Stabat Mater Prayer Apostolate

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Who We Are 

SMPA emerged in 2008 after several years of prayerful conversation among friends in Dallas, Texas, including Ann Slattery and Marie Wood. It has expanded to a worldwide online network of prayer united in the desire to effect cultural change by praying for the very creators of contemporary works of art. 

We propose that the images that bombard our present culture of death can change to more life-affirming ones if the creators of those images are offered prayerful support. We cite Saint John Paul II's "Letter to Artists" (1999) as the fundamental document that explains why artists are so important to society. 

In his “Letter,” Saint John Paul II talked about the vocation of Artist. Thus the aim of this apostolate is to highlight the importance of this vocation. At issue is the restoration of Christian civilization. And artists—in all media—are the visionaries who can help lead the way in this restoration. What a transforming enterprise: to help lead souls to the truth of Jesus Christ through beauty and thus to eternal life with Him in heaven!


The Meaning of Stabat Mater

"Stabat Mater" signifies Our Lady Standing at the Cross (literally from the Latin, "the Mother was standing"). This phrase evolved in the first centuries of the Christian Church to describe the posture of Mary, the mother of Our Lord Jesus Christ, as she witnessed the execution of her son on the cross. She did not cower and she did not flee. She stood there and remained standing, faithful to the end.

The name Stabat Mater was chosen for our apostolate because of the example of fidelity given by Mary. Being faithful to one's calling is challenging, no matter what that calling may be. Artists particularly can experience personal hardship as a result of their vocation and therefore need our prayers.

Our goal is to attract more people around the world to the practice of praying for artists, their families, and their benefactors.

So we invite you to join us in praying for artists. Monthly Masses are being offered now for all friends of SMPA. Additionally, anyone can send prayer or special Mass requests. If you would like to be part of the prayer chain praying for artists, let us know.

“Standing by the cross of Jesus were his mother and mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary of Magdala.” – John 19:25.

Christ On the Cross


If you agree with our mission and vision, please sign up and join us in Advancing the Culture of Life through Prayer and Art. Through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit and under the patronage of Our Lady of Lourdes, you can:

• Recite the Stabat Mater Prayer for Artists every day.
• Offer Masses, Rosaries, the Divine Mercy Chaplet, the SMPA Beauty Chaplet, or simply the name of Jesus, for artists.
• Facilitate connections among artists and arts supporters by every means possible.


• We seek to strengthen the bond between the world of art and the world of faith, between artists and arts supporters, by developing a worldwide online community of Catholic clergy and laymen committed to praying for artists.

• We accept prayer requests and will facilitate connections among artists and between artists and arts supporters, by personal contact, phone, and e-mail correspondence, or through this website.

• We encourage parish members to form small prayer/study groups that explore the 2,000-year artistic heritage of the Roman Catholic Church, emphasizing the essential themes of Christianity as evidenced through the arts.

•  We envision a chapel in East Texas and will develop work and retreat spaces as we are able. A rural educational retreat would give sacred artists a place to work and learn while providing spiritual renewal.

Possible future chapel site in East Texas, 2015, courtesy AHS

Possible future chapel site in East Texas, 2015, courtesy AHS