For an update on O.SS.T. current events visit Church News
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.
Come, Lord Jesus! This is the cry of the Church throughout all of Advent. This cry must come from the depths of our hearts. Our hearts must be formed by the words that God has given us through His holy Scriptures. Little by little our hearts become aware of the Lord and seek the Lord. Where else can we seek Him except in the living Word that He has given us in Jesus Christ? Where else except in the words give to us in the Scriptures?
The Prophet Isaiah speaks to us: Oh, that you would rend the heavens and come down! And then he adds: O Lord, you are our father; we are the clay and you the potter: we are all the work of your hands. We could spend all of Advent with these words in our hearts. Come, O Lord. We are the clay and you are the potter. Form us in your image because by ourselves we can do nothing. Without You, we are nothing.
The First Letter to the Corinthians tells us: God is faithful, and by him you were called to fellowship with his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. It is this faithfulness of the Lord that truly allows us to be and to grow and to seek the Lord. We try so many other things, we look for so many other things, we seek so much that is not God--and yet in the midst of it all, our hearts are seeking that which is the meaning of our life: the One who always loves us and calls us to Himself.
The Gospel of Mark's message is so clear! Be watchful. Be alert! Our whole being needs to respond to the Lord. He is coming to us and we miss Him so very often because we do not expect Him to come in the ways in which He reveals Himself. It is always the same. Jesus comes in every age in the poor, the outcast, the lowly, the despised--all those that we reject. Stay awake! Be alert!
Why are we not alert? Because we get distracted by so many things: by our pleasures, by our desires, by our angers, by our laziness, by our jealousies. And we are just humans! How can He expect us to be alert and to keep watch. There is only one possible solution: let us love Him more and more. Then we will want Him more and more. Then we will wait for Him more and more. Come, Lord Jesus.
From our O.SS.T. family to yours, we wish you a Blessed Advent Season!
A VOCATION UNLIKE ANY OTHER...
ARE YOU CALLED TO JOIN US?
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.
...become an "Old Catholic Marianist"
We are a community that gathers in faith, serves in love, and proclaims hope, through Jesus Christ.
Copyright 2009 - 2014 Order of the Most Holy Mary Theotokos. All rights reserved.