Men’s Household

Koinonia Covenant

Men of Koinonia, united as sons of the Father in a eucharistic brotherhood, strive to conform ourselves to Jesus Christ, the great High Priest, through the sanctifying power of the Holy Spirit. Responding to the providential guidance of the Spirit, we commit ourselves at a deeper level to carrying out God’s will in every aspect of our lives. We answer the call to imitate Christ’s obedience to the Father by discerning the ministerial priesthood or religious life, a call to sacrificial love.

Prayer Life

They devoted themselves . . . to the breaking of the bread and to prayer” (Acts 2:42).

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). We take Mary, the Mother of God to be our mother.

Our Brotherhood

“Behold, how good and pleasant it is when brothers dwell in unity!” (Ps. 133:1).

Receiving our unity as sons of the Father from the eternal Sonship of Jesus Christ, we understand Koinonia in its essence to be a brotherhood in the Eucharist. We take this truth from the First Letter of St. Paul to the Corinthians:


The chalice of benediction which we bless, is it not the koinonia of the blood of Christ? And the bread which we break, is it not the koinonia of the body of the Lord? For we, being many, are one bread, one body: all that partake of one bread (1 Cor. 10:16-17).


Our life together takes on particular significance when we consider the oneness of the priestly call that we are preparing to answer—a vocation which in its deepest reality is bound to the Eucharist; for the Eucharist is the source from which the vocation of the priesthood flows and the summit toward which it is ultimately directed. Because we all discern this sublime vocation, we share a special commitment to one another: in our friendship, in our formation, and in our prayer. Our brotherhood exists to prepare us to be priest. The Bread of Eternal Life is for us the spring of desire for sanctity and heavenly worship. Moved by this desire, we foster among ourselves an atmosphere of fraternal charity and correction, recognizing the primacy of our spiritual welfare and challenging each other for the sake of the people for whom we one day be called to lay down our lives. Ultimately, we know that our fraternal communion must be a manifestation of the fount from which it arises, the koinonia of the Eucharist, a bond of love that is unchanging, uncompromising, and eternal.


We agree to participate in the following household activities:

  • Daily Mass
  • Daily Holy Hour of Eucharistic Adoration
  • Daily Communal Liturgy of the Hours
  • Regular participation in the sacrament of penance and reconciliation
  • Daily Marian devotions
  • Thursday formation evenings (weekly)
  • Communal Lord’s Day celebration each Saturday
  • Brotherhood time on Saturday evenings
  • One PDP retreat each semester
  • Meeting regularly with the PDP director and a Spiritual Director
  • Participation in a liturgical ministry at Christ the King Chapel
  • Participation in small sharing group
  • Weekly “Works of Mercy” ministry

Covenant Prayer for Koinonia

Taking this covenant to be our own, we offer our lives to you, O Lord. We surrender to you so as to be confirmed in our adoption as your sons and conformed to Jesus Christ through Mary by the power of the Holy Spirit. We make this offering in the hope that you will stir up in us that holiness that is fitting for all people, especially your priests. By your grace, O Lord, we resolve to become men of virtue and sacrificial love, to join ourselves to the prayer of Christ, and to unite in a eucharistic brotherhood, so as to truly become Koinonia.

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