Men's Households


KOINONIA COVENANT

Koinonia is a household of men who are discerning a call from God to serve him as ministerial priests or consecrated brothers in his Church. Because of their love for Jesus Christ and their belief that they are called, they agree to live together in brotherhood and engage in a program of spiritual formation to better discern their vocation.

Normally, Koinonia will be reserved for juniors and seniors who have exhibited maturity in discernment of their call and are more certain about their vocations. Moving from the Living Stones Household (freshmen and sophomores) to Koinonia requires the discernment of the candidate and the directors of the program. Members will have an ongoing relationship with the directors to evaluate progress and to discern continuation in the program. This will be accomplished through regularly scheduled appointments.

Knowing that Christ is our food and our nourishment (John 6:53-58), we commit ourselves to participate in Mass as a household once each week, and individually on the remaining days of the week. Since our primary community prayer centers around the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, especially on Sunday, celebrating the Lord’s Resurrection and joyfully giving our hearts to him through praise and worship will also be a hallmark of our brotherhood. To participate more fully in the Sabbath, we agree to meet as a community on Saturday evening to begin this weekly period of prayer by way of a joy-filled Lord’s Day celebration of gratitude.

We acknowledge that our basic Christian formation as men committed to Jesus Christ abides in the conviction that we are united as sons of the Father (John 5:19; John 15:11).Therefore, we are committed each day to a time of personal prayer, reading of Sacred Scripture, and intercession for each other and the needs of the Church. 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 communally and privately, as befits the way of life of one preparing for priesthood or religious life.

Spiritual direction is an integral part of formation. University priests will be available to provide one-on-one, confidential spiritual direction to members of the Priestly Discernment Program. A spiritual director is to be chosen from the priests directly associated with the University unless the formation directors approve otherwise.

“Behold, how good and pleasant it is when brothers dwell in unity!” (Ps. 133).

We agree to live, pray, and recreate 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 speech (Rom.12:17-20; Eph.4:25-32).
  • We agree to practice a non-dating discipline as we strive to maintain good, healthy, inclusive relationships with women, relating chastely to them as our sisters in Christ.
  • We agree to participate in the following household activities, prayer, and services as scheduled:
    • Daily participation in Mass
    • Communal praying of the Liturgy of the Hours (Morning and Evening Prayer)
    • Eucharistic adoration
    • Regular participation in the sacrament of reconciliation
    • Marian devotions
    • Daily Holy Hour
    • Weekly formation evenings
    • Communal Lord’s Day celebration each Saturday
    • Household retreat each semester
    • Meeting regularly with a spiritual director
    • Formation Meeting, at least monthly with one of the Program directors
    • Weekly participation in a small sharing groups
    • Participation in a liturgical ministry
    • Participation in apostolic ministry
    • Campus or community service when requested

“The sacraments are of course actions of Christ, and their effectiveness is not diminished by the imperfection or unworthiness of the minister. But the results depend also on the dispositions of those who receive them, and these are greatly assisted by the personal holiness of the priest, by his perceptible witness” (“To All the Priests of the Church,” Pope John Paul II, 1986). Therefore, as members of Koinonia Household, we acknowledge the above agreement to be indeed a covenant among “brothers in the Lord.” We share our life together at Franciscan University of Steubenville with integrity and vision. As men of God, our lives will be characterized by loyalty, honor, prayer, service, joy, sacrifice, and most of all love. We pray that Jesus Christ will always be our salvation, our sanctification, and our great High Priest.

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