The Greater Eudist Family is a network of congregations and lay groups living the spiritual heritage of St. John Eudes. It includes two congregations founded directly by him, as well as other congregations that have him as their spiritual father. Here are some of them:
SISTERS OF OUR LADY OF CHARITY
The Institute of the Sisters of Our Lady of Charity was founded by St. John Eudes in 1641 in Caen, France. Their main ministry is working with "women in need": offering counseling services in parishes, counseling for troubled teens, teaching in schools and religious education programs, running adult daycare centers, as well as rehabilitation and nursing care for the sick and elderly, or for AIDS patients.
GOOD SHEPHERD SISTERS
The Congregation of Our Lady of Charity of the Good Shepherd is an international apostolic religious institute of pontifical right. As religious they are called to a mission of reconciliation and they express their charism of merciful love through an apostolic life or a contemplative life. (Constitution Art 1).
It consists of nearly 4,000 Sisters, present in 70 countries on five continents. It is recognized as an NGO in Special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) of the United Nations. The member of the congregation are increasing, and lay people are walking with us as partners, friends, volunteers, benefactors, or lay associates of the Good Shepherd.
LITTLE SISTERS OF THE POOR
The Congregation of the Little Sisters of the Poor, founded in 1839 by Jeanne Jugan, serves the elderly in 32 countries on five continents. This was the project of our founder, St. Jeanne Jugan. Today, after 170 years, the congregation continues working in 196 houses, 30 of them in Spain, and now the Little Sisters strive to care for the elderly, in a spirit of humble service keeping alive the legacy she left us and continuing and updating its mission worldwide.
The canonization of our founder on October 11, 2009 in Rome has been a strong incentive to continue and develop our work. With joy we want to share this great event.
EUDIST SERVANTS OF THE ELEVENTH HOUR
The Eudist Servants of The Eleventh Hour is a new branch, a twig sprouting on the 400 year-old tree of the extended spiritual family of St. John Eudes. This is an association of the faithful whose members are sisters who are mature women who love Jesus and want to follow Him by serving the poor and the needy. The Eleventh Hour refers to the scripture where Jesus calls the last, and signifies that the community is for older women, generally between the ages of forty five and sixty five. The community's mission is to minister to the poor and the needy, to bring to them the love of Jesus Christ. To accomplish this members must, in their hearts and in their lives, bear the pain of the poor, the imprisoned, the sick, the rejected, the forgotten and the abandoned children of God. Members of the community serve, with the permission of the local Bishop, in a variety of locations in Mexico and the United States, and perform a variety of services. Mother Antonia Brenner, the Servants' founder and current superior of the community, serves by ministering to prisoners and guards at a prison in Tijuana, Mexico. Several other sisters work alongside her in Tijuana. Sister Kathleen serves her ministry in Baton Rouge and Lafayette, Louisiana as a prison chaplain. Still another Servant, Sister Lillian, serves in her home area of Texas, tending to the elderly in nursing homes.
The Servants operate a ministry center, Casa Campos de San Miguel, located just three blocks from the La Mesa penitentiary. The Casa is a refuge for women leaving prison and for women visiting incarcerated family in the nearby prison, and also for women and children who have come to Tijuana for treatment for cancer. The sisters also have a convent nearby, Corazon de Maria, which serves as the community headquarters and is also a residence for some of the sisters in Tijuana. Corazon de Maria is also used as the community's house of formation. Still other sisters and associates live in the United States and commute daily to Tijuana to visit area hospitals and comfort patients and their families.
All of the sisters are self-supporting, both economically and with their own health care. Vows are taken for a one year period and then renewed annually, if mutually agreeable.
SECULAR INSTITUTE OF THE FAITHFUL SERVANTS OF JESUS
The Lord offers you a new vocational choice, the consecration to God in the world, without leaving your family and your work!
Who are we?
The Institute was founded in Bogota, Colombia in March 1941 and has held Pontifical Right since August 1968. It was born thanks to the concern of a young lady from Bogota, Mercedes Ricaurte, leader of Catholic Action women, who was supported by the French Eudist priest Andrés Basset, who provided a Eudist spirituality. It has spread across Colombia, and is present in some cities in Chile, Ecuador and Venezuela.
Its deepest roots are based on: Total consecration of life according to the evangelical counsels. Total dedication to Christ and the work of His Church. Presence in the midst of the world for an effective apostolate.
How is it organized?
The Institute consists of three sections:
1. The Consecrated.
Celibate or widowed. They, disposing freely of themselves, renounce marriage for the kingdom of heaven.
Married women or widows. They are associated with the Institute through the promises of chastity according to their status in life, poverty, obedience and apostolate.
3. Marriages in service.
Couples united by the sacrament of marriage. They are associated with the Institute through the promises of conjugal chastity, poverty and obedience.