The Apostleship of Prayer began in France in 1844. At that time Fr. Francis Xavier Gautrelet told a group of Jesuit seminarians who were eager to work on the missions: “Be apostles now, apostles of prayer! Offer everything you are doing each day in union with the Heart of our Lord for what He wishes, the spread of the Kingdom for the salvation of souls.”
Since the nineteenth century popes have asked the Apostleship of Prayer, also known as the Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network (AO), to pray for specific monthly intention. Since 1929 the Holy Father has proposed a second monthly intention, one specifically related to the missionary work of the Church. Over fifty million apostles of prayer worldwide now pray for the Pope’s two prayer intentions each month. The mission is to mobilize through both prayer and action a response to the great challenges facing today’s world.
The Apostleship of Prayer in CTK has a very strong prison apostolate, with focus on the female ward of the Quezon City jail. It provides regular confession for inmates, regular Sunday masses, catechism classes, and bible studies. Regularly, AP also distribute wellness and snack packs to the 700 female inmates.
During the Lenten and Advent seasons, they have special programs like Pabasa, Simbang Umaga, and Noche Buena.
The Apostleship of Prayer is currently headed by Wanda Reyes.