Answering the Need in Baltimore

In 2015, Archbishop William Lori wrote a Pastoral Letter on Evangelization called “A Light Brightly Visible: Lighting the Path to Missionary Discipleship.” In this watershed letter, Archbishop Lori reminded us of Our Lord’s commandment to his disciples prior to his ascension into heaven: “Go, therefore, and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit” (Mt. 28:19).

The Source of All Hope Mission at the Basilica is simply a response to the needs in our neighborhood by serving 3 groups:

Group #1: Those who don’t know Christ or His Catholic Church living in Baltimore City.

Group #2: Those who are addicted and/or homeless living near the Basilica Parish.

Group #3: Those who come to the Basilica weekly to worship God.

Four Pillars of Formation


God dwells within the soul of each Missionary. Prayer is simply the way in which he encounters, recognizes and responds to the Divine Presence within. It is in prayer—at the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, the daily Eucharistic Holy Hour, the Rosary, and the Liturgy of the Hours—that the Missionary experiences Divine Love. It is this Divine Love that allows him to see Christ in All.


"A virtue is an habitual and firm disposition to do the good. It allows the person not only to perform good acts, but to give the best of himself. The virtuous person…pursues the good and chooses it in concrete actions” (CCC 1803). The Source of All Hope Missionary program seeks to form virtuous men—who will serve the poor, serve the parish, and change the world.


“I no longer call you slaves...I have called you friends, because I have told you everything I have heard from my Father” (Jn. 15:15). The Source of All Hope Missionary seeks to form a deep friendship with God (through daily prayer), with his brother missionaries (by living in community), and with the people he encounters on the streets of Baltimore (by learning their personal stories).


Sent out two-by-two, the Missionaries will walk the same streets of Baltimore each day getting to know the homeless and the addicted as well as those who simply don’t know Christ. They will seek to offer assistance by showing them the organizations that can help with shelter, food, job training and healthcare. The Missionaries will love them in the name of Jesus Christ and the Basilica community.

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