An Oasis of Faith in the City
Our headquarters in Boston, a culturally diverse, international and world-class city, presents a unique opportunity to share our Catholic faith and heritage with people of different nationalities, ethnicities, backgrounds and faith traditions.
Our organization is ideal for devout Catholics who would like to integrate prayer into the workplace. Although we offer a lifestyle in the Monastic Tradition, we are not a religious order but aspiring earnestly to live up to the calling of the Laity within the Catholic Church. We do prepare among other foods healthful vegan and/or vegetarian dishes. Most of our recipes are from Monasteries located worldwide. We would gladly use Kosher ingredients for our Jewish Brethren and Halal Food for the traditions of other Abrahamic peoples such as Muslims, both of whom revere and pray the Psalms of David. We see our apostolate as one of hospitality and fellowship based on sound theological formation, and as as guided by the Teachings and Traditions of the Holy Catholic Church.
We believe that the combination of our prayer and work, Ora et Labora, is an effective avenue for evangelizing our neighbors right here in Boston, in the greater society and to culture at large.
In their document Go and Make Disciples: A National Plan and Strategy for Catholic Evangelization in the United States, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops offers guidelines for our path. With permission from the USCCB, the Civic Friary cites the first two of three goals and other key text:
46. Goal I: To bring about in all Catholics such an enthusiasm for their faith that, in living their faith in Jesus, they freely share it with others
53. Goal II: To invite all people in the United States, whatever their social or cultural background, to hear the message of salvation in Jesus Christ so they may come to join us in the fullness of the Catholic faith
The document further says:
54. Catholics should continually share the Gospel with those who have no church community and with those who have given up active participation in the Catholic Church, as well as welcoming those seeking full communion with the Catholic Church. People can know they are invited to experience Jesus Christ in our Church only if they are really and effectively asked and if adequate provisions are made for their full participation. We want our Catholic brothers and sisters to effectively ask and to really invite.
55. At the same time, we Catholics cannot proselytize—that is, manipulate or pressure anyone to join our Church. Such tactics contradict the Good News we announce and undermine the spirit of invitation that should characterize all true evangelization.
Saint Francis of Assisi enlightens us in these matters quite concisely:
Start by doing what is necessary, then what is possible, and suddenly you are doing the impossible.