you like to learn how to take up your daily cross with love,
serenity and strength, and drink the cup of the Lord?
The Apostleship of the Cross teaches us
A challenge for you who are seeking...
The Apostleship of the Cross is the
Transformation into Christ is not exclusively part of
ministerial priesthood but belongs to the universal priesthood of the
"An encounter with the Lord brings about a profound
transformation in all who do not close themselves off from him. The
first impulse coming from this transformation is to communicate to
others the richness discovered in the experience of the encounter. This
does not mean simply teaching what we have come to know but also, like
the Samaritan woman, enabling others to encounter Jesus personally:
"mission" (Jn 4:29).
"They came and saw where he was staying; and they stayed
that day with him" (Jn 1:38-39).
This "staying" is not limited to the day of one's call, but rather extends
to the whole of life". (Post-synodal Apostolic Exhortation Ecclesia
in America, 68).
To follow is to respond to the invitation of
Jesus: "If anyone wishes to come after me, he must deny himself and take up
his cross daily and follow me".
This leads us to follow Christ in the mystery of His Victim Priesthood, for
which He offers Himself to the Father for the salvation of men. It
implies living with and like Jesus, adopting His ideals, taking on His
mission and His destiny, even being transformed in Him.
Nature, origins, and
symbol of the Apostleship of the Cross
1. The Apostleship of the Cross
is an association of Christians
in the Church who, moved by the Holy Spirit, follow Jesus Christ priest and
victim, contemplative and solidary, and who, in communion with Jesus,
collaborate with His salvific mission.
2. The Apostleship of the
Cross is open to all People of God: lay persons, religious, and
3. Concepción Cabrera was inspired by God to begin
the Apostleship of the Cross. It was founded on May 3, 1895 by
Archbishop Ramón Ibarra y González.
Pope Leo XIII approved the Apostleship of the Cross on May 25, 1898,
and on July 9, 1926, Pope Pius XI entrusted the care and direction
of the Apostleship of the Cross to the Missionaries of the Holy
4. The Apostleship of the Cross is
the first of the five Works of the Cross.
The others are the Sisters of the Cross of the Sacred Heart of
Jesus, the Covenant of Love with the Sacred Heart of Jesus, the
Fraternity of Christ the Priest, and the Missionaries of the Holy
5. The Apostleship of the Cross and the
Missionaries of the Holy Spirit are two distinct works
united by a common spirituality, mission, and history. Both
works are entrusted with the responsible governance and
guidance of the Apostleship of the Cross.
6. Our symbol is the
Cross of the Apostolate, and the
intercessory cry of Conchita, «Jesus, Savior of all
people, save them!» embodies our life long mission.
The Apostleship of the Cross offers you:
A way to find your
personal fulfillment as an individual
and as a Christian.
A community in search of spiritual
growth through prayer, shared faith and
reflection on the Word of God.
To discover and share with others the
gifts that God has given you.
The opportunity to do apostolic work in
the service of the Church.
The Apostleship of the Cross, in the Church, is a
group of Christians who, moved by the Holy Spirit,
follow Jesus Christ Priest and Victim, Contemplative and Compassionate,
and in communion with Jesus collaborate with His salvific mission to:
* Discover in their lives the salvific meaning
of suffering accepted in love.
* Offer to the Father, through the hands of
Mary, Christ, Priest and Victim.
* Offer the daily sacrifices and crosses of
their lives with Christ, Priest and Victim, for the salvation of souls
and the benefit of priests.
* Work efficiently to communicate to others
the Spirituality of the Cross through their apostolic action.
And thus give glory to the Heavenly Father, console
the Sacred Heart of Jesus, and extend the Kingdom of the Holy Spirit.
Fundamental practice of the members
of the Apostleship of the Cross
They offer themselves with Jesus, Priest and Victim in their daily cross,
that is, in their work and rest, in their sorrows and joys. United with Jesus, and
through the hands of Mary, they make of their lives a priestly offering, so the Holy
Spirit reigns for the glory of the Father. Imploring graces for the world, the Church
and especially for priests.
The Chain of Love is the characteristic
way of living the baptismal priesthood for those who live the Spirituality of the
er in their lives the salvific meaning
of suffering accepted in love