As an apostolic society our members must make their own way in the world while engaged in apostolates that are consistent with the primary charism of the MSA of encouraging vocations to the priesthood. The United States Province is focused on the following mission areas:
Vocations to the Priesthood: All members of the MSA are involved in promoting and encouraging vocations to the priesthood. If you are between the ages of 25-50 and believe you have been called to be a priest, please contact our vocations director. We also invite you to review the vocations section of this website to learn more about the process of becoming a MSA priest.
Seminary Professors: MSA priests serve as professors at Holy Apostles Seminary in Cromwell, CT as well as other seminaries in the United States. To serve as a professor at a seminary generally requires a Doctorate degree. Financial assistance may be available to assist priests having the necessary academic aptitude to finance the cost of receiving this degree. We would welcome the opportunity to discuss with you the process of becoming a seminary professor as a MSA priest.
Parish Work: Without losing sight of our charism of promoting vocations, MSA priests serve the Church at local parishes in various parts of the United States. When possible we try to have a minimum of three MSA members assigned to a parish so they can live a communal life as required by our Constitution.
Retreat Centers: Several MSA priests work at retreat centers which enables them to identify candidates to the priesthood as they serve the People of God. Father Bill McCarthy runs My Father's House in Moodus, CT. The website for this retreat center is linked on this page.
Culture of Life and Parish Missions: Led by Brother Glenn Breed, our Culture of Life Mission Team conducts parish missions. A Culture of Life mission includes time of prayer, Mass, Reconciliation, and instruction on topics dealing with life from conception until natural death. A typical day begins with Mass at 8 AM and concludes with the Saturday vigil Mass at 5 PM. Multi-day parish missions are also possible. We also conduct other specific parish missions as requested by the pastor of the parish.
Any new apostolates must be approved by the Provincial Animator. Before starting a new apostolate we ensure that it is consistent with our charism, seek the guidance of the Holy Spirit, and ensure that it will allow members to live, pray, and work in community.