DAUGHTERS OF THE VIRGIN MOTHER
Initiated on May 13, 2015 in the Diocese of CharlotteIn 2007 the Congregation for the Clergy issued an appeal to bring about in the Church a movement of prayer, with the intention of awakening a sufficient number of holy vocations to the priestly state, and at the same time uniting priestly vocations to the support of spiritual maternity, particularly on the part of consecrated feminine souls. With its own unique charism as an inspired response to the appeal of the Congregation of the Clergy, the Movement known as the Daughters of the Virgin Mother provides care for bishops, priests, and seminarians, under the patronage of Our Lady, the Mother of the Eternal High Priest and of Pope St. John Paul II (concise mission). This conventual and apostolic life (character) is lived out in community, consecrated through the profession of the evangelical counsels, and primarily in the seminary setting, attending to the needs – according to our state – given to us by proper ecclesiastical authority, i.e., the Bishop of Charlotte and those legitimately appointed or confirmed by him. Through the support of spiritual maternity, the Sisters attend to the practical and spiritual needs of men preparing for the Priesthood, as well as those of the men already sharing in the Priesthood of Christ through Holy Orders (mission & purpose). The life of active service to the Sacred Priesthood of the Daughters of the Virgin Mother is animated and impelled by a deep contemplative spirit that is sustained and nurtured through sacrifice and prayer in the school of our Lady offered for the sanctification of bishops, priests, and seminarians, and for the rise of holy vocations to the priestly state (spirituality). Learn more about the Daughters of the Virgin Mother and how you can support them on their website here. Watch below as Sr. Mary Raphael, foundress of the Daughters of the Virgin Mother, explains how she discerned the call to start a new religious institute focused on spiritual motherhood serving seminarians in the Diocese of Charlotte—even before St. Joseph College Seminary was founded.