Members in the narrower sense
We Sisters, Priests, Deacons, Fratres [candidates for ordination] and Brothers follow Jesus in virginal love, in loving obedience of faith and evangelical poverty. The evangelical counsels among which virginal love has primacy for us, are a path of self-denial but even more so a way to enter into the fulness of life in Christ: his love fills us, his will gives us freedom, he is the treasure of our lives.
Members in the wider sense
Bishops and diocesan priests, as well as deacons, families, unmarried persons, widows and widowers belong to us in a wider sense. They enter into a Holy Covenant with the Sacred Heart of Jesus according to their state of life. As The Work is called to reflect the Church as a Family of God, they belong irreplaceably to our community. They live in their own apartments and houses. As members both in the narrower or wider sense, we help each other to fulfill our duties in the Church and the world with faith, in the unity and diversity of the vocations that God gives to his Church.
We wish to be a community of adoration and serve God in unity and mutual complementarity, in love and respect, a community which lives in the world but is not of the world (cf. John 17:16-19). The Work consists of a Priests’ Community and a community of consecrated women with their respective governance. Our community was recognised as a new form of consecrated life by Pope John Paul II.
As consecrated men with a priestly and diaconal mission, we wish to be servants of the Church, witnesses of the faith and spiritual fathers for the people.
We Brothers are men who follow the Lord in the three evangelical counsels, are available for various tasks and who sincerely live in brotherly love.
As persons who are called to the consecrated life, we wish to be brides of Christ, spiritual mothers, and to give witness to others of God’s love in various ministries.
As diocesan priests we meet regularly for prayer, for formation and for mutual support in brotherly fellowship.
We form a community of faith and prayer with the consecrated members. As members of The Work, we receive support and valuable suggestions on how to fulfill our mission in our families and in society.
Christians from all walks of life and from all sorts of backgrounds are spiritually united with us through the blessing of their homes and their consecration to the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus. They aim to live faith and love in the spirit of the early Christians and act as a leaven to permeate today’s world with the message of the Gospel. Many faithful throughout the world join the family of The Work every evening in a blessing. They receive this blessing through bishops and priests all over the world.