Madonna House Apostolate

Madonna HouseThe Madonna House Apostolate ( is an international family of lay women and men; some of our men are priests. Founded in 1947 by Catherine Doherty, we try to “incarnate the Gospel in daily life.” Known as a “Public Association of the Faithful,” our membership of more than 200, makes promises of poverty, chastity, and obedience. Our Training Centre in Combermere, Ontario, Canada, welcomes visitors to live and work with us, including a vacation camp for families and a Summer Program for young people. Smaller field houses in North America, the West Indies, Europe and Siberia engage in a particular work at the request of the local Roman Catholic Bishop. We strive to incarnate the Gospel of Jesus Christ by forming a community of love in our Training Centre, prayer houses, soup kitchens and pastoral centers. The Washington, DC field house on Capitol Hill is a house of prayer, mandated by the Archbishop of Washington, to pray for the US government, the Archdiocese and to respond to the spiritual needs of those who come. In addition, there are more than 125 associate priests, bishops and permanent deacons who live the Madonna House spirituality in their home dioceses or wherever they are serving.