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 Established 1992
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.

Organizational Structure

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

11) Teach-Ins

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

Hotline: 0918-929-0603

Email Address


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

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