Our Missionary Families

Published on 16/08/2018
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In the Movement of the Missionary Servants of the Poor, in addition of a masculine branch (of actives and contemplatives), there is also a feminine chapter and also a chapter made up of Married Missionaries.

The gift that couples receive in the Sacrament of Marriage is diffused by the Holy Spirit who renews both their hearts, and spreads conjugal love through them to the family, as recalled by St John Paul II:
 
Conjugal love reaches that fullness to which it is interiorly ordained, conjugal charity, which is the proper and specific way in which the spouses participate in and are called to live the very charity of Christ who gave Himself on the Cross (Apostolic Exhortation “Familiaris Consortio”, n.13),
 
That is why in the Movement, some marriages (where the married couples have left their country, their work, their comforts and securities) have found an environment conductive to embarking on a path of holiness, radiating the love of Christ to all, especially the poorest.
 
This Missionary Marriage vocation also expresses a particular calling. The idea of community life among missionary families is to live with the first Christian communities as a model, that is, seeking permanent communion, unity and love.
 
These families come from different parts of the world (at present there are two Peruvian families, two Colombian ones, two Hungarian ones, one Mexican family on mission in their own country, and also a French family) all with different customs but united by the same desire for holiness. The apostolates of the different missionary families are multiple, starting with our two schools, “Francisco and Jacinta Marto” and “Santa Maria Goretti”, which serve the poorest children from families in difficulty. Also, their collaboration is essential in the different professional workshops attended by our older children. But, without removing any value from these works mentioned (many of which we could not carry out without them), we must say that the most important thing they contribute is undoubtedly their testimony of a true “domestic church”, dedicated to prayer, to generous service, and to the Christian education of their children. In Peru – unfortunately, as in the case of many other countries -  many children live as “orphans of living parents” (Amoris Laetitia, n.51). Our Missionary couples, with their example, remind us how the educational task of children is a very serious responsibility of the parents.

To know a little more about their lives, you can check the video below: