It was in Ft. Mitchell, Alabama — on a site named “Holy Trinity” — that our Congregation was founded and made its first home! The first chapel and the small room where our founder, Fr. Judge, lived have been preserved and continue to give witness to our humble beginnings. Our seminary and novitiate were once here, and later moved North, but for all Missionary Servants, Holy Trinity continues to be a sacred place.
St. Joseph Parish — and St. Peter Claver before it — has provided a Catholic presence and a vibrant ministry to many families through the years. While Catholics are still a distinct minority in this part of Alabama, today our missionaries serve a growing population of Catholic immigrants and also reach out to the 25% of the population that is unchurched.
The area has always been one of the poorest in the state; estimates place the number of people living in poverty at 22%, well above the rest of the country. Our legacy of caring for the spiritual, educational and material needs of those we serve continues to bear witness through our missions in Alabama.