Apostolate of Suffering
About This Ministry
The Apostolate of Suffering is an association of Christ’s faithful people that seeks to unite all sufferers in spiritual union. It is a national organization founded in 1926 by Clara M. Tiry to teach members to use their pain in sickness to help spread the Kingdom of God on earth. Members offer their suffering for the conversion of sinners, the salvation of the dying, vocations, for the Poor Souls in Purgatory, the sanctification of priests, and reparation for sin committed against the Blessed Eucharist. Holy Masses are offered every month for members. St. John Paul II granted his blessing to the Apostolate and its members. Members also visit people in their homes for prayer.
Membership is open to the sick or those, though able to work, are afflicted with some disease, ailment, or infirmity that causes suffering. Men and women, priests and religious, young, and old, are eligible for membership, as are patrons of the sick.
Members also learn about St. Lidwina, patron of the apostolate, to pray for her intercession and live by the example she showed in her own sufferings.