Community and Priests
Father Bob Bedard founded the Companions of the Cross. This order was founded to renew diocesan priesthood. The initial inspiration is that diocesan priests need to live in community to fully live out their priesthood.
Fr Bob says in their directory, “The effectiveness of our ministry flows from the quality of our life together. As brothers we are called not merely to care about one another but to care for one another. Taking time to discover the authentic needs of brothers, investing in fraternal relationships, and ministering to one another are central to our call to community. We acknowledge that we cannot claim to love and serve God if we neglect the brother within our own house.”
How beautiful and true the thought, “The effectiveness of our ministry flows from the quality of our life together.”
I would say that one of the answers to the challenges in the priesthood is that most priests live in community. Community is more than just two priests living under the same roof. Community is a shared life and a shared brotherhood.
I would offer this suggestion to the bishops. When a man is ordained and leaves the seminary that he has to spend 5 years living in a community with other diocesan priests. And only after 5 years after consulting with his superiors may he move to parish were he lives alone.
May we move to a day when most diocesan priests live in community because, “The effectiveness of our ministry flows from the quality of our life together.”