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Our History

History       The Archconfraternity of Christian Mothers sprang up from the heartfelt needs of a group of mothers in France. It was a time about the middle of the 19th century, when the secular forces undermining family life first began to seriously challenge Catholic Christian values. A few mothers began to meet and talk about the struggles they all were facing. Together they prayed for a solution. They discussed their problems in raising their children and prayed for one another. In mutual concern and prayers they found the courage to carry out their important vocation.

       The movement solidified and on May 1, 1850 the first conference of Christian Mothers was held in Lille, France. Louise Josson de Bilhem, one of the original women, became the selected leader. In the course of time the French mothers sought and received recognition from their bishop for the growing organization. The organization grew rapidly throughout France and neighboring countries and soon over a million women were enrolled as members.

       When Capuchin Franciscans came to the United States to minister to German immigrants, they brought along this popular organization for mothers. On January 16, 1881 the Confraternity of Christian Mothers was canonically established at Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Later it was raised to the rank of an Archconfraternity with the right of affiliating other Confraternities wherever the Bishop of the Diocese approved. Since then over 2,000 Confraternities have been affiliated with the Pittsburgh Archconfraternity.

       The Capuchins have staffed the central office of the organization throughout the years.

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The Christian Mothers

MothersMain2       “Mothers rule the world. They guide the destinies of homes; that is why God is relying on mothers to keep Christ in the world by keeping Him in their hearts and homes.”

       Under the special patronage of Mary, the “Mother of Sorrows”, Christian Mothers are encouraged joyously to undertake the important task of training and sanctifying the young souls entrusted to their care. They are instructed with ways to edify one another by word and deed, to support one another by fervent prayer and in this way become the mainstay of the spiritual life within their own family, and a fruitful source of blessing to the community in which they live.

       This is the fundamental aim of all Confraternities affiliated with the Archconfraternity. Christian Mothers learn to unite their own hearts to Christ so that they can help to draw their families closer to the Lord. In that way they become the leaven which makes their own parish and community more alive with the presence of the risen Lord.

Our Director


       Fr. Angelus Shaughnessy, OFM Cap., is the present National Executive Director of the Archconfraternity. He is the editor of the "Mother Love Bulletin" and he visits the various confraternities in the United States. He is away for about seventy five percent of the year. He travels in a 2003 Hyundai unless the trips take more than six hours by car. Then he flies. His travels often include engagements for parish missions, days and evenings and weekends of retreat as a way to introduce the people to the purpose of the Archconfraternity: to help raise their children as good Catholics. This has always been a need in the Church but never more so than now. We have produced six DVD's and fifteen CD's to foster the spirituality of the Christian mothers, plus CD's for the Stations of the Cross and the Biblical Rosary.

Bert55      The Confraternities hold Fr. Bertin Roll, OFM Cap., in the hearts and memories. He was the National Executive Director for more than sixty years. They recall his joy and enthusiasm of as he addressed the mothers' needs and duties with fervor and exactness. What a blessing he was!

       Fr. Bertin made his transitus to the Lord's presence on January 5, 2015.



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