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Our Mission/Charism

Our Spiritual Mission

In fulfilling the mission entrusted to us by Christ, we will be committed to intense prayers (which involves solemn celebration of the Holy Eucharist and reception of the Sacred Body and Blood of Jesus Christ, going to the Sacrament of Reconciliation as necessary, praying the Divine Offices daily: Office of the Readings, Lauds, Vespers, Midday Prayers and Compline; praying the Rosary daily), mortification, praying with the Sacred Scripture in form of Lectio Divina, Half-Hour daily meditation, First Friday/First Saturday Devotions in honor of Jesus Christ and our Mother Mary, Monthly Communal Faith-sharing, and Weekly singing/chant practice. .

We believe that coming together in prayer and spiritual exercises will bound us spiritually together as brothers aiming at the same mission. It is through prayer that we may commune with God and present our needs and the needs of the Universal Church to Him. By participating in the Church’s prayers, we will pray for the entire faithful worldwide, especially the poor and the needy that we serve. Prayer is therefore the primary ingredient of our day.

We will strive to become a society of apostolic life in which we support each other and all other priests as we work together as a theme to fulfill our mission. Our study, our prayer, and our community life will be focused on our mission to be servants of humanity. We will stress the universal call to holiness and help people to open themselves to contemplation. Below are the elements of priestly spirituality of our Apostolic Society:

  1. Rediscover and live out the original intentions of Christ for His priests.
  2. Each member must strive for a deeper contemplative union with Christ
  3. Eight-day silent retreat once a year
  4. Each member must have a spiritual director with whom he meets, at least, monthly
  5. Mutual recognition of the need for humility and the development of each member’s talents and gifts
  6. Cultivation of devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus & the Immaculate Heart of Mary

Our Patron Saints and Feast Days:

  • Our Patron Saints/Models:

    • »Our Lord Jesus Christ
    • »Our Lady, Queen of the Apostles
    • »St. Joseph, the foster father of Jesus St.
    • »St. Elizabeth of Hungary
    • »St. Martin de Pores
    • »St. Theresa of Calcutta
    • »St. Vincent de Paul

  • Our Feast Days:

    Below is the list of the Charitan major events. They are to be faithfully observed and celebrated.

    Anniversary of our foundation:

    This is an annual event, and indeed, one of the biggest feasts of our society, which is very well planned. The “Anniversary of the foundation of the Apostles of Divine Charity (Charitan Missionaries) is commemorated on February 06, the Memorial of St. Paul Miki and Companion, Martyrs.

    Major Feasts of the Church:

    such as Christmas (the Birth of our Lord Jesus Christ), New Year (the feast of Mary Mother of God), Easter Sunday (the triumphant Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ), the Pentecost (Descent of the Holy Spirit on the Apostles), the feast of Ascension, the feast of Assumption, the feast of Immaculate Conception, the feasts of St. Joseph, St. Martin de Porres, St. Elizabeth of Hungary, St. Vincent de Paul, St. Theresa of Calcutta, etc.

    The Birthday/Memorial of our Sponsoring Bishop (December 26):

    In his honor, we commemorate the birthday of our Principal Bishop annually at our Mother House in Obala, Cameroon, on December 26. This feast can be celebrated elsewhere if our General Superior deems it necessary. People within and outside our foundation diocese are invited to celebrate the life of our Principal Bishop with us. Even if our Bishop has passed on to the Lord, this tradition is retained in memory of him while the birthday of the incumbent local ordinary of our foundation diocese is also celebrated.

    Note: For clarity sake, our Principal Bishop is the Diocesan Bishop from whom we received the official written canonical consent approving the erection of the Apostles of Divine Charity in his diocese. We are very answerable to him in all we do, and we are to stay closely connected with him.

    Founder’s Day (July 25):

    In his honor, we dedicate a day, known as the Founder’s Day, to our beloved Father Founder. Our Founder’s Day is celebrated annually on July 25, the birthday of our Father Founder. This is a special feast for all our Charitan family worldwide, which remains as long as our society survives. After the passing unto glory of our Father Founder, his memorial should still be commemorated on this day. Outsiders are invited to join us in honoring our beloved Father Founder.

Donate to Support ADC

In order to carry out our mission successfully, the Apostles of Divine Charity solicit the support of men and women of good will. This support can be done by adopting one or two of our seminarians, that is, by funding their education, seminary formation or training. Every year, we spend at least $2,000.00 on training each of our seminarians. One can also support us by making monetary donations towards our mission. We are appreciative of the support of our Benefactors and Benefactresses whose financial contributions have gone a very long may in carrying out our mission so far. We pray for them daily and always keep them in our thoughts. Please, deposit your monetary donations to the applicable under listed bank account:

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