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Mission Ad Gentes the Mission of Jesus
he Society of Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity is united in the saving mission of Jesus, as her members serve in the various apostolates of the Church. The
members share as Ecclesial Teams, a life of imitation of Mary to become like Jesus in order to live in loving Communion with the Triune God. The
vision of this Communion is to bring all peoples into the same Trinitarian Communion of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
Jesus says, “All authority in heaven and earth has been given to me, go and make disciples of all nations and lo, I am with you until the close of the age.”
(Matthew 28: 18-20 NJB ). The mission ad gentes is rooted in the Trinitarian Communion wherein Christ is sent by the Father through the Holy Spirit to restore
Communion between God and humanity. In the mystery of salvation this Communion is gifted also to restore the unity of all mankind (CCC #1108). The Church’s
universal mission is born of faith in Jesus Christ. This is expressed in the Church’s Trinitarian profession of faith:
“I believe in One Lord, Jesus Christ, the Only Son of God, begotten of the Father… for us men and for our salvation, he came down from heaven, by the power of
the Holy Spirit he became Incarnate from the Virgin Mary and was made man” (Nicene Creed).
The Holy Spirit is the principal agent of the whole of the Church’s mission. His action is pre-eminent in the mission ad gentes.
Missionaries in The Society of Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity acknowledge themselves in Communion with Jesus in continuing his mission with the Holy Sprit.
They acknowledge themselves as engaged with Jesus in his Father’s works, partaking in the opportunity to give the gifts of Jesus which the Father gives today to
the Church and through the Church to the world. These apostolic works are brought forth by the Holy Spirit who bears witness to Jesus and his saving love for all
mankind. The Divine Plan of the Father allows man to participate in these saving works in the Church. Our Lady’s Society in her member’s service and life, mirrors
the life of God’s people today in continuing the work of Jesus in his mission ad gentes.
THE MISSION of JESUS in Our Lady’s Society
Sent into mission in areas of greatest apostolic need and New Evangelization, Our Lady’s Missionaries acknowledge themselves in oneness with Jesus in
continuing his mission with the Holy Spirit. They bear witness to Jesus present in his Father’s works made manifest today and brought forth into the world by the
Holy Spirit who himself bears witness to Jesus and his saving love for all mankind. The Society of Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity serves/acts as a mirror
of God’s people – reflecting the saving love of Jesus in these specific apostolic works.
THE GIFT OF JESUS FOR THE RENEWAL OF THE MISSION AD GENTES
Missionaries in The Society of Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity imitate Jesus in the various aspects of his continuing mission of salvation. The Father gifts
Jesus in this manner to the Church to renew the Church’s life in mission. As Jesus’ manifests various works in witness to God the Father, so too the members of
Our Lady’s Society seek to manifest these expressions of continuing the work of Jesus.
Expressions of the Work of Jesus:
Jesus as Evangelizer – “Go into the whole world and proclaim the Good News to every creature.” (Mark 16:15 NAB ). Jesus as Evangelizer is witnessed by
members serving on Ecclesial Teams for the New Evangelization with Our Lady of Guadalupe as Star of the New Evangelization. In addition to the apostolic
works of Specialized Apostolates of New Evangelization, the missionaries of Our Lady’s Society who serve in parishes are brought to the ways of this New
Evangelization in their respective assignments.
Jesus as Teacher – “Who do people say that I am?” (Mark 8: 27 NAB). Jesus as Teacheris witness in the establishment of various educational
works spanning from home-schooling, Montessori education, parish schools, through high-school and extending into university studies.
Jesus as Life – “I came so that they may have life and have it more abundantly” (John 10:10 NAB). Jesus as Life is witnessed in the promotion
of pro-life work which includes care of abandoned and neglected youth, serving the rights of the unborn child, supporting the dignity of the elderly and renewing
the life of the abused.
Jesus as Redeemer –“I have come to make all things new. Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold,
all things are become new” (2 Corinthians 5: 17 NAB). Jesus as Redeemer is witnessed in the Ecclesial Teams who form “Therapeutic Communities in the
Redeeming Christ” among those who are suffering with all forms of chemical dependencies and the self-destructive behavior that accompanies it.
Jesus as Healer – I have come for those who are ill (Cf. Mark 2:17 NAB). Jesus as Healer is witnessed in the care of the poor in the medical
and educational needs in the missions of The Society of Our Lady in third world countries such as those in Haiti and Belize as well as in the apostolic work of
serving the Native Americans of the Chipawee Tribe of the Objibwe Nation of North Dakota in the United States.
Jesus as the Angel of Great Counsel – I was a stranger and you took me in (Cf. Matthew 24:35). Jesus as the Angel of Great Counsel is
witnessed in those who serve the migrant workers of North America and Asia. This apostolic work is expressed in sacramental ministry to the people on the
move as well a in spiritual and corporal works of mercy.
Jesus as Eucharist – “I am the living bread that came down from heaven; whoever eats this bread will live forever…” (John 6:51 NAB). Jesus as
Eucharist is witnessed in the members who serve orphans and widows. Often the single woman and orphaned child are marginalized; hungry and homeless.
They need to be fed, clothed and given shelter. This apostolic work is centered in Jesus who restores life, who is the Bread of Life.
1 NJB will be used to refer to the New Jerusalem Bible.
2 NAB will be used to refer to the New American Bible.
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