To RESCUE women and children victims of prostitution.
To SHELTER and rehabilitate them in our Home of Love.
To give them an OPPORTUNITY to live a decent life,
where Christ will be the center of their lives.
To EDUCATE the children of the Philippines in an effort to
combat the evils of prostitution.
WALKING IN THE DARK ALLEYS AT NIGHT,
dressed in street clothes, we rescue children and women victims of prostitution and sex trafficking. Underage children…waiting for customers to pick them up and being paid a small amount of money to augment their family sustenance. Bar dancers, tourist escorts and the poorest of the poor who have fallen victim to the handlers who roam the desperate rural villages promising parents “good jobs in the city” for their girls. With the Sisters chosen by the “New Eve”, the Woman clothed with the sun (Rev. 12:1), God shall liberate these women back to Her image of unblemished dignity.
Over two decades ago, seven Roman Catholic Filipino women who were friends living in Manila, began spreading Marian Devotion prayers and education among families and children. These working women, as a group, spent their weekends conducting talks on the Rosary, leading rosary prayer sessions, and discussing the Brown Scapular. All was done in a lay outreach ministry to teach Filipino children about Mary, the Mother of Jesus.
Corazon J. Salazar from Bulacan was one of these seven friends and owned her own ready-to-wear clothing store in Baclaran, Paranaque, Philippines. Each morning on her way to work, she regularly passed along the long strip of Mabini Avenue in Manila, known as the Red Light District. Foreign nationals with Filipino girls were a common sight, with many being so young. Day after day she witnessed the same scenario and was deeply touched with pity for the young girls and women caught in prostitution and sex trafficking.
She developed a strong desire to do something to help them out of this cycle of misery and wanted to help them reform their lives for the better. She confided her strong compassion for these lost victims to her six friends who came to believe without any doubt that the Holy Spirit was prompting her to act. With all of them inhabiting a strong love for the Blessed Mother, they felt it was their calling to rescue these girls and women by providing shelter and safety, medical and psychological needs, and education for future self-sustaining employment while bringing them back to Jesus and His abundant love.
All the friends agreed to leave their homes and careers and live together, for the common cause of lifting these women and children up and out of prostitution. They didn’t know how they were going to do it, but with the utmost faith in Divine Providence, they started a community among themselves in Manila. Corazon, strong willed and courageous, sold her business and gave all the proceeds to this new community of seven which she was about to found. They took Mary Queen of Heaven as their Patroness, the woman clothed in the sun, the moon at her feet, and a crown of twelve stars on her head (Rev. 12:1).
Grace upon grace was bestowed on the good Sisters and more chosen souls from various parts of Cebu, Bohol, Pampanga and even two from California joined them. On August 4, 2000, His Eminence, Ricardo Cardinal Vidal, Archbishop of Cebu, formally established the Institute of Mary Queen of Heaven Missionaries as a Catholic Association of the faithful, giving his full support and fatherly guidance. On August 22, 2003, he canonically erected it as a Public Association of the Faithful, with Sr. Ma. Corazon Salazar, MQHM as Mother Foundress.
Wedded to the glorious path of Christ, the sisters wholeheartedly surrendered themselves to God’s special design of salvation for the victims horrifically trapped in the sex-trafficking trade. With Mary, they search and bring back to the bosom of the Father, the lost women of Paradise. As they go out at night and penetrate the “red light districts”, the Sisters listen attentively to the outpouring of the problems of the older girls and recognize they have a thirst for God and hope of rescue from their unspeakable life. Through the miraculous touch of the “Mother of Mercy” and the warm embrace and open hearts of the Sisters, many regain direction towards a second chance and renewed life with God in MQHM Home of Love.
The Mary Queen of Heaven Missionaries was conceived in the very womb of the Mother of God by the power of the Holy Spirit, through divine inspiration to Corazon Salazar of Manila and her six companions.
Brought together by the “Hand of God”, they aspire to imitate Mary’s virtues through their evangelical vows of poverty, chastity and obedience, making Her their model in following the footsteps of Jesus Christ. Their commitment to “total surrender” and “endless sacrifice” enables them to embrace the “Cross of Compassion” communicated by the Savior to the Mother of Sorrows at the foot of the Cross. Through the sisters’ acts of love, their fatigue and pains which they unite with the passion and death of Jesus and the sorrows of Mary, their hearts become the altar of endless sacrifice and perfect oblation to the Eternal Father. They live together in one heart and one soul, to be a “creation of new hope” for the destitute women of society who have become slaves of sexual perversion.
Armed with their trusting faith in God and with the “Crown of Power” of the Queen of Heaven, with Her angels and Her weapons of salvation (the Holy Rosary and the Brown Scapular), they shall conquer triumphantly the enemies of womanhood in the north, south, west and east of the Philippines and the whole world bringing glorious souls to God.
To bring back God’s fallen and unfortunate children to His fold through our expression of the loving compassion of Jesus,
especially to the outcasts of society.
We, the Mary Queen of Heaven Missionaries commit ourselves to make Jesus
and Mary the true, living inspiration and example of our lives. We give full faith and love to the Catholic Church and promise to be faithful to her teachings, living our life in simplicity, justice, integrity and unity. We truly dedicate ourselves to help the poor victims return to God and the outcasts of society
to recover their dignity as His children.
The Heart of the Good Shepherd, shared by Mary, moves us to seek the
young victims, the stray and fallen, and in the love of the Father that the Spirit gives, to gather them together to His Bosom so that there be
one flock under one Shepherd.
With Mary to unite to the sacrifice of Jesus, consumed with His love for the
Father and inflamed with zeal for the return of the wayward, we give our
whole life to the mission of salvation and evangelization He entrusted
to the Church by the power of His Spirit.
John 20:21-22, Mark 16:15-20
The salvation and rehabilitation of the victims and outcasts of society and
provide education possibilities to the rural poor.