Today, more and more people are attracted to the contemplation and service of Christ Crucified - in Himself and in the materially and spiritually poor.
Members of this community will affirm and support each other by their prayers and their love - and sometimes, though not necessarily, by their communal gathering.
Vision of this Community
The Community of Christ Crucified has a two-fold orientation:
Characteristics of Members
Personal growth will be achieved by the practice of the characteristics of this community. Under the guidance of the Holy Spirit each will strive to recognize and develop her/his unique gifts.
The Eucharist as the 'living memorial of the Passion of Christ' will be the bond of unity and source of the life and love of the members.
The Holy Spirit is 'par excellence' the spiritual Guide of this community. St. Paul of the Cross (illustration above, right) will be the special model for this community. He was a contemplative at prayer, a great lover of the poor, a hunter of souls, an outstanding director of souls, a founder of a religious order - one who never ceased preaching Christ Crucified as 'the power and wisdom of God.'
Anyone may join. This community is open to anyone who espouses its ideas: young or old, single, married or divorced, laity, religious or priest - all are welcome. We all need each other.
The Community of Christ Crucified is the fruit of many hours of prayer, discussion and reflection of dozens of persons seeking a simple, yet dedicated way of following Christ Crucified in today's world.
It is not interested in large numbers of members, but seeks out those truly interested in working for the Kingdom of God today with Christ Crucified in a special Way.
How to become a member
Because of the desire to keep this community as simple in vision and structure as possible, it is not necessary to attend any meetings. This does not mean that individual members cannot gather for mutual support and faith-sharing.
Small group assemblies are encouraged in this new Community. Guidelines will be supplied from the Center. The Director of each group will be a lay person.
There are no dues or collections. If a need arises for a modest sum to pay for literature for members, etc., members will be information. Even this will be voluntary.
Special note: Members of this Community will be automatically enrolled in the Confraternity of the Passion and thus be entitled to its privileges and indulgences. This new Community fulfills the demands for such Confraternity members.
To enroll, write to:
Fr Victor Hoagland, C.P.
526 Monastery Place
Union City, NJ 07087 USA
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