Apostolate of Spiritual Motherhood for the Sanctification of Priests 
in the Archdiocese of St. Louis


In response to the request by the Congregation for the Clergy, we work in the Archdiocese of St. Louis to:

INFORM  the laity and clergy about the call to spiritual maternity for the strengthening and sanctification of our priests through Eucharistic Adoration and reparation, and

FORM WOMEN  to take on, and grow in, the role of spiritual mothers for priests by
- conforming to the Blessed Virgin Mary,
- embracing the will of God in all circumstances,
- striving for holiness and self-offering, through prayer - especially in Holy Mass and Eucharistic Adoration - and through the offering of their praise and joys, daily duties and suffering, for the sake of priests.

This apostolate is consecrated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, through the Immaculate Heart of Mary, for the glory of the Father, and the salvation of the world. 

The inspiration for this apostolate is the document, Eucharistic Adoration for the Sanctification of Priests and Spiritual Maternity (2007), which was published by the Congregation for the Clergy encouraging women to spiritually adopt priests.

In Spring 2013, the Lord brought together several women who desired to make this vision a reality in this archdiocese. The occasion was a visit of
 the relics of St. Mary Magdalene to St. Louis. That May - the month dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary - with the Archdiocesan Director of Vocations as our spiritual adviser, a weekly Holy Hour for the sanctification priests was begun. We first started meeting at the convent chapel of the Missionary Sisters of St. Peter Claver in Chesterfield, Missouri, and later moved to St. Clement of Rome parish in Des Peres, Missouri.

Our weekly women's Holy Hour at St. Clement Church is now followed by an hour of formation on spiritual motherhood.

Our Priest Adoption Program for St. Louis was launched on June 27, 2014 on the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart and the 12th annual World Day of Prayer for the Sanctification of Priests, with a Holy Hour for Priests, Mass and formal commitment ceremony by women choosing to spiritually adopt anonymous St. Louis priests.

May Jesus Christ be praised, now and forever more!