a “friend of st. paul” is any adult catholic who lives a form of affinity to the congregation of the sisters of st. paul of chartres. such a person desires to share the spirit of the congregation and participates in its mission without being bound to it by vows.
the friend of st. paul is bound by a promise that is renewable each year. the commitment entered into with the congregation is essentially spiritual in nature, without juridical, canonical or financial obligations.
the christian life of the friend of st. paul calls for a prayer life that progressively leads to an authentic life of union with christ. this presupposes outstanding moments of silent prayer and of listening to the word of god.
in communion with and spiritually supported by the congregation, the friends of st. paul commit themselves to the mission of the church through the service of their brothers and sisters, “recognizing in each one the person of our lord jesus christ.” (bl 6)
the friends of st. paul do not live in community with the sisters of st. paul. they come together at least three times a year. period of renewal conducted by the sisters of st. paul are occasions for acquiring a better knowledge of the spirit of the congregation as well as for mutual encouragement in the building of a christian community from which faith, hope and love emanate.
the right to admit friends of st. paul, as well as the appointment of the religious to follow them up spiritually, belongs to the superiors of provinces, districts and regions with their respective councils.
(capitular acts 2020)
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