What will you do as a Catholic missionary?
There is a culture of collegiality and openness at Simple House. Small groups of missionaries manage a monthly budget of a few thousand dollars. Everyone decides how the money will be used to serve the poor, and new ideas are welcome. Our work is an experiment in Christianity.
Liturgy of the Hours and Mass are part of the missionary’s daily responsibilities. Spiritual classics are read throughout the year, and missionaries are encouraged to pray and read Scripture every morning. Missionaries are required to meet with a spiritual director outside of the community.
A Simple House does not have Internet or television. Other forms of distraction are limited. Missionaries live in an environment that allows them to concentrate on prayer, Scripture, and fellowship.
Know the Poor:
The core of the ministry is love and friendship. Missionaries build real friendships with the poor.
Witness to Radical Solidarity:
Missionaries do not just feed the poor. They eat with the poor. Missionaries do not visit poor neighborhoods. They live in poor neighborhoods. Missionaries do not talk to the poor from behind a desk. They visit the poor in their living rooms and homeless camps.
Witness to Radical Subsidiarity:
There is no official handbook or recipe for serving the poor. Each person is met, listened to, and loved. Missionaries accompany the poor through their problems and plans without reading their own agendas into the lives of the poor. The goal is to make the work of the poor easier and more successful.
Revival and Retreat:
Missionaries from all mission bases gather for training at the annual revival each August. In February, all missionaries convene for a silent retreat at a Benedictine monastery.
Teach Pastoral Care:
Seminarians are paired with Simple House missionaries to participate in pastoral care of the poor. In some cases, seminarians are sent to live at A Simple House for a missionary immersion. Theological College, Capuchin Franciscans, Jesuits, Dominicans, Conception Seminary College, and St. John Vianney Seminary have relationships with A Simple House. You will shape the next generation of pastors.
How will you build the Kingdom?
Through Works of Mercy:
How will you be changed as a missionary?