The Company of Mary (also known as the Montfort Missionaries) is an international Religious Congregation in the Roman Catholic Church, dedicated to the establishment of the kingdom of God under the patronage of Mary, the Mother of Jesus. It was founded at the beginning of the 18th Century by Saint Louis Marie Grignion de Montfort. Today it numbers about 900 priests and Brothers, who carry out their mission in around 30 different countries.
The mission of the Company of Mary is expressed in the Constitutions as follows:
"Our Mission in the Church consists in revealing the mystery of salvation to those who do not yet know it, and in helping those who have already heard the Good News to rediscover and deepen this mystery by a renewed consciousness of the meaning of their baptismal commitment."
And speaking of the specific character of the Congregation, the Constitutions add:
"The Marian character of the Company is an essential possession of our Congregation. Mary is not present in the life of the missionaries in some accidental fashion: devotion toward her is an integral part of their spiritual life and apostolate. The 'total consecration' to Jesus through Mary is the most outstanding mark of the Marian character of our inspiration."
The 1993 General Chapter of the Company of Mary, in accord with the call of Pope John Paul II for a "new evangelisation", proposed as a prime orientation of the Congregation for the coming years:
"Evangelisation in Montfort's own way, with an adaptation of Montfortian spirituality to our different cultures."
More information about the presence and work of the Company of Mary in today's world may be obtained here.