Serving God in the Foreign Missions
Greetings! We Mariannhill Missionaries are a religious congregation of the Catholic Church, dedicated to the foreign missions. As religious, we take the three vows of poverty, chastity and obedience for life, like most religious men and women of the Latin Rite. Entrance into the congregation proceeds through various satges: postulancy (six months to two years), novitiate (one year), temporary vows (three years to six years) and final profession. The vowed life begins after the novitiate.
The vows are our promise to give up everything to follow Jesus Christ more closely, as his disciples and the apostles did (cf. Mt 19:27f), and as Jesus Himself recommended (cf. Mt 8:18-22, 16:24-27, Mk 10:28-30, Lk 18:18-22).
Because we are a missionary congregation our vows have an added dimension, a missionary dimension. Our Constitutions describe this dimension as follows: "Our common ownership [i.e. poverty] has a missionary character. It helps make means available for the task of the Congregation" (Const. No. 218). "Insofar as we succeed in [living chastity], we make the meaning of human community manifest and bear witness to the fact that all men are required to love" (Const. No. 211). "By [obedience] we offer our fellowmen an orientation in regulating their behavior toward one another" (Const. No. 236).
In fact, our whole religious life is permeated by our missionary charism. "Our vocation to the religious life and missionary service constitute one vocation. On the one hand, the apostolic work of our Congregation belongs to the essence of our religious life and, on the other hand, our consecration to God makes us available to mankind. Hence our religious life must be permeated by an apostolic spirit, just as our missionary activity must be animated by the spirit of the [Evangelical] Counsels" (Const. No. 206).
Those who join us must be ready to live and work wherever their superiors send them.
For more information write to:
23715 Ann Arbor Trail
Dearborn Heights, MI 48127
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For those searching out their vocation in life,
Fr. Vergil offers some reflections on vocations.
RELIGIOUS AND MISSIONARY NEWS
Religious Brothers Day
National event honoring religious brothers on May 1, 2017
The Brothers Think Tank has announced the first-ever Religious Brothers Day will be held May 1, 2017, on the feast of Saint Joseph the Worker. All religious brothers will be recognized during this national virtual event.
Following the publication of the Vatican document on the “Identity and Mission of the Religious Brother in the Church,” a committee was formed to plan the celebration, which will include prayer services and tributes to jubilarian brothers from lay and mixed communities and institutes of apostolic life, as well as other activities that are in the works.
A prayer card was commissioned specifically for this celebration and focuses on the vocation of brothers-a gift given by God, received by the brothers and shared with others.
The Brothers Think Tank is a group of religious who address issues related to brothers and brainstorm ways to promote the lay-religious vocation for men. The Think Tank is comprised of members from the Conference of Major Superiors of Men, the Religious Brothers Conference, the National Religious Vocations Conference, and the Religious Formation Conference.
Cultivating the Call
Tuesday, May 2, 2017, 5:30pm-8:30pm
”Cultivating the Call” is a night of prayer, testimony, and inspiration for those who work closest with our future vocations. Gather with others to receive the tools and inspiration needed to cultivate the call to the priesthood, religious and consecrated life. The night will include a light meal, praise and worship, and testimonies from seminarians, religious and others.
It will be held at St. Mary Catholic Church, 730 South Lafayette Ave., Royal Oak MI 48067. Cost: $5:00 (on-line payment).
To register: Contact the Detroit Archdiocesan Vocations Office.
SYNOD OF BISHOPS ON VOCATIONS
"Youth, Faith and Vocational Discernment" will be the theme of a synod that Pope Francis has called to take place in Rome in October 2018.
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