Dear Father, 

I would like to invite you to participate in an apostolate designed to support priests through prayer. It is entirely voluntary, completely anonymous, and will require almost nothing from you. It will certainly, however, be of great spiritual benefit to your life and ministry.   

This apostolate is known as Spiritual Motherhood of Priests. The mission statement of this apostolate is the following:

We are an apostolate of Catholic women, who, inspired by love for the Church and in response to her invitation for Eucharistic Adoration for the Sanctification of Priests and Spiritual Maternity (Congregatio pro Clericis, Dec. 8, 2007), make a total self-offering of our lives for the sanctification of priests.  We unite ourselves to the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of the Eternal High Priest and His helper in the work of redemption, by anonymously spiritually adopting a priest-son.  Formed in an authentic feminine spirituality we intercede for our priest-sons and for all priests in order to help them with their self-offering, prayer, and penance.  We emphasize Eucharistic Adoration as a preeminent way to unite priests to the Priestly Heart of Jesus. 

The ministry has been founded by Mrs. Maria Pirrone of Holy Redeemer Parish and Mrs. Maria Nicastro of St Maurice Parish, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.  Both have long been involved in ministries of intercession for priests.  Archbishop Terrence Prendergast SJ gave the initial permission and blessing for this apostolate, and when I was a priest in Ottawa, he had asked me to oversee it.  The apostolate has now the blessing from the new Archbishop of Ottawa-Cornwall, the Most Reverend Marcel Damphousse.   Fr. Pierre Champoux, Vocations Director of the Diocese, Fr. Matthew Chojna, and Fr. Hezuk Shroff,  Pastors of local parishes, also have been serving as Co-Chaplains of the Apostolate.  

The women participate in a two day formation led by various priests and myself. It was officially inaugurated on the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus (which was also the World Day of Prayer for the Sanctification of Priests),  July 1st , 2011, with Mass at St Maurice Parish.  There are at the present 186 spiritual mothers and this number grows with each yearly formation.  

All that is required of you is a short letter written to the woman who will be spiritually adopting you as her priest-son. The letter should include a word of gratitude and a simple explanation of your most heartfelt needs and personal intentions. As this will be the only correspondence you will have – it would be important to mention more general and life-long intentions rather than those that are more time-specific. Proper discretion should be used in describing intentions of a more sensitive nature. Please remove any identifying information and do not sign the letter as the apostolate is entirely anonymous.  

If you would like to participate, please send your letter to the Apostolate.  

You may either send it in a sealed envelope addressed to “My Spiritual Mother” and then mailed in another envelope enclosed to: 
Spiritual Motherhood of Priests 
c/o  Maria Pirrone/Maria Nicastro 
107 Passageway Private  
Kanata, ON  Canada 
K2M 2B5 

Or……you can send letter by email to Please note all personal identifying information (i.e. email address, etc.) will be removed and the letter will directly be put into a sealed envelope. The electronic copy of the letter will be immediately deleted.  The letter will then be given to a spiritual mother.  If you wish to browse their website, it is


May the Lord bless you in your priestly life and ministry! 

Bishop Scott McCaig, CC 
Roman Catholic Military Ordinariate of Canada 
Episcopal Adviser to Spiritual Motherhood of Priests Apostolate 
June 11, 2021 
Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and World Day of Prayer for the Sanctification of Priests