Our Patron Saints
Our Blessed Mother
Entrusted especially to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, our Mother is a great source of comfort and joy for she is the first one to give a total and complete “yes” to having the Word in her life. Our Lady is the model for our holiness. We look to her to learn how to respond unreservedly to our heavenly Father who loves us, abandoning ourselves to Him. She will teach us how to receive the Word, carry the Word in our hearts, and allow ourselves to be drawn with humility into mystery of the faith.
“Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word.” Luke 1:38
St. Joseph has been the guardian of the community from its earliest days. Protector of our Lady and the Incarnate Word, we continue to pray for his protection too. We seek to imitate his deep faith, simplicity of heart, spiritual poverty and interior silence so essential for work in the New Evangelization.
Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta
Blessed Mother Teresa holds a very unique place in the hearts of Missionaries of the Word. Having formed Mother Catherine throughout her ten years as a Missionary of Charity with temporary vows, Mother Catherine and now the new community continues to draw great strength from Mother Teresa’s simplicity and her courageous zeal to seek and love Christ in each person. Mother Teresa calls us to remember that with every opportunity to love another comes a graced opportunity to love Christ, to satiate His unquenchable thirst for our Love. “What you did for the least, you did it to me” (Mt 25:40). We must not forget the inherent dignity and worth of every human soul.
"Let us remember that we have been called for great things, to love and to be loved" -Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta
St. John Paul the Great
“Be not Afraid.” The voice of Christ could be heard resounding through St. John Paul the Great as he unceasingly called souls back to our loving Savior Jesus Christ. Through the very witness of his life he proclaimed the joy of the Gospel and the victory of Christ. We look to this beloved Pontiff to learn more deeply in our own hearts and to proclaim to all that God is with us, that we have no need to be afraid. After the example of JPII we will strive to help young people become free of the fear of not being loved, not being accepted, not being forgiven, not being valued, the fear of being rejected, forgotten, and alone. We seek to encounter Christ and lead other souls to that encounter so as to know the joy and freedom of the children of God.
"We are not the sum of our weaknesses and failures; we are the sum of the Father's love for us and our real capacity to become the image of his Son." -St. John Paul II
St. Therese of Lisieux
Missionaries of the Word will find joy in being little souls before God. We seek to follow the path blazed by St. Therese, the little way of abandonment, trust, and love. We look to her to learn how to be little children of our Heavenly Father. She will teach us how to receive His Fatherly love that lifts us and carries us close to His healing and loving Heart. This child-like abandonment will be the source of our joy. As the Patroness of the Missions, St. Therese reminds us that we can bring souls to Christ only and most effectively through prayer.
"It is enough to recognize one's nothingness and to abandon oneself without fear into the Father's arms." -St Therese