The call of Pope Benedict XVI for a robust rediscovery of the traditional Latin liturgy and consecrated life is at the heart of our foundation, a cause which finds renewed urgency under the reign of Pope Francis. We lead a life vowed before Almighty God, based in common prayer and totally immersed in the traditional Latin rite and the traditional expression of the Catholic Faith. We assist our local diocese in caring for Catholics who are devoted to the old liturgy; and we help others to discover its great strength and beauty. Our mission of prayer seeks to bring back to the Faith lukewarm and fallen-away Catholics as well as to convert non-Catholics to the One True Faith.
Our community begins its day in Grand Silence, which does not end until after the chanting of Prime (our morning prayer) to ensure a spirit of recollection. The community daily assists at the traditional Latin Mass either at the parish or in our House chapel, and also chants Vespers and Compline daily according to the ancient Roman rite. Brothers, who are not bound to recite the full Divine Office, are encouraged to recite the remainder of the day's prayers from the Little Office of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
Other traditional prayers are interspersed throughout the day. The old Roman meal blessing is chanted in full at common meals. The Angelus is prayed in Latin, chanted on feasts of Our Lady. Chanted Vespers of the Dead is often added to Vespers of the day. Brothers are also expected to pray at least five decades of the Holy Rosary each day and to devote themselves daily to mental prayer. On certain high solemnities and octaves, the entire Roman Office is prayed together in full chant.
Our community ministers at Mother of Divine Mercy Parish in Detroit teaching catechism, assisting with the Traditional Latin Mass and providing public recitation of the traditional Divine Office. We also provide active support for our newly emerged Latin Mass personal parish, St. Joseph Oratory Parish, under the pastoral care of the Institute of Christ the King. The community has engaged in door-to-door inner city evangelization and catechetical home visitation as well. Brothers that are otherwise qualified are able to enroll in priestly studies at Ss. Cyril and Methodius Seminary at Orchard Lake.