The Society of the Missionary Catechists of Divine Providence (MCDPs) was founded in response to a special need, namely the material and spiritual needs of the refugees who fled from Mexico during the revolution of 1910-1936. It was started with volunteers who attending the parochial school and other young ladies of Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish in Houston, Texas.The Society was stabilized by the members living community with the Sisters of Divine Providence and by making promises to live according to their rules as Catechists of Divine Providence.
When Sister Benitia's term of superiorship at Our Lady of Guadalupe expired in 1938, two Catechists went to San Antonio with her. With the approval of Mother Philothea Thiry, CDP, Superior General, and of the Most Reverened Arthur Drossaerts, Archbishop of San Antonio, Sister Benitia along with another Sister of Divine Providence and the two Catechists, started cathechetical work in the poor sections of the city. Soon more members were attracted to the Society.
On February 7, 1946, the MCDPs received approval as a filial branch of the Congregation of the Sisters of Divine Providence as requested by Mother Mary Angelique Ayers, CDP, Superior General, and Archbishop Lucey.
On May 18, 1989 our Holy Father, Pope John Paul II granted the request that the MCDPs be separately constituted as a religious institute on Pontifical Right. In a decree dated December 12, 1989, the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and the Societies of Apostolic Life declared that the MCDPs be constituted as a Religious Institute of Pontificial Right and approved its constitutions.
In the spirit of Sister Benitia, with compassion for the poor and the neglected, the MCDPs continue to work in church-related ministries in evangelization, catechesis, and social services.
The Missionary Catechists of Divine Providence was founded in Houston, Texas in 1930, by Sister Mary Benitia Vermeersch, a member of the Congregation of Divine Providence of San Antonio, Texas. Sister Benitia, a true daughter of Blessed John Martin Moye, was deeply imbued with his missionary spirit and with his abandonment to Divine Providence. She transmitted this spirit to the Missionary Catechists.
“See the hand of God’s Providence
in all that happens and with confidence
abandon yourself to His loving care.”
~ Sr. Mary Benitia Vermeersch, CDP, Admonitions, p. 91 (adapted)
We, the Missionary Catechists of Divine Providence, with a unique gift to serve Hispanics, are inspired by Sister Benitia Vermeersch, our Foundress, and Our Lady of Guadalupe. We are called to live the Gospel and minister to all people, especially the poor.
"We offer our gifts and talents as we continue to walk together in this our transformational journey. With trust in Divine Providence and with full confidence in our commitment to one another, we mission you."
(Taken from missioning ceremony of May 2018)