Who We Are
A religious Brother is a member of a Christian religious institute or religious order who commits himself to following Christ in consecrated life of the Church, usually by the vows of poverty, chastity and obedience.
God calls some men to serve through the Church as sacred priests— teachers of the Gospel, and ministers of the sacramental life of the Church. He calls some men to marriage—serving the Kingdom through family life, and witness and proclamation of the Gospel in the world. He also calls some men to consecrated life—to lives of poverty, chastity, and obedience, as brothers of religious communities. A religious brother serves the Church and the world— serves God himself—by living the grace and call of his baptism through prayer, work, and witness of God’s grace and mercy.
God calls brothers to do many things. A religious brother serves as the head of the Vatican’s Planetary Observatory. Brothers serve as professors, as doctors and nurses, as laborers, and as teachers. But above all, religious brothers witness to the grace of baptism, and to the brotherhood of Christ himself. God calls many men to enter religious life, and serve as consecrated brothers. This vocation is ancient—dating back to the first “desert monks” of the early Church, and remains a beautiful and fulfilling way to live the Gospel, and serve the Lord. Pray for religious brothers, and pray that God will continue to call men to serve him in the beautiful vocation of consecrated religious brotherhood.
As a prayerful community of believers in Jesus Christ, we are dedicated to achieving the peace of Christ and serving the people through evangelization. We are a local community with local vocations, living a non-clerical life, and servicing God in the Rio Grande Valley. We are especially focused on the needs of the Catholic Church in the Diocese of Brownsville, Texas, as we strive to achieve our Apostolate in church ministry and evangelization of the people of God
We set down ideals, in which, as a community, we strive to achieve and promote.
We dedicate ourselves to:
A life of Prayer and Communion with God
A life of Union with each other
A life of Evangelization through the Carmelite Spirituality and Charism
A life of service to the Church and its People.
As we strive to live these ideals in our everyday lives, we hope to grow in our love for God, and spread the Carmelite Spirituality through our love for Mary.
What We Do
Inspired by the Charism and Spirituality of Carmel, and with the Rule of Albert, Patriarch of Jerusalem, we the members of the Missionary Servants of the Cross, dedicate ourselves to a life of prayer and active contemplation and evangelization, to foster the love of Jesus through Mary in the hearts of the Christian faithful of Holy Mother Church.
As our apostolate is centered around evangelization, our focus is Religious Education, but is not limited to. We also focus on Retreats-for Catechists, Confirmation Candidates, and we also focus on Religious Pilgrimages and Days of Recollection.
As a prayerful community of believers in Christ Jesus, we dedicate ourselves to a life of prayer, active contemplation, and active evangelization, through church ministry, or other form of apostolate.