How To Join
Types of Membership
The Pioneer Total Abstinence Association has different categories of membership depending on age, or whether it is a lifelong or a temporary membership.
- Lifelong Membership
- Juvenile Membership
- Young Persons Membership
- Limited-Period Pledge
It is also possible, of course, to support the Pioneers without becoming a member.
If you wish to post in your application form, please print, complete and return the following form Downloadable Application Form for Membership
Please note that if you are under 18, application forms (with the appropriate fee) have to be submitted by post. A covering note from the parents to be provided with the application form indicating their consent/approval is also required.
All categories of Membership have their own Emblem.
Lifelong Pioneers commit to doing three things
Abstain from all alcoholic drink
Wear the Pioneer emblem
Recite the Pioneer prayer twice daily
Many of these join as part of PTAA activities at local parish or school level.
There are a series of events organized for Young Pioneers. Click here to find out more (to events/ young Pioneer events)
Limited Period Pledge / Lenten Pledge
Some people wish to make a commitment to abstain from alcohol for a limited period of their life. This may be as a prelude to becoming a full pioneer.
Or it may simply be a sacrifice for a particular period.
Many people for example take a pledge for the Lenten period.
This may be renewed as frequently as is wished.
People who have made a limited pledge promise to say the Pioneer prayer twice daily for the period of the pledge.
Support the Pioneers without becoming a member.
Thousands of people across the country help the Pioneers by attending Pioneer events, organising activities, making church gate collections, etc. This support and help is vital and is deeply appreciated.
There are many ways to support the Pioneers without becoming a member:
For Thy greater glory and consolation,
O Sacred Heart of Jesus,
for Thy sake to give good example,
to practice self-denial, to make eparation
to Thee for the sins of intemperance,
and for the conversion of excessive drinkers,
I will abstain for life from all intoxicating drinks.