share Jesus Christ with all those who do not know him.

The CICM missionary commits himself to his Mission through a total gift of self to God by the profession of the vows of chastity, poverty and obedience in the Institute. By following Jesus as a member of a community, he proclaims that God is the ultimate reality of his life and keeps alive among the people hope for the Kingdom and its justice.

Ambassadors for Christ
To The Six Continents

Currently, there are close to 900 CICM missionaries originating from 18 countries, living and working in 22 countries throughout Africa, Asia, North and South America, and Europe. The latest new venture, South Africa, started in 2006.

The acronym CICM stands for Congregation of the Immaculate Heart of Mary (in Latin: Congregatio Immaculati Cordis Mariae). In Singapore, CICM is popularly known as Scheut Missions. The name Scheut, meaning shot (the distance an arrow flies) or, according to others, shoot or sprout, refers to a suburb of Brussels, Belgium. It is here that in 1862 Father Theophile Verbist, a Belgian diocesan priest, founded a Missionary Institute with China as mission field uppermost on his mind.

Father Verbist and his first group of followers set out for their mission in August 1865. Less than three years later, on February 23, 1868, the Founder of CICM died in Inner Mongolia. On hearing of his death, Pope Pius IX said, "the man may die... God will not allow his work to disappear."

Scheut Missions-CICM Missionaries