Since 1663, the Missions Étrangères de Paris (MEP) priests are established in Asia, from the South of India to the North of Japan.
They have also been temporarily, or still are, active in the Philippines, Indonesia (since 1975), Brazil (between the 1970s and the 2000s), New Caledonia (between the 1970s and the 1990s), but also particularly in the Indian Ocean (since 1953), in the Madagascar, Mauritius and Réunion islands.
For each of the twelve areas featured on this interactive map, an extensive help is available for your research: notes recapitulating the history of the MEP presence; illustrations and maps from our funds; bibliographies; history of each diocese associated with the MEP.
These resources have been elaborated to provide leads and a sense of direction to people looking to learn more about missionary history. Without claiming to be exhaustive, they are a direct reflection of the sources that the IRFA keeps. They explain the wealth that this heritage offers and conversely show us the territories and historical periods that are not documented.