We are a missionary community of young men and women who believe in the transformative power of authentic friendship and who desire to bring Christ into all the places where He yearns to find a home.
A radical life of prayer, supportive community life, consistent formation, and a dynamic mission equip our missionaries to become leaders in Baltimore and beyond. Our three apostolates—street ministry, bringing Eucharistic adoration to Baltimore, and evangelization—all flow from our daily rhythm of prayer.
The greatest poverty homeless men and women face is not a physical poverty, but a relational one. People find their way to the streets for many reasons, but nearly all of their paths are paved with broken relationships. The unforgiving environment of the streets, where they are confronted with hundreds of people who won’t even make eye contact or acknowledge their existence, only enhances their isolation.
Our solution is simple: friendship. Our ministry is hinged on the power of relationships, which are catalysts for true healing and growth. This is not simply a pious belief—we see it working! Homeless men and women often know where to access various services. However, they routinely lack the confidence or the motivation to take advantage of the opportunities that are in front of them. When they encounter someone who actually stops to listen to them, to see them, to know them, to love them, they begin to unlearn the lies that have been deeply rooted in their hearts.
This is the power of accompaniment. Although many necessary services are being made available to our homeless friends, almost nobody is willing or able to go out to the streets to share life with them day after day. This is our role as missionaries.
All it takes is a quick glance at the news to see that Baltimore City is hurting and bleeding. This city has no answer to its chronic plagues of homelessness, addiction, crime, and corruption. Meanwhile, we all live in an increasingly fragmented, self-centered, and fast-paced society. The next generation is more fearful and anxious than ever before, and our lives are so full of noise and activity that we scarcely have time to hear ourselves think. But where can we find a remedy for such deep-seated problems?
When Jesus entered into His greatest trial, He revealed the means by which we can fight against the powers of evil and darkness. It was during His agony in the garden that He made a simple request of his disciples: “Could you not watch one hour with me?”
What pained Him most in His time of need? The indifference of the ones who were closest to Him. The apathetic response to his all-consuming love.
What did Christ desire most? An hour of prayer with Him. An hour of Eucharistic adoration.
Jesus laid out a model for Eucharistic Adoration as our essential role in opposing the evils of the world. This is why establishing perpetual adoration in Baltimore is a primary mission of our community. The fruitfulness of our apostolate is entirely dependent on our willingness to spend time adoring Christ in the Blessed Sacrament. We know that we are too weak to effect lasting change; our confidence is hinged solely upon Christ.