“Let us also go, that we may die with Him.”
-St Thomas, Apostle & Martyr - John 11:16
Servants of Christ Jesus pursue a sacrificial life of prayer, penance, poverty, chastity and obedience, that “we may die with Him.”
A Servant of Christ Jesus is called to die to his own pleasures, possessions, appetites, and attachments, that he may stand strong against the seductions of the world, the devil and his own flesh.
As he advances in strength and freedom, a Servant of Christ Jesus is trained in Scripture, Spiritual Exercises, Asceticism, Liturgy, Evangelization, and Education, to be a preacher of the Word, a teacher of the Catholic Faith, and a director of souls.
Request more information from the Vocation Director
A man who is interested in the Servants of Christ Jesus may fill out the form on this page to request more information. You will be contacted by the Vocation Director, to discuss more information and consultation. The Vocation Director invites qualified candidates to a one-week immersion with the Servants, for further prayer, experience and discernment.
With the approval of the Vocation Director, the Servants of Christ Jesus, and the man’s spiritual director, a candidate may be invited to the Application Process, which includes:
· Cover Letter
· Employment History
· Physical Examination
· Psychological Examination
· High School & University Transcripts
· Birth Certificate
· Sacramental Records
· Criminal Background Check
· Credit Check
· Letters of Recommendation (3)
· Safe Environment Training
· Spiritual Autobiography
Regular admission to the community is in mid-August.
Our Formation Exercises:
Each Servant makes the 30-Day Silent Spiritual Exercises retreat once during formation and an annual 8-Day Silent Spiritual Exercises.
Each Servant takes a month-long poverty pilgrimage bringing along only one change of clothes and a bible. Servants have made poverty pilgrimages in Mexico, Italy, Spain, Canada and the California coast.
Each Servant makes a Pilgrimage and Mission Trip to the Holy Land, praying at the sites of Jesus’ life, and serving the poor of the Palestinian Catholic community in the West Bank.
Servants spend four weeks ministering to the needs of the sick in a hospital. Servants have served at Santa Teresita Medical Center in California, supporting the Carmelite Sisters at their nursing home and working with North Kinangop Catholic Hospital in Kenya.
As part of formation, each Servant spends four weeks doing manual labor. Recent internships have involved supporting Life Teen Camps on their facilities, maintenance, landscaping, and janitorial staff and Serving the needs of the Lord’s Ranch apostolate in New Mexico, Texas and Mexico.
Each Servant spends several years teaching at Bishop Machebeuf High School in Denver.
Subsequent to his 30-day Spiritual Exercises, each Servant is mentored in providing spiritual direction and in leading the Spiritual Exercises of St Ignatius Loyola.
Each Servant serves a full month as a missionary to a Third World country. Servants have been sent on third-world immersions to the impoverished communities of the Philippines, Mexico, India, Peru and Honduras.
Following prayer and discernment with his spiritual director and with the Superior, a Servant may apply for admission to St. John Vianney Seminary in Denver after he has become a professed member of the community.
A Day in Our Life:
A novice will typically rise at 5:00 am. Servants who are teaching or in Seminary rise at 4:00 am to begin their Holy Hour at 4:20 am.
The community gathers for breakfast, which is eaten in silence. During the meal, one Servant reads aloud from the lives of the saints or other spiritual reading.
The Liturgy of the Hours is prayed together as a community before Mass.
Weekday Community Mass is regularly at 6:30 am. The Servants in the High School apostolate, however, attend campus Mass at 7:15 am.
Applicants and novices typically begin Holy Hour at 7:30 am. Servants who are teaching or in seminary may begin their Holy Hour at 4:20 am.
Applicants, novices, and Servants are assigned to various classes, exercises and apostolates throughout their formation process. Click Here to learn more about our apostolates. In preparation for ordination, some Servants attend classes at St. John Vianney Theological Seminary.
Servants gather in the chapel for evening prayer. Servants who are assigned to cook will begin preparing dinner at 4:30 pm in order to be finished for 5:30 pm evening prayer.
Dinner begins with Thanksgiving for God's provision throughout the day. On Tuesdays the community welcomes different families for dinner.
The time following dinner is a time for recreation, study and preparation for the following day. Servants involved in the University Ministry and High School apostolates will often sponsor student events and attend student activities after dinner.
The community gathers in the chapel to conclude the day with night prayer.
Alone before retiring for the day, each Servant gives thanks for his blessings, asks the Lord's forgiveness for his faults, and determines how to amend his actions tomorrow.