|The special vocation of lay persons is to seek God and minister God's love in the "temporal order," in between taking care of the household chores and the demands of employment, social and familial obligations. Laypersons in the Church are "busy about many things" and it is in the tasks of every day life that the laity have the opportunities to evangelize and bring about the kingdom of God. Lay spirituality is founded on the struggle to live the Gospel of Jesus in the "thick" of life. The call to live the Gospel within the temporal order or the world is the same call to encounter Jesus wherever one is in life. Laypersons are challenged to proclaim the Gospel in the midst of their lives, within the world where so many of their concerns are directed. It is in the world where God calls lay persons to minister and to encounter the loving presence of God.
The Secular Order of the Servants of Mary (Servite Secular Order) is a Catholic organization of lay men and women plus diocesan priests living their Christian faith in the context of the world. The Secular Servite vocation is a special calling within the Church. The vocation finds its root in baptismal consecration and with its acceptance, the Secular Servites commit themselves to bring to fulfillment the evangelical commandment to love. They strive toward holiness according to the spirituality of the Servite Order, following the directives of their Rule of Life.
Secular Servites are asked to do the following each day:
- live the Christian virtues of faith, hope and love
- pray and try to read Sacred Scripture each day, and/or the Liturgy of the Hours
- practice acts of reverence for the Mother of God daily, especially by praying the Servite prayer "The Vigil of Our Lady" and/or the Servite Rosary of the Seven Sorrows of Mary.
For more information on the Secular Order of the Servants of Mary, please contact:
Fr. Vidal Martinez, O.S.M.
3121 West Jackson Blvd.
Chicago, IL 60612
773.638.5800 ext. 48