John 15:16 - Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and [that] your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you.
You have not chosen me Jesus says, I have chosen you. In Paul's letter to Timothy we are reminded of how ancient the priesthood is. In the ordination of priest we are shown that a priest is configured to Christ the eternal high priest and joined to the priesthood of the bishops. The laying on of hands in silence reminds us that this is not our work, but the work of the Holy Spirit. By our ordination we are given into the grace of new Pentecost. As priest, it is our duty given to us by Christ, to go out and seek what is lost. A priest finds their full identity in being one with the Lord Jesus. A priest is a living and transparent image of Christ the priest. It is in celebration of the mass that the priest responds to Christ command, "do this in memory of me." When a priest responds like Peter, "yes Lord, you know that I love you", the Eucharistic ministry is the response to "feed my sheep". It is our turn now as both priest and consecrated religious to continue the mission of Jesus Christ.
A call to serve God is a call received by God. Being of service to the people of God is in of itself a life of great happiness. We strive daily to feed the people of God with the Eucharist, ministering to the poor, the marginalized, the sick, the forgotten, and those who are in most need of consolation and God's mercy. We are missionary priest, brothers, and laity serving the diocesan mission of our bishops. As a Consolationist you will be serving God at home and your community at large. It is our hope that you will find that our Society is a place where your strengths and weaknesses alike will be welcomed. We need your help to build the kingdom of God.
We accept men who are married, single, widowed, divorced, and gay. Those who knock on our doors will be accepted as Christ. Those who enter the Society will first become consecrated brothers and should they wish to pursue priesthood, they can then become priest. Both ordained and consecrated religious in the Society are called to be missionaries. We also accept lay people, men and women, who want to be associated with the Society to make a more simple form of the vows that our religious make, making them associated members of the Society. Lay persons too are called to be missionaries serving along side the religious in ministering to Gods people.
The first step in any attempt to answer the question if whether Religious Life is right for you, is to discern whether or not almighty God is calling you to this way of Christian life. We have come to believe that you can answer this question by listening closely and we believe that this is how you do it:
- Daily prayer done frequently throughout the day. Reading the scriptures and other forms of spiritual reading. Keeping a journal.
- Regularly attending the celebration of the Holy Eucharist and spending time before the Blessed Sacrament.
- Participate in spiritual direction from someone who is qualified to guide you.
- Participate in ministry and works of mercy.
A member of a religious community is a person dedicated to God’s service through the public profession of vows or promises and committed to following a particular rule, which serves as the spiritual reference point for leading a life of prayer, community and good works. Members of religious orders and communities may also be priests or deacons ministering under the direction of the superior, to members of their community and the larger Christian community.
Upon profession of first vows, members will forever be addressed as Brother and after their last name, can add the the Societies initials, S.M.M.C. Should a member receive Holy Orders, they then will be addressed as Reverend Father, Father for short.
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Professed members in the society live under three vows. Poverty, Modesty, and Obedience.
Poverty – this involves service and ability and is not concerned with material possessions or the amount of money one holds but in service to others.
Modesty - another form of chastity but it applies to the individuals current state of life. If the individual is not married, he allowed to date but is required to live a life that is moral. If an individual is married, he is required by the society and his vows to his spouse to remain faithful to his spouse.
Obedience - all members of the society are obedient to their superiors.
By religious profession, we radically dedicate ourselves to God and we commit ourselves for the sake of the Kingdom of God