VOCATIONS TUESDAY: Community Of St. John: 32 Years, 500 Members & Growing

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.

From their FAQ: “What is the current number of Brothers in the Community of St. John?On July 31, 2006, the Brothers were 531 in number; 365 (68%) were perpetually professed Brothers (of which 221 were priests) and about 40% were in formation. The Sisters were 464 and there were more than 2,500 secular Oblates. “

 

In the US there web presence is: http://www.communityofstjohn.com/
From that website:
The brothers have excercised much of their apostolic activities through the Retreat Center in Laredo, Texas. Brothers living in the Laredo priory serve as University chaplains and also minister to prison inmates. The Contemplative Sisters of Saint John live adjacent to the Laredo priory.
In 2000, the Congregation opened a Novitiate House for brothers and sisters in Princeville, Illinois, where they receive their first formation to the religious life, before going to France to complete it.
In 2005-2006, the Congregation is expanding its apostolic presence by developing a Spiritual Center in Princeville, Illinois. It consists of a Conference Center and a guesthouse, and will be at the service of the Diocese of Peoria, as well as other dioceses. The funding, construction, and completion of this project is of primary importance to the community.

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 : stjohn@ocslink.com
Building Project for the U.S.
Project Director : Br. Nathan

Fundraising : Fr. John-Therese x214
or Fr. Antoine x211

H/T: Laus Crucis Blog

From: http://www.stjean.com/EN/Jeu_accueil.php

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!

SEE ALSO: http://www.stjean.com/EN/Jeu_accueil.php
SEE ALSO: http://www.communityofstjohn.com/?rub=in_us

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6 Responses to VOCATIONS TUESDAY: Community Of St. John: 32 Years, 500 Members & Growing

  1. PF says:

    So this is where you are! I’ve been wondering over at Per Christum.

  2. […] Community Of St. John: 32 Years, 500 Members & Growing is another well kept secret in America… 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. Not extremely well known in the US, I believe they soon will be. They have set up in NJ and Texas and by all accounts they are doing land-office business in attracting new vocations. […]

  3. Cecelia Mjaeres says:

    Please tell me how to order “Contemplating the Face”. I have not been able to download an order form; I only get the form in preview which doesn’t help. If I send my order to the above Princeville address with $30 will that work? I can see that the postage is $10 for this $20 CD but that is all I can see in the preview. I want to use the CD to offer a rosary program for the parish during this year of the rosary. I am one of our Women’s Guild presidents. Thank you for your assistance.

  4. Javed Masih says:

    Dear Fr,
    how are you?i hope you will be fine there.i have wrote you before,but i could not get any response from your side.i know being a Pakistani,you do not believe,but there are have good and humble people.i am 27 years old,and i belong to a Roman Catholic family.i have wish to become a missionary of your community.i want to a missionary priest.i have very strong vocation,please if there is any possibility to join you.i just want a chance to join you,so i may fulfill God’s will in my life.may the Lord Jesus bless you.regards from my family.
    In Christ.
    javed.

  5. Stian says:

    Hi:-) me and my girl was on this brother john paul mary and it vas fantastisk! we wanna se him again but we dont know where he gonna be? can you people help me ? maby you people dosent know. but i hope so :) god bless you :-)

  6. This is a good congregation indeed.

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