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Community of St. John

The Community

It is the spirit of the Family of Saint John which profoundly unites all of its members.  But there exists in this family different ways of living from Saint John's paternity while preserving the unity of heart and soul which characterized the first Christian communities (cf. Acts 4:32).
 

After a time of novitiate and formation (seven years), during which they endeavor to enter fully into the spirit of the family of Saint John, the Brothers live in small communities: priories. The apostolic activity of these priories seeks to be the "irradiation" of the contemplative and religious life of the Brothers. Therefore, their first role is to be an "oasis" of spiritual hospitality and of search for and communication of the truth.

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Particularly "hidden in God" by Mary and in her, the Contemplative Sisters are, in the heart of the family of Saint John, guardians of its contemplative fervor. Living the Father's attraction in an ultimate way requires of them a silent, but joyful fraternal charity that bears witness to the victory of love given by Jesus to all men.

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The Apostolic Sisters desire to live by the spirit of the "beloved disciple", Saint John, the apostle and evangelist. They seek to witness to Christ's two-fold commandment of love, which he highlights in his writings: the contemplative demand of the love of God and its incarnation in fraternal charity. For this reason, they strive to unite contemplative prayer and evangelization while living in fraternal communities.



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The fatherhood of Saint John also extends to lay Christians living in the world. In the footsteps of Saint John, they desire to live more intensely their bond of faith, hope, and love with Christ.

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