|Official Name||Prayer Warriors of the Holy Souls
An apostolate of the Monfort Foundation, Inc.
|Other Name or Acronym||PWHS|
The PWHS will be a global center of devotion for the holy souls in purgatory, sustained by Spirit- filled and Spirit- led people of prayer from every country of the world who will dedicate their lives to relentlessly offering up to God the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, their prayers, and their sacrifices for the relief and hastened release of the suffering souls.
To create and spread global awareness, knowledge and understanding about the holy doctrine of purgatory to the Catholic faithful and increase our membership to reach every country in the world;
To inform the Catholic faithful about the plight of the suffering souls in purgatory and inflame their hearts with a tender mercy and abiding solicitude for the holy souls that will motivate them to relieve their sufferings through the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, prayers and sacrifices offered on their behalf;
To inspire the Catholic faithful to amend their lives in order to avoid purgatory;
To teach the Catholic faithful the various means they may employ to remit the temporal punishment due to sin—for themselves and for the holy souls in purgatory; and
To form and empower a new generation of leaders who will ensure the continuity of the apostolate.
|Year Accredited w/ Laiko||N.B.|
The Prayer Warriors of the Holy Souls (PWHS) started when Violy Santos, a dear friend of Chita Monfort, Executive Director of PWHS, gave her the first copy of Read Me or Rue It (RMORI) booklet in February 1991.
At that time Dr. Narciso MOnfort, Chita’s husband, an incumbent congressman from Dumangas, Iloilo, was running for senator in the May 1992 election. Since they were in the middle of the very busy campaign period, they were not able to read the RMORI booklet. Election results came in and Dr. Narciso did not make it to the senatorial race; despite this, both felt that it was God’s design that they were given a short vacation from politics.
Sometime in June 1992, having more time in his hands now, Dr. Narciso came across the RMORI booklet that Violy Santos gave Chita. He read it in one sitting and insisted that Chita read it, too. She was struck at the way this booklet had an effect on him, as usually he would simply browse over reading materials she would pass on to him.
Halfway through reading the RMORI booklet, Chita realized her husband’s interest and insistence. Right then and there, she made a decision to do something for the souls in Purgatory. Before long, they started printing and giving away the first 1,000 copies of “Read Me or Rue It” booklet.
Hence, the seed to form an association called “Prayer Warriors of the Holy Souls” was planted in July 1992.
The Prayer Warriors of the Holy Souls is managed and operated by a team of officers, assisted by the PWHS administrative staff, Core Group and Service Group members, and guided by a Spiritual Director.
PWHS consists of Chapters, Prayer Groups and Prayer Warriors (individual members), devoted and committed to praying for the souls in Purgatory and to serving the Church in collaboration with other Church organizations.
|Composition of Membership||Membership to the Prayer Warriors of the Holy Souls is open to all. The members who have the capacity to offer financial assistance and who want to help in propagating the devotion to the Holy Souls are encouraged to do so. The minimum age for membership is nine (9) years old. Taking into consideration that he/she must have had his/her First Communion. To date, the apostolate has 272,394 members worldwide.|
|Main Activities||1) March of Saints
2) Ala-alang Walang Hanggan (Radyo Veritas)
3) Formation Program
4) Mass of Remembrance
5) Film Showing Purgatory: The Forgotten Church
6) Mass for our Dear Departed
7) Pilgrimage for the Holy Souls
8) 40-Hour Vigil
9) Commemoration of the Feast of St. Gertrude the Great
10) Area Meeting
12) Outreach Program
13) Closed Retreat
14) Lenten Recollection
15) Advent Recollection
16) Elevation to Chapterhood of PWHS Prayer Groups
Programs/ Training Offered:
Formation Program of PWHS Members and Friends is conducted in a systematic way for a period of one (1) hour by the PWHS Spiritual Director, Rev. Fr. Mitchell Joe Zerrudo, every month. This formation shall be held before the regular Mass of Remembrance every 2nd Monday of the Month (currently at the Immaculate Conception Cathedral-Basilica, Intramuros, Manila).
|Areas Present||Metro Manila, Rizal, Cavite, Batangas, Batanes, Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur, Iloilo, Leyte, Bacolod, Antique, Cebu, Davao, Washington, USA|
|Affiliations||Association of the Holy Souls (AHS) based in Fatima, Portugal
Episcopal Commission on Family and Life (CBCP-ECFL)
Council of the Laity of the Philippines (LAIKO)
|Official Contact Address||Monfort Foundation Building, E2 Gueventville I (RSG I), Calbayog St., Mandaluyong City, 1550, Metro Manila, Philippines|
|Official Contact Numbers||(632) 532-2831; 531-0391 loc. 100
|Current Officers||Executive Director: Carmen Teresita G. Monfort
Deputy Executive Director: Benjamin S. Aguilar
Director for Communications: Ma. Rosario Avanceña
Membership Ministry Coordinator: Rhodora Kapunan
Ways and Means Coordinator: Ma. Teresa Mendoza
Music Ministry Coordinator: Carmencita Dioquino
Service Ministry Coordinator: Felicidad Calderon
Liturgy Coordinator: Teodora Tanbonliong
Youth Ministry Coordinator: Editha de Belen