Apostleship of Prayer collection
Scope and Contents
This collection consists of ephemera printed by the Apostleship of Prayer, including prayer cards, brochures, membership cards, Sacred Heart devotional badges, and copies of the League Leaflet publication.
- Apostleship of Prayer (Organization) (Publisher, Organization)
Restrictions on Access
This collection is open and available to the public for research in the U.S. Catholic Special Collections reading room. The materials are non-circulating.
Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
History of the Apostleship of Prayer
The Apostleship of Prayer was founded in 1844 by a Father Francois Xavier Gautrelet, S.J. in Vals, France. The group promotes a devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, and the practice of the Morning or Daily Offering, a prayer devoting one's day to God. In the 1880s, the Apostleship of Prayer began publishing monthly the League Leaflet, which announced the Pope's prayer intentions for the following month, along with short reflections on the topics. Members of the Apostleship pledge to pray for these intentions daily. The organization has been described by Pope Pius XII in 1944 as "one of the most efficacious means for the salvation of souls," and by Pope John Paul II in 1985 as "a precious treasure from the Pope's heart and the Heart of Christ." In the United States, the Apostleship of Prayer had its headquarters in New York City for many years. It is now headquartered in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The international headquarters for the organization are in Rome, with national offices in many countries. Today, the Apostleship of Prayer has over forty million members worldwide.
0.125 Linear Feet (6 folders in Small Collections Box 1)
Language of Materials
Ephemera printed and distributed by the Apostleship of Prayer, a Catholic organization, including prayer cards and newsletters, and a list of published materials in the library's bibliographic holdings.
Statement of Arrangement
This collection consists of ephemera printed by the Apostleship of Prayer. The first two folders contain prayer cards arranged chronologically. Folder 3 contains brochures and letters published by the Apostleship, also arranged chronologically. Folder 4 contains badges distributed by the Apostleship, many of them decorated by their owners, and the next folder contains membership cards. The last folder contains various issues of the League Leaflet (later, the Monthly Leaflet), a monthly publication of the Apostleship.
U.S. Catholic Special Collections, 302 Roesch Library
Collected by Dr. Nicoletta Hary for the U.S. Catholic Special Collections.
General Physical Description note
- Badges Subject Source: Art & Architecture Thesaurus
- Catholic Church -- Prayers and devotions Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Devotional literature Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Devotional medals Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Membership cards Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Sacred Heart, Devotion to Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Finding aid for the Apostleship of Prayer collection
- Finding aid prepared by Colleen Mahoney
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