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William L. Portier Ph.D.


In the early twentieth century, Father Thomas Judge founded the Cenacle, a lay movement consisting of the secular Blessed Trinity Missionary Institute and two religious communities, the Missionary Servants of the Most Blessed Trinity and the Missionary Servants of the Most Holy Trinity. Inspired by Vincent de Paul and the French School of spirituality, Father Judge envisioned the Cenacle as a group that would help return people to the Church. William Portier explains what a lay apostle was in Judge’s time and how we might interpret the term in ours. Pope Francis has called the Church to a “synodal journey,” and Portier sees lay apostles as essential to fulfilling that call.