Mothers of the Church

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"His mother and his brothers arrived. Standing outside they sent word to him and called him. A crowd seated around him told him, 'Your mother and your brothers are outside asking for you.' But he said to them in reply, 'Who are my mother and my brothers?' And looking around at those seated in the circle he said, 'Here are my mother and my brothers. Whoever does the will of God is my brother and sister and mother'" (Mk 3:31-35).

"My soul magnifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God, My Savior."
December 8 Mary Mother of God and Mother of the Church
July 29 St. Martha "Busy about many things."
Feast of St. Mary Magdalene in the Roman calendar. St. Mary of Bethany "Chose the better part."
July 22 St. Mary Magdalene First witness to the resurrection
St. Scholastica
St. Clare
St. Catherine of Sienna Spiritual mother to hundreds of penitents
1384-1440 March 9 Santa Francesca Romana Model for maidens, matrons, and widows.
1412-1431 May 30 St. Joan of Arc Inspired warrior
St. Teresa of Avila Mystical marriage with Jesus
St. Thérèse of Lisieux Little things done with great love
St. Gianna Mola Laid down her life for her child
Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta The beauty of holiness
Mother Angelica A new evangelist

Errors about motherhood and fatherhood in our culture infect our thinking about our relationships to each other in the Church.

I pray that God will send the Mothers of the Church to raise up new mothers of the Church in our own day.

Mother Church

Catholics think of the Church as our Mother .

Mothers reveal the Father

Mothers reveal the father to the child. While the birth bond between mother and child is instinctive, the bond between father and child is learned.


  • St. Faustina.