Mother Marie Joseph Butler, an Irish nun of the Religious of the Sacred Heart of Mary, encouraged the students of Marymouth College in USA to sew vestments and linen and to procure sacred vessels for distribution to the needy parishes. In the late 50’s, some Filipino women who were in contact with the said College began the apostolate of giving altar paraphernalia to poor parishes that marked the growth of Mother Butler Guild (MBG) in the Philippines. In 1961 and 1976, the Archdiocese of Manila and the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) recognized the MBG as an organization of Catholic lay women who take care of the sacristy needs of the parish. It has then been a member of the Episcopal Commission on Lay Apostolate.
The MBG Spirituality
The MBG members are:
Servants of Jesus, our Servant-God.
They are called and chosen by the Lord to church service.
Women of the Eucharist.
They draw their life from the Eucharist gazing to the Lord present in the altar.
Housekeepers of the Lord.
They humbly, lovingly and joyfully keep in order the house of the Lord.