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
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."