Associations of Christ’s Faithful may be made of up either clergy or laity or both. They strive by a common effort to promote the living of a fully Christian life. They foster public worship, and exercise other apostolic works, especially in the area of Evangelisation. The associations often have within their membership consecrated men and women who are full members of the association and under the governance of the association’s moderator.
Examples of Associations of Christ's Faithful include:
The Emmanuel Community,
Schoenstatt Movement (Apostolic League)
St Vincent De Paul Society
Canon Law Society of Australia and New Zealand
Passionists Family Group Movement
Confraternity of Christ the Priest (CCS)
P.O. Box 4055
ASHMONT NSW 2650
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The story of the Confraternity of Christ the Priest begins with the story of Australia – a country with so much that is going well, but at the same time, with something not right. Of today’s 22.5 million Australians, around 21.5 million do not go to Mass. He who believes and is baptized will be saved. He who does not believe will be condemned... Unless you eat My Body and drink My Blood, you will not have life in you... I am the Resurrection and the Life...You have the words of everlasting life. ”The plain fact about human beings, wealthy or poor, is that we need God and we need His Church. Australia is a wealthy, developed country, but it is also a mission field hungry for the Gospel. Australian priest Fr John Whiting realized that this mission to Australia’s “churchless millions” needed the teamwork of many people who would be free to dedicate themselves to this work. And so began the Confraternity of Christ the Priest.
Mission and Ministry:
Most groups of priests or brothers or sisters are established to work for a particular group of people. Nursing sisters work for the sick and elderly, teaching orders work for young people. The Confraternity too was founded to work for a particular group, those who have given up all practice of the faith and those who have never known what religion is. The work of the priests is the Intensive Apostolate – the Confraternity takes on a parish for 25 years and has in the parish not one or two but many priests. The heavy work of a parish priest, on his own and simply serving those who go to Mass already, leaves very little time to think of any missionary work to non-Catholics or lapsed Catholics. But with many priests focusing their zeal for God and souls in a parish, the churchless at last have a better chance. By personal contact with everyone in the area, they aim to influence every individual to believe in God, to love and worship Him. The work of the brothers is to build church, school or other buildings the parish might need, to finance the Intensive Apostolate – working in the monastery, the parish, on the farm etc., and generally working alongside the priests to lead souls to heaven.
Members of the Confraternity of Christ the Priest take vows to God of Chastity, Poverty and Obedience, and they live in community. So there is the same kind of preparation that religious all over the world do – novice, temporary vows, and final vows. What’s unique about the Confraternity’s training? Brothers are trained in a profession, such as electrician, journalism, and plumber. Those who are going to become priests are taught to understand and love the teachings of the Church and to celebrate the Mass with devotion of course, but they are taught with particular emphasis about the Church’s zeal for the salvation of souls and about the new Evangelization. The hearts of the members of the Confraternity, priests and brothers, grow to be totally aflame with the fire of zeal. Zeal is that burning love for God that yearns to see every human heart ardently loving and adoring Him, and that burning love for souls which thirsts to see all people possess their greatest good and their eternal happiness in God. Brothers and priests are formed in the unique spirit of the Confraternity – the spirit of Christ the Priest. “Ours were the sufferings He bore, ours the sorrows He carried...” (Is 52, 53). Think of the love in Jesus’ heart for the Father and for us, think of the loving obedience unto death, even death on the cross – He really is the compassionate and trustworthy High Priest, and He is our model.
For more information about the Confraternity of Christ the Priest, please contact:
Missionaries of God's Love - (MGL)
297 Warrigal Rd
BURWOOD Vic 3125
Ph: 03 9808 7345
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Missionary Apostles of Christ in the Eucharist- (MACE)
242 Pacific Palms Circuit
Hoxton Park NSW 2171
Ph: (02) 98267673
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