Who We Are
Our Mission and Hope
We are Mary and Elizabeth, an apostolate under the St. Paul Institute, a 501c3 in Memphis, Tennessee. We exist to serve to make Christ known and loved through direct, relational spiritual care and accompaniment. We have a house and offices in Memphis called the Mary and Elizabeth House of Prayer and Formation. The Most Rev. Bishop David Talley encouraged the work in July of 2022. Mary and Elizabeth began apostolate in the Fall of 2022.
We are staffed with full-time, trained missionaries with extensive experience in serving women through direction and accompaniment.
The apostolate provides spiritual direction, formation, outreach (vocational formation), and retreats in order to foster opportunities for women to encounter Jesus and through that encounter come to better know themselves, Him, and their role in the Church and the world.
We partner with various organizations and ministries faithful to the Catholic Church to provide resources and spiritual care to women. It is our joy to also partner with the Office of Vocations of the Diocese of Memphis to serve women in education and promotion of female consecrated life.
It is our hope that God will be glorified through the interior renewal of woman and thus the renewal of the world.
An Intentional Community
We are made for communion: with God and with one another. Flowing from this conviction, community is at the heart of Mary and Elizabeth and the other apostolates associated with St. Paul Institute. It is both the source and the fruit of our mission.
Our missionaries have formed an intentional community known as “Visitatio.” It is a community of intentionally chaste women who are sacrificially committed to one another and a common way of life, witnessing to Christ.
They endeavour to create an immersive culture of Christian sisterhood which rejoices in the salvific mystery the Lord is working in each woman’s life, as witnessed in Luke 1:39-56.
Centered around prayer and the communal life which seeks to emulate the gift of the Blessed Virgin and St. Elizabeth to each other for God’s glory, this culture forms a potent environment that awakens faith in Christ, brings it to maturity, and hopefully fosters in every woman a proclamation of her Magnificat for the glory of God and the salvation of souls.