February 9, 2021
On Ash Wednesday, February 17th, 1836 a layman by the name of Bogdan Janski believed God was calling him to form a Christian community that would harness the power of Christ's Resurrection so that those in despair would have hope for a better tomorrow. He rented a house in Paris and invited Peter Semenenko and Jerome Kajsiewicz and several other men to live with him, just like a small group of early Christians mentioned in Acts. They selected Janski as their “Elder Brother.” This small community of young men became the inspiration for the Congregation of the Resurrection.
Over the years a distinct spirituality was formed around this vision. In it's simplest form, resurrecting society means personal and communal transformation.
We believe anyone who is baptized can first be transformed by their relationship with Christ in a way that allows Jesus' life and love to heal, inspire, and lead them to new life. Once we enter into this process of being transformed by his life and love we then share what we have received with others.
How this takes place depends upon the dynamic that exists between the unique gifts of an individual and the needs of the people in the community around them.
In a concrete way, resurrecting society most often takes place through teaching, parish-based ministry, and various forms of outreach.
Today, this legacy continues in our parishes through preaching, working with young people, retreats, sacramental ministry, spiritual direction and various other ministries we invite people on a daily basis to be transformed for the better. By aligning our lives with Christ's passion, death, and resurrection (also known as the Paschal Mystery), we find that the power of Christ's love gives us hope and always leads us to new life.
Education is the second primarily apostolate which brings transformation. Through educating students with a genuine care for their entire being and future, we have helped form Christian leaders who are deeply in love with, and excited about, their faith. Their enthusiasm and willingness to personally enter into the Paschal Mystery enables them to resurrect society too.
In addition to parish ministry and education, we also remain open to other forms of ministry in response to words given to our General Chapter by of Pope Pius IX in 1850: "Organize yourselves in a way that will do the most good for the Church." And so even today you will find our priests, and brothers working in such ministries as social work, spiritual direction, counselling, administration, hospital chaplaincy, retreat directors, missionary activity, vocations, writing, and various ministries in Canadian and ethnic parishes.
Our members carry on, working tirelessly even in these unsettling times of the pandemic. During this unprecedented challenging time in our lives, raising the banner of Hope throughout the world has taken on a whole new meaning. We look forward with Hope as our legacy continues.