"The Missionaries of Charity Fathers" is a clerical religious Institute of diocesan right, whose members bind themselves to the Lord and to the service of His Church by the profession of the Evangelical Counsels of Chastity, Poverty, and Obedience, and the Fourth Vow of Wholehearted and Free Service to the Poorest of the Poor.
Our Institute, founded by Mother Teresa of Calcutta, is committed to carrying on her charism within the ministerial priesthood, exercised in the service of the Poor as privileged bearers of the mystery of Jesus' presence and passion in the world today.
"A priest is very tenderly loved by God, by Jesus who has
And the work that the priest has been entrusted
to do is only a means to put his tender love for God in living
action. And, therefore, the work that he does is sacred."
Mother Teresa of Calcutta
Christ's mission is ours, His person is our identity. "There are such riches in the priesthood, if we can only help them to realize." It is the joyful living of this gift - the priesthood of Jesus Christ, and the Jesus Christ of the gospel - which the Holy Spirit, the world, and the poor ask of us.
Our name, MISSIONARIES OF CHARITY FATHERS, expresses both our identity and activity in the Church:
We continue the mystery of the Father's sending of Jesus to save and sanctify the world, bringing His glad tidings to the Poor. (Lk. 4:18)
It is above all God's love for us, His "thirst" for us and our love, that we are to proclaim.
As priests, we are to allow Jesus to continue seeking out the Poor, the suffering, and those who hunger for God, binding their wounds through our presence and sacramental ministry: in mission areas, hospitals, prisons, soup kitchens, shelters of our Sisters and Brothers, in homes, in the slums and on the streets.
Our particular mission is to labor at the salvation and sanctification of the Poorest of the Poor by:
a) The witness of our consecrated life;
b) Our priestly service to the Poorest of the Poor, both materially and
- Priestly ministry where there is no priestly presence: in mission areas,
hospitals, prisons, soup kitchens, shelters of our Sisters and Brothers,
in homes, in the slums and on the streets; personal, one-to-one
evangelization, bringing the bread of God's Word into their lives.
- Going in search of the neediest; welcoming the Poor in Jesus' Name;
forming the Poor as disciples; and sending them out as apostles.
c) Our spiritual assistance to the MC Family:
- Serving the MC Family through retreats, seminars, conferences,
confession, and spiritual guidance according to our common charism.
d) Our service to Mother's message in the world:
- As priests within the MC Family, we have also been entrusted
with the mission of propagating Mother Teresa's charism and message.
We are therefore called to contemplate, study, and preach this message,
in a ministry of outreach to all who would hear us.
- While convinced of the great importance of this mission of
evangelization in God's plan for our Society, it will always be but the fruit
of our direct contact with Jesus' thirst in and for the Poorest of the Poor.