Married and Celibate Lay Members

Vocation

The Lay Branch is made up of various lay men and women: married, single, consecrated virgins, and permanent deacons. Responding to God’s Call, they seek to follow Him according to the Charism of the Community of the Beatitudes. They dedicate their lives to the Lord, living out the evangelical counsels (poverty, chastity, and obedience) along with the Christ’s proclamation of the Beatitudes (cf. Mt 5:1-12). They live in the world as witnesses to the Gospel and to the coming of the Kingdom.

Lay members make commitments in the Community as a response to the urgent call that the Church has addressed to Lay People since Vatican II. The call to holiness and to an active participation in the mission of the Church flows from the grace of Baptism.  

Fraternal and Community Life

Couples, families, and celibates choose to live out a form of commun and fraternal life that is compatible with their respective state of life. The lay commitment takes on different forms, enabling them to persevere in their call amidst varying limits, situations, and stages in life.

  • Certain members choose to be part of a household within a Community House. Families live in their own apartments or houses on the property. They have daily moments of common life with other lay members and with the larger community.
  • Other members choose to live in houses outside of the residential community. They participate in common life at specified times during the week.
  • Finally, members may share in a fraternity, living in separate locations, but gathering at set times during the week at each other’s houses or in a common space.  

Prayer Life

Lay members strive at deep and unceasing prayer life. Amidst family and professional commitments, they must learn how to pray anywhere and at all times. Still, they try to keep at time alone with God at the heart of their day. They keep in mind that fruitfulness flows from a heart-to-heart prayer and from meditating on the Word of God.

Lay members join in the Liturgy of the larger community as much as possible, but they also take it to heart to develop an authentic life of prayer as an individual, as a couple, and as a family.

Work

Lay members have professional work in society, in the Church, or in an apostolat of the Community connected with the consecrated brothers and sisters.

Mission

Couples and celibates who have a particular call to evangelization or ministries of compassion take an active part in the mission and apostolates of the Beatitudes, in communion with the priests, brothers, and sisters of the Community. They may have missions entrusted to them by the Community or personal missions.

Charter

Each lay member has a personal charter articulating their commitment. They work out the details of this charter before the Lord and in dialogue with the Lay Branch of the Community. This charter is effective for the duration of a year and may be modified annually, with the counsel of the local lay coordinator. The charter takes into account one’s level of community commitment, professional life, living situation, fraternal life, mission, and formation.

Stages of Membership

One becomes a member of the Community through steps that vary according to one’s present or eventual state of life. Lay members follow a track that takes at least five years to arrive at lifetime commitments; persons discerning consecrated life have a path that takes at least eight years.

Discerning a Vocation

Would you like to meet the community or even discern a call? Come and see! Come spend a few days in one of our houses to discover the charism of the Community and to take a step towards God’s will for your life.

FIrst, write to the nearest house, explaining your desire to get to know the community and to meet its members. See “Where to find us”.

If you have already stayed with the Community, email us to ask how you might move forward.

 

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