For the Greater Glory of God, and the salvation of our souls, we have discovered a call to consecrate ourselves completely to Jesus Christ, in radical poverty, chastity and obedience.
In communion with the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church, we are inspired to live the Gospel through the evangelical poverty of St. Francis of Assisi and the apostolic formation of St. Ignatius Loyola.
St. Ignatius of Loyola
The Founding. At Franciscan University of Steubenville, God unites Matthew, Thomas and Aron in prayer, reflection on the Philippians 2 hymn, and their inspirations for religious life. God inspires Matthew to communicate His invitation to the men “to step out of the boat and to come follow Him.” The men commit to prayer and penance in founding the community. On Ash Wednesday, Matthew, Thomas and Aron submit their request to become an Association of the Christian Faithful to Bishop Conlon of the Diocese of Steubenville, Ohio. In June, Aron directs Thomas through the 30-Day Spiritual Exercises, during which the Lord reveals and confirms Thomas’ call to pursue family life.
Mass of First Profession. Following Matthew's 30-Day Spiritual Exercises, God confirms his call to poverty, chastity and obedience. On October 29, Matthew and Aron offer their First Profession of 3-year vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience at the Mass of First Profession in Christ the King Chapel at the Franciscan University of Steubenville. During mass, they receive their black habits and their new names: Brother Paul Kostka and Brother John Ignatius.
Invitation to Denver. After visiting the seminary in Denver, the community has supper with Archbishop Charles Chaput, OFM Cap. Archbishop Chaput invites the community to move to Denver. The Servants adopt St. Ignatius Loyola’s Formula of the Institute as their provisional rule, and submit statutes of their Association of the Faithful to Archbishop Chaput, the next step to forming a religious community.