Who We Are


Edmundite Missions has been fulfilling our calling for more than 77 years by quietly serving the poor living in the poverty-stricken communities of the Deep South. What began in 1937 as a courageous fight for victims of discrimination in Alabama’s Black Belt quickly broadened to include outreach ministries of compassion providing essential daily needs of food, clothing and shelter to the thousands stricken by extreme poverty.

Guided today by our mission statement, founder’s motto and the faithfulness of our donors we continue our life impacting work of addressing the overwhelming prevalence of homelessness, extreme poverty and hunger within the region. Learn more on How We Address Systemic Poverty.

Deuteronomy

Deuteronomy: 11 The land will never lack for needy persons; that is why I command you: 'Open your hand freely to your poor and to your needy kin in your land.'


Our Mission

As a Catholic organization, rooted in the Gospel of Jesus Christ, we provide food, clothing and shelter to poor and marginalized children and families, young adults and seniors of all faith traditions to meet their immediate needs while addressing the long term issues of systemic poverty in the Deep South.

Our Motto, instilled by our founder the late Father Frank Casey, S.S.E., resonates today: “Do the best we can, with what little we have, to serve those most in need.”

Our work is guided by the corporal mercies found in Matthew 25: 35 – 36: ‘For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’


Leadership

Our Boards of Members and Directors are dedicated to the mission of creating real and lasting change in the lives of the poor we serve.

Board of Members

Very Rev. Stephen Hornat, S.S.E.
Superior General
Colchester, VT

Rev. David Theroux, S.S.E.
First Councilor
Colchester, VT

Rev. Brian Cummings, S.S.E.
Second Councilor
Colchester, VT

Rev. David Cray, S.S.E.
Third Councilor
Charlotte, VT

Rev. Stanely Deresienski
S.S.E. Fourth Councilor
Montgomery, AL

Administrative Staff

President & CEO
Mr. Chad McEachern

Chief Administrative Officer
Ms. Alice Mims

Vice-President & CFO
Mr. David Dalling

Board of Directors

Chairman
Father Brian Cummings, S.S.E.
Colchester, VT

Vice-Chairman
Mr. John Crear
Selma, AL

Treasurer
Mr. John Manzer
Madison, WI

Secretary
Mr. David LaMarche
Fort Myers, FL

Directors
Mr. John Solomon
Selma, AL
Brother Peter Stanfield, S.S.E.
Selma, AL
Rev. Lino Oropeza, S.S.E.
Selma, AL
Mrs. Aminha Marine Roussell
Selma, AL
Mr. Thomas P. Weatherall
Monroe Township, NJ
Mrs. Leslie Biggins Mollsen
Chicago, IL
Ms. Kathleen S. Campbell
Williamsburg, VA
Mr. Christopher J. Lee
Denver, CO
Mr. Steven Karcher
Waterbury Center, VT


Our History

The inspiring story of Edmundite Missions began on July 6, 1937 when Pope Pius XI appealed to the Society of St. Edmund, to go minister to the African-Americans of the Deep South. Shortly after his appeal, Father Francis Casey, S.S.E. and Father Barney Paro, S.S.E. arrived and discovered thousands of people living in extreme poverty, similar to that of a third world country. In response, Father Casey immediately began outreach ministries to help lessen the suffering and instill hope for a better future. Little did he and the others know how significant the impact of their work would be in this rural region for the years to follow.
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Our Role In the Civil Rights Movement
Our Historic Timeline of Events


Story of St. Edmund

St. Edmund (1174-1240) Peacemaker, Father of the Poor, Patron of Afflicted Children
Edmund’s life began in Abingdon, a small village close to Oxford. As a young man, he became a noted professor of math and geometry at Oxford University. In mid-career, he was inspired by a dream to leave teaching and enter the priesthood.

After becoming a priest, Edmund left Oxford for a country parish near Salisbury. There he gave away his possessions to feed the poor and care for the sick. The Pope, learning of Edmund’s self-sacrificing spirit, named him Archbishop of Canterbury. While journeying to Rome, Edmund fell sick and died in Pontigny, France. He was buried there at the abbey and many miracles took place at his tomb. Within six years, the pope declared him a saint.
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Financial Information

Edmundite Missions has a proven track record of stewarding donations efficiently, effectively and as intended by our donors. We receive no government funds. You can be assured that we steward your contribution in the most cost-effective way possible.
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