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Office For Lay Collaboration In Ministry

The lay apostolate, individual or collective, must be set in its true place within the apostolate of the whole Church. Union with those whom the Holy Spirit has appointed to rule the Church of God (cf.acts 20:28) is an essential element of the Christian Apostolate. Not less necessary is the collaboration among the different undertakings of the apostolate; it is the hierarchy’s place to put proper system into this collaboration. (AA,23) -Vatican II Decree on the Laity.

Spiritual Director's Message

The month of October in the Church has a focus on “Mission”, and “Mission Sunday”. The Church is missionary by nature, and she invites everyone to be engaged in God’s mission.

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OLCM News Desk

Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Greetings from the Director… HAPPY FEAST OF THE ASSUMPTION OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY We are filled with hope that she who was assumed into heaven teaches us all of us the way to heavenly peace. As the Holy Father, on the final lap of the World Youth Day in Krakow...

Inaugural weekend IMFE 2016-17

For the Diocese of Bombay, July 23rd 2016, was an unusual Saturday as 20 lay leaders from across the diocese walked into Sarvodaya, Goregoan. It was the beginning of yet another batch of IMFE which began by invoking the Lord in our midst and an inaugural ceremony lead...

OLCM Training Programme

The OLCM Training at our Parish was held on 21st July, 2016 with 45 representatives from the Cells and Associations attending. Melwyn and Reuben from the OLCM conducted the training for us. Melwyn explained the difference between ‘Hierarchical’ and ‘Charismatic’...

TO LIVE AS GOD’S CHILDREN IS IN OUR DNA

In his homily for Pentecost, even as the Holy Father brought the curtains down on the Easter Season, he launched us into the ordinary season with a clarion call to live as God’s Children: “ The central purpose of Jesus’s mission, the Holy Father preached, which...

Meditation for the Day

Marian Shrines

            In certain places, the Mother’s presence is felt in a particularly vivid way. These places sometimes radiate their light over a great distance and draw people from afar. Their radiance may extend over a diocese, a whole nation, or at times over several countries and even continents. These places are the Marian sanctuaries or shrines.

            In all these places, that unique testament of the Crucified Lord is wonderfully actualized: in them man feels that he is entrusted and confided to Mary; he goes there in order to be with her, as with his Mother, he opens his heart to her and speaks to her about everything: he “takes her to his own home,” that is to say, he brings her into all his problems, which at times are difficult. His own problems and those of others. The problems of the family, of societies, of nations and of the whole of humanity.

-from: Our Lady of Fatima: 100 Years of Stories, Prayers, and Devotions

The Discipline of Prayer

The courage to live the call to share Jesus with others comes from a hope that gives way to the discipline of prayer. Prayer inspires a life of joyful dependence on the Lord, which allows us to see and recognize him at work in the most surp…

Saint of the Day

Seven Founders of the Servite Order

Seven Founders of the Servite Order | Rosselli Matteo
ImageFounders of the Order of Servites | Rosselli Matteo.

Seven Founders of the Servite Order

Saint of the Day for February 17

 

The Story of the Seven Founders of the Servite Order

Can you imagine seven prominent men of Boston or Denver banding together, leaving their homes and professions, and going into solitude for a life directly given to God? That is what happened in the cultured and prosperous city of Florence in the middle of the 13th century. The city was torn with political strife as well as the heresy of the Cathari, who believed that physical reality was inherently evil. Morals were low and religion seemed meaningless.

In 1240, seven noblemen of Florence mutually decided to withdraw from the city to a solitary place for prayer and direct service of God. Their initial difficulty was providing for their dependents, since two were still married and two were widowers.

Their aim was to lead a life of penance and prayer, but they soon found themselves disturbed by constant visitors from Florence. They next withdrew to the deserted slopes of Monte Senario.

In 1244, under the direction of St. Peter of Verona, O.P., this small group adopted a religious habit similar to the Dominican habit, choosing to live under the Rule of St. Augustine and adopting the name of the Servants of Mary. The new Order took a form more like that of the mendicant friars than that of the older monastic Orders.

Members of the community came to the United States from Austria in 1852 and settled in New York and later in Philadelphia. The two American provinces developed from the foundation made by Father Austin Morini in 1870 in Wisconsin.

Community members combined monastic life and active ministry. In the monastery, they led a life of prayer, work and silence while in the active apostolate they engaged in parochial work, teaching, preaching, and other ministerial activities.


Reflection

The time in which the seven Servite founders lived is very easily comparable to the situation in which we find ourselves today. It is “the best of times and the worst of times,” as Dickens once wrote. Some, perhaps many, feel called to a countercultural life, even in religion. All of us are faced in a new and urgent way with the challenge to make our lives decisively centered in Christ.