The Lay Missionaries of Charity is a Movement within the Catholic Church founded in the Charism of the Missionaries of Charity and is a branch of the Missionaries of Charity Order.
The Lay Missionaries of Charity are dedicated to a life of growth in holiness, especially within our own families, and live as contemplatives in the heart of the world, serving where we live, especially the poorest of the poor. Our movement began in Rome, Italy in 1984, in the presence of Blessed Teresa of Calcutta, M.C. and Fr. Sebastian Vazhakala, M.C., with four lay people who wanted to live a life of greater holiness and union with God, and a greater affiliation to the life and work of the Missionaries of Charity. We are now in over fifty countries.
In Canada, there are 26 professed members and 17 aspirants.
“The power of the Holy Spirit was with him” (Lk 4: 14)
Dearly beloved Brothers and Sisters,
Praise the Lord, Christ is risen! He is risen indeed, alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.
In Rome we have many burial grounds, beginning with the catacombs, so many of them. Some of them are more famous and are visited by pilgrims and tourists, who come to Rome to have a taste of the faith of the early Christians, some of whom offered their lives on the altar of martyrdom. Peter and Paul, the founders of the Church of Rome, were not born and raised in Rome, but they came from Israel, the land of Jesus, Mary and Joseph. Bl. Teresa of Kolkata was not born in India, but came to India at the age of 18 and died at the age of 87 in Kolkata. Unlike the apostles, Bl. Teresa of Kolkata M.C. had the white martyrdom. Although Jesus was a martyr par excellence, we still use white vestments to celebrate the feast of Easter. Why do we do that? Please, try to find your answer.