Fr. Thomas Augustine Judge
The family was founded by Thomas A. Judge, C.M. Born August 23, 1868 in Boston, Fr. Judge was concerned about Baptized Catholics who were being lost to the faith. After several years on the Vincentian mission band preaching in many parishes, he came to the conviction that every Catholic is called to be a missionary. He labored from then on to develop a missionary minded, zealous, Catholic laity.
In 1890, Fr. Judge enters St. Vincent’s Preparatory Seminary in Germantown, Philadelphia, PA.
1899 – Fr. Judge is ordained to the Vincentian Order at St. Charles Seminary, Philadelphia.
Cenacle Lay Apostolate
1909 – Six women respond to Fr. Judge’s appeal for lay apostles to share in the mission and ministry of the Church. They were later to become known as the Cenacle Lay Apostolate.
Member of Vincentian Mission Band
Fr. Judge is an active member of the Vincentian Mission Band. He established lay apostolate groups in major cities and small towns from Maine to West Virginia.
First Missionary Cenacle
The first Missionary Cenacle is opened in Baltimore to care for homeless and unemployed women and to work among Italian immigrants.
Fr. Judge is assigned to a Vincentian mission in Opelika, Alabama. A number of lay volunteers follow Fr. Judge and give their lives completely to the Missionary Cenacle.
Missionary Servants of the Most Blessed Trinity
The Cenacle in Alabama become incorporated under the title of “Missionary Servants of the Most Blessed Trinity” consisting mainly of Catholic ladies. More at their website
Mother Mary Boniface
Louise Margaret Keasey is appointed by Fr. Judge to be the first General Custodian of the new sisters' community and receives the name Mother Mary Boniface.
Missionary Cenacle Family
Archbishop John Bonzano gives his approval to the newly formed religious communities and to the Cenacle Lay Apostolate, later to become known as the Missionary Cenacle Family.
Missionary Servants of the Most Holy Trinity
The Priests and Brothers receive official canonical status from Rome and the Missionary Servants of the Most Holy Trinity are established. More at their website
Mother Boniface Dies
Mother Boniface dies.
The sisters receive canonical status from Rome under the original title “Missionary Servants of the Most Blessed Trinity."
Fr. Judge Dies
This photo was taken just a few weeks before his death in 1933.
Blessed Trinity Missionary Institute
Founded in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1950 by Dr. Margaret Healy according to the inspiration of Fr. Thomas Judge, CM; approved as a pious union in 1964 by the Holy See through the Archbishop of New York.
Both religious congregations received Pontifical Status and the Decree of Praise from Rome.
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