Like the early canonesses, the Sisters in Jesus the
Lord seek to be a presence in parishes by solemnly chanting the liturgy
of the hours with the people.
Each woman, in consultation with her community, will
choose a work in accordance with her gifts. Some will work in
liturgy and music or catechesis,
others will do pro-life work such as counseling pregnant mothers or women
struggling with post-abortion healing, others will visit shut-ins, others
will be teachers, nurses, doctors, still others will promote the use
of the media in their evangelization.
Those women called to a life devoted to
contemplation as their main work, will help the work of evangelization
through their life of prayer and penance. By also keeping a
prayerful presence of adoration of the Blessed Sacrament in the parish church they will teach without words the
essential importance of the Blessed Sacrament.
As our community grows, so will its ministries.
The Sisters in Jesus the Lord, with the help of lay volunteers, are
Liturgy and Music.
We are committed to
beautiful music for the Roman Catholic liturgy. We are
currently singing and reciting the Divine Office in English, seeking melodies that
complement the text. In accordance with the new
General Instruction of the Roman Missal, we are also dedicated to work
with parishes towards familiarity with basic Latin chants and responses.
In Russia, we are working with our brother community to develop melodies
to complement the text of the Divine Office in Russian. In Raytown, we
sing in the parish choir and often play the organ, flute, and cantor at
Masses for the parish and school. We have also been teaching music to
homeschoolers using the Ward Method.
Pro-life Work. The
members of Sisters of Jesus the Lord are unequivocally
pro-life, embracing the Church’s teaching against contraception and
promoting the dignity of all human life from natural conception to natural death.
We pray every day for the closing of local abortion clinics. We pray
monthly outside the nearest abortion clinic, and one sister assists at a
local home for unwed mothers. We work with various
groups, including Rachel's Vineyard retreats for post-abortion healing, and encourage
laypersons to participate in the political process to change legislation
that supports the culture of death. We are also aware of the
prevalence of euthanasia in our country, and are seeking for ways to
protect the vulnerable.
Catechesis and Evangelization.
One sister currently team-teaches RCIA at our parish in Raytown,
Missouri, and all the sisters assist with catechetical programs for
children, teens, and adults during Advent and Lent. One sister promotes
Lighthouse Catholic Media CD's at our local parish as a means of ongoing
evangelization. Two sisters now are being trained in teaching children
age 3-5 using the Montessori method at a nearby Catholic school.
Ministry to the Sick and
Homebound One of our sisters
regularly bring the Eucharist to members of our parish who cannot come
to the Sunday Mass.
AVE Media (Announcing Victory Eternal) is a company that produces Catholic videos. These are
distributed to cable-access stations and are also available for
This company is dedicated to being faithful to the Magisterium of the
Church. So far two series of videos are airing: one on the basic
teachings of the Catholic Church, and one on topics helpful to home
schooling families. Future plans include further use of
the internet, radio, and print media.
Promoting Stewardship of
the Land. In raising
or purchasing food, we give support to organic farmers. These
farmers, through their sacrifices and hard work, produce food
without using chemicals, pesticides, or preservatives, so
as to help preserve God's creation and the health of the
In those days Mary arose and went with haste into the hill country, to
a city of Judah, and she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted
Elizabeth. And when Elizabeth heard the greeting of Mary, the babe leaped
in her womb; and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit and she
exclaimed with a loud cry, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is
the fruit of your womb!”
To you all angels, all the powers of heaven,
Cherubim and Seraphim, sing in endless praise: Holy, holy, holy, Lord, God
of power and might, heaven and earth are full of your glory...
from the Te Deum
The future is yours, but
the future is above all a call and a challenge to 'keep' your life by
giving it up, by 'losing' it--as the Gospel has reminded us--by sharing
it through loving service of others.
Pope John Paul II,
The Meaning of Vocation