“All Christians are called to sanctity.”
(Dom Gréa, De l’Église et sa divine Constitution, p. 448; cf. Vatican II, Lumen Gentium, §5.)
The vocation of all the baptized to become holy is one, but the calls of God are varied, as are the ways in which man freely responds.
We, the Canons Regular of the Immaculate Conception, desire to answer joyfully this call by which God has invited us to holiness in the religious state. We believe that it is “the most complete state and touches more closely than anything upon the very substance of the Church” (Dom Gréa, De l’Église et sa divine Constitution, p. 453). It is this call to be sent in imitation of Christ and through Him to serve the faithful by means of our brotherhood and priesthood that builds up the body of Christ until He comes again.
We desire that all who would join our community have a zeal for the community and apostolic life lived in that “Paschal joy,” one refined and deepened by a love of prayer and Christian penance, and made manifest in the celebration of the Sacred Liturgy, so that through us God’s plan may be realized.
“The harvest is abundant but the laborers are few;
so ask the master of the harvest to send out laborers for his harvest.”
(Matthew 9: 37)