The Guild of St Stephen
is an International Organisation of Altar Servers founded in England in 1904 by Father Hamilton McDonald when he formed a Society of Altar Servers at the Convent of the Sacred Heart in London.
In 1905, Pope Pius X gave his approbation to the Canonical establishment of the Guild at Westminster Cathedral and in 1906, the Sacred Congregation of Rites made the Guild an Archconfraternity prima primaria, enabling all the parish branches to be linked with it.
The Guild spread, and in 1934, Pope Pius XI enabled all Guilds of Altar Servers throughout the British Commonwealth to be affiliated with the Archconfraternity at Westminster.
Cardinal Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster, is the Superior-General of the Arch-Confraternity
The Guild Motto
"Cui servire est Regnare" - To serve Him is to reign
The objectives of the Guild
- To encourage, positively and practically, the highest standards of serving at the Church's liturgy and so contribute to the whole community's participation in a more fruitful worship of God.
- To provide altar servers with a greater understanding of what they are doing so that they may serve with increasing reverence and prayerfulness, and thereby be led to a deepening response to their vocation in life.
The Guild Director for the Diocese
Deacon Peter Griffin of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart, Wellingborough
To e-mail him click here. Phone 01933 664611
Click on the document name to download the Rite of Enrolment of Altar-servers in the Guild, (WORD document) for use in Mass or at another time.