Missionary Cenacle Family

A spiritual family of active Catholics, with members from many cultures and walks of life, founded in Brooklyn, NY, in 1909. They began as a lay movement but now include priests, brothers, sisters, vowed laity, and volunteers across the United States, Puerto Rico, Mexico, Costa Rica, and Colombia.

1868-08-23 00:00:00

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.

1890-05-01 00:00:00

Enters Seminary

In 1890, Fr. Judge enters St. Vincent’s Preparatory Seminary in Germantown, Philadelphia, PA.

1899-05-27 00:00:00


1899 – Fr. Judge is ordained to the Vincentian Order at St. Charles Seminary, Philadelphia.

1909-05-01 00:00:00

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.

1910-05-27 00:00:00

Member of Vincentian Mission Band

1910-1915 – 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.

1911-05-27 00:00:00

First Missionary Cenacle

1911 – The first Missionary Cenacle is opened in Baltimore to care for homeless and unemployed women and to work among Italian immigrants.

1915-05-27 00:00:00

Opelika, Alabama

1915 – 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.

1918-05-27 00:00:00

Missionary Servants of the Most Blessed Trinity

1918 – The Cenacle in Alabama become incorporated under the title of “Missionary Servants of the Most Blessed Trinity” consisting mainly of Catholic ladies.

1919-05-27 00:00:00

Mother Mary Boniface

1919 – Louise Margaret Keasey is appointed by Fr. Judge to be the first General Custodian of the newsister’s community and receives the name Mother Mary Boniface.

1920-05-27 00:00:00

Missionary Cenacle Family

1920 – 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.

1929-05-27 00:00:00

Missionary Servants of the Most Holy Trinity

1929 – The Priests and Brothers receive official canonical status from Rome and the Missionary Servants of the Most Holy Trinity are established.

1931-05-27 00:00:00

Mother Boniface Dies

1931 – Mother Boniface dies.

1932-05-27 00:00:00

Canonical Status

1932 – The sisters receive canonical status from Rome under the original title “Missionary Servants of the Most Blessed Trinity."

1933-05-27 00:00:00

Fr. Judge Dies

1933 – This photo was taken just a few weeks before his death in 1933.

1950-05-27 00:00:00

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.

1958-05-27 00:00:00

Pontifical Status

1958 – Both religious congregations received Pontifical Status and the Decree of Praise from Rome.

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