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As a Catholic family, O.SS.T. is committed to the gospel message that Jesus Christ is our Savior. Our mission is to spread the Good News of Salvation.
Dedicated to making a difference and building a future.
We are an Old Catholic Institute of Consecrated Life like no other. A religious community that since 2009, has embodied the selflessness of man as it has helped overcome adversity in the world. We are men and women of faith. Guided not only by our belief in God and the Catholic Church, but by our belief in each other, and in ourselves. We are the Old Catholic Marianists. Believing that a man or woman is defined by his/her actions as a follower of God, and as a leader in his/her community. Believing that a man or a woman is more than simply a man or a woman, when he/she bears the title of Old Catholic Marianist.
On the first day of the week,
Mary of Magdala came to the tomb early in the morning,
while it was still dark,
and saw the stone removed from the tomb.
So she ran and went to Simon Peter
and to the other disciple whom Jesus loved, and told them,
“They have taken the Lord from the tomb,
and we don’t know where they put him.”
So Peter and the other disciple went out and came to the tomb.
They both ran, but the other disciple ran faster than Peter
and arrived at the tomb first;
he bent down and saw the burial cloths there, but did not go in.
When Simon Peter arrived after him,
he went into the tomb and saw the burial cloths there,
and the cloth that had covered his head,
not with the burial cloths but rolled up in a separate place.
Then the other disciple also went in,
the one who had arrived at the tomb first,
and he saw and believed.
For they did not yet understand the Scripture
that he had to rise from the dead.
A blessed Easter Season to you and all of your loved ones from
the Brothers and Sisters of the Order of the Most Holy Mary Theotokos
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Welcome to the official website of the Order of the Most Holy Mary Theotokos... an independent ecumenical institute of consecrated life! Also known as “The Old Catholic Marianists”, we are a self-governing religious community and autocephalous jurisdiction of the One Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church rooted in the Old Catholic faith tradition.
In fact and in law, we are an autonomous group of people. Although our roots are in the Catholic monastic experience, we have been nourished by other traditions as well and are in spiritual solidarity with many faith communities and individuals. At present we feel more authentic standing outside the institutional structure of any particular denomination.
We are first and foremost Servants of Jesus the Good Shepherd, dedicated to promoting devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary, under her special Orthodox Church title, the Theotokos. Theotokos in Greek means "God-bearer". We honor Mary under that title and seek to live her example of the openness to the will of Almighty God and the promptings of the Holy Spirit.
We are an ecumenically minded non-cloistered monastic community dedicated to living our lives as mirrors of the extraordinary dedication, sacrifice, and faith modeled by our most beloved and dear Mother of God. The Order of the Most Holy Mary Theotokos, or O.SS.T. as it is often referred, is a religious community called to live and to share the good news of Jesus Christ through prayer, Eucharist, and service.
The objective of our O.SS.T. monastic community is to live a good and simple life. We are a religious community comprised of men and women of all ages, married and single, clergy and laity, living and working together as equals in the world.
We attempt to lead a prayerful, contemplative monastic life and to be one of the many presences in the world affirming the value of compassion for all. We have responded as we could to the individual needs of one another, and more especially to the suffering and the struggling who seek our prayer, and particularly to those who cannot, or for whatever reason will not, pray for themselves.
Increasingly we reach out in response to others walking a spiritual path in the challenging circumstances of life and society. We feel there is a divine spark and creativity in every individual which requires respect and support.
Any baptized Christian whose faith and ministry perspective is truly both ecumenical (accepting of all who claim the Holy Name of Christ) and Catholic (universal) may make application to join.
...become an "Old Catholic Marianist"
We are a community that gathers in faith, serves in love, and proclaims hope, through Jesus Christ.
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