About Us

About Us

Donum Dei Missionary Family

The DONUM DEI Missionary Family (DDMF) is an international Congregation founded by a French priest, Father Marcel Roussel Galle in Paris, France on February 11, 1950.

The Missionary Workers:

  • Are lay virgins, Carmelites in the world.
  • They live as a family, with sisters of all races.
  • They leave home, in obedience and poverty, for whichever country they are sent to.
  • The root their life of love for Christ in and through daily work; thus, bringing to the un-evangelized or under-evangelized world the light of the Gospel.

In the light of the spirit of Saint Therese of the Child Jesus, the Carmelite Order and Francis of Sales, following the examples of Saint Joan of Arc and the first Christian virgins, the Missionary Workers commit themselves in the footsteps of Christ, temporarily through engagement and finally on the day of their Espousals: they offer themselves to the Merciful Love of God and make their profession in the Carmelite Third Order Secular.

In their desire to sanctify the working world and families, the Missionary Workers take on diverse professions: in restaurants called “L’Eau-Vive”,  in guest houses, kindergartens, students lodgings, in catechetical instructions, the spiritual running of diocesan shrines, in the profession, etc.

They are particularly attentive to the poorest neighborhoods and those who are the most abandoned spiritually. To all they meet, they want to:

– Bear witness to Jesus, teach his Word and give a preparation for sacraments,

–  Affirm God’s primacy in the face of the materialism of the world,

–  Radiate the universal love of Christ who unites men and women of all the races and all social conditions in one family.