STATUTES AND WAY OF LIFE
of the

LAY MISSIONARIES OF CHARITY


 

 

Vicariato di Roma

Ufficio Istituti Religiosi

Rome, February 25, 1987

Very Reverend Fr. Sebastian,

I have received the copy of the Statutes and the way of life of the Lay Missionaries of Charity, and I am very happy to say that I cannot but be pleased with the basic aim of the Movement which intends to restore the domestic sanctuary of the family through prayer, dialogue and personal consecration.

I sincerely wish and pray that with God's grace the journey already begun may always be enriched with numerous and generous followers so that this work, so beneficial and Christian, may continue to spread, in communion with the universal Church and in a particular way with our beloved diocese of Rome.

Finding comfort in the fruits of the spiritual benefits it displays to me, and it is right to thank our Lord, for the religious testimony and the generous apostolate of the members of this "Lay Missionaries of Charity", I hereby most willingly adhere to your desire that it be affiliated to the Association of the Missionaries of Charity, founded by Rev. Mother Theresa of Calcutta, according to the norm of the Statutes and the Way of Life presented to the Vicariate of Rome with protocol number 193/ 87.

I implore divine assistance and the grace of the Holy Spirit upon all of you with the wish that it might be abundantly fruitful in your lives and in the work which the Lay Missionaries of Charity will undertake for the greater glory of God.

Ugo Cardinal Poletti Vicar of His Holiness for the diocese of Rome.


 

 

ABBREVIATIONS within the Statutes of the Lay Missionaries of Charity :

LMC - Lay Missionaries of Charity

FC - Familiaris Consortio: Apostolic Exhortation of Pope John Paul II regarding the role of the Christian Family in the modern world. 22 November, 1981.

HV - Humanae Vitae: Encyclical Letter of Pope Paul VI on the right ordering of the procreation of children. 25 July, 1968

GS - Gaudium et Spes: Pastoral Constitution on the Church in the modern world. Vatican Council II

AA - Apostolicam Auctositatem: Decree on the Apostolate of the Laity. Vatican Council II

AG - Ad Gentes: Decree on the Church's Missionary Activity. Vatican Council II

SC - Sacrosanctum Concilium: Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy. Vatican Council II

Mistici Corporis - 29 June, 1943

Marialis Cultus - Apostolic Exhortation for the right ordering and development of devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary. Pope Paul VI, 2 February, 1974

New Regulation of Indulgences. Holy See, 29 June, 1968

General Instruction on the Liturgy of the Hours. Pope Paul VI. 1 November, 1970

Constitutions of the Missionaries of Charity.

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"Breathe in me, Holy Spirit, that my thoughts may all be holy.

Move in me, Holy Spirit, that my work too may be holy.

Attract my heart, Holy Spirit, that I may love only what is holy.

Strengthen me, Holy Spirit, that I may defend all that is holy.

Protect me, Holy Spirit, that I always may be holy".

(St. Augustine)

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CONTENTS :

Chapter 1. Nature and Mission of the Movement

Chapter 2. The Vows

A. Chastity 12

B. Poverty 17

C. Obedience 20

D. Whole hearted and Free Service to the

Poorest of the Poor 25

Chapter 3. LMC Community in Dialogue with God 29

Chapter 4. The Cross - No Greater Love 39

Chapter 5. The LMC Movement as a Community

at the Service of Man 42

The LMCs are called to give Whole Hearted Free Service to:

( a ) The members of their own families 43

( b ) The members of the Movement 44

( c ) The Missionaries of Charity Family 45

( d ) The poorest of the Poor 46

The LMC Link 49

The Rite of LMC Profession and Renewal 51

 

"The Christians will exercise their apostolate in a spirit of concord. They will be apostles both in their families and in the parishes and dioceses, which already are themselves expressions of the community character of the apostolate; apostles too in the free associations they will have decided to form among themselves."

"The group apostolate is very important also for another reason: often, either in ecclesial communities or in various other environments, the apostolate calls for concerted action. organisations created for group apostolate afford support to their members, train them for the apostolate, carefully assign and direct their apostolic activities, and as a result a much richer harvest can be hoped for from them than if each one were to act on his own" (Decree on the Apostolate of Lay People No. 18:2,3).