A New New Form of Consecrated Life
The Order of St. Patrick
An Interfaith community within the Emmaus Community of Albuquerque
The Order of St Patrick identifies itself as a "new form of consecrated life", in which the Branch of Priests (First Order), the Branch of Religious Brothers and Sisters (Second Order), and the Branch of Families and Single Lay people (Third Order), live in Community, sharing in a common life of prayer and work, in an endeavour to recapture that spirit of charity and mutual support characteristic of the earliest Christian Communities. The Order also embraces a Fourth Order, which provides for lay members (married or single), who, though living in the world, wish to consecrate their lives to God. There is also a Confraternity which shares in the prayer life of the Order.
The Order takes its characteristics from the Fourth Chapter of the Book of Acts verses 32-36:
“The community of believers was of one heart and mind, and no one claimed that any of his possessions was his own, but they had everything in common. With great power the Apostles bore witness to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and great favor was accorded them all. There was no needy person among them, for those who owned property or houses would sell them, bring the proceeds of the sale, and put them at the feet of the Apostles, and they were distributed to each according to need.
Thus Joseph, also named by the Apostles Barnabas (which translated “son of encouragement”), a Levite, a Cypriot by birth, sold a piece of property he owned, then brought the money and put it at the feet of the Apostles.”
And before that of the first community in Jerusalem, Acts 2: 42-44: “They devoted themselves t the teaching of the Apostles and to the communal life, to the breaking of the bread and to the prayers. Awe came upon everyone and many wonders and signs were done through the Apostles. All who believed were together and had all things in common; they would sell their property and possessions and divide them among all according to each one’s need.”
Objective of the Order
The objective of the Order of Saint Patrick of Armagh is no less than the unification of the Mystical Body of Christ and the re-evangelization of the world, for which task, the Order must be a beacon of Truth, upholding the Deposit of Faith and authentic traditions of Holy Mother Church. Its members aim to become, by the Grace of God, one in mind and heart -- and its Communities -- a "shining light" in a world of darkness. In this way the world may learn of the Infinite Love of Jesus Christ Our Lord and Savior, and of the Love of His Most Blessed Mother, Mary the Immaculate.
The Life of the Order
The members, both religious and lay, are to live the spirit of the Gospel -- in its fullness -- to fulfill Our Lord's Command to "... love one another as I have loved you ..." (John 13:34). All are called to strive for perfection through the Evangelical Counsels of Poverty, Chastity and Obedience -- in a life devoted to prayer and apostolic works approved by the Order. To realize this objective, the Order gives its highest priority to the personal sanctification of its members. Then, in unity and gathering strength through the Holy Sacraments -- especially Confession and the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass (the Source and Summit of the Christian life) -- the Communities are strengthened enabling the Order to reach out to a world in need. Through preaching, teaching and nurturing the Christian life -- the Order embraces the whole spectrum of the spiritual and corporal works of Mercy. Thus the Order of Saint Patrick of Armagh can become more and more the "sign" for the Church and world that Jesus Christ, the Son of God, the Second Person of the Blessed Trinity -- has died on the Cross for its Redemption. Our Lord's words can be realized: "... By your love for one another the world will know that you are My disciples ..." (John 13:34).
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