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The Constitutions - Nature and Purpose of the Society

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The Constitutions
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NATURE AND PURPOSE OF THE SOCIETY

1. Our Lord Jesus Christ who was sent by the Father and anointed by the Holy Spirit, to announce the glad tidings of the message of Salvation, in turn, sent His disciples to all the world for the same purpose and continues His Mission in the world through the Church. In conformity with the Divine Plan, communities which dedicate themselves to this apostolic mission arise in the Church from time to time.

2. The Missionary Society of Heralds of Good News is a Clerical Society of Apostolic life of Pontifical Right, according to the universal law of the Church and the proper law of the Society. The members live a fraternal life in common in their own special manner, according to the proper law of the Society, and undertake to live the evangelical counsels of chastity, poverty and obedience, through a promise made in accord with these Constitutions.

3. The members of the Society form one family of God in the Church and strive after perfection through the practice of Evangelical Counsels, dedicating themselves to the service of God and their fellow human beings.

4. The object of the Society is to work for the glory of God by the evangelisation of the people and by the sanctification of its members following the rules and regulations of the Society.

5. The specific purpose of the Society is to train and supply wherever there is need, dedicated, hardworking and saintly missionaries. 

a) Obeying the command of Christ and following the examples of Christ Himself and His Apostles and saintly missionaries through the centuries, the members of the Society shall preach the Good News by Word and example wherever they are sent to. 

b) To make our ministry fruitful we shall ever strive to attain perfection by endeavouring to practice, according to our strength, the virtues which Our Lord and Master condescended to teach by word and example. 

c) We shall preach the Good News of Salvation at all times to all the people by word and by our exemplary lives. Evangelisation of people and their Christian advancement should be the indestructible bond that unites all of us as one family and the compelling force behind our apostolate.

d) We shall ever endeavour to assess and regulate all our activities in the light of our specific aim and continually renew the Society in the same light and according to the needs of the Church.

e) For the above purpose we shall strive to give expression to the spirit of Christ resplendent in the virtues of simplicity, humility, meekness, mortification and zeal for the salvation of souls.

6. The Society shall have Mary Queen of Apostles and St. Joseph, the Worker as its heavenly patrons.


LIFE IN THE SOCIETY

7. Every Christian is called to perfection as Our Lord would have it: “Be you perfect as your heavenly Father is perfect.” Because of our special dedication, the members are all the more bound to strive after perfection. Our vocation urges us collectively to strive after perfection and to give a collective witness to the holiness of Christ and His Church.

8. The members shall foster an intimate union with Christ by earnestly making use of the spiritual aids available in the Church.
 
9. The members should cultivate a genuine devotion towards the Holy Eucharist, the center of all Christian life.
 
10. Priests are strongly urged to celebrate the Divine Liturgy every day. Brothers and seminarians shall actively participate in the Sacred Liturgy every day.
 
11. All the members shall be diligent about the daily meditation, annual spiritual exercises and frequent approach to confessions.
The members shall practice and foster devotion to Our Blessed Mother, especially the daily recitation of the Holy Rosary.
 
12. All the members of the Society shall have the same mode of life. In life and habit the lay brothers shall not be distinguished from the priest members of the Society.
 
13. The members of the Society shall live in a community of at least three members. The Superior General, or in the case of a house belonging to the Province or Region, the Provincial Superior can give a dispensation to have a lesser number for valid reasons.
 
14. Those members, who for valid reasons are living alone, shall spend at least a week every year in one of the communities that they may not loose the spirit of community life.
 
15. Members who retire due to sickness, old age, weak health or any similar reason shall be looked after by the Society.
 
16. The members of the Society are those who are incorporated into it for their sanctification by means of its apostolate, by dedicating themselves to God, for the work of evangelisation and promising to live according to the rules and regulations of the Society for a temporary or perpetual period of time.
 
17. All the members of the Society, both clerical and lay, shall have active and passive voice after their final incorporation in the Society, according to these Constitutions.
 
18. All the perpetually incorporated members enjoy the same spiritual and material privileges and rights of the Society.