“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; even as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”
Filled with joy and the Holy Spirit, the brothers seek to become “a community of joyful missionary disciples and of saints united in Jesus—that there will even be a whole host of causes for beatification!- and that southeast Michigan will be a place of the manifest presence of God.” (Archbishop Allen H. Vigneron, “Unleash the Gospel”)
Life in community includes
- Professing the evangelical counsels of poverty, chastity, and obedience.
- Living in a cloister and wearing a religious habit.
- Communal prayer, work, meals, formation, and recreation.
- Places and times of silence and solitude for contemplative prayer.
- Building strong relationships with one another and a loving family life.
- Living the spirit of a new Pentecost and new evangelization, always on the lookout to share the Gospel with anyone we meet, anytime, anywhere.
“A fraternity rich in joy is a genuine gift from above to brothers and sisters who know how to ask for it and to accept one another, committing themselves to fraternal life, trusting in the action of the Spirit. … [They] generate praise, thanksgiving, joy, union of hearts, comfort in the shared difficulties of daily life together, and mutual encouragement in faith.”
-Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life, “Fraternal Life in Community”