The Secular Order of the Servants of Mary (Secular Servite) is a Catholic organization of lay men and women plus diocesan priests living their Christian faith in the context of the world. The Secular Servite vocation is a special calling within the Church. The vocation finds its root in baptismal consecration and with its acceptance, the Secular Servites commit themselves to bring to fulfillment the evangelical commandment to love. They strive toward holiness according to the spirituality of the Servants of Mary (Servites), following the directives of their Rule of Life.
What We Do
Secular Servites are asked to do the following each day:
- Live the Christian Virtues of Faith, Hope and Love
- Pray and try to read Sacred Scripture each day, and/or the Liturgy of the Hours
- Practice acts of reverence for the Mother of God daily, especially by praying the Servite prayer “The Vigil of Our Lady” and/or the Servite Rosary of the Seven Sorrows of Mary.
The special vocation of lay persons is to seek God and minister God’s love.
The laity have the opportunities to evangelize and bring about the kingdom of God. Lay spirituality is founded on the struggle to live the Gospel of Jesus in the “thick” of life.
It is in the world where God calls lay persons to minister and to encounter the loving presence of God.