6. Apostolic Service

  1. The most basic ministry of the Companions of Christ is to live the gospel with a humble and joyful heart. This is the ministry of presence and hospitality.

  2. The most apparent manifestation of this ministry of presence and hospitality is the welcoming of guests in the example expressed in Matthew 25:35, “For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me…” (ESV) and in Matthew 25:40, “…I tell you the truth, just as you did it for one of the least of these brothers or sisters of mine, you did it for me.” (NET).

  3. This ministry needs some planning and institutional organization at both the community and at places to which we go. Due to the need for money to maintain this ministry, it is patterned on the common life of Acts, Chapters 2 and 4. According to circumstances, these two patterns might be combined to greater or lesser degrees to more effectively meet the needs of a particular area.

  4. Specifically, we try to live out in a more intense way the teachings of Jesus Christ, as interpreted by the Church, as a way of life. This includes every aspect of basic life: the ways in which we pray, study, evangelize, and work.

  5. The Divine Office is a way to publicly embody in the monastery and in the domestic family the official prayer of the Church and to manifest and offer it to all.

  6. We study the teaching of Christ so we can more radically attempt to live the gospel, and so to go out and preach to all through example. As St. Francis of Assisi said, “Preach the Gospel at all times, use words if you must.”

  7. We support ourselves in the basic needs of the community in ways sensitive to the socio-economic and ecological issues of our time.

  8. When requested, our ministry teams go forth to evangelize in diocesan and parish churches through leading musical worship, teaching, preaching and giving witness, and through humble service in even the most menial tasks.

  9. Authority:
    The leadership of the community discerns all formal ministries of the community. In our apostolic work, we are obedient to proper Church authority. We recognize the authority of all bishops with whom we work. Likewise, we recognize all priests and deacons as those to whom ministerial faculties have been granted by the bishops. Furthermore, when ministering in a non-Catholic church or parish, we recognize and respect the legitimate and appropriate authority of each ecclesial community's respective leadership.

  10. The monastic celibate members who are ordained do not ordinarily take on institutional responsibility outside of the direct institutional outreaches of the community.

  11. Period of Ministry:
    The community seeks a peaceful and evangelical balance between prayer and activity, yet the primacy of prayer is always recognized and protected. The rhythm of the Spirit leads us from prayer into action, and from action back into prayer.