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Meeting of Sodalits from the United States to strengthen their apostolic mission

In a special meeting that took place in Evergreen, Colorado, our brothers from the Sodalit communities “Our Lady of the Advent” (Englewood, Denver) and “Our Lady of Perpetual Help” (Philadelphia) from the USA met from 13th to June 17th, to participate in a week of reflection and planning of their apostolic mission. The event was attended by José David Correa, Superior General of the Sodalitium Christianae Vitae, and Carlos Muñoz, General Assistant for the Apostolate.

Our brother Carlos Muñoz shared with us that during the meeting they reflected on what the Church needs and expects from our service in the United States.

“It was a moment to discern about the contributions that we are called to offer from our charism, our presence as an apostolic community in the various projects that the Church has asked us to support both in parishes, university centers, solidarity work, as well as the desire to continue consolidating the presence of the Christian Life Movement in our missionary work. In addition, we joyfully note the encouragement of our pastors to continue contributing to the mission of the Church in the United States”, he said.

For his part, Christopher Lanciotti expressed: “It was really a great opportunity to share the blessings that God has given to the community and seek to cooperate with the Holy Spirit on the future of our work in the US”.

Father Remigio Morales-Bermúdez, parish priest of St. Agatha & St. James Parish, mentioned that during these days they discovered great wealth: “The United States is a fertile field for Evangelization”, and stressed that “there are many people open to Faith, though many have lost the practice, maintain a belief in God as their foundation”.

Sergio Arrangoiz added: “During that week, the Sodalits had various spaces for dialogue, moments of prayer and the Eucharist, as well as personal meetings and moments of recreation”.

The presence of Sodalitium in the United States began in 2003. In that year, at the invitation of Bishop Charles Chaput, then Archbishop of Denver, the first Sodalit community began at Camp St. Malo, a retreat center on the outskirts of the city. In October 2010, Archbishop Chaput entrusted Holy Name Parish to the Sodalitium, where the community is currently located.

In 2014, the then-Archbishop of Philadelphia, Msgr. Charles Chaput, invited the Sodalitium to found a community that would be entrusted with the pastoral leadership of St. Agatha & St. James Parish and the Newman Center for the University of Pennsylvania and Drexel University in West Philadelphia.

After this enriching meeting, the Sodalit brothers intend to strengthen the integration of their apostolate at the national level, especially with regard to the Christian Life Movement (MVC) in the United States.