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The members of the Community of Saint John want to live the evangelical counsels rooted in the three covenants revealed in the Gospel of Saint John :

The Covenant with Jesus in the Eucharist, the source of unity between silent adoration and the liturgical office. This liturgy seeks to be as close as possible to the monastic liturgy, but its celebration is lightened because of the demands of the apostolic life and so that more time be given to silent prayer.

The Covenant with Mary, mother and guardian of the growth of faith, hope, and love, and, as such, the divine milieu of the contemplative life. This convenant with Mary - "the disciple took her into his home" (Jn. 19:27) - is the foundation of the unity of fraternal charity lived in communal life.

The Convenant with Peter in the person of the Holy Father; a covenant of filial obedience to the successor of Peter and to the Bishops, in order to live faithfully and profoundly by the Church's living Tradition.


     Consecration to the Blessed Trinity can only be realized fully through the sacrifice of Christ, High Priest, who offers Himself as a holocaust victim of love of the Father. That is why each member of the Community wants to live from Christ's priesthood. This priesthood, which is the most precious gift given by Christ to His Church, is brought to completion (cf. Col. 1:24) in the royal priesthood of the faithful and in the ministerial priesthood. That is why each one desires, following Saint John's example and with him, to follow Jesus in a fully evangelical life, even to the Cross, where He accomplishes His sacerdotal work as Beloved Son. Living from this contemplative priesthood demands receiving everything in a loving attitude of prayer, in order, thereafter, to communicate this love to those who thirst for it. In and through this, the community glorifies the Father and helps today's humanity to rediscover a sense of adoration and brotherly love.

     In order that their entire life be offered in the light of the "consecration in the truth" which Jesus asks the Father for his apostles (Jn. 17:17-19), in order to place their whole intelligence at the service of love like John, and in order to be faithful witnesses and completely at the service of the Church, each one is to receive a sufficiently deepened formation of the intelligence. This humble search for the truth - purifying the intelligence and the imagination - cooperates in the purification of the heart, which is the work of the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary. This purification is necessary so that love be more free, and so that the attraction of Jesus be stronger - "he who does what is true comes to the light" (Jn. 3:21).

     In order to allow the "opening to the world" desired by the Second Vatican Council, this formation includes a philosophical search into what is man, his finality, and his aspirations. This formation does not neglect the major current problems with which the Christian is confronted in a world submitted to all sorts of ideologies - often atheistic - which disfigure God's image in man by preventing his intelligence from being at the service of love. This philosophical research is itself at the service of a theological formation nourished by knowledge of the Word of God according to the Church's Tradition, through the Fathers and Saint Thomas Aquinas, with a view to communicating the mystery of Christ-Savior in its fullness and actuality. In this way, each member of the Community seeks to respond to Christ's mission to "present the patrimony of the faith to men of our time... in an understandable and persuasive fashion" (Evangelii Nuntiandi, 3).

     In order to maintain always this demand of the deepening of the three wisdoms - philosophical, theological, and mystical - the Community has founded the School of Saint John, where this teaching, which is given to the brothers and sisters, is equally offered to all who desire to partake of it.