Founded by Nelson Rivera in Arecibo, Puerto Rico, this ministry’s goal of leading marginalized communities to God embarked on its first retreat July 13-15, 1973, on the feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, who later became the ministry’s patron. Eventually, the Movement spread to 11 countries worldwide, and now to 22 dioceses within the United States. The ministry consists of parochial, diocesan, national, and international committees to ensure it runs true to its spirituality and in accordance with canonical teachings.

After completing a three-day conversion retreat, participants are encouraged to attend faith-formation classes and weekly meetings to strengthen their faith and personal relationship with God. Rooted in Eucharistic Adoration, the ministry serves the Church and its people through love, surrender, and sacrifice, as is its motto.