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The Young Franciscans (also known as Companions) of the Franciscan Missionaries of Divine Compassion are young men and women living in the world who desire to connect themselves during their Junior High, High School and College years with the Community for the strengthening of their spiritual lives through a disciplined Rule of Living in order to become more effective witnesses for Christ in the Church and in the world.  Membership is open to anyone between the ages of twelve and twenty-one who is a Christian.

The Companions is for ANY young person desiring to grow in his or her relationship with Christ in the Church.  The Sisters strive to support the young people through prayer, friendship, retreats, teaching,  and spiritual direction and to facilitate the formation among themselves of peer spiritual friendships.

The Companions’ Rule:

The Rule embraces the four areas of Worship, Education, Service and Fellowship.

Worship

To participate in the celebration of the Holy Eucharist on all Sundays and major feast days (ie Christmas, Holy Name, Epiphany, Annunciation, Ascension, and All Saints’ Day, unless there is no opportunity for them to do so and to receive Holy Communion fasting.

To include in their daily personal prayers:

–the Companions and Sisters

–the reading of a portion of Holy Scripture and at least five minutes in simple meditation on the text

–self-examination at the end of the day.

To observe the Prayer Book days of fasting and abstinence.

To use the Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession to a priest) at least once a year

To meet regularly with a spiritual guide or director in order to review the living our of their Rule and the growth of their spiritual lives

Education

To participate actively in the Christian Education program in their local parish or mission.  (If there is no program available, they will seek to get one started or contact the convent to see what resources are available for private study.)

To make a two day retreat at least once a year.  (If this is not possible, one may fulfill this requirement by attending two one day retreats or Quiet Days.)

Service

To exercise the gifts given to them by God in the service of their parish or mission.

To be willing to take part, according to ability, in all works undertaken by the Companions for the benefit of the Sisterhood.

Fellowship

To participate actively in their parish fellowship, especially in the parish, diocesan or regional fellowship for youth or young adults.

To write at least once a year to the Sister in charge of the Companions and to describe one’s living of this rule, any difficulties encountered and one’s  Christian prayer and service.  (The Companions’ secretary will reply.)

To join the Companions or for more information, write:

slmastersondc@gmail.com or call (574) 453-1082

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Posted July 12, 2014 by franciscanmdc

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