We believe that authentic friendship is transformative. Our friendship starts with a radical life of prayer and then flows into the streets, where we encounter and befriend Christ in the homeless. As we accompany our friends from the street through joys and sorrows, they teach us what it means to love. We then share this love with all we encounter, bringing the needs of our friends before Christ in the Eucharist—the Source of All Hope.
Accompanying our brothers and sisters–many of whom suffer tremendously–is beyond our strength. We have no choice but to rely on Jesus, the Source of ALL hope, to sustain us. For this reason, a committed life of prayer is the pillar upon which all other aspects of our community hinge. Missionaries come to know Jesus through a daily rhythm of prayer, Eucharistic adoration, and spiritual formation… Read More
We are given ample opportunities to seek Christ in the fruitful seedbed of silence. Once a month, each missionary takes a “Desert Day”–a time away from noise, technology, and the demands of the mission–to relax, recharge, and pray. Twice a year, we also make an extended retreat. These days of recollection are normally made offsite so that we can immerse ourselves in the beauty of God’s creation.
In our silent prayer before the Blessed Sacrament, we bring the intentions of all we meet before Christ; it is in His Gaze that we discover what it means to be truly present with another. Prayer is our foremost school of love, in which the life of Christ is nurtured and cultivated. It is here that Our Lady, who leads us to the foot of the Cross, shows us how to fulfill Christ’s request: “Be where I am.” (cf. John 17:24)
Dwelling together as a community of brothers and sisters is one of the greatest blessings of our life. As we experience the acceptance of others in our community, we discover that, despite our flaws and inherent brokenness, we are still lovable. Our work with the poor begins at home… Read More
Our weekly schedule is characterized by a rhythm of fraternity, which includes communal meals, time reserved for fraternity and relaxation, sharing an apostolate, praying and cleaning and laughing together, and many opportunities to urge one another on towards Christ. Moreover, we make it a priority to invite others into our fraternal life–through weekly community dinners, our Saturday meal ministry, and guiding local college students who join us weekly for street ministry.
Life in community is an authentic life–one that, when lived well, is full of joy. Why? Because the communion of our brothers and sisters is ultimately rooted in the unity of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Living together with those who are united in a common goal prefigures our sublime destiny of friendship with Christ.
We are made in the image and likeness of God (cf. Gen 1:26) and are destined to be healed and raised by grace to become partakers of the divine nature (2 Pet. 1:4) through being configured to Christ. In baptism, we became members of Christ’s body. Throughout our Christian lives, we are to called into a deeper and more personal union with Christ, so that what Paul wrote of himself becomes true of us: “I have been crucified with Christ: it is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me; and the life I live now in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loves me and gave himself for me” (Gal. 2:20). Read More
Christian formation is the process by which we consciously and actively allow the Holy Spirit to advance our configuration to Christ and thereby grow in our identity as sons and daughters of the Father. This is always primarily a work of the Trinity that requires our free cooperation. Formation is a lifelong endeavor carried out as active members of the Church living the life of grace that reaches completion in the glory of heaven. Programs of formation, such as Source of All Hope, exist to place individuals within a suitable formative environment, walk alongside them, and equip them with the essential tools to assist their Christian development at a particular stage in their life.
As Christ assumed the fullness of our humanity, he desires to raise the whole of our humanity to share in the whole of his divinity. Moreover, since the human person is an integrated whole, no authentic formation can take place if any part is neglected or excluded by either the individual or the program of formation in which they are engaged. Source of All Hope conceives of formation in four interconnected dimensions: human formation, spiritual formation, intellectual formation, and apostolic formation. The formation program will focus on the aspects of each dimension that are most relevant to young adults engaged in community life and mission work.
In the Christian life, and especially in programs and houses of formation, there are always temptations toward perfectionism and comparison. We must always remember that we are unique individuals, created and loved as such by God, called to the perfection of our individuality through relationship with each other in the common life of the Church. In the same measure that God is patient and merciful to us in our formation, so must we be to ourselves.
We take a unique and radical approach to the crisis of homelessness. While most programs address physical needs, we focus on addressing a deeper poverty–the pain of loneliness and isolation on the streets. Our approach is simple: we pursue and befriend the forgotten ones in our midst and share life with them day after day. We are not here to serve the poor–we’re here to love them… Read More
Our work on the streets is always an adventure, and missionaries quickly find that they fall in love with our friends from the gritty streets of Baltimore. We walk alongside them through all their joys and sorrows, rejoicing in their triumphs and sharing in their heartbreaks. As friendships deepen, we might grab lunch, visit the aquarium, accompany them to rehab, visit them in the hospital, or bring them to a Bible study. When we listen and encourage our friends, we seek to evoke something that already exists as opposed to installing something that is not present. Knowing Christ’s Love for us, we are able to help others see their inherent goodness. This discovery, alongside the support of committed friends, can prompt them to make positive changes or even come into the life of the Church. In turn, our friends show us the face of Christ, help us recognize our own poverty, and help us believe in our own goodness. We need them as much as they need us.
Our work on the streets is always an adventure, and missionaries quickly find that they fall in love with our friends from the gritty streets of Baltimore. We walk alongside them through all their joys and sorrows, rejoicing in their triumphs and sharing in their heartbreaks. As friendships deepen, we might grab lunch, visit the aquarium, accompany them to rehab, visit them in the hospital, or bring them to a Bible study.
When we listen and encourage our friends, we seek to evoke something that already exists as opposed to installing something that is not present. Knowing Christ’s Love for us, we are able to help others see their inherent goodness. This discovery, alongside the support of committed friends, can prompt them to make positive changes or even come into the life of the Church. In turn, our friends show us the face of Christ, help us recognize our own poverty, and help us believe in our own goodness. We need them as much as they need us.
Risk an encounter with Christ in the poor. You will never be the same.
Who: 12 young men and women
When: August 15, 2024 – July 31, 2025
Monthly stipend + Room & Board provided.
Who: College-aged men and women
Where: Baltimore, Maryland
When: Every other Friday @ 1:30 PM
Who: 5-12 college students
Where: Baltimore, MD
How: Want your school or Newman Center to join us for a weekend mission? Contact Abby Steele, the Basilica’s Director of Outreach, at email@example.com.
Who: Anyone 18 years older
Where: Baltimore, Maryland (Martin Luther King Boulevard and Pratt St.)
When: Every Saturday @ Noon