“Blessed is the one who perseveres.” James 1:12

When I made Final Vows as a Missionary Oblate of Mary Immaculate, I took the three traditional vows for the priesthood: poverty, chastity, and obedience. As an Oblate, I also took an additional vow — perseverance. For me, and many of my brother Oblates, perseverance is something we learned first from our mothers.

Today, I want to offer you the chance to thank the mothers in your life who have persevered on behalf of their children. At the same time, you can also help mothers in our Oblate missions persevere as they struggle to provide the basic necessities for their children. You can accomplish all of this in one of the following ways:

Submit your mother’s name, along with the names of other special mothers, as a prayer petition by clicking below. They will be prayed for during special novenas to honor mothers at the National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows, and Our Lady of Lourdes Grotto and Tepeyac de San Antonio. They will also be prayed for at the Basilica of the Annunciation.

Please consider a generous donation in support of the work of the Missionary Oblates.

Your gift will help our ministries with poor and needy mothers around the world, allowing them to improve their lives and the lives of their children.

In appreciation of your donation, you can select a thank-you gift. For an offering of $12 each, you can have Carnations placed in honor of the special mothers in your life at the National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows during our Mother’s Day Masses. Simply fill out the donation form below for your carnation.

Additionally, you can scroll to the bottom of this page to find two additional gift of $20 or more, you can receive the Signs of Spring Bracelet which features several butterflies and is accented with rhinestones. For a gift of $25 or more, you can have a Mother’s Day Votive Candle lit at the Shrine.

Every day Missionary Oblates are persevering with mothers to create hope for their families. And through your generosity and concern for others, you give us the strength to persevere in these life-changing ministries. May God bless you and all the special mothers in your life this Mother’s Day.

P.s. You can honor a special mother by having her name engraved on a stainless-steel plaque on the Mother’s Memorial Wall, located at the Annunciation Garden of the National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows. Click Here for information on memorials.


Consider a generous donation to help the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate around the world. We will place a carnation at the Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows for your donation of $12 or more. Scroll down to view Mother’s Day devotional gifts.

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Devotional Gifts

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Mother’s Day Votive Candle

Peace Votive Candle

Signs of Spring Bracelet