The Rue du Bac is a narrow but fascinating street in Paris to wander along. Lined with antique shops, boutiques, restaurants, and cafes, it stretches from the quai opposite the Louvre deep into the heart of the Left Bank.
It’s also home to the Paris Foreign Missions Society, usually abbreviated as MEP using the French initials (Missions Étrangères de Paris). The unassuming street entrance to the MEP complex is shown below.
This venerable organization, still active today, was responsible for the Catholic evangelization of North America and much of East and Southeast Asia.