Priests and/or Brothers Represented in the Diocese of Orlando
The Brotherhood of Hope is an association of the faithful in the Catholic Church, composed primarily of religious brothers who serve in college campus ministry. The association was founded in 1980 in Newark, New Jersey by Father Philip Merdinge.
We follow the pattern given us by St. Augustine as we dedicate ourselves to the monastic life and give our lives in prayer for all people, especially for priests. We follow the example of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Good Shepherd, seeking Him as our model.
The Congregation offers the world not only our hope in crosses, but also our trust in Divine Providence, our familial spirit and unity, our Eucharistic fellowship and worship, our belief that education is both of the mind and the heart and our apostolic zeal to make God known, loved and served around the globe.
The Congregation of the Carmelites of Mary Immaculate (C.M.I) had its beginnings in the first half of the 19th century. When two zealous priests, Fr.Thomas Palackal and Fr.Thomas Porukara of the Vicariate Apostolic of Verapoly in Kerala, India sought to live in retirement and prayer, their Ordinary, the Vicar Apostolic, Bishop Maurilius Stabilini advised them to found a religious house so that they might do good to the people in the world too. This was in 1829 A.D.
Strong in faith, rejoicing in hope, burning with charity, on fire with zeal, in humility of heart and persevering in prayer, we follow Christ the Redeemer with hearts full of joy; denying ourselves and always ready to undertake what is demanding, we share in the mystery of Christ and proclaim it in Gospel simplicity of life and language, that we may bring to people plentiful redemption.
Our overall purpose is to honor God and sanctify the elements with true dedication and openness to God, demonstrated by the implementation of the three vows Chastity, Poverty and Obedience.
The Missionaries of Compassion are a religious order founded in India on May 24, 2003, the Feast of Mary, Help of Christians. Their scope of service is the work of compassion and charity: bringing solace and comfort the destitute orphans, to the abandoned elderly, persons who are affected with terminal diseases and the homeless.
The main purpose of the La Salette Missionaries is to preach the word of God, to exercise the Ministry of Reconciliation, to celebrate the Eucharist, and to heal the hurts and deepen people’s awareness of God’s ongoing call to repentance. They were asked by Mary to “make her message known”, that is, the message of her Son.
Our mission in the Church consists in revealing the mystery of salvation to those who do not yet know it, and in helping those who have already heard the Good News to rediscover and deepen this mystery by a renewed consciousness of the meaning of their baptismal commitment.
We believe in the power of the blood of Jesus, shed for all, to change the world. Our priests, brothers and lay associates seek out God’s people who are suffering from loneliness and despair, poverty and violence. Jesus Christ has redeemed all people with his Blood. It is our mission to help everyone draw closer to the God who saves us.
Our missionary focus for the last twenty-five years has been to be migrants with the migrants and to be in mission with people on the move along with a special priority for the poorest migrants.
Wherever we work, our mission is especially to those people whose condition cries out for salvation and for the hope which only Jesus Christ can fully bring.
Missionhurst missionaries have proclaimed the Good News of the Gospel in some of the most remote places on earth. We give witness to the universal love of God by living among the people, sharing in their privations, and participating in the day-to-day effort needed to achieve life-long spiritual and material changes.
We endorse the call of Pope John Paul II, that the Gospel might become the source of culture, insofar as they encourage in the person sensitivity for the authentic values of liberty, justice and peace; that our horizons would also be expanded in the perception and taste for religious values, leading us to the experience of the divine, which is where we can satisfy the desire of our hearts.
The Order of Friars Minor was founded in 1209 by St. Francis of Assisi. The Gospel life of the Friars Minor, as Francis describes in the Rule, has four central components: first, to be men of prayer; second, to live as lesser ones; third, to create a brotherhood of mutual care among themselves, and fourth, to “go about the world” entering people’s everyday lives as heralds of God’s reign and agents of Gospel peace.
The Order of St. Augustine, or Augustinian Order, based upon the teaching of the Bishop of Hippo (354 – 430 A.D.), was founded in 1244, to live and promote the spirit of community as lived by the first Christian communities (Acts of the Apostles 4, 32-35).
There are many ways in which to describe the Augustinian Order, to speak of its character, its history, its mission, its charism. First and foremost, however, the Augustinian Order is people – men and women – who, in the words of the Rule we profess, “live together in harmony, being of one mind and one heart on the way to God.” We are Christians who, captivatied by the example of Saint Augustine, journey together, as we build our house and serve the Lord’s people.
The Pauline Order is a community in which monastic priests and brothers realize their vocation through prayer, penance, preaching the Word of God and administering the Holy Sacraments, and by undertaking voluntary poverty, obedience and chastity.
St. Joseph Calasanz was the founder of The Order of the Pious Schools, commonly known as the Piarist Fathers. He was very moved by the misery of the poor children of Rome and opened a free school for them in 1597. This school, which was open to every child regardless of religion, is believed to be the world’s first modern public elementary school. On March 25, 1617, with the permission of Pope Paul V, St. Joseph Calasanz and fourteen other men became the first members of a new religious congregation. On November 18, 1621, Pope Gregory XV raised the congregation to the rank of religious order under solemn vows, calling it The Order of the Pious Schools. The abbreviation “Sch. P.” following the name of the Piarist stands for Scholarum Piarum, Latin words that means “of the Pious Schools.” The Piarists, as do many religious, profess vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience. In addition, according to the wishes of St. Joseph, members of the Order also profess a fourth vow to dedicate their lives to the education of youth.
The Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter is a Clerical Society of Apostolic Life of Pontifical right, that is, a community of Roman Catholic priests who do not take religious vows, but who work together for a common mission in the world. The mission of the Fraternity is two-fold: first, the formation and sanctification of priests in the cadre of the traditional liturgy of the Roman rite, and secondly, the pastoral deployment of the priests in the service of the Church.
The Salesians are a family of men and women founded by a Catholic priest, Fr. John Bosco, which in Italian is translated Don Bosco. He began his work in Turin, Italy, in the mid-1800s by gathering poor boys and young men that had no place to live and little education. He established a place called an oratory where these young people could gather and call their home.
We share our apostolic vocation with all people. We are ready to serve in any place, by all ways and means which the love of Christ inspires. Our apostolate is not restricted to one particular activity. We emphasize the universality of the Christian vocation, animating lay people to live their baptismal commitment and to be witnesses of faith in their private and social life.
The Society of Divine Vocations, also known as the Vocationist Fathers, is a Roman Catholic religious Congregation of Priests and Brothers founded in 1920 by Blessed Fr. Justin Russolillo (1891-1955) in Italy. The Vocationist Fathers has as its main charism “identifying and fostering vocations to priesthood and religious life, especially among the less privileged”. The Vocationists work in vocationaries , parishes, schools, and missions.
We emphasize the spiritual path of “continual conversion” – continually turning our life over to God. As the means to accomplish this goal we choose a life of prayer, we help each other remain humble in our relationships, and we share the material resources that we acquire from our ministry by dedicating ourselves to Gospel poverty.