his comprehensive document on the Sacred Hearts Lay
Missionary movement presented in February to the Lay
Missionary group in Italy, Fr. Salvatore Izzo, quoted from
the Vatican document on Consecrated Life in which the laity are
invited to share in the charism and spirituality of religious
congregations. In doing so, new paths of communion and
cooperation may be beneficially formed for both the religious
members and the laity. The aim is that through a communion of
spirituality with religious, laity may be able to enter the
world in different avenues that can extend the mission of our
Institute even further. For the laity it can become a vital new
way to live out their baptismal vocation.
The Italian Lay Missionary group, founded over ten years ago has
grown in its involvement in the mission work of our priests
working in parishes surrounding our motherhouse in Secondigliano.
Now they are sharing their experiences with a newly established
group that has begun to gather at our community house in
April gathering of the Lay Missionaries of the Sacred
Hearts at Villa Pieta, Linwood, NJ.
Fr. Frederick Clement, M.SS.CC. is the
spiritual director of the new group and Mr. Lamont Czar is the
coordinator. Meetings are currently held monthly at Villa Pieta
and include prayer, study of the charism of our Founder, St.
Gaetano, talks by clergy and those involved in the outreach of
the congregation. Each gathering ends with the celebration of
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cancer and diabetes awareness runs, to volunteering at animal
shelters. While it is a good thing to do these service projects
just for the sake of goodness, we always remind the students of
Christ’s command, “Whatever you do for the least of My people,
you also do for Me.”
In addition to bringing students to Camden, in the past we have
also taken them inside prisons in southern New Jersey, helped
poor schools in Costa Rica, and worked with Haitian refugees
living on the Out Islands of the Bahamas. In reminding these
young men of the importance of Catholic Action, I always leave
them with the reminder that maybe God is calling them to be a
priest or a brother.
Brother David Graber, M.SS.CC. is a member of the Linwood, NJ
Community of the Missionaries of the Sacred Hearts. He is also a
teacher of Theology and Marine Biology
Students gather on the streets of
Camden, NJ to begin serving the homeless.
and is the Director of Christian Service at St. Augustine
College Preparatory School in Richland, NJ.