The Sodalit Vocation

We are a Lay Society of Apostolic Life approved by Saint John Paul II in 1997. We, sodalits, are Catholic laymen and clergy that answer the Lord's call to consecrate our lives fully to the apostolate of the Church, with a particular focus in serving the youth, the poor and the growth of culture.

We aspire to conform ourselves to Christ through a relationship of filial love to Virgin Mary, living in a community with our brothers and assuming freely, in the Church, the promises of obedience and apostolic celibacy.

The Sodalit Itinerary

Sodalit formation involves several steps of increasing spiritual maturity to reach a permanent comitment to the community through the profession of promises of Full Apostolic Availability for life. Here you can learn about this process.

ASPIRANT / CANDIDATE

1 to 3 years

This is the initial stage for a baptised and confirmed Catholic who has discovered in his life, the signs of a vocation to full apostolic availability in the Sodalitium. This is a time to discern such signs, accompanied by the Sodalit community. You can be an aspirant once you are at least 18 years old. By making this commitment, you do not yet necesarily live in a Sodalit communtiy. However, as the discernment process goes on, the aspirant may enter a community for a few months to help in his discernment process.

PROBANDO

2 years

The candidate formally enters community life. The focus of this time is his interior spiritual formation through the growth of his relationship with God (in prayer, study and silence), with himself and with others. This spiritual growth stems from the deepening in his baptismal identity as a son and apostle of the Father, in image of Jesus. This stage is lived in a community. Generally, at this point the candidate has already finished his undergraduate studies.

FORMANDO

2 years

The sodalit continues to grow in his faith and prepares himself in a more thorough manner for his temporal promises of full availability, by living a process of formation and apostolic maturity of his personality as an apostle. This is a transition stage towards a life of a larger insertion into the world. This stage is lived in an apostolic community with an appointed formator (director).

APOSTOLIC CONSECRATION TO MARY

This consecration is a promise that manifests the desire of the sodalit to collaborate fully and for life with Mary’s apostolic mission. This commitment expresses an essential trait of the Sodalit charisma and its spirit remains throughout his life. This consecration is done a short time before the temporal commitment.

TEMPORARY COMMITMENT OF FULL APOSTOLIC AVAILABILITY

2 to 9 years

This is the final stage of the Sodalit initial formation. The person requests and is granted admission to profess his commitment of Full Apostolic Availability in a temporary manner. During this stage, the sodalit is accompanied by the authorities of the community where he lives in and is encouraged to find his place in the Sodalitium’s common mission. This stage generally lasts between 4 to 5 years. After this stage, the person undergoes a period of spiritual integration of his whole initial formation for about 8 months.

PERPETUAL COMMITMENT OF FULL APOSTOLIC AVAILABILITY

The sodalit manifests a level of vocational maturity that allows him to profess his promises perpetually and join himself to the community for life. By being a sodalit of perpetual commitment, the sodalit receives a specific mission from his superiors. From here on, the sodalit lives in continuous formation, striving to grow in the vision of his whole life as a permanent apostolate.

The Lord calls, among the Sodalits, some to serve the Sodalitium, and its mission, through the priesthood. To be ordained a priest in the Sodalitium, the profession of the commitment of perpetual Full Apostolic Availability is required. Specific formation aimed at priesthood may begin during the period of temporal commitments.
ASPIRANT / CANDIDATE

1 to 3 years

This is the initial stage for a baptised and confirmed Catholic who has discovered in his life, the signs of a vocation to full apostolic availability in the Sodalitium. This is a time to discern such signs, accompanied by the Sodalit community. You can be an aspirant once you are at least 18 years old. By making this commitment, you do not yet necesarily live in a Sodalit communtiy. However, as the discernment process goes on, the aspirant may enter a community for a few months to help in his discernment process.

PROBANDO

2 years

The candidate formally enters community life. The focus of this time is his interior spiritual formation through the growth of his relationship with God (in prayer, study and silence), with himself and with others. This spiritual growth stems from the deepening in his baptismal identity as a son and apostle of the Father, in image of Jesus. This stage is lived in a community. Generally, at this point the candidate has already finished his undergraduate studies.

FORMANDO

2 years

The sodalit continues to grow in his faith and prepares himself in a more thorough manner for his temporal promises of full availability, by living a process of formation and apostolic maturity of his personality as an apostle. This is a transition stage towards a life of a larger insertion into the world. This stage is lived in an apostolic community with an appointed formator (director).

APOSTOLIC CONSECRATION TO MARY

This consecration is a promise that manifests the desire of the sodalit to collaborate fully and for life with Mary’s apostolic mission. This commitment expresses an essential trait of the Sodalit charisma and its spirit remains throughout his life. This consecration is done a short time before the temporal commitment.

TEMPORARY COMMITMENT OF FULL APOSTOLIC AVAILABILITY

2 to 9 years

This is the final stage of the Sodalit initial formation. The person requests and is granted admission to profess his commitment of Full Apostolic Availability in a temporary manner. During this stage, the sodalit is accompanied by the authorities of the community where he lives in and is encouraged to find his place in the Sodalitium’s common mission. This stage generally lasts between 4 to 5 years. After this stage, the person undergoes a period of spiritual integration of his whole initial formation for about 8 months.

PERPETUAL COMMITMENT OF FULL APOSTOLIC AVAILABILITY

The sodalit manifests a level of vocational maturity that allows him to profess his promises perpetually and join himself to the community for life. By being a sodalit of perpetual commitment, the sodalit receives a specific mission from his superiors. From here on, the sodalit lives in continuous formation, striving to grow in the vision of his whole life as a permanent apostolate.

The Lord calls, among the Sodalits, some to serve the Sodalitium, and its mission, through the priesthood. To be ordained a priest in the Sodalitium, the profession of the commitment of perpetual Full Apostolic Availability is required. Specific formation aimed at priesthood may begin during the period of temporal commitments.

*MINISTERIAL PRIESTHOOD IN THE SODALITIUM

The Lord calls, among the Sodalits, some to serve the Sodalitium, and its mission, through the priesthood. To be ordained a priest in the Sodalitium, the profession of the commitment of perpetual Full Apostolic Availability is required. Specific formation aimed at priesthood may begin during the period of temporal commitments.

Testimonies

Contact us

If you are interested in knowing where God is calling you to, we sodalits may be able to help you in your discernment process. Get in touch with us through the following form, or e-mail us at: vocaciones@sodalitium.org.

Q&A

The sodalit is a baptised man who has consecrated his life to the Lord to announce his Gospel, along with other brothers who share his same vocation.

He is a person that experiences God’s calling to serve Him by cooperating in the Church’s mission to evangelize. He is consecrated entirely to God and will not get married. He lives this consecration as a layman, that is, he is not a priest. He serves in the apostolate through various professions and tasks.

A person who discovers God’s calling to serve his brethren through ministerial priesthood. He is a person called to join men with God through the celebration of the sacraments such as baptism, confession, Eucharist and the anointing of the sick.

This is the concrete way in which a sodalit gives his entire life to God through the journey of filial love and apostolic devotion to Mary. To be fully available means to give one’s life to the Lord so that God may reach others through his Life, Word and Love.

We sodalits discover in community life a huge blessing. In it, we experience friendship in Christ through the sharing of our life and mission with our brothers. Every sodalit community has a brother that serves as a Superior to lead the mission. We engage in several activities together such as prayer, evangelization, recreation, etc.

Vocation is a calling from God to all people to carry out a particular mission that contributes to humanity. For that we need to practice interior silence, pray a lot, and seek counsel from people that can guide us in the spiritual path to hear God’s call.

It’s an ecclesial term that describes a type of community recognized by the Vatican to live consecrated life for apostolate. The Sodalitium is a lay society of apostolic life approved by the Holy See.

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