2017 Missions Appeal

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Dear Missionary Friend,

I would like to extend my best wishes for a blessed, happy and healthy New Year.  As our founder of the Missionary Servants of the Most Blessed Trinity, Father Thomas Judge, C.M. stated, “A New Year is being given to us.  May it be blessed with blessing upon blessing for you.  What has it in store for us?  What God wills.  May this Will be praised and adored – and done!”

The Missionary Servants of the Most Blessed Trinity truly seek first to glorify the Triune God.  We follow in the footsteps of the Apostles who, filled with the Holy Spirit, went forth from the Cenacle to spread everywhere the knowledge and love of Jesus Christ.

Your generous gift will help the Missionary Servants of the Most Blessed Trinity continue with many vital missions. Click here to make a gift, or simply scroll down to the bottom of this page.

 

2017 provides us with new opportunities and we ask you for your help in making our wishes a reality. We ask your help and support in the following goals for this year:

  • We have a dream, and it’s called Margaret Healy House! We want to convert our recently vacated Generalate House in Philadelphia into a community for young adult women who want to experience an apostolic spiritual life while continuing in their careers as lay Catholics working in the world. The beautiful old home was built in 1880, and it is no small task to re-purpose the building. This is an expensive goal, but with your financial support and if we can overcome the hurdles before us, we know Margaret Healy House can become a shining power for good in Northeast Philadelphia.
  • Our Blessed Trinity Shrine Retreat, in Holy Trinity, Alabama, hosts hundreds of retreat-goers every year. Recently, it’s been hit with a “trinity” of unexpected expenses. The humble steam table died after fifty-one years of faithful service and can’t be repaired anymore. It must be replaced. Replacing aging electrical transformers has incurred expenses including the need for a generator to keep the lights on while work is being done. Also, after ten years, a “temporary” solution to hold water damage at bay in the basement must now get a permanent, but costly fix.
  • Located in the foothills of the Berkshire Mountains in Connecticut, Trinita has been a mission of the Missionary Servants of the Most Blessed Trinity since 1923.  Trinita was once a working farm, then a girls’ summer camp.  Today, after extensive renovations, it is a center suitable for many kinds of gatherings.  At Trinita, the staff and volunteers provide a ministry to area parishes, youth groups, prayer groups, men and women groups, and vital programs such as the Family Life program.  Trinita’s four cabins were built in the 1930s, and have been home to countless children, teenagers, and families who come for faith-based fun throughout the year. We strive to keep them in good condition because we can’t run overnight programs without them! The roofs of Cabins Two and Three have deteriorated with age and we need to replace them before they begin to leak and cause expensive damage. We’re afraid to delay much longer: we’d like to have the work done before the inner-city families arrive for our summer Family Life program.

As donors, you are familiar with our many devotions and traditions, all of which help us live out our missionary call. We give special emphasis to our devotion to:

The Trinity: We see the Triune God in the glory of all creation and in the faces of the people we are called to serve. The love-relationship of Father, Son and Holy Spirit is a model for the family relationship we enjoy with our sisters and with the other branches of the Missionary Cenacle Family.

The Holy Spirit: We have been praying a perpetual novena to the Holy Spirit since 1913. We celebrate over 100 years of constant prayer to the Holy Spirit! We call on the Holy Spirit before undertaking any task, and we always pray for the Spirit.

The Eucharist: It is the sun and center of our lives. Every Missionary Cenacle has a chapel with the Blessed Sacrament. The Eucharist is the food we need to nourish us for our mission.

A Practice:  Our founder Fr. Thomas A. Judge gave us the custom of practicing specific virtues in order to grow stronger in our vocation as missionaries.  A practice begins by selecting a virtue that is put into daily practice through prayer, acts which demonstrate your practice, and efforts to develop that practice through prayer, the Sacraments, and spiritual direction as well as other means. Some examples of a practice one might adopt:  Patience, simplicity, charity, faith, kindness, hope, humility, prudence, and gratitude.

We are extremely excited to embark on these opportunities and we ask for your support to accomplish these important goals to spread the good news and works of the Missionary Servants of the Most Blessed Trinity.  In 2017, please help us and remember those in need of our love, support, and guidance.

May you truly be blessed in 2017!

With deep gratitude in the Trinity,
Sister Marie, MSBT


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