The Most Rev. W. Thomas Larkin, D.D., first recognized the Marian Servants of Divine Providence as a private, Catholic association of the Diocese of St. Petersburg in Florida on November 24, 1987. On August 5, 1997, the Most Rev. Robert N. Lynch decreed the Marian Servants to be a private association of the Catholic Faithful. This association is the foundation and unifying force for all the ministries gathered under the mantle of Our Lady of Divine Providence.
Marian Servants of the Eucharist, a chapter here in the Diocese of Baton Rouge comes under the umbrella of our mother chapter, Our Lady of Divine Providence in Clearwater Florida. Therefore, our rights, our sanctions, and our protection are obtained also by the approval of Our Pope and Mother Church. The Marian Servants of the Eucharist officially received a blessing from Bishop Robert Munech on January 15, 2003 and became a non-profit corporation on February 21, 2003.
The Mission of the Marian Servants is this: to bring all Catholic Christians to a deeper understanding of their vocation and mission in the Church and in the world. As an association of the Cathoic faithful, which includes both the religious and laypersons, we believe we are called to be active members of the Church, working to the full extent of our abilities, for the building up of the Kingdom of God.
The Spirituality of the Marian Servants is threefold:
THE RULE OF LIFE
The virtues of the Marian Servants are these: holiness, obedience, service. These virtues find their concrete and personal expression in the Rule of Life.
HOLINESS: We respond to the call of holiness given to us at Baptism and make that call the center of our commitment as Marian Servants. We embrace a life of prayer shown by attending Mass, praying the rosary, meditating on the Word of God, reciting Morning Prayer and evening Prayer in the Liturgy of the Hours, and spending at least one half hour in quiet personal prayer – all performed daily whenever possible. In additions, we receive the sacrament of Reconciliation monthly, make special efforts to keep holy the Lord’s Day, and intercede before the Blessed Sacrament.
On this strong foundation, we are able to walk with faith, hope and love in the presence of the Holy Spirit and take up our cross and follow Him. With Mary as our model, we try to emulate all the virtues that made her first “yes” reverberate throughout the world. We offer our prayer, fasting, and works of charity as gifts to make reparation for the whole world in union with Christ’s own sufferings for mankind.
We enter into community, not only to share our joys and sorrows with each other, but to use it as our arena for living out the call of Jesus to come closer to Him through others. We commit to the weekly Wednesday evening community meetings and the once a month Friday afternoon healing masses. The Marian Servants are not a covenant community. We do not live in common.
OBEDIENCE: Our allegiance is the Holy Father and the local Bishop he has appointed to be the shepherd of our diocese.
We tithe to our community, the Marian Servants, as a sign of our giving of self on every level of what we have accomplished in our lives and in the whole world, which is our guiding principle.
SERVICE: Our call to holiness calls us into service. We share our gifts and strengths with others to further the work God has called the Marian Servants to do. We commit ourselves as servants, particularly to these who are least loved for the love of Christ.
We use the gifts of the Holy Spirit so that we may be instruments of peace and healing for the troubled, lonely, and the lost. We wait upon the Lord so His Will may be done in us and we can become His witnesses.
MEMBERSHIP: There are four levels of commitment as a Marian Servant: candidate, associate member, full member, and lifetime member. After a minimum of one year of formation, the candidate enters into membership.
OPEN TO THE PROMPTINGS OF THE HOLY SPIRIT AND FAITHFUL TO THE HOLY FATHER AND THE MAGISTERIUM OF THE CHURCH, WE TRUSTINGLY MAKE OUR PILGRIM JOURNEY THROUGH TIME UNDER THE MANTLE OF OUR LADY OF DIVINE PROVIDENCE, AND FAITHFULLY FOLLOWING HER EXAMPLE WE COMMIT OURSELVES, OUR FAMILIES, AND OUR WHOLE LIVES TO JESUS CHRIST OUR LORD, FOR THE GREATER HONOR AND GLORY OF GOD, AND THE SALVATION OF ALL.
“YOU, TOO, GO INTO THE VINEYARD.” (Matthew 20:3-4, CHRISTIFIDELES LAICI p. 10).
If you hear the Lord calling you to further information about the Marian Servants, please call Baton Rouge, LA (225) 292-9141 or (225) 293-2846.