The Charism of MJMC
The history of the birth of our Religious Institute shows how, from the outset, the Institute has been very attentive to the accompaniment and reception of ex-religious, ex-seminarians who continue to believe that their religious / or priestly vocation did not end after the departure from their previous religious family or from the seminary freely (of themselves,) or following benign motives.
This specific note from our Religious Institute brings at the same time a great sense of prayer, discernment and legality in welcoming candidates but also an insistence on kindness of heart. Spirituality of the goodness of heart that we deepen in our three patrons: The Virgin Mary, Saint Luke and Saint Ignatius of Loyola.
In the wedding scene in Cana, we admire the Virgin Mary who, in her maternal care for others, brings to Jesus (“do what He will tell you” Jn 2,5) which inaugurates the coming of the Kingdom of heaven, the Marriage of the Lamb, on earth.
The MJMC, taking from this scene their name find here their spiritual, apostolic foundation and the purpose of their mission, that same of Jesus Christ, the integral salvation (spiritual, psychological, material …) of men and women around the world. Saint Luke is the privileged witness of the leniency of God, of the goodness of the heart of God. The gospel he wrote is said to be the gospel of God’s mercy.
Founded by two Jesuits, our Religious Institute could not fail to draw on the rich and profound heritage of Saint Ignatius of Loyola and the religious family he founded, the Company of Jesus. Among all the Ignatian spiritual riches, our Religious Institute makes a point of honor the following Ignatian criterion in action in the choice of ministries: going on mission where others are not willing to go easily! In Africa, we are on a mission in remote areas and in poor urban neighborhoods. In the West, we accept and take care of abandoned parishes.
The MJMC are religious, consecrated lay people and clerics, totally given to the Lord by the public vows of poverty, chastity and obedience to collaborate in the Christian mission. They lead in community what they call the “four lives” (spiritual, community, professional and apostolic) in the light of their Constitutions and Directory.
Our Religious Institute also guided by the Constitutions and Directory, legally on the walking, humbly and with the help of God, towards pontifical law. Born in Africa, our religious Institute, at the advantage of its missionary dimension ad intra and ad extra, counts more and more among its members from other continents.