Ecclesial Movements and New Communities:
The Response of the Holy Spirit to Today's Challenge of
President of the
Pontifical Council for de Laity
Association of Ecclesial Movements and New
in the Archdiocese of Washington - AEMNC
Members of the Association
BLD Washington Bukas Loob Sa Diyos
(Open in Spirit to God) Covenant Community,
or simply referred to as "BLD Washington",
is a community of disciples inspired by the Holy Spirit to
be living witnesses for transformation in Christ to bring
about a world of justice, human development and true peace.
In response to the challenges of our particular place, time,
and culture, we will evangelize families and build
communities of faith through Encounters, Life in the Spirit
Seminars and Discipleship Formation; we will give formation
on personal and family prayer, pro-life values, Catholic
social teachings, and stewardship; we will actively
participate in the life and mission of the Church in accord
with our God-given gifts; and we will work on poverty
alleviation through scholarships, housing for the poor, and
advocacies for life, environment, and good governance.
It originated in Manila, Philippines in 1985. Today, BLD
districts are found in Asia, North America and other parts
of the world. BLD Washington holds annual or bi-annual
weekend retreats for Marriage Encounter, Life in the Spirit
Seminar, Family Encounter, Youth Encounter, Youth Life in
the Spirit Seminar, Singles Encounter, Solo Parents
Encounter, and John 6 Crossings. BLD Washington meets
regularly every Friday for Praise and Worship at the Our
Lady of Victory Catholic Church, 4835 McArthur Blvd. N.W.,
Washington, DC. Fr. Francis Alves is
their Spiritual Director.
The Community of Sant’Egidio (www.santegidiousa.org) began in
Couples for Christ USA, Inc (CFC) is a 501c3 corporation with subsidiary companies in almost all states in the US. With a Vatican recognition, CFC's global mission is to be one with the Catholic Church in working for the renewal of families that will serve God and build generations of Christian leaders (Building the Church of the Home); and in pursuing Total Christian Liberation through social justice, respect for life, and work with the poor (Building the Church of the Poor). CFC is renewing the family through its womb-to-tomb ministries - CFC Kids for Christ, CFC Youth for Christ, CFC Singles for Christ, CFC Handmaids of the Lord and now recently the men's ministry called CFC Servants of the Lord. CFC's expression of its love for the marginalized is expressed through another legal institution www.ancopusa.org and its media communication tool through Flame Partners, Inc. Its national website is www.couplesforchristusa.org and the Metro DC website is www.cfcmd.com.
Couples for Christ Foundation for Family and Life (CFC-FFL – www.cfcffl.org)
is a movement intended for the renewal and strengthening of Christian family life. It is an association of Christian couples who have committed themselves to the Lord and to one another, so that they may grow into maturity as men and women of God and fulfill their primary vocation of raising up their families under the lordship of Jesus Christ and for the service of the Kingdom of God. Couples for Christ is a work of Christ which raises up Christian couples and establishes Christian families committed to the work of evangelization and winning the world for Christ through the power of the Holy Spirit. It grows mainly through the establishment of localized units in different parishes. CFC began in 1981 in
The Focolare Movement (www.focolare.us), founded in
Handicapped Encounter Christ (HEC) (www.metrohec.com) is a small, all volunteer organization that brings physically disabled and able-bodied individuals together in Christian community. HEC sponsors religious and social events to help both disabled and able-bodied individuals experience their dignity as children of God. HEC works to establish a positive image and respect for people with disabilities within the larger Christian community. The Fall and Spring retreats provide an environment where disabled and able-bodied individuals share the Good News of Christ; minister to each other’s needs and learn from each other. Retreats include motivational talks, small group discussions, liturgy and quiet reflection time. Catholic in origin, HEC is ecumenical in nature. Everyone is encouraged to participate regardless of their religion, background or disability.
The Houses of Adoration (www.lesmaisonsdadoration.com) was founded in 1989 in France by Marie-Benoite Angot. This spirituality offers a way for lay people to consecrate themselves through Mary to the Living Person of Christ in the Eucharist, consecrating the world in preparation for His return in Glory. Houses of Adoration received final recognition by the Pontifical Council for the Laity in Rome on April 5, 2012, Holy Thursday, as a private international association of the faithful. Their vocation is to be the leaven in daily life like the yeast in the dough, in every country and in every situation. The spirituality is to spread throughout the world bringing the Living Love of Jesus-Eucharist to the world, through a true ministry of visitation carried out in the simple action of everyday life: the spirituality if that of Our Daily Bread. In imitation of the Virgin Mary, in her house of Nazareth, the souls of adoration never let a day pass without gazing on the Living Jesus with love in adoration. Responding to the call of Vatican II, they offer themselves as churches based in the home, to become "true domestic sanctuaries of the church." Priests known as "Missionaries of the Eucharist" adopt the same spirituality as the lay members, sharing their aims and helping them to live out their vocation and mission. The direction of the association is carried out by lay country delegates and diocesan delegates. The association is under the guidance of the Pontifical Council for the Laity in Rome. For additional information, please contact Ms. Angot, 31 rue du Sommerard, 75005 Paris, France or Ms. Connie Wells in the U.S. at email@example.com.
Second from left: foundress Marie Angot Banner Books of Marie Angot on adoration
The Legion of Mary (www.legionofmary.org) is the largest apostolic organization of lay people in the Catholic Church, with well over 3 million active members in almost every country of the world. It has been active in the
The Madonna House Apostolate (www.madonnahouse.org) is an international family of lay women and men; some of our men are priests. Founded in 1947 by Catherine Doherty, we try to "incarnate the Gospel in daily life." Known as a "Public Association of the Faithful," our membership of more than 200, makes promises of poverty, chastity, and obedience. Our Training Centre in Combermere, Ontario, Canada, welcomes visitors to live and work with us, including a vacation camp for families and a Summer Program for young people. Smaller field houses in North America, the West Indies, Europe and Siberia engage in a particular work at the request of the local Roman Catholic Bishop. We strive to incarnate the Gospel of Jesus Christ by forming a community of love in our Training Centre, prayer houses, soup kitchens and pastoral centers. The Washington, DC field house on Capitol Hill is a house of prayer, mandated by the Archbishop of Washington, to pray for the US government, the Archdiocese and to respond to the spiritual needs of those who come. In addition, there are more than 125 associate priests, bishops and permanent deacons who live the Madonna House spirituality in their home dioceses or wherever they are serving.
The Mother of God Community (www.motherofgod.org) is a Catholic and ecumenical charismatic community, founded in 1968 as a fruit of Vatican Council II and the outpouring of the Holy Spirit in the twentieth century. Their mission is to glorify Jesus Christ by living the gospel and growing in the knowledge of God through prayer, fellowship, evangelization and service. Members include Christians from all walks of life – families, singles, priests and consecrated women – who are united by the call to live the “spirituality of Pentecost” in covenant with one another. Mother of God Community life is rooted in the grace of baptism in the Spirit, an encounter with the living Christ which brings alive our participation in the Church through the Word of God and the Eucharist. From this grace flows an interior revelation of the lordship of Jesus, a thirst to read the Scriptures, the prayer of praise, an expectant faith that God speaks to His children, and the experience of new life in the Spirit through the power of the cross of Christ. The name Mother of God was chosen as a reminder that we are called to receive and treasure the Word of God like Mary. By yielding ourselves to God that Christ may be formed in us, we become vessels through which Christ is brought forth into the world. The Community is canonically recognized within the Archdiocese of Washington as a Private Association of the Faithful and is a member of the Vatican's Catholic Fraternity of Charismatic Covenant Communities and Fellowships (www.catholicfraternity.net/wordpress/about-us/).
Prayer and Life Workshops. A New Evangelization (PLW) Talleres de Oración y Vida. Una Nueva Evangelización (TOV) (www.tovpil.org). Holy See approved ecclesial service initiated in 1984 by Father Ignacio Larrañaga, a Franciscan Capuchin priest. These workshops assist the faithful to enter a more personal relationship with The Lord by teaching different methods of prayer, from prayerful reading of scripture to contemplation. Is an effective program of Christ- centered christifying santification. Lives are transformed as people allow God to direct their attitudes and actions. These workshops are offered twice a year in more than 40 countries.
Schoenstatt Movement (international: www.schoenstatt.org/en/ - Washington, DC: www.SchoenstattDC.org).
Schoenstatt, in the town of Vallendar near Koblenz, Germany, is the place of origin and the world center of the International Schoenstatt Movement. Every day pilgrims from all over the world travel to the Original Shrine, the center of Schoenstatt, both as a Marian place of pilgrimage and as an international ecclesial movement with twenty independent communities. In Schoenstatt, people are looking for orientation, a home, renewed strength, and spirit to live their faith in everyday life as a way for bringing the love of Christ to the world. Schoenstatt originates in the Covenant of Love with Mary, the Mother of Jesus. Father Joseph Kentenich (1885 - 1968) along with a group of young men from the Pallotine Seminary, founded Schoenstatt when their young sodality sealed their Covenant of Love with the Blessed Mother on 18 October 1914. Father Kentenich spent several years in the concentration camp in Dachau. His love for the Church proved to be steadfast in times of rejection and anxiety. He died on 15 September 1968, in Schoenstatt, where he is entombed. All over the world, around 200 Schoenstatt centers have been erected; the focal point of each of them is an exact replica of the Original Shrine in Schoenstatt. Through the Schoenstatt Rosary Campaign, several million people in over 130 countries on all continents are in contact with the stream of life and grace from the Schoenstatt Shrine. Other links: www.SchoenstattLinks.org and the international web site: www.Schoenstatt.org/en.
Schoenstatt couples in Washington, DC Original Schoenstatt Shrine in Germany Fr. Joseph Kentenich Mother Thrice Admirable of Schoenstatt
Worldwide Marriage Encounter (www.wwme.org) offers a weekend experience designed to give married couples the opportunity to learn a technique of loving communication that they can use for the rest of their lives. It's a chance to look deeply into their relationship with each other and with God. It's a time to share their feelings, hopes and dreams with each other. The emphasis of the Marriage Encounter weekend is on the communication between husbands and wives. The weekend provides a conducive environment for couples to spend time together, away from the distractions and tensions of everyday life, while encouraging them to focus on each other and their relationship. It's not a retreat, marriage clinic, group sensitivity, or a substitute for counseling. It's a unique approach aimed at revitalizing marriage.
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Catholic Ecclesial Movements and New
in the Archdiocese of Washington
“Living Witnesses to the New Evangelization”
What is an Ecclesial Movement or New Community?
It's an association of persons (usually lay persons) approved by the Roman Catholic Church that is called together by God to share a common “Charism,” that is, a distinctive way of living the Christian faith.
Is there a Joint Body for these Associations in the D.C. Area?
Early in 2005, Cardinal Theodore McCarrick formed a new Committee of Catholic Lay Associations in the Archdiocese of Washington, D.C. composed of representatives from these ecclesial movements and new communities. His hope was that “by thinking, praying, and finding new ways to adore the Lord and serve his Church” (Cardinal McCarick, July 2004) these organizations would become better known and therefore more effective in sharing their gifts. The Committee meets regularly with a representative appointed by the Archbishop.
Who can belong to a movement or community?
The majority of people who belong to a movement or community are baptized lay people who may be either married or single. Many movements and communities have consecrated lay members who take promises or vows of poverty, chastity and obedience similar to sisters and brothers. Diocesan priests and men and women religious can also be active participants and full-time members.
How do participants interact with their local parish?
Most participants in movements and communities also belong to local parishes. As a fruit of their parish and spiritual life it is common to find them attending daily Mass, partaking of frequent confession and spiritual direction, and serving in various parish ministries. Typically lay persons discern over time that God is calling them to complement their parish involvement and daily life with a specific ministry and/or movement or community.
How does an ecclesial movement or new community come into being?
The birth of an ecclesial movement or new community is similar to that of a traditional religious order like the Benedictines, Franciscans and Jesuits. The Holy Spirit grants the founder or group of founders a special grace to live the Christian life with a unique charism, fervor and dynamism, which eventually attracts others and over time develops into a particular way of life. After a certain period (usually a number of years), the bishop will evaluate the movement’s statutes (basic laws and guidelines) and discern whether to formally approve it as an association of the faithful.
How do they serve people and the local Church?
They serve by helping both members and interested participants grow in holiness through a life of prayer, ongoing internal conversion, and personal formation. Although each movement/community is unique, many offer a variety of ministries including: retreat centers, schools, universities, and homes for the sick and disabled; missions to serve the poor, retreats and conferences, child, youth and family formation; and outreach via personal evangelization, newsletters, publishing, media and communications.
How do they nurture vocations?
Many of the movements/communities support and complement parish and family life by creating programs that form the spiritual, intellectual and social dimensions of children, adolescents and adults. These programs provide natural environments to nurture souls so they can discern where God is calling them, including married life, single life, priesthood, and religious or consecrated life.
OF THE HOLY FATHER
POPE JOHN PAUL II
MEETING WITH ECCLESIAL MOVEMENTS
AND NEW COMMUNITIES
Saturday, 30 May 1998
"Some charisms given by the Spirit burst in like an impetuous wind, which seizes people and carries them to new ways of missionary commitment to the radical service of the Gospel, by ceaselessly proclaiming the truths of faith, accepting the living stream of tradition as a gift and instilling in each person an ardent desire for holiness."
Associations of Lay Movements and New Communities
in the United States
Association of Ecclesial Movements and New Communities
in the Archdiocese of Washington - AEMNC
Chair: Cynthia Donnelly - Madonna House
Mary Young - Focolare
Secretary: Rick McKinney
Secretary: Joaquin Trejo - Focolare
Liaison with the
Webmaster: Enrique Soros Schoenstatt Movement firstname.lastname@example.org
Association of Ecclesial Movements and New Communities in the Archdiocese of Washington - Washington, DC - Catholic Movements -
Lay Movements and New Communities