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The Community of Our Lady of Sorrows

Our Foundation
The Community was co-founded by our current President and her husband as a Private Association of the Christian Faithful, within the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, as recommended by the Second Vatican Council.
"Let associations and groups be organized through which the lay apostolate will be able to permeate the whole of society with the spirit of the gospel" (Decree on Missionary Activity of the Church 15).
Our Purpose
The purpose of the Community of Our Lady of Sorrows is, in imitation of our holy Mother, to bring Christ to the world with love and compassion, first through intercessory prayer, but also in service to the Church and our communities, especially through Parish ministries. We also promote a knowledge of, and devotion to, Our Lady of Sorrows and her Seven Sorrows Chaplet (go to our prayer page to learn how to pray the Chaplet. If you wish to purchase a hand-tied cord chaplet, made by a member of our Community, please go to our Chaplets For All web site).

Our Membership
Membership is open to any Catholic – clergy or laity – who is at least eighteen (18) years of age. The individual should be a member in good standing in their Parish; they may also belong to other communities of the faithful (such as Third Orders, etc.) as well as the Community of Our Lady of Sorrows, if the other Order's Rule permits it. We are a member-based organization, however visitors are always welcome to meetings, for as long as they choose to attend. No one is ever forced to join the Community, since membership is a call on a person's life, and something each individual must respond to voluntarily.

For those who join the Community of Our Lady of Sorrows, as a means to greater holiness in the life of each member, the Community encourages growth through our Rule of Life which includes the following:
  • A time of daily personal prayer
  • Frequent participation in the sacraments of the Holy Eucharist and Reconciliation
  • Reading from Sacred Scripture, at least once a week
  • Recitation of the Seven Sorrows Chaplet at least once a week
  • Love and devotion to Mary, Sorrowful Mother and our model
  • Reverence for the sanctity of all life
  • Participating in and fostering intercessory prayer
  • Participation in monthly Community meetings and annual day of retreat
Community Life
The Community is formed into Chapters in local parishes. The members meet monthly for about two hours, in a time of fellowship, prayer and study. Members also have an annual retreat, take day trips to local shrines or have other times of community gathering, to spend time in fellowship with one another.

Our primary ministry is that of intercessory prayer, collectively and individually. If you would like us to pray for you, please contact us. We also work to make known to the world the Seven Sorrows of Our Lady and to encourage recitation of her Chaplet. We also actively seek to serve the poor, especially through food pantries, clothing collections and other Parish ministries.

Members are also encouraged to become involved in ministries in their Parish as they feel called, especially as Eucharistic Ministers, to visit the sick, assist the elderly and homebound, or in any other ministry in which they wish to serve.

If you have any questions, visit our FAQ's page - you will most likely find the answers there. If you are interested in becoming a member of the Community of Our Lady of Sorrows or want more information, or wish to join with us in prayer, please contact us by completing the request form on our Contact page. To see if there is a chapter near you, visit our Chapters page. If there isn’t a Chapter near you, consider starting one for your Parish. We will be delighted to give you all the help you need. Just contact us using the form referenced above.

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