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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.
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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.
HAPPY ANNIVERSARY O.SS.T.!
On the eighth day of September in the year of our Lord two thousand nine, the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Order of the Most Holy Mary Theotokos was founded. Today we celebrate the fifth year of our founding.
History of the Feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary:
The source for the story of the birth of the Blessed Virgin Mary is the Protoevangelium of James, an apocryphal gospel written about A.D. 150. From it, we learn the names of Mary's parents, Joachim and Anna, as well as the tradition that the couple was childless until an angel appeared to Anna and told her that she would conceive. (Many of the same details appear also in the later apocryphal Gospel of the Nativity of Mary.)
The traditional date of the feast, September 8, falls exactly nine months after the feast of the Immaculate Conception of Mary. Perhaps because of its close proximity to the feast of the Assumption of Mary, the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary is not celebrated today with the same solemnity as the Immaculate Conception. It is, nonetheless, a very important feast, because it prepares the way for the birth of Christ.
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Welcome to the official website of the Order of the Most Holy Mary Theotokos. Also known as “The Old Catholic Marianists”, we are a self-governing religious community and independent autocephalous jurisdiction of the One Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church in the Old Catholic faith tradition. 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. O.SS.T. is 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. 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.
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We are a community that gathers in faith, serves in love, and proclaims hope, through Jesus Christ.
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