THE FAMILY OF SAINT JOHN
The Brothers along with the Apostolic and Contemplative Sisters, as well as the Lay Oblates, form the Family of Saint John.
THE APOSTOLIC SISTERS
and through Saint John.
The apostolate of the Apostolic Sisters of Saint John is fulfilled in communion with the Bishop of a Diocese, in a life of evangelization; it involves first of all the witness to a life of adoration, of contemplation and of fraternal charity overflowing into hospitality and spiritual help in all its forms.
The Apostolic Sisters of Saint John strive to be both hidden in God with Christ, through Mary, and witnesses of God’s love for mankind. Their apostolate begins with the sign of their consecrated life, prayer, and both manual and intellectual work.
THE CONTEMPLATIVE SISTERS
A permanent desert in the heart of Mary is needed in order that the demands of contemplative life might be fully lived.
However, because of their apostolic demands, the Brothers cannot live this mystery in a continual way and as often as they would like. That is why it is necessary that there be Contemplative Sisters within the Family of Saint John who live in a full and exclusive way the mystery of Mary at the foot of the Cross. Mary made known to John this mystery; she now lives it in glory and wants to give it to her children.
THE LAY OBLATES
Allowing the family of Saint John to act more profoundly in the world.
The Fatherhood of Saint John also extends to lay Christians living in the world. In the footsteps of Saint John, they desire to live more intensely their bond of faith, hope, and love with Christ.
WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE AN OBLATE?
The Oblates of Saint John want to live fully their baptismal consecration intimately close to Mary and in the spirit of Saint John. They have an apostolic influence within the context of their respective familial, parochial, social, or political responsibilities.
If you are interested in becoming an oblate contact your local priory or talk with a brother or sister that you know.