How to Join Missionaries of Charity

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Mother Theresa founded the Missionaries of Charity in 1950, in response to guidance from Jesus Christ to serve the poorest of the poor through love. The Missionaries of Charity is an order of the Roman Catholic Church that reports directly to the pope. There are five congregations of the Missionaries of Charity; The Active and Contemplative Sisters, Active and Contemplative Brothers and the Fathers. There are also two divisions open to lay people from all religious paths; The International Movement of Co-Workers and the Lay Missionaries of Charity. These divisions make it possible for anyone to join the Missionaries of Charity.

1 Review and meet all qualifications

Review and meet all qualifications. Applicants must be high school graduates and a members of, or be willing to become a member of, the Roman Catholic Church. An applicant must also be mature, be guided by right intention, have a healthy body and mind, be open to learning (especially English and the language of the country you serve in), a cheerful disposition and practice sound judgment and common sense. (Reference 2) (Reference 6)

2 Take four perpetual and public vows and

Take four perpetual and public vows as a member of the order: Chastity, poverty, obedience and wholehearted, free service to the poorest of the poor. These vows are a lifetime commitment. (Reference 2)

3 Contact the nearest Missionaries of Charity

Contact the nearest Missionaries of Charity to attend a two week "Come and See' experience. This will allow you to visit the homes where the active Sisters, Brothers and Fathers live and work. Entrance into the Missionaries of Charity as a Sister, Brother or Father is a total and wholehearted commitment not just to the vows, but also to a way of life.

4 Eastern

For Eastern U.S.A and Eastern Canada: Bronx, NY 10451 USA Tel.: 1-718-292-0019

5 Central

For Central U.S.A. and Central Canada: Missionaries of Charity 3629 Cottage Avenue St. Louis, MO 63113-3539 USA Tel.: 1-314-533-2777

6 For Western U.S.A

For Western U.S.A., Western Canada, Mexico (Tijuana): Missionaries of Charity 164 Milagra Drive Pacifica, CA 94044 USA Tel.: 1-650-355-3091

7 Contact information for South America

Contact information for South America, Central America, Europe, Africa, Asia and Oceania can be found on the home page of Mother Teresa's website.(Reference 1)

Aimee Rebekah Shea, M.A., C.C.Ht., is a holistic health therapist, teacher, writer and nonprofit director. She is currently studying to receive her Ph.D. in clinical psychology at Walden University. Shea is passionate about how health, diet, nutrition and the environment affect people emotionally and mentally.