Communal Life

‘Without the communitarian context of religious life,the earth would be much poorer in terms of living into all that God provides. Without religious life, the world would be poorer in imagination, creativity, insight, wisdom, and the courage it take to act corporately upon all that comes to us through listening and prayer’
A Sanders

For us community life is an essential aspect of religious life. We place a high priority on its quality aware that the Church needs holy communities and not just holy individuals. We hope to have at least 6-8 members in each house so as to guarantee the depth of community life despite the demands of ministry. We aim to be attentive to the needs of each other, have an open and compassionate heart, ready to forgive, creating a climate of mutual respect and acceptance. Each house is to become a place where the Word becomes flesh once more among those who live there. Therefore:

  • Weekly faith-sharing and life-sharing sessions are held, so that we become evermore a community of friends in the Lord.
  • A time of recreation is set aside each day so as to relax together. To be loved and to be secure in love is the only way in which people can live profoundly. Jesus had been ‘at home’ in Nazareth and so was able to live fully, trusting the Father’s call of him.
  • We have a monthly ‘away’ day, recognising the value of relaxing together as a community. These days include visits to the seaside, trips into the country and cultural visits.
  • We set aside time every month to visit family and friends. These relationships remain important to us.
  • We have an annual community holiday and so far have gone camping to Bavaria and spent time together visiting friends in Poland and Slovakia.

Hospitality is not an ‘optional extra’ but essential to our way of life. Growing in freedom, each of us is responsible for creating communities of welcome so that each person who visits experiences for themselves this communion in Christ.

‘Community is central to any form of religious life. Religious are intended to be experts in communion, witnesses and architects of the plan for unity.
D. O’Murchu