The image of Mary at the foot of the cross has long been an inspiration to people who want to be closer to Jesus. In order to increase devotion to Our Lady of Sorrows, the Servite Order has established societies known as confraternities. The Servite confraternity’s roots reach back to the first century of the Order’s existence when groups of the faithful were living near the first communities of Friar Servants of Mary. Wanting to share the Order’s spirit, they formed various types of Marian associations. Pope Innocent X officially designated the Confraternity of Our Lady of Sorrows in 1645.
Many people wish to belong to the Servite confraternity, but they do not live in an area where it has been officially established, or they are unable to attend the monthly prayer hours. The Confraternity of Our Lady of Sorrows, established for over a hundred years at the Basilica of Our Lady of Sorrows in Chicago, has been reorganized so that it might meet the needs of such people.
The purpose of the Confraternity of Our Lady of Sorrows is to foster devotion to the passion of Christ and the sorrows of Mary, Mother of the Lord. The members of the Confraternity strive to develop the virtue of compassion so that they might be with their suffering brothers and sisters through prayer and works of mercy. To obtain further information about joining the Confraternity of Our Lady of Sorrows please contact:
Our Lady of Sorrows Priory
Servite Provincial Center
3121 West Jackson Blvd.
Chicago, IL 60612-2729