In various parts of France during the middle of the 19th century, mothers began to come together to pray with and for one another. They would gather to discuss their problems and to seek advice on the Christian rearing of their children. This movement gradually solidified, and on May 1, 1850, the first conference was held in Lille, France. The organization grew rapidly, and soon there were over one million women enrolled as members throughout Europe.
The society found its way into America at an early date. In Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on January 18, 1881, the Confraternity of Christian Mothers canonically erected in St. Augustine’s church. Since that time, over 3,400 new Confraternities have been affiliated with the established Archconfraternity in Pittsburgh. Currently, there are six Archconfraternities located throughout the world. The organization continues to grow with members in many nations.
The object of the Society is to promote the home education of Christian values by truly Christian mothers. It strives to unite all Christian women—single, married, widowed, or divorced, to assist one another in obtaining this noble purpose. Under the special patronage of the “Mother of Sorrow,” the members are encourage to undertake the important task of training and sanctifying the young souls entrusted to them.
The Christian Mothers and Ladies Society of St. Boniface begin in 1919. They meet on the first Monday of every month at 7pm. Meetings are held in the Franciscan Room in Boniface Hall. During these meetings the Rosary is prayed along with special prayers for the souls of all children. There is then a business meeting to discuss the way in which they will help the parishioners and specifically the children of St. Boniface. Throughout the year a variety of fundraising opportunities are undertaken to help support the 8th Grade Trip, the Youth Mission Trip, as well as contributing to needs of the general parish.
Examples of the fundraising taking place are the Spring Rummage Sale, the Country Store during the Fall Festival, the Fall Craft and Vendor Show, and other ideas that the Society members come up with to further their mission at St. Boniface.