Missionary Cenacle Apostolate (MCA)

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by Father Thomas Augustine Judge CM, as an order of lay men and women, married and single. First meeting 11 Apr 1909, Brooklyn NY (USA). Religious communities developing from MCA: Missionary Servants of the Most Blessed Trinity (MSBT); Missionary Servants of the Most Holy Trinity (ST). Together with Blessed Trinity Missionary Institute (BTMI), the 4 communities comprise Missionary Cenacle Family.


General purpose: give honour and glory to the Triune God in the sanctification of Associates by means of devotions and customs of the Missionary Cenacle and in an ardent Catholicity manifest in prudent and zealous interest in one's neighbour's welfare. Special purpose: preservation of the faith.

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Meetings (twice a month) provide training derived from traditional spiritual writings of the Church, from papal documents and from conferences, sermons and letters of Father Judge. Spiritual training in personal holiness includes one day a month with time set aside for recollection, annual regional recollection days and annual regional retreats. Associates are encouraged to have a regular confessor, to seek personal spiritual direction from a priest well acquainted with the spirit of the Missionary Cenacle Apostolate and to follow a rule of life. They are trained and encouraged to follow the virtues of simplicity, prudence, humility, charity, self-sacrifice, patience and self-denial. Associates engage in a wide variety of apostolates characterized by service to the poor and abandoned, whether materially or spiritually, and a manifestation of God's love in the providence of everyday life. These include: combating immoral practices, such as abortion; social justice work, such as clothing and feeding the poor; work in hospice organizations; ministering to AIDS sufferers; comfort and consolation to shut-ins and residents of nursing homes. Whenever possible, apostolates are carried out in collaboration with other members of the Missionary Cenacle Family.


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GOAL 1: No PovertyGOAL 4: Quality EducationGOAL 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth



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