Third Order of the Most Holy Trinity and of the Captives

MINISTRY NAME: Third Order of the Most Holy Trinity and of the Captives – The Humble Servants of Christ the Redeemer

WHO DOES MINISTRY SERVE: The Trinitarian Order, Trinitarian International Solidarity, Persecuted Christians.

WHAT DOES MINISTRY DO: The Third Order is not a ministry, but rather the organization of consecrated laypersons of the Trinitarian family. As such, Third Order members are not required to be parishioners of Holy Rosary St. Richard Catholic Church. The purpose of the Third Order is that each tertiary attend to his own sanctification and to the glorification of the Most Holy Trinity through the practice of the theological virtues. Guided by the Rule of St. John de Matha, they follow Christ through the path of the Gospel according to the gift they have received, strive for the perfection of charity and manifest in the Church and in the world the secular dimension of the Trinitarian charism.  According to their state in life, they live out their lay vocation in fellowship and in communion with all the members of the Trinitarian Family, seeking with all their strength the glory of the Trinity and the redemption of their brothers and sisters.

LIST THREE PRIMARY GOALS THE MINISTRY SEEKS TO ACHIEVE:

1. Develop opportunities for each tertiary to move forward on the path to their sanctification.

2. Support the Trinitarian Order.

3. Live out the secular dimension of the Trinitarian charism by supporting those being persecuted for their faith in Jesus Christ.

HOW DOES MINISTRY SEEK TO ACHIEVE THESE GOALS: Encouraging members to grow in their prayer life by providing the tools to deepen their faith through ongoing formation and opportunities to serve the Church, the Order, the needy, and persecuted Christians.

RESPONSIBILITIES OF MINISTRY MEMBERS: 1. Develop a life of daily prayer and devotion to the Most Holy Trinity. 2. Live in communion with the precepts of the Roman Catholic Church. 3. Live out Christian holiness in solidarity with those being persecuted for their faith in Jesus Christ, and with the poor and marginalized.

GIFTS/QUALIFICATIONS/SKILLS NEEDED BY MEMBERS TO SERVE IN MINISTRY: No specific gifts or skills are required. Upon completion of the formation program, novices must be approved by the Spiritual Director of the Third Order to present themselves to take vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience and become professed members.

TIME COMMITMENT REQUIRED BY MEMBER TO SERVE: Professed members take vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience, and serve the Order according to their state in life. Postulants and novices are required to attend one formation meeting per month. Professed members must commit to daily prayer, frequent the sacraments, should attend monthly meetings, one retreat per year, and commit to ongoing formation. Professed members should participate in the activities throughout the year to support the Order, and all members commit to daily prayer (Trisagion, Rosary, Liturgy of the Hours, Bible reading, etc).

WHEN DOES MINISTRY MEET: Meetings are held on Mondays at 7:00 p.m.; Prayer meetings on the first Monday, formation meetings on the second Monday, and ordinary meetings for professed members on the third Monday of each month. Activities are held throughout the year, and professed members are required to attend one spiritual retreat per year.

WHERE DOES MINISTRY MEET: Meetings are usually held at Holy Rosary St. Richard Catholic Church.

TRAINING OR OTHER SUPPORT PROVIDED TO MEMBERS: The formation process is required for postulants and novices and available for professed members as part of their ongoing formation.

FACILITATORS OR LEADERS:
Denise Francoeur, 786-232-1191, email: dfrancoeur1@yahoo.com 
Jose Ignacio Jiminez, 305-608-3886, email: joseijimenezo@gmail.com
Coraly Maldonado, 305-498-8850, email: coraly.maldonado@gmail.com
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