About the Auxiliaries
Auxiliaries of Our Lady of the Cenacle are single vowed lay women who live our mission in the church and in the world in the ordinary circumstances of our secular life. We are attracted to the richness of the Cenacle Mystery from the promises of the Last Supper through their fulfillment at Pentecost.
Auxiliaries have neither a specific work nor a specific apostolate. Through the various facets of our life we discover our particular field of apostolic endeavor, allowing ourselves to be transformed by Jesus that we may bring him to the world.
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Our spirituality is rooted in the mystery of the Cenacle, the heritage of St. Therese Couderc, and the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius. It is centered in the Holy Spirit, the Eucharist, Mary, the church, and communal sharing. It was in the Cenacle that the newborn church gathered with Mary in prayer and communal sharing. Empowered and led by the Holy Spirit, the new church proclaimed to the world the Gospel the Good News of Jesus resurrected.
Prayer is an essential part of our daily life and gives a contemplative dimension to our entire secular life. It is the indispensable condition for meeting the Lord throughout our days, the source and means of our mission, and the basis of fidelity to our commitment. Our need and hunger for prayer draw us to the Cenacle mystery where we are taught by the Holy Spirit, attracted by Mary "who kept all these things in her heart" (Luke 2:51) and led to self-surrender by Saint Therese Couderc.
Although we do not live in community, each Auxiliary belongs to a local group for sharing our daily lives and to encourage one another to move forward in fidelity to the calls of our vocation. Local groups do not always mean that Auxiliaries live in the same geographic area.
Annually, we pronounce vows of poverty, celibacy, and obedience. The three vows touch every aspect of our life as we seek to live the commitment of our baptism and confirmation.
Our consecrated secularity is a response to the appeal of the love of Jesus Christ. It is a radical and definitive commitment to follow Christ. Our consecration is lived in the most varied social structures, commitments, and professions. We assume our specific roles in the world as do all people. Even if nothing about us is changed exteriorly, our whole life is to be changed interiorly. Our commitment to consecrated celibacy, poverty, and obedience expresses the absolute gift of ourselves to God.
Articles 8- 10, Constitution of the Auxiliaries of the Cenacle, adapted
For more information on Formation and Requirements for Auxiliaries download our Cenacle Auxiliaries Brochure.
Each local group meets regularly. Meeting frequency is determined by the local group. The meetings are facilitated by the local group Sponsor and are usually held on weekends. The purpose of the meetings is to mutually support each other in fidelity to the demands of the vocation. We also hold Regional Meetings and International Meetings. For more information contact our vocations director.
The origin of the Auxiliaries dates back to 1878 when three Christian lay women from various parts of Europe independently approached the Superior General of the Congregation of Our Lady of the Retreat in the Cenacle and asked to unite themselves by a special bond to the Congregation. Each woman expressed the desire to dedicate herself to bear witness to Christ in the secular world. Out of this small beginning an international group of lay women of the Cenacle gradually evolved.
The Constitution of the Auxiliaries of the Cenacle was approved by the Congregation of Our Lady of the Retreat in the Cenacle, and by the Sacred Congregation for Religious and Secular Institutes in Rome, in February 1985.
Today, the Auxiliaries are an international group with members living in two Regions (Canada, Peru, Phillipines, United States, England, France, Italy, Madagascar and Switzerland).
Meet a Cenacle Auxiliary
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