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Ministry of the Arts

About MOTA

Ministry of the Arts is a ministry sponsored by the Congregation of St. Joseph, IL. We are located in the LaGrange Park, IL. Center, and came into being a few years after our annual Calendar was first advertised on a one-page flyer in 1986. By 1994 there were cards, music and sculptures published in a "catalog" format, and we began to experience a growing ministry. Our Vision (see Statement below) has been to bring hope and healing to the world through the Arts. We share this vision in the products we create and also through the books, music, gifts and other items we offer that often become resources for our customers in their own ministries and personal use. As a non-profit organization, any profits from sales help to support mission and ministries.

Within this workplace we are blessed with a "circle of unity" all the parts work together to create this ministry: artists, writers, editors, coordinators, phone operators, printers, pickers, packers, shippers, finance, administration, volunteers, and You, our customers. For you see, everyday we speak with you, read your letters, share your dreams and know a little of how this ministry is being used in your life, and we are filled with gratitude.

Most of our printed products are made right here using a professional digital printing press. this allows custom imprinting and personalization. We mat and frame everything ourselves. Sculptures are cast locally and some have hand-painted finishing done by the Sisters. Art and music studios are also located here in the Center along with a retreat center, The Well.  Ask us to include a copy of their program booklet in your order

Prison Ministry 
“When I was in prison you visited me...” We have discovered that “visiting” can be done in a creative way. In 2009 we began donating a few extra Calendars and cards to prison inmates feeling that our Calendar would be helpful in touching their lives each day as it includes beautiful art, thoughtful quotations and daily actions/reflections for each day of the year. We were amazed when inmates sent “thank you” letters exclaiming how the Calendar was impacting their lives in a positive way. So, energized with that Hope we began inviting our customers to donate $1.00 (often they give more which is also a blessing!). Their donations help to offset the cost of printing and purchasing Calendars. We also request that donors keep the inmates in their prayers. We have named our donors, "Ministry Partners" and their compassion goes much further than they realize. 

Call Center: (800-354-3504) located on the 5th floor of the Center where the staff enjoys taking your calls and helping you with information. Fulfillment (Shipping) is housed on the lower level be assured that your purchase receives great care. Many of our staff are local folks who felt drawn to what was happening here and decided this was a good place to be. We are also blessed to have retired Sisters collating cards and assembling products such as our Prayer Jars with skill and care.

Joseph's Corner: our gift shop has a knowledgeable staff who are familiar with our products.  We also have volunteer help as well which we so much appreciate as they too are part of this family. All catalog products are offered in the shop plus a nice section of books. (See the link on our Home Page for more details. Hours of operation: M-F  9 - 5  Sat 9-3

Fulfillment: This is the area where our inventory is stored numerically and alphabetically as in many distribution centers. Our staff can multi-task - being both "pickers" and "packers.  They take your order literally "in-hand" and pick the items from shelves and place them into "bins" for packing. After picking a few orders, they "switch hats" and become "packers." Through many years of experience and actual training by UPS we have learned the most secure ways to pack the varying categories of your orders - from cards to sculptures. Once the orders are safely packed into shipping cartons, they are weighed and processed for shipping.  The actual weight is used to help determine the cost to ship. (I.e. over-size cartons are obviously more expensive.)  

St. Joseph Press: This segment of our operation was opened in 2004 with the intention to provide on-site printing for all the cards, prayer cards and art-prints created by "MOTA."  A commercial digital press and other finishing equipment enable us to move from the "creating" process to printing and finishing our own work right here in the Center. It also allows us to do custom projects for other religious organizations including Christmas card personalization and ministry-related programs. 

Vision Statement 
We encourage and affirm creativity in ourselves and all persons. Our mission of unity brings us in our time to a deeper awareness of our communion with God and all creation.

Through the arts we contemplate and express the unity and holiness of all creation, and the heights and depths of the human heart in response to the great mysteries of existence. We affirm the power and prophecy of the arts and believe the arts to be an important ministry for hope and healing in a critical moment of world transformation.