Community Life



  • The community life of the ecclesial family finds its source and model in the Trinity, a communion of love – a community of distinct persons, a community rich in mercy.

  • Community is lived variously in stable nondisaster, post-disaster and chronic disaster situations. In each, though, the consecrated members form the core of the community. Affiliated members of the ecclesial family who might be associated with a particular stable nondisaster community or or even present in a disaster or post disaster situation participate to some degree in community life as well. As such community life is a means to promote unity and to live mercy, which is the heart of the charism, the ministry and the spirituality of the ecclesial family.

  • Community is lived in a way that respects the gender and the vocational differences of the members of the ecclesial family. Community life in stable, nondisaster situations intends to be a preparation for living community in the wake of disasters.

  • The community – in both stable and post-disaster settings – is a daily sharing of life.  Simplicity that promotes solidarity with the poor and those affected by disasters is the rule. The members live like the disciples – in Christ’s presence in a fraternal bond of charity. They live like sons and daughters of the Church with Mary as their mother. They gather in common for meals, activities and prayer. Men and women have separate sleeping quarters but are equally part of the ecclesial family and like Mary and Joseph  have Christ as the center of the family. They render him visible in word, deed and sacrament.

  • The fraternal spirit of the community is expressed in common recreation, shared possessions, a common primary language – English, and the use of the language of the country where the community is located. The rights and responsibilities of the members are clearly indicated in community rules so as to promote fraternity and order amongst the members. And only those possessions are permitted that are deemed necessary for the mission, the welfare of the community and building the Kingdom.

  • The community relies on Divine Providence for its life. This entails both having trust in God and cooperating creatively according to the gifts He has bestowed. Members of the community do not look to charge beneficiaries for their services – particularly in disaster situations – but they do avail themselves of a series of moral and ethical means to support the community and its mission. These might include procuring donations, accepting charity, asking for food, cooperating with larger organizations, utilizing program monies to support a community that serves as the base for a disaster response.

  • In order to insure the mental, physical and spiritual well-being of the community members, there are regular days of reflection and time set aside for retreats. Members are encouraged to debrief and relax in a secure place after responding to a disaster. Mercy starts at home. Misericordia urget nos.