The Fathers of Mercy believe in developing the whole man, body and soul, to make him the Soldier of Christ he’s called to be.
Some Signs of a Father of Mercy Vocation
- Feel a Call to be a Traveling Preacher
- Love of the Holy Eucharist
- Devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary
- Fidelity to the Holy Father and the Magisterium of the Church
- Zeal for the salvation of souls
The Fathers of Mercy host “Come and See” Retreats for men who would like to experience several days in the life of the community. The weekends generally begin Friday afternoon, and end Sunday afternoon after lunch.
2020 Come & See Discernment Weekends are based on individual availability.
Religious Life: Being Set Apart
The first duty of being a member of the Fathers of Mercy is Sanctity, that is, to become a Saint. By professing the three vows of poverty, chastity and obedience, we are set apart, consecrated body and soul, to be exclusively for God. By being faithful to these vows, a Father of Mercy becomes a sign of what it will be like in Heaven, when we see God face to face.
The Apostolate: Missionary Preaching
The Primary Work, or Apostolate, of the Fathers of Mercy is the preaching of Parish Missions and Retreats. At the request of a pastor or bishop, a priest is sent from our Congregation to preach the truths of our Faith in Love. One of the main goals of preaching parish missions is conversion, especially found in the Sacrament of Confession.
Eucharistic and Marian Devotion
Since we are consecrated religious and because our work is so demanding, the Fathers of Mercy have supreme love for the Holy Eucharist. Members celebrate daily the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass and pray a daily Eucharistic Holy Hour. Likewise, all members of the Congregation recite five decades of the rosary and consecrate themselves to the Blessed Virgin Mary under her title of the Immaculate Conception. Lastly, loyalty to the Pope and the Magisterium of the Catholic Church is essential to every Father of Mercy.