LIVING STONES COVENANT
Recognizing that we are, in virtue of our baptism and confirmation, already members of the royal priesthood of Christ (1 Pet.2:9), we are making a covenant within this household to enter into serious spiritual formation and discernment. We embrace this agreement as an important step toward our participation in the ministerial priesthood of Jesus Christ or life as a consecrated brother in the Roman Catholic Church.
Developing good habits with regard to daily prayer is the first and perhaps the most important task of a man called to the Living Stones Household. We acknowledge that our basic Christian formation as men committed to Jesus Christ abides in the conviction that we bear integrity as sons of the Father (John 5:19; 15:11).Therefore, we are committed each day to a time of personal prayer, reading of Sacred Scripture, praise and adoration of God, along with intercession for the Church and for each other. Through this we come to know the Lord God whom we serve, and to love each other as he commanded. As members of a Church continually at prayer, and with a desire to join with her in this sacrifice, we commit ourselves to pray the Liturgy of the Hours, the “prayer of the Church,” communally and privately, as is befitting the way of life of one called to priesthood or religious life. We commit ourselves to participate in Mass as a household once each week and individually on the remaining days of the week.
- We agree to live together in the bond of charity to strengthen each other by our personal witness to Christ.
- We agree to be faithful to Household life and agreements as established among us, and to hold one another accountable to them.
- We agree to love and support one another as brothers in Christ: respectful, loyal, and affirmative in our speech (Rom.12:17-20; Eph. 4:25-32).
- We agree to observe a no dating policy and to avoid relationships with women that are exclusive in nature.
- We agree to participate in the following Household activities:
- Daily Mass
- Communal praying of the Liturgy of the Hours (Morning and Evening Prayer)
- Regular participation in the Sacrament of Reconciliation
- Marian Devotions
- Holy hours with eucharistic adoration
- Communal Lord’s Day celebration each Saturday
- Household retreat each semester
- Meeting regularly with one of the Program directors
- Participation in small sharing groups
“…and, like living stones, let yourselves be built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ” (1 Pet. 2:5).
Docility to the Holy Spirit and humble obedience to the program are essential in our formation. As men set apart individually and together to serve the Church, we will strive to be exemplary among the student body in prayer, in academics, in service, and certainly in brotherhood.
Maturing among other men of God with the same vocational goal can be a great support, and so men in the Living Stones Household should give priority to their relationships with one another and to the other men in the Priestly Discernment Program. This in no way excludes having other friends on campus but should instead ground the individual and enable him to foster other friendships that are truly Christ-centered.
“Come to him, a living stone, rejected by human beings but chosen and precious in the sight of God” (1 Pet. 2:4).
Therefore, as brothers in Living Stones Household, we pledge to share our life together at Franciscan University of Steubenville with integrity and vision. As men of God, we strive to let loyalty, honor, prayer, humility, obedience, service, joy, and most of all love characterize our lives. We freely choose to live this covenant with a desire to grow in love for God and his people and to further discern God’s call in our lives. We pray that Jesus Christ will always be our salvation, our sanctification, and our great High Priest.