A friend of mine once stated “The only good things to come out of France were wine, cheese and Jean-Claude Van Damme!”
Of course he was wrong about that.
Jean-Claude Van Damme is from Belgium.
But these folks definately DID come from the “Elder Daughter of the Church”… And they are certainly a very GOOD thing.
Community of Saint John, founded in 1975 by five or six university students under the guidance of a Dominican priest, Fr Marie-Dominique Philippe. They are now a Congregation of diocesan right, approved by the Church, with over five hundred members, about two hundred of whom are priests; they also have contemplative sisters and sisters of apostolic life who share the same charism and spirituality.
Should you happen to find some spare change in the bottom of the washing machine, they might have some use for it.
St. Joseph’s Priory
11223 W. Legion Hall Rd.
Princeville, IL 61559
Phone : 309-385-1193
Fax : 309-385-1830
E-mail : email@example.com
Building Project for the U.S.
Project Director : Br. Nathan
H/T: Laus Crucis Blog
How did the Community of Saint John come into being ?
It all began at the University of Fribourg in Switzerland, where several French students were studying with a Dominican Father, Father Marie-Dominique Philippe, a professor of philosophy. Some of these students, wanting to totally consecrate their lives to Christ, had asked Fr. Philippe to be their spiritual director.
During the summer of 1975, five of these students decided to meet regularly together with a priest from the diocese of Versailles (France). He was one of Fr. Philippe’s former students and had been authorized by his bishop to return to Fribourg to undertake studies toward a doctorate in theology. We then began to live a communal life with a rather extraordinary schedule for students: rising at 5:30 a.m., one hour of silent prayer in community, morning prayer, then Mass…. It was a good start to the day!
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