Source of All Hope is a growing Catholic missionary community located in the heart of Baltimore. Our missionaries are young men and women who believe in the transformative power of authentic friendship and who desire to bring Christ into all the places where He yearns to find a home. Our mission is to love Jesus in all people and places, particularly in the areas where he has been most neglected. This is not your normal 9-to-5 job! Life as a missionary entails embracing a radical availability to the needs of those placed in our midst.
Much of our ministry is spent out on the streets, where we encounter homeless men and women who have been forgotten and rejected by society. We walk established routes so that we can encounter the same individuals, who gradually come to know us as friends and allow us to accompany them through their joys and sorrows. Our apostolate on the streets is simultaneously heart-warming and heart-breaking. It’s always an adventure, and the relationships that are forged in this context transform both us and the people we serve. Ultimately, it is because this encounter with the poor is an encounter with Christ.
Our work with the poor is not limited to the homeless. We also assist the Baltimore Basilica in her mission of evangelization by accompanying those who are spiritually impoverished. This takes on a variety of forms, including facilitating small groups, helping to develop and execute events for Baltimore’s vibrant young adult community, and sponsoring men and women in RCIA. We make it a priority to invite others into our fraternal life–through weekly communal dinners, our Saturday meal ministry, and guiding local college students who join us for our Friday street ministry.
Accompanying these brothers and sisters–many of whom suffer tremendously–is beyond our strength. We have no choice but to rely on Jesus, the Source of ALL hope, to sustain us. For this reason, a committed life of prayer is the pillar upon which all other aspects of our community hinge. Each day, missionaries come to know Jesus through Morning Prayer, Mass, Holy Hour, the Rosary, and Night Prayer. In our silent prayer before the Blessed Sacrament, we bring the intentions of all we meet before Christ; it is in His gaze that we discover what it means to be truly present with another. It is our goal to bring Perpetual Adoration to the Baltimore Basilica, with missionaries who are willing to keep Jesus from ever being alone in the Blessed Sacrament.
If you have any interest in joining our community, reach out to us! When else would you have an opportunity to experience this type of life? We’re happy to chat with you as you navigate the discernment process. Considering these choices can be intimidating, but you can always start by taking little steps to pass through the doors God opens in your life. We are praying for you!