LIVING IN COMMUNITY
It has been our strong conviction from the very beginning of our community that life in common is of great benefit for the well-being of priests today. Its rewards are great: our ministry is more fruitful, we are encouraged to strive for holiness, and we learn relational skills that serve every aspect of our growth as priests and as men. As Companions we share day-to-day life with other priests. We pray regularly in common, we share most of our main meals, and we find creative ways to recreate together. We strive to be honest and vulnerable with our brothers in our share groups.
EVANGELIZATION IN ALL WE DO
Since our charism is the New Evangelization, we seek to form men who will proclaim the Gospel of Christ boldly and effectively to the people of our time. We believe evangelization, and specifically the proclamation of the basic gospel message (or kerygma), to be the most urgent pastoral priority for the Catholic Church worldwide; this conviction permeates every form of ministry we engage in. We seek to evangelize continually (in every circumstance), relying on the power and wisdom of God, and exercising all the ministry gifts of the Holy Spirit.
DESIRE TO EMPOWER, EQUIP AND SEND OUT MISSIONARY DISCIPLES
Our founder, Fr. Bob Bedard, taught us that the priest is not meant to be a jack-of-all-trades in the parish. Rather, he is meant to call forth all the baptismal gifts of the laity, "to equip the saints for the work of ministry" (Eph. 4:12). He is also meant to be a man of prayerful discernment, who sees what God is doing, supports it, and invites others to get behind it. We strive to form lay people, call them into active service, and be united with them in fulfilling the mission of the Church.
MINISTERING IN OUR GIFTS
As Companions of the Cross, we seek to be empowered by all the minsitry gifts of the Holy Spirit. We recognize, though, that not everyone receives the same gifts: rather, our gifts complement one another within the one Body of Christ. The leadership of our community is committed to helping individual members to discern their particular gifts and exercise them for the common good, in light of the current needs of the Church. We do not expect everyone to fit in the same mould.
GIVE GOD PERMISSION: RADICALLY SURRENDERED TO JESUS AND WORKING IN THE POWER OF THE HOLY SPIRIT
The foundation of our ‘vision’ can be delineated as participation in the renewal of the Church through an effective evangelization founded on looking to the Cross—the power and wisdom of God. Concretely this entails:
- Trusting in the Lord and giving him permission to move as he pleases; seeking his wisdom, his ‘now’ word, and waiting upon it, with proper discernment, not making any major moves without it;
- Profound openness to the Holy Spirit, the power of God, and the various ministry gifts through which the Church is empowered; a strong conviction that God desires to touch and infame the lives of all his people;
- The renewal of the Church through the renewal of the person.
HOPEFUL & OPTIMISTIC
We embrace a forward moving, optimistic, ‘mission rather than maintenance’ model.
Our formation programs are holistic as they form our seminarians in holiness, Integral Human Development, and the Ministerial Priesthood of Jesus Christ. Specific added Compnaions of the Cross formation includes:
- A foundational first year;
- Participating fully in the life of their household;
- Biweekly CC formation nights;
- Share groups;
- Spiritual Direction;
- Ministry opportunities;
- Attending the CC annual retreat and events;
- And a full-year pastoral internship.
EMBRACING HUMOUR & JOY
We seek to live in the joy of the Lord, and help others to do the same. Our Founder encouraged us: “Don't lose your sense of humour. Make sure it comes out when you preach. Poke fun at yourself. Don't take yourself too seriously. Always take God seriously, but not yourself.” (Fr. Bob Bedard, Reflections of a Veteran Priest, 155).
PRIEST WHO ARE DOWN TO EARTH AND RELATABLE
We are ordinary men, with different personalities. We strive to relate to people where they are in life, and remove barriers for people to come to know Jesus.
FOCUS ON THE POOR, YOUTH, AND THOSE ESTRANGED FROM THE CHURCH
Wherever we minister we place special emphasis on ministry to the poor, to youth, and to those estranged from the Church. This focus grows within the wider parish community, as lay people are called and equipped to ministry based on their spiritual gifts.