The Benedictine Abbey of Saint Martin's, founded in Lacey, Washington in 1895 as a monastery of the American Cassinese Congregation, is a community of Roman Catholic men dedicated to providing Christian witness in the Pacific Northwest through its monastic life of prayer and work, education and service to the Church.
Saint Martin's Abbey fulfills its mission through liturgical prayer and worship, through its support of Saint Martin's University and through its pastoral service to the local Church.
The basic principles and beliefs that guide its communal life are: (1.) prayer, (2.) hospitality, (3.) listening to others, and (4.) service to others particularly through education.
Father Paul Weckert, O.S.B.
St. Martin's Abbey
5000 Abbey Way SE, Lacey, WA 98503-7500
We follow the example set by Christ and His Apostles, living communally, praying, striving for social justice, and teaching. Brothers take vows of poverty, obedience, and chastity.
Our efforts are particularly focused on serving youth, both in traditional academic settings and through a variety of innovative ministries launched to meet the shifting needs of our ever-changing society.
For eight centuries, men have answered the call to Carmel. Whether it was the 12th century crusaders who established a contemplative community on Mt. Carmel in the Holy Land or the thousands of men all over the world today who have followed in their footsteps, Carmel has become much more than a geographic place, it is a spiritual home. Since those first Carmelites, Carmel has become home to both men and women all around the globe as well as some of the most important and beloved saints in history.
Still, the call to Carmel is as unique as each soul who makes the journey. The common denominator that links us is the deep desire to find a way to marry both contemplation and action in the world. As we strive for union with Christ we draw others closer to Him. In this life, we draw ever closer to one another in Christ.
We invite you to join us on the path up Mount Carmel. Walking in the footsteps of Jesus with Elijah and Mary is a wonderful, deeply satisfying life.
St. Cecilia Parish, Stanwood
For 800 years the mission of the Order of Preachers has been to proclaim the Gospel to every corner of the world. We do this for one simple reason: that every soul may come to know and love Jesus Christ.
It was for this reason that St. Dominic de Guzman founded the Order of Preachers in 1216. Traveling through Spain and southern France with the Bishop of Osma, he encountered many confused people who believed that the physical world was evil, and created by an evil god. Dominic saw the need for good preachers who could explain the truth of the Catholic faith and reconcile those who had fallen away.
Maryknollers live out their missionary vocation to spread the love of God to those in need throughout Asia, Africa and Latin America. Firmly grounded in the Gospels and in ebble1Catholic social teaching, they live and serve in 26 countries around the world.
Compassion is at the heart of all the ministries of the Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers. Whether providing life-giving medicines, nutritious food, blankets, or something as simple as a glass of clean water . . . it is compassion at work.
As representatives of the Catholic Church in overseas lands, Maryknoll Priests and Brothers are committed to evangelization and actively employ the six elements of mission in their ministry: proclamation and witness to Jesus Christ; liturgy, prayer, and contemplation; inculturation; justice and the care of creation; interreligious dialogue; reconciliation.
We are a Religious Order of men consecrated to God for the service of the Church. We live our consecration to God in a community of brothers, supporting one another in our vocation and ministry. We profess the evangelical counsels of poverty, chastity and obedience. We are a total 354 members with communities in the Mexico, U.S., Costa Rica, Chile, Spain, Italy and Columbia. Our order is divided into 3 provinces: Province of Mexico, Province of Felix de Jesus and Christ the Priest Province, the province here in the United States to which we belong. Its members are distributed among 57 communities, 40 of which are in Mexico.
Fr. Jose de Jesus Sanchez
In the Society of Jesus, we have one mission, but many ministries. The mission is summed up in a phrase long associated with our order, Ad Maiorem Dei Gloriam ("For the Greater Glory of God"), often abbreviated as AMDG. Our ministries extend across a world of human need and striving — from parishes to prisons, from retreat centers to refugee resettlements, from schools to hospitals.
And when we speak of "our" ministries, we speak not only of those with the "SJ" after their names, the vowed members of the Society of Jesus. Growing numbers of lay people are also taking part in our works, helping to steer our institutions, as partners in mission. This is not simply a pragmatic response to fewer religious vocations. It is grounded in a renewed theological vision of mutuality and partnership with the people of God.
We collaborate because we see Christ in the other. Collaboration is at the heart of contemporary Jesuit mission.
For all those animated by the Jesuit vision, ministry is an adventure. Our founder, Ignatius Loyola, captured this spirit when he sent his good friend, Francis Xavier, on a mission to the Far East. Ignatius told him — "Go, set the world on fire!"
Redemptorist Missionaries continue the charism of Alphonsus in the Church and in society. “Strong in faith, rejoicing in hope, burning with charity, on fire with zeal, in humility of heart and persevering in prayer, Redemptorists as apostolic men and genuine disciples of Saint Alphonsus follow Christ the Redeemer with Hearts full of joy; denying themselves and always ready to undertake what is demanding and challenging, they share in the mystery of Christ and proclaim it in Gospel simplicity of life and language, that they may bring to people Plentiful Redemption” (Redemptorist Constitutions, No. 20).
Redemptorists live in missionary communities, always welcoming and prayerful, like Mary of Nazareth. By means of missions, retreats, parish ministry, ecumenical apostolates, the ministry of reconciliation and the teaching of Moral Theology, they proclaim the love of God our Father which in Jesus “dwelt amongst us” so as to become profound mercy and The Word of Life which nourishes the human heart and gives life meaning so as to live it to the fullest in freedom and solidarity with others. And, like Alphonsus, Redemptorists make a very clear option for the poor affirming their dignity and greatness before God and believing that the Good News of Our Lord is meant in a special way for them.
There are over 5,500 Redemptorists; they work in 82 countries on all 5 continents helped by many men and women who collaborate in their mission and together form the Redemptorist Family. “Our Lady of Perpetual Help” is the missionary icon of the Congregation.
Sacred Heart of Jesus
205 2nd Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109-4817
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