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The Order of Saint Augustine includes some 2800 Augustinians in 47 countries throughout the world. The Province of Saint Thomas of Villanova, founded in 1796, is comprised of the East Coast of the United States and international missions in Peru and Japan.
The Barnabites, or Clerics Regular of Saint Paul, were founded by St. Anthony Zaccaria, and secured apostolic approval under the guidance of St. Charles Borromeo, who gave them an educational ministry. Most of their history took place in Italy but grew into Afghanistan and North America in the 20th centuries.
The Basilian community was born in a time of state persecution and terrorism in revolutionary France, directly targeting the Church and its priests. The Congregation was bravely founded by the First Ten Basilians who came together based on their strong Catholic convictions and to respond to the chronic need for balanced Christian education.
The patrons of the order, including St. Basil, embody the common values of education, prayer, life in community and service.
The Basilians have willingly and repeatedly taken risks that put the future of the order in peril in order to meet the needs of those they serve.
The community has been resilient and successful for almost two centuries: growing, changing and adapting. The Basilians have made courageous choices throughout their history and as a result this small-but-persistent order now serves students and parishes in five countries on two continents. The values and traditions of the Basilians position them well to serve the needs of an increasingly diverse global community that is hungry for both of the foundations of the balanced Basilian way of life: education and prayer.
Benedictines carry on a monastic tradition that stems from the origins of the Christian monastic movement in the late third century. They regard Saint Benedict as their founder and guide even though he did not establish a Benedictine Order as such. He wrote a Rule for his monastery at Monte Cassino in Italy and he foresaw that it could be used elsewhere. Monte Cassino was destroyed by the Lombards about A.D. 577 and was not reestablished until the middle of the eighth century. Meanwhile the Rule found its way to monasteries in England, Gaul, and elsewhere. At first it was one of a number of rules accepted by a particular monastery but later, especially through the promotional efforts of Charlemagne and his son Louis, it became the rule of choice for monasteries of Europe from the ninth century onwards.
Brothers of the Holy Cross
The Brothers of Holy Cross are members of an international congregation of Catholic religious brothers and priests who lead extraordinary lives by bringing hope to others. Devoted to God through our ministry and prayer, we strive to make a difference in the world by being present and available to the people and communities we serve.
Although ministry is essential to the life of a brother or priest in Holy Cross, it does not define our life. Rather, it is our lifestyle that makes us unique – we take this extraordinary journey of faith together. Abroad or at home, Holy Cross men live in community. In good times or challenging times, we can always count on our fellow brothers for support and encouragement.
In 972, St. Romuald embraced monastic life under the Rule of Benedict at the abbey of Classe near Ravenna. After his monastic vows, he experienced solitude under the guidance of a wandering hermit near Venice and later at the abbey of Cuixá in the eastern Pyrenees, today part of France. Returning to Italy in 988, Romuald initiated or reformed communities of hermits, monks, and nuns. In the year 1000, he sent some of his disciples to preach the gospel in Poland, and Romuald himself accompanied others to Hungary: all this he did as a “martyr of love.” He was also father to communities of monastic women, who observed his contemplative practice and the Benedictine rule.
Camaldoli, in the Tuscan Apennines, was Romuald’s last community. At the Holy Hermitage, the monks lived in their individual cells, but they also observed the common life, worshiping daily in the church and breaking bread in the dining hall. They were a contemplative community that, through the exercise of hospitality and spiritual counseling at the Monastery in the valley below, reached out to pilgrims and the people in nearby villages.
The Order of St. Camillus is a devout group of Roman Catholic men dedicated to caring for the sick, both in the United States and abroad.
It takes great commitment to provide healthcare according to the precepts of the Order. However, we find a wellspring of internal strength by truly following the teachings of Jesus, who said: “Blessed are you, for I was sick and you visited me.” (Mt 25.40) and “What you have done to the least of my brothers and sisters, you have done to me.” (Mt 25.36)
To carry out His teachings, we follow in the footsteps of our Founder, Saint Camillus de Lellis. Over 400 years ago, St. Camillus encouraged his followers to love the sick as deeply and unconditionally as a mother loves her sick child. It’s still our mantra today.
We invite you to read more about the Camillians’ work. We pray that your heart may be a kind and docile one, capable of following His promptings to go wherever He may lead you, and to help in whichever way He guides you to help.
What we call “Carmel” is really a way of life in which we try to be aware of the Presence of God in the most ordinary, everyday things. We’re contemplative, but we live out our service in the world. We’re prayerful, but we’re also practical. We were founded 800 years ago on Mount Carmel in the Holy Land, but we have our feet firmly planted in today’s problems and concerns. Carmelites live together in community so that we can support one another in our desire to live up to what God wants of us. We share prayer times, meals, concerns, and, sometimes, work. We are brothers to one another and call each other to accountability for our way of life. Carmelite friars are pastors, teachers, and spiritual directors. But, we’re also lawyers, hospital chaplains, musicians and artists. There is no one ministry that defines a Carmelite. We pray for the freedom to respond to needs wherever we find them. (Carmelites.net)
For nine centuries, contemplative Catholic monks, sons and daughters of St. Bruno, have been striving to be faithful to the call he received from God. We hope that you will find a presentation of this life apart interesting.
Cistercians (Common Observance)
A reform of the Benedictines, the Cistercians are most notable for their association with St. Bernard of Clairvaux.
Cistercians (Strict Observance)
The Order of Cistercians of the Strict Observance (also known as “Trappists”) is a Roman Catholic contemplative religious order, consisting of monasteries of monks and monasteries of nuns. We are part of the larger Cistercian family which traces its origin to 1098. As Cistercians we follow the Rule of St Benedict, and so are part of the Benedictine family as well. Our lives are dedicated to seeking union with God, through Jesus Christ, in a community of sisters or brothers.
The Claretians of the United States and Canada are part of a world-wide congregation of approximately 3,000 members in 63 countries. Our Congregation, Sons of the Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary—or Claretian Missionaries—was founded by Saint Anthony Mary Claret in Vic, Spain on July 16, 1849, and was approved by Pope Pius IX on December 22, 1865.
The Columbans are a missionary society of priests who work in 17 countries: Australia, New Zealand, Britain, Ireland, Fiji, China, Japan, Korea, Myanmar (former Burma), Philippines, Taiwan, Pakistan, Chile, Peru, Brazil, Mexico and the United States. St Columbans Mission was formally founded in 1918 and takes its name from St Columban, Ireland’s sixth century missionary to Europe.
The Columbans work in cooperation with lay people and Columban Sisters from a standpoint of solidarity with the poor and the integrity of creation. Solidarity with the poor means that we recognize the moral challenge of worldwide and local poverty. It means supporting the struggle of the poor for real participation and against injustice.
We go in the name of the Church to announce, by deed and word, the good news of Jesus Christ.
Our objectives are:
- To promote justice, peace and creation from a standpoint of solidarity with the poor.
- To promote dialogue between Christians and those from all other religious traditions.
- To facilitate interchange between local Churches.
- To help local Churches grow into evangelizing communities open to all peoples.
- To establish the Church where the gospel has not been preached.
We see solidarity with the poor and commitment to the integrity of creation as essential elements of our missionary commitment. We strive to identify with Jesus of Nazareth who said, “He has sent me to bring good news to the poor, to proclaim liberty to captives, and to the blind new sight, to set the downtrodden free and to proclaim the Lord’s year of favor”. (Lk 4:18)
Within this framework, we often find ourselves working with and accompanying people who are suffering great injustices. We believe that the gospel of Jesus Christ demands that his followers i.e. the Church, challenge the scandals of poverty and violence.
We are a world-wide group of more than 4,000 priests, brothers, sisters, and laity from diverse cultures who have dedicated our lives to following Christ’s example and St. Daniel Comboni’s missionary ideal of evangelization. Today the Comboni Missionaries serve on five continents. We first worked in Europe and Africa, moving to North and South America in the 1930s, and expanding into Asia in the 1980s.
Community of St. John
The members of the Community of Saint John want to live the evangelical counsels rooted in the three covenants revealed in the Gospel of Saint John: The Covenant with Jesus in the Eucharist, the source of unity between silent adoration and the liturgical office. This liturgy seeks to be as close as possible to the monastic liturgy, but its celebration is lightened because of the demands of the apostolic life and so that more time be given to silent prayer. The Covenant with Mary, mother and guardian of the growth of faith, hope, and love, and, as such, the divine milieu of the contemplative life. This convenant with Mary – “the disciple took her into his home” (Jn. 19:27) – is the foundation of the unity of fraternal charity lived in communal life. The Covenant with Peter in the person of the Holy Father; a covenant of filial obedience to the successor of Peter and to the Bishops, in order to live faithfully and profoundly by the Church’s living Tradition.
Companions of the Cross
The Companions of the Cross was founded in 1985 by Rev. Robert Bedard, CC. In 2003 we were established as a Society of Apostolic Life. We are a Roman Catholic community of priests committed to living and ministering together as brothers in the Lord. God has called us to labour boldly for the renewal of the Church through a dynamic evangelization centered upon Christ crucified, who is God’s power and wisdom. Spurred on by the love of God, we desire all people to come into the fullness of life through a personal and ongoing encounter with Jesus Christ.
Congregation of the Blessed Sacrament
The Congregation of the Blessed Sacrament was founded in Paris, France, in the year 1856 by Father Eymard. All his life, he searched for an answer to the deep spiritual hungers of his day, and he discovered it in the Eucharist. Inspired by this sacrament, he inaugurated a new way of life in the church, one completely shaped by the Eucharist celebrated, contemplated, and lived in communion.
We respond to the reality of God’s love in the Eucharist by a “gift of self” to God and others. By prayer before the Blessed Sacrament and an active apostolic life, we strive to make Christ in the Eucharist better known and loved. We live together and work together to show the fruits of the Eucharist.
In the United States of America (the Province of Saint Ann), our ministry of eucharistic evangelizing includes celebrating the sacraments, preaching, writing, teaching, counseling, and working for justice. We publish Emmanuel, an award-winning magazine of eucharistic spirituality. We promote Life in the Eucharist programs and work with teams of laity in doing so. We serve parishes and are active in ecumenism, the effort for Christian unity. In these and other ways, we care for the body of Christ in the church and in humanity with the same love and care that we show Christ in the Eucharist.
In everything, Christ in the Eucharist is our inspiration and the center of our personal and community life. “We seek to understand all human reality in the light of the Eucharist, source and summit of the life of the church” (Rule of Life, 34).
Congregation of the Fathers of Mercy
The Congregation of the Fathers of Mercy (The Fathers of Mercy) is an itinerant missionary preaching order of pontifical right that preaches parish missions, retreats and devotions primarily throughout the United States, Canada and Australia. The Congregation was founded in 1808, originally under the title of the “Missionaries of France.” The Community also assists bishops with the staffing of rural parishes. The acronym which follows its members’ names is C.P.M., which is Latin for Congregation of Priests of Mercy (Congregatio Presbyterorum a Misericordia).
The Community was founded for the purpose of re-evangelizing the French people after the Catholic Faith had been subjected to years of attacks and persecution during the French Revolution. It is now an exclusively American Community. The Generalate (primary residence) of the Congregation is located some 12 miles west of Bowling Green, Kentucky, in the town of Auburn, Kentucky. The Community is well-known for its faithfulness and dedication to the Magisterium of the Church.
Congregation of Holy Cross
Congregation of Holy Cross – A congregation of priests, brothers, and sisters founded by Bl. Basil Moreau in 1837 as the union of two movements for the education and catechesis of the faithful during post-revolutionary persecution in France. Entrusting his congregation to Divine Providence, Bl. Basil Moreau shaped their spirituality through devotion to the Holy Family, under the patronage of Our Lady of Sorrows. Their motto is “Ave Crux, Spes Unica” (“Hail the Cross, Our Only Hope”). Priests of the congregation strive to live out their ministry in emulation of the Sacred Heart, giving of their lives in charity for the good of those they serve. Holy Cross serves six colleges and universities, several parishes, many high schools and grade schools, and works in more than a dozen countries all over the world. St. André Bessette was a brother in the congregation.
Congregation of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus & Mary
We, the vowed religious men of the Congregation of the Sacred Hearts, United States of America (US) Province commit ourselves to contemplate, live, and proclaim the love of God to the world, through the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary. We accomplish this through the formation of men for our religious life, serving the poor and marginalized in the missions in India and Tonga, building and strengthening the youth and young adults of the province in their faith and commitment to the Church and the Lord, and serving the spiritual needs of the people entrusted to our care, especially in parishes, schools, retreats and chaplaincies.
Contemplatives of St. Joseph
The Contemplatives of St. Joseph – A Catholic religious order of men, was founded on the Feast of St. Joseph, 2009, in the Archdiocese of San Francisco. The priests and brothers of the COSJ lead a life of deep contemplative prayer and serve in an active apostolate within the Archdiocese of San Francisco and surrounding Bay Area dioceses. The COSJ is a Public Clerical Association of the Christian Faithful as decreed by Most Reverend Salvatore Cordileone, Archbishop of San Francisco. Members of the COSJ immerse themselves in contemplative prayer, and this intense spiritual lifestyle prepares them to become proficient in matters dealing with their active apostolate. With St. Joseph, the priests and brothers have the faith and confidence to bear witness to their calling as contemplative souls within the modern world.
Crosier Fathers & Brothers
The Order was founded in 1210 by Blessed Theodore de Celles and companions. The name Crosier is derived from the French word croisés—signed with the cross. In medieval England, Crosiers were known as the Crutched (crossed) Friars. The designation refers to the cross and the spirituality of the Order.
The primary feast day of the Crosiers, the Exaltation of the Holy Cross, reflects a spirituality focused on the triumphant cross of Christ and our glorified Lord. A distinctive mark of the Crosiers is the red and white crusaders’ cross worn on the scapular of our religious habit.
In 1216, St. Dominic de Guzman responded to a desperate need for informed preaching by founding the Order of Preachers. Dominicans continue to spread the Good News of Jesus Christ in our world today. St. Dominic included study as an essential part of his plan for the Dominican order. This study should aim principally and ardently at what might be useful to the souls of all men. By study the brethren consider in their hearts the manifold wisdom of God and prepare themselves for the doctrinal service of the Church and of all mankind. The distinctive Dominican charism is nourished by a common life in priories, which sustains liturgical prayer, encourages simplicity, fosters contemplative study, and guarantees democratic government.
Western Province of The Most Holy Name of Jesus – The distinctive Dominican charism is nourished by a common life in priories, which sustains liturgical prayer, encourages simplicity, fosters contemplative study, and guarantees democratic government.Central Province of St. Albert the Great – In 1216, St. Dominic de Guzman responded to a desperate need for informed preaching by founding the Order of Preachers. Dominicans continue to spread the Good News of Jesus Christ in our world today.
Eastern Province of St. Joseph – St. Dominic included study as an essential part of his plan for the Dominican order. This study should aim principally and ardently at what might be useful to the souls of all men. By study the brethren consider in their hearts the manifold wisdom of God and prepare themselves for the doctrinal service of the Church and of all mankind.
Southern Province of St. Joseph – On December 8, 1979 as a response to the rapidly-growing Catholic population in the Southern United States, the Order of Friars Preachers approved the foundation of a new Dominican Province – the Province of Saint Martin de Porres. The geographic boundaries of the province cover eleven states: Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee, Alabama, Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, and North Carolina.
Since the foundation of the Province of St. Martin de Porres, the Catholic Church in the South has experienced unprecedented growth, and with that growth an ever increasing need for priests and brothers. The influx of Latino, Vietnamese and Caribbean immigrants, as well as the growing African-American Catholic community has created a wonderfully diverse and energetic Catholic faith community. The Province of St. Martin de Porres stands uniquely poised and ready to minister to this culturally diverse Catholic population. Our Province has been blessed with vocations representing the multi-cultural breadth of the Catholic population in the South. In the relatively few years since our foundation, the Province has grown into a joyful and diverse preaching and teaching community, ready and able to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ in whatever manner or place necessary.
Capuchin Franciscans (Province of St. Joseph) – Best known for the great saint, Padre Pio, Capuchins are perhaps most easily recognized by the brown habit and long capuche (hood) for which the order is named. Renowned as peacemakers and simple, approachable brothers, the Capuchins have been serving the Church in the United States since the 17th century.
Capuchin Franciscans (Province of St. Augustine) – The Capuchin Franciscan Friars began as a 16th century reform of the Franciscan Order. Capuchins follow Saint Francis of Assisi in the spirit of the reforms which focused on prayer and poverty. Today, Capuchins live and serve in about 100 countries. Capuchins focus on evangelizing and helping the poor. Capuchins have a special love for the sick and dying, for outcasts, for immigrants and minorities. Capuchins have a reputation for being kind and understanding confessors and spiritual directors.
The Capuchin friars of the Province of Saint Augustine serve in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Maryland, the District of Columbia, Kentucky, West Virginia and southern Indiana. There are foreign missions in Papua New Guinea and Puerto Rico.
The Conventual Franciscans – the oldest of the three existing branches of the First Order of St. Francis. The word Conventual is derived from the Latin convenire, “to come together”; hence we live together in “convents” or friaries. We take seriously the words of St. Francis, “And the Lord sent me brothers”. Like all Franciscans, we are called to live the Gospel of Jesus Christ in poverty, chastity and obedience, but we place special emphasis on our communal life. Our Order is spread throughout the world, and includes about 4500 priests and brothers who are all commonly called Friars. There are four provinces in North America, with associated jurisdictions or missions in the UK and Ireland, Australia, Vietnam and Central America. We wear a black or gray habit with a simple three-knotted cord representing our Vows of Poverty, Chastity, and Obedience. The Spiritual Center of the Order is in Assisi, Italy, where our Friars care for the Basilica of St. Francis, which includes his tomb. In addition, the Conventuals are the Vatican confessors at St. Peter’s Basilica. In Christ’s name, we continue the ministry of healing so fundamental to the understanding of Saint Francis. Contact a Vocation Director nearest you at 1-800-424-9955 or online at: http://www.franciscans.org
Institute of the Incarnate Word
The Institute of the Incarnate Word was founded in San Rafael, Argentina on March 25th, 1984. They have a novitiate house, St. Isaac Jogues and Companion Martyrs (13 novices), a minor seminary, Bl. Jose Sanchez del Rio High School Seminary (25 seminarians) and a major seminary, Ven. Fulton Sheen House of Formation and Seminary (43 seminarians) here in the US. Their priests serve in 38 countries around the world. In the United States, they have parishes in the Archdiocese of Washington, DC, the Archdiocese of New York, and the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and as well as in the Dioceses of Phoenix, San Jose, New Bedford, Venice, Mankato, Dallas, and Bridgeport.
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We are the Society of Jesus, a Roman Catholic order of priests and brothers founded half a millennium ago by the soldier-turned-mystic Ignatius Loyola. But most people call us “the Jesuits.”
In the vision of our founder, we seek to “find God in all things.” We dedicate ourselves to the “greater glory of God” and the good of all humanity. And we do so gratefully in collaboration with others who share our values, including laypersons. They have become part of the “we,” the extended Jesuit family.
With 16,000-plus priests, brothers, scholastics and novices worldwide, we are the largest male religious order in the Catholic Church. We are pastors, teachers, and chaplains. We are also doctors, lawyers, and astronomers, among many other roles in Church and society. In our varied ministries, we care for the whole person: body, mind, and soul. And especially in our education ministries, we seek to nurture “men and women for others.”
The Society of St. Joseph of the Sacred Heart, The Josephites, a religious community of Catholic Priests and Brothers, is committed to serving the African American community through the proclamation of the Gospel and our personal witness. Our commitment is expressed through sacramental, educational and pastoral ministry, service to those in need, and working for social justice.
The Josephite Society of the Sacred Heart is an interracial, intercultural community of priests and brothers who work to advance the teachings of the Church in the African American community. The Society is the only community of men in the American Catholic Church that is engaged exclusively in this particular ministry
Most Josephites work and live in parish settings, with goals of developing warm, welcoming parishes through vibrant worship, solid Catholic teaching and ministries that speak to the needs of the faith communities.
Legionaries of Christ
What is Regnum Christi? Regnum Christi (Latin for “Kingdom of Christ”) is a group, or movement, within the Catholic Church that helps people to live their faith deeply and to get involved in works of service that assist people with the hope of bringing them closer to Our Lord. Regnum Christi shares the spirituality and working principles of the Legionaries of Christ, a religious congregation of priests and men preparing for the priesthood. The Regnum Christi family includes consecrated members, laypeople, diocesan priests and permanent deacons. It numbers about 30,000 people worldwide. We work as Jesus did. We reveal his love, form apostles and send them out to help build the Kingdom of Christ. We awaken the individual and the family to their mission in life and in the Church. Apostolic action (also known as apostolate or ministry) involves the wide range of services, educational programs and institutions, and activities that help people develop their Catholic faith and God-given talents. The apostolic action of Regnum Christi aims to bring the light of Christ to souls. Regnum Christi is a movement in which each member has decided to take seriously the missionary commandment that Christ gave to his followers. The Legionaries of Christ and Regnum Christi members want to bring the Gospel to all corners of society, confident in the support of Jesus who said: “I am with you always, until the end of the age” (Matthew 28:20). We work personally with people seeking their mission in life, in small faith groups and by providing spiritual experiences that can be life-changing. Regnum Christi tries to foster in its members a spirit of initiative and a deep love for the Church. It aims to remind them of their baptismal duty to make the faith a key part of all their relationships — in their families, parishes, workplaces and social circles. If you want more information about Regnum Christi or its publications or activities, or if you want to know how you can serve the Church, contact us at email@example.com.
Little Friars and Sisters of Jesus and Mary
The Little Friars and Sisters of Jesus and Mary, otherwise known on the internet as the “Poor Friars”; are a mixed, semi-contemplative Religious Community of poor brothers and sisters of sending souls to the Catholic Sacraments (in particular Holy Confession and Holy Communion) through frequent Evangelization along the streets of the world, living with the spirit of the first Carmelites and the first Franciscans in total poverty, simplicity and in a professional nature.
The Society of Mary was founded in France in 1817 by Blessed William Joseph Chaminade. Today, the Marianists minister in more than 30 countries across the globe.
The Marianist Province of the United States includes about 300 brothers and priests. U.S. Marianists serve in communities and ministries from Honolulu to Puerto Rico, from Philadelphia to Los Angeles, and in Eastern Africa, India, Ireland and Mexico.
Marians of the Immaculate Conception
The Congregation of Marian Fathers of the Immaculate Conception of the Most Blessed Virgin Mary is a fraternal community of consecrated life in the Roman Catholic Church. In America, the members of the Congregation are perhaps best known for their work promoting the message of Divine Mercy from Stockbridge, Massachusetts. They are also known for their devotion to Mary Immaculate, dedication to praying for the poor souls in Purgatory, and active service to the Church.
Founded in Poland in 1673 by St. Stanislaus Papczynski, today the Marian Congregation has well over 500 priests and brothers who labor in 19 countries: the USA, Argentina, Australia, Belarus, Brazil, Cameroon, Czech Republic, Germany, Italy, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Rwanda, Slovakia, Ukraine, and the United Kingdom.
The Marian Congregation is unique in that it has not only a founder, St. Stanislaus, but also what the Marians call a “Renovator”: Lithuanian-born Blessed George Matulaitis.
Blessed George is credited with saving the Marian Congregation from annihilation when he renovated and refounded it in 1910. Prior to the Renovation, the Marian Congregation had been reduced to just one member due to relentless persecution by Russian authorities. With the support of the Pope and bishops, Blessed George rewrote the Marians’ Constitutions, gathered new members, and unleashed the renovated Marian Congregation as a zealous army for Christ and the Church in the modern world.
Marist Fathers & Brothers
Since coming to the United States in 1863, the Marists continue to renew the spirit and mission of the Church as a place of collaboration and true spiritual enrichment.
From the Society of Mary’s inception, the vision was for an order that would include everyone: priests, sisters, brothers, lay men and women. Today, the Marist family includes the Marist Brothers of the Schools, Marist Sisters, Missionary Sisters of the Society of Mary, the Society of Mary (Fathers and Brothers), and lay Marists – Marist Laity, Marist Associates, and the Third Order of Mary.
From our founding, we have worked to transform the church to reflect this spirit of Mary – gentle, loving, humble, relational, inclusive, and merciful. Today, we continue in the venture to renew the spirit and mission of the Church as a place of collaboration and true spiritual enrichment.
We in the USA Province are part of a worldwide community, with the Marists represented in Africa, Austrailia, Brazil, Canada, Europe, Mexico, New Zealand, Oceania, Peru, the Phillipines as well as the United States. Our Marist charism captured by our founder, Jean Claude Colin, in the phrase ‘hidden and as it were unknown in the midst of the world’ creates a palpable flavor and context for leadership in the Society.
It emerges from our core spirituality of forgetfulness of self so that the grace of God can emerge in all that we do and are for the sake of God’s purposes and desires in the activities and ministry of our daily lives.
Maryknoll Fathers & Brothers
The Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers serve to witness the call to mission with the poor and those most suffering around the world in concert with the rest of the Maryknoll family.
The Order of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Mercy was founded in 1218 and is an international community of priests and brothers, who live a life of prayer and communal fraternity based on the Rule of Saint Augustine and the Constitutions of the Order.
From this life flows the apostolic work of the Order that seeks to carry on the work of our founder, Saint Peter Nolasco, who in imitation of Jesus the Redeemer, offered even his life for those Christians in need of redemptive love.
Miles Christi – A religious order of priests and brothers who, above all, are resolved to fervently pursue sanctity with the grace of God and for His greater glory, dedicating themselves to the sanctification of the laity, particularly of college students. Its beginnings reach back to the year 1984, when, on August 15, the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Fr. Roberto Juan Yannuzzi received the inspiration to found an association of priests especially dedicated to the spiritual direction of souls. On December 20, 1994, the Archbishop of La Plata, Most Reverend Carlos Galán, established Miles Christi as a Public Clerical Association of the Faithful. Then, once the conditions required by the Church had been fulfilled, this Association was elevated, on February 11, 1999, by a public and definitive act of Approbation, to the status of Clerical Religious Order, the first of Argentine origin to be approved as such by the Church.
Missionaries of Charity Fathers
The Missionaries of Charity Fathers is a clerical religious Institute of diocesan right, whose members bind themselves to the Lord and to the service of His Church by the profession of the Evangelical Counsels of Chastity, Poverty, and Obedience, and the Fourth Vow of Wholehearted and Free Service to the Poorest of the Poor.
Our Institute, founded by Mother Teresa of Calcutta, is committed to carrying on her charism within the ministerial priesthood, exercised in the service of the Poor as privileged bearers of the mystery of Jesus’ presence and passion in the world today.
Missionaries of Our Lady of La Salette
In many countries and in varied situations, we, the Missionaries of Our Lady of La Salette continue our efforts to spread the message of the Beautiful Lady and respond to the problems of the day and the evangelization efforts of the Church around the world.
Today our efforts continue, based on the broad vision given by Mary at La Salette as well as in response to the needs of the Church. As our mother, she was concerned for us, “her people,” and in particular for the poor and the young. Assuredly Christ, crucified and risen, takes the central place in our lives because he is the Reconciler. With Mary, we are but his humble, prayerful servants, collaborators in building his kingdom “on earth as it is in heaven.”
We fight the evils of the day which degrade human beings and can easily separate people from God. By our preaching and the various expressions of our ministry of reconciliation, we help people discover and respond to the call to follow Christ. We also assist others in listening to Jesus through their prayer, participation in the Eucharist and use of Lenten traditions to strengthen their faith.
The words of the Beautiful Lady at La Salette concerned the problems and daily concerns of her children. Our responsibility as La Salette Missionaries is to share with others the graces we ourselves have received. We simply walk in the footsteps of Mary, sharing her message of motherly concern for her people.
Missionaries of the Precious Blood
Missionaries of the Precious Blood serve in parishes, at colleges, in hospitals, and in other ministry sites in the inner city, the suburbs, and in rural areas of the United States. They are also in ministry in Chile, Perú, Guatemala, and Colombia. Like St. Gaspar del Bufalo, their founder, Precious Blood priests, brothers, and lay associates see possibilities where others may see only problems. Serving in the United States since 1844 as pastors, preachers, teachers, chaplains, and in many other ways, their ministry has spread from coast to coast. The Congregation, with its many ministries, can be difficult to define. Brother Ben Basile, C.PP.S., who has been a Precious Blood brother since 1969, puts it this way: “I am humbled and in awe of the great diversity of personalities, the spiritual depth, the abounding apostolic energy, and the sense of mission that make up our C.PP.S. family.”
There are two provinces in the United States. The website for the Cincinnati Province of the Missionaries of the Precious Blood, whose ministry in the U.S. is mainly east of the Mississippi and in California is http://cpps-preciousblood.org. and the website for the Kansas City Province whose ministry is mainly west of the Mississippi River is http://www.kcprovince.org.
Missionaries of the Holy Apostles
The Society of the Missionaries of the Holy Apostles (M.S.A.) – A Society of Apostolic Life with Pontifical Right composed of clerics and brothers participating in the same charism. Fraternal life and mission are its fundamental elements. It is the Holy Spirit who, through the founder, brought the Society into being within the Church to promote, form and accompany youths and adults in their vocation to the priesthood and to other ministries in the Church. They were founded by Fr. Eusebe Menard, O.F.M., and the foundation may be traced back to 1951. Although the order has canonical autonomy, they are members of the Franciscan family. It is interesting to note that in the entire history of the Church, no religious community before has had as their patrons the twelve Holy Apostles! With Jesus, we “will make you fishers of men” (Matthew 4:19).
Missionaries of the Poor
Father Richard Ho Lung was associate pastor of St. Thomas Aquinas Church in Papine, Jamaica, when he ventured into the depressed community of Mona Commons and listened and shared the struggles of the people. Father Ho Lung encountered a fundamental problem: the absence or lack of family life and a sense of community. Thus, when the “Brothers of the Poor” was founded in 1981, one of the main objectives was to build family and community among the poor and disadvantaged
These objectives were to be pursued in two ways: first, by building a community of men–religious brothers and priests–who would live in community, share all things in common, follow a common spirituality and charism with a common ministry of service to the least in society; second, by bringing together the poor (especially the destitute homeless) as a family and forging community relationships with the wider society.
Initially consisting of only four members, the Brothers of the Poor were approved by the bishop of Kingston, Jamaica and the name changed to the “Missionaries of the Poor”. The brothers began their work in a government-run house for the homeless destitute and aged, where they succeeded in opening the consciousness of the public to the needs and struggles of the poor. They continued their work with prisoners, where they helped to bring to light the need for rehabilitation among prisoners, not mere isolation. The community thus began with two successful projects in its early years.
Since its founding, the Missionaries of the Poor have received both papal and episcopal approval for their work and constitutions. Today, the order has over 550 brothers serving in nine missions around the world.
Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate
We are missionaries. We began 200 years ago, on January 25, 1816, when Father Eugene de Mazenod and four companions came together to preach missions in Provencal, in the rural countryside of southern France.
We are nearly 4,000 Oblates in all – young men, old men, Oblates in formation, priests, Brothers! Of this total, more than 600 are in formation, having already made their first commitment. For the highest number in formation, the prize goes to Africa, with 259 young men in training.
We are on six continents. The branch planted in Aix-en-Provence thrived well: Oblates serve the poor in Africa, Europe, Asia, Australia, Latin America, and North America.
Missionary Servants of the Most Holy Trinity
As apostles, our missionaries preach and live the word of God to bring hope, comfort, and relief to the suffering of the poor, the abandoned, and the most neglected by:
- Spreading the Gospel;
- Responding to the needs of the poor, isolated, marginalized, and those without hope; and
- Guiding, forming, and ministering with lay missionaries in parishes, neighborhoods, and communities across the United States and Latin America.
Montfort had found to help him, a young man of 18 years old, named Brother Mathurin Rangeard who, without ever taking religious vows, accompanied him for many years in the parish missions and remained faithful to him all his life. Other brothers: Gabriel, Louis, Nicolas and Philippe, joined two priests: René Mulot and Adrien Vatel, and a number of lay auxiliaries such as Jean, Jacques and Mathurin. They formed the first core of the Company. The brothers – with or without vows – soon split into two groups: the first were more concerned with material aspects of the mission and the leadership of the assemblies, like Mathurin, a remarkable singer.
The others formed, reflecting the wishes of Montfort, “the Brothers of the Community of the Holy Spirit, for the running of charitable schools”. So, Jacques was to try to create in St. Laurent, a school for the children of underprivileged families.
A hundred years later, under the impulse of Father Gabriel Deshayes (1767-1841), who had become the Superior General of the Company of Mary and had founded several institutes, some Brothers even specialized in the teaching of handicapped children, the deaf and dumb, and the visually impaired. They would be called “Brothers of Christian Instruction”, or more commonly “Brothers of Saint Gabriel”. This Community which has today spread to all the continents, is an important element of the bigger Montfortian family, but it remains quite independent of the Company of Mary.
During the 19th century, the development of foreign missions was to bring Fathers and Brothers of the Company, like so many religious of other communities, to work together for the service of the church in evangelisation, and the development of peoples. The Brothers in particular enriched the Mission with their talents as builders especially, as agriculturists, secretaries, leaders in catechesis and in liturgy: services that they continue to offer with the help of the computer and the internet.
Today, around the world, Fathers and Brothers live in complementarity. By their service in pastoral areas, magazines, retreats, pilgrimages, or their professional commitments, they realise the apostolic project of St. Louis-Marie: to remind Christians of the seriousness of their baptismal promises while working for the coming of God’s Kingdom. All entrust themselves to the Blessed Virgin, Mother and daughter of the church, patron of our Congregation, in order to move forward together in the pursuit of a “new evangelization.”
At a time when the 11th-century Church was teeming with reforms, Norbert of Xanten (AD 1080-1134) was not only a man of deep prayer and spirituality, but also one aggressively interested in the needs of the people.
Nearly 900 years later, the vision of St. Norbert continues to manifest worldwide through the ministries of his followers in a life that is “ever ancient, ever new.” Men and women who follow his example vow to seek Christ through living in community, sharing all things in holy poverty, celibacy, and obedience, and dedicating themselves to active ministry.
Oblates of the Virgin Mary
United States – The Oblates, whose name means “offering,” are a group of priests and brothers founded in the early 19th century by the Venerable Fr. Pio Bruno Lanteri. They have a strong love and devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary, and work toward a rebirth of authentic spirituality by means of the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius, the formation of clergy, the refutation of current errors and defense of sound doctrine, the propagation of good books and media, the formation of the laity, and the missionary apostolate.
The SAC (Society of Catholic Apostolate) also called ’Pallottines’, is one of the communities Vincent Pallotti himself founded, together with the Congregation of the Sisters of the Catholic Apostolate, which later divided into the Congregation of the Sisters of the Catholic Apostolate and the Missionary Sisters of the Catholic Apostolate.
These build the core communities of the Union of the Catholic Apostolate. Pallotti wanted to ensure that the UAC would survive his death and that its work and mission would be carried into the future. He wanted a group to preserve care for and guard his vision and develop it.
The Society prefers those works which best correspond to its aims, and for which it is most suited as a community of brothers and priests. Moreover, in selecting apostolic activities, it considers the more urgent needs of the Church, the conditions of the times and local circumstances. It will use whatever means are appropriate to promote, defend, and nourish Christian life.
The Society consists of ordained priests and non-ordained brothers. They are incorporated into the Society by their consecration according to the Laws of the Society. The consecration unites all members in fraternal community. Members are only differentiated by their talents and abilities, which they put to full use in the mission of the Society and the Church. The Society has about 2,200 members in all parts of the world.
The Missionary Society of St. Paul the Apostle (“The Paulist Fathers”) is a community of Catholic priests who share the Gospel of Jesus Christ through mission preaching, media, campus ministries, parishes, downtown centers, the arts and more.
Led by the Holy Spirit, we focus on evangelization (reaching out), reconciliation (bringing peace) and ecumenical and interfaith relations (seeking unity).
Every day, across the Internet and airwaves, in bookstores and campus centers and in communities and churches, we navigate between the spiritual and the secular to meet every person at any point on the journey of faith.
Some have called us “America’s friendliest priests.” With due respect to all of our brother priests, that’s a compliment we gladly accept!
The Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter
The Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter is a Society of Apostolic Life of Pontifical Right, established in 1988 by Pope Saint John Paul II, for the purpose of providing and celebrating the traditional Latin Mass and Sacraments (Extraordinary Form) for the faithful. Fraternity Constitutions call for the sanctification of its members through the ancient Liturgy of the Church so that they may in turn serve the faithful entrusted to their care. Members currently work at the parish level in over 40 U. S. and Canadian Dioceses, as well as in Mexico, Colombia, Europe, The United Kingdom, Nigeria and Australia. Formation is carried out in two seminaries, located in Denton, Nebraska and Wigratzbad, Germany. Candidates are accepted between the ages of 18 and 35. The period of formation is seven years and includes the study of Latin, Philosophy and Theology in fidelity to the principles and method of St. Thomas Aquinas. The singing of Gregorian Chant adds daily emphasis to community prayer.
The Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer was St. Alphonsus Liguori’s response to the call he experienced coming from Jesus through the poor… The Year 1730, Alphonsus was exhausted from his missionary labors. His doctors ordered him to get some rest and breathe some clean mountain air. With a few of his companions, he went to Scala, on the Amalfi coast south of Naples. High up in the mountains was the Sanctuary of Santa Maria dei Monti, a perfect place for rest, a perfect place for contemplation near the Mother of Our Lord: mountain heights, beauty, and below, the sea….
But, Scala also meant poverty. In the mountains there lived groups of shepherds who came to the missionaries asking them for the Gospel, the Word of Life. Alphonsus was surprised at their hunger for the Word of God and recalled the words of the prophet: “The babes cry for food, but there is no one to give it to them” [Lam 4:4]. His first biographer tells us that when Alphonsus left Scala, a part of his heart remained with these shepherds and that he would weep thinking of how he could help them.
In Naples, after much prayer and consultation to help him discern clearly…. he came to understand that he had to return to Scala. Surely there was poverty in Naples as well…, but there were many others there that could help the poor escape from their place as society’s marginalized. In Scala, the poor were alone, with no one to help them…,totally abandoned. During St. Alphonsus’ time, these shepherds and country peasants were the most downtrodden group in society: “they were not considered men as other men…, they were the disgrace of nature.” It was because of their lot in life that St. Alphonsus chose to be at their side, to share his life with them and to bring to them, in abundance, the Word of God.
On November 9, 1732, in his beloved Scala, St. Alphonsus Liguori founded the Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer to follow the example of our Savior Jesus Christ announcing the Good News to the poor. He was 36 years old. His life became one of mission and service to the most abandoned. The Congregation was approved by Benedict XIV on February 25, 1749.
Redemptorist Missionaries continue the charism of Alphonsus in the Church and in society. “Strong in faith, rejoicing in hope, burning with charity, on fire with zeal, in humility of heart and persevering in prayer, Redemptorists as apostolic men and genuine disciples of Saint Alphonsus follow Christ the Redeemer with Hearts full of joy; denying themselves and always ready to undertake what is demanding and challenging, they share in the mystery of Christ and proclaim it in Gospel simplicity of life and language, that they may bring to people Plentiful Redemption” (Redemptorist Constitutions, No. 20).
Redemptorists live in missionary communities, always welcoming and prayerful, like Mary of Nazareth. By means of missions, retreats, parish ministry, ecumenical apostolates, the ministry of reconciliation and the teaching of Moral Theology, they proclaim the love of God our Father which in Jesus “dwelt amongst us” so as to become profound mercy and The Word of Life which nourishes the human heart and gives life meaning so as to live it to the fullest in freedom and solidarity with others. And, like Alphonsus, Redemptorists make a very clear option for the poor affirming their dignity and greatness before God and believing that the Good News of Our Lord is meant in a special way for them.
There are over 5,500 Redemptorists; they work in 82 countries on all 5 continents helped by many men and women who collaborate in their mission and together form the Redemptorist Family. “Our Lady of Perpetual Help” is the missionary icon of the Congregation.
Salesians (Province of St. Andrew/West) – Founded by St. John Bosco, who dedicated his life to the betterment and education of street children, juvenile delinquents, and other disadvantaged youth and employed teaching methods based on love rather than punishment.
Servites (Friar Servants of Mary)
Before the Servites ever existed as an official religious Order, seven prosperous men came together in the city of Florence, Italy. As a reflection of the penitential spirit of the times, it had been the custom of these men to meet regularly as members of a religious society established in honor of Mary, the Mother of God. Eventually, the seven left their comfortable homes, put aside their finery and went to live together in a ramshackle building outside the city walls. The holiness and penitential lifestyle of the seven quickly attracted attention and people seeking prayers and spiritual direction became frequent visitors. To avoid these distractions that they considered a hindrance to the contemplative life they sought, the entire group moved to more peaceful surroundings, and established a hermitage on the summit of a nearby mountain, Monte Senario, sometimes known as the “sounding mountain.”
Coming to be known as the “Friar Servants of Mary,” others joined the first seven on Monte Senario, and as the group continued to grow, the seeds of the new religious Order took root. The Friar Servants of Mary were approved as a religious Order by the bishop of Florence sometime between the years 1240 and 1247. In the year 1304, the Order of Friar Servants of Mary received definitive approval as a religious Order in the Church by the Holy See.
Servite presence in the United States dates from 1852 when Fr. Antoninus Grundner of the Tyrolese Province began working among the German speaking Catholics first in New York City, then in eastern Pennsylvania, and finally as pastor of St. Alphonsus Church in Philadelphia. Fr. Grundner died in 1876 without having made a permanent foundation, though some Austrian Servites continued to work with Italian Servites in the midwest. While attending the First Vatican Council in 1870, Joseph Melcher, first bishop of Green Bay, Wisconsin, invited Servites to work in his diocese. That same year four Servites, under the guidance of Fr. Austin M. Morini, took charge of St. Charles Church in Menasha, Wisconsin. In 1874, Bishop Foley invited the Order to Chicago, and eventually, Chicago became the center of Servite activity in the United States. The American Province was established in 1909.
Today, we serve in nearly all countries of North and South America. In addition, we are found in Europe, Africa, Asia, and Australia. From a humble beginning we have been blessed with a long and rich history. We still, like our Seven Founders, go where the needs of God’s people demand that we go. And we still seek the perfection of the Gospel way of life under the protection of Mary, the Mother and Servant of the Lord.
Society of St. Paul
Founded in Italy in 1914 by Father (now Blessed) James Alberione, we have a special mission of evangelization through the mass media. Our members are known as the Paulines. The Society of Saint Paul was approved officially by the Holy See on June 27, 1949. Our mission is to “evangelize with the modern tools of communications.” It is made up of religious priests and lay consecrated (called Disciples of the Divine Master). We are present in five continents in more than 40 countries.
Society of the Divine Word
St. Arnold Janssen was a diocesan priest who burned with a desire to send men and women missionaries around the world to share the good news of Jesus. In 1875 he began his dream in the town of Steyl Holland. From simple beginning, the Society of the Divine Word, and the Sister Servants of the Holy Spirit, both active a contemplative, now reaches out to 72 countries and numbers 10,000 priests, brothers and sisters.
We have an uncommon name and a unique mission: we are the only Roman Catholic diocesan priests in the world with the sole responsibility of educating, guiding and supporting fellow priests.
Since 1641, we have dedicated ourselves to assisting bishops by providing seminary education and ongoing formation of our fellow priests. In the United States, most of our energy is devoted to operating seminaries and programs of continuing formation. We also operate a seminary in Zambia, Central Africa.
While we belong to an association known as The Society of Saint Sulpice, our connection to 7th century French bishop Saint Sulpice is indirect. Our founder, Father Olier, did not want to establish a specific religious congregation or order, so he named the Society and its first seminary for the Paris parish where he was pastor: The Church of Saint Sulpice.
See Cistercians of the Strict Observance.
Vocationist Fathers & Brothers
The ultimate goal of the Vocationist Fathers is to bring all its members, and, through them, the whole world to perfect divine union with the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. The Vocationist Fathers believe in universal sanctification and promote it in all walks of life.
Fr. Justin sees religion as relationship. He teaches that the very reason of our creation is the fact that God wants us to be a personal, living relationship of love with the three divine persons.
This relationship is progressive, ascensional and must be constant. Imitating the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph we are called and guided to live the relationship of soul daughter of God in imitation of Jesus Christ; the relationship of soul mother of God, imitating the Virgin Mary, and the relationship of soul spouse of the Trinity, imitating St. Joseph.
The uniqueness of the Vocationist spirituality consists in the fact that Fr. Justin teaches that all men are called to live this relationship of love with the Blessed Trinity; it is not an extraordinary privilege granted to a few saints, but it is a general calling extended to every soul.
Religious Orders of Lay Brothers
The Alexian Brothers are an 800 year-old congregation dedicated to serving the poor, the sick, the elderly, the dying, the unwanted, marginated and unloved. The congregation began as intentional communities in the 12th century that strove to authentically live the Gospel lifestyle as modeled by the Acts of the Apostles.
The Alexian Charism is the prophetic and daring response of their faith community to this gospel of Jesus. It is rooted in prayer and simple life style. The Alexian Charism calls the Brothers to conversion and total self-giving in continuing the healing, loving, and reconciling mission of Jesus.
Today, the Alexian Brothers outreach to the homeless and the hungry, including dedicated ministries to the homeless with mental illness and/or HIV/AIDS. They have continuing care adult communities and senior care facilities and programs. They also operate acute care, rehab, behavioral health, hospice, and women’s and children’s hospitals.
The Alexian Brothers are looking for men with a big heart, not a big head; men 18 to 55 years in age that have a burning desire to develop an ever-growing relationship with God, and a desire to serve God’s people.
You can visit their website to explore their life of prayer, ministries, and community at www.alexianbrothers.org. You can also call Brother Paul Magner C.F.A., Director of Vocations, at 847-463-8904 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Brothers of the Sacred Heart
Our founder, Father Andre Coindre preached and acted upon the spirit of compassion that Jesus exemplified through his own life. By responding to the abandoned youth in the city of Lyon, Father Coindre gave of himself, of his own heart. The Brothers of the Sacred Heart are called to respond just as Father Coindre, just as Jesus did. This spirit of compassion is what motivates the Brothers today.
Internationally, some 4,500 Brothers serve in 80 countries. In the United States, our ministries include 7 Colleges/Universities, 53 high schools, 19 middle schools and 25 other ministries, which include youth care facilities, residential and day treatment programs for young people with special educational and behavioral needs, retreat centers, after school programs, and summer camps.
Missionaries of Charity Brothers
At the heart of our charism is the gift of seeing, loving and serving Jesus in the distressing disguise of the poorest of the poor. Our conviction of the special and real presence
of Jesus in the poor is revealed in the Gospel: “…in so far as you did this to one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did it to me” (Mt 25:40).