Welcome to the Web Site of the Society of Our Lady of The Way, Jamaica!
The Society of Our Lady of The Way is a Secular Institute of Pontifical Rite in the Roman Catholic Church.
A Secular Institute is a form of Consecrated Life in which Christ's faithful, living in the world, strive for the perfection of Charity and endeavour to contribute to the sanctification of the world, especially from within (the world). (Canon 710, Code of Canon Law).
We are therefore a Community of Consecrated Life -- religious in nature by virtue of our Vows and secular in character by virtue of our Charism.
As members, we consecrate ourselves totally to God through the Evangelical Councils of Chastity, Poverty and Obedience. We live out this consecration in the world striving to carry out Christ's Mission, the Mission of the Church, to bring Christ's faith, love and redemption to all peoples in the ordinary circumstances of everyday life.
We hope that in visiting this Site you will become knowledgeable of this 'Way of Life' - a Way of Life to which God might be calling you to closer intimacy with Him, to personal spiritual growth and to service for Him among His people.
SECULAR INSTITUTES IN THE CHURCH
Secular Institutes became official in the Roman Catholic Church on February 02, 1947 when Pope Pius XII, through the Sacred Congregation for Religious, promulgated the document Provida Mater Ecclesia, giving full Apostolic Authority to Secular Institutes. These groups were evident in the Church as Pious Unions or Secular Institutes many, many years before and in character, may even date back to the early Church. Over 160 Secular Institutes with some 60,000 members altogether exist throughout the world, each having its own rule and lifestyle, period of Formation and On-going Formation.
Pope Paul VI referred to Secular Institutes as the "advance wing of the Church - the arm of the Church in the modern world." To its members he said, "You are in the world and not of the world, but for the world" "Modern man listens more willingly to witnesses than to teachers; or if he listens to teachers, he does so because they are witnesses."
Pope John Paul II speaking of "the Consecrated Life in the World" says this, "In the condition of secularity you are consecrated. Here is the originality of your task: you are in full title, lay people, but you are consecrated, you are bound in Christ by a special vocation, to follow Him more nearly, to imitate Him as the 'Servant of God' in the humility of the vows of chastity, poverty and obedience."
OUR TITLE IN THE CHURCH - CONSECRATED SECULARS
OUR STATUS - SECULAR INSTITUTES
SOCIETY OF OUR LADY OF THE WAY - INTERNATIONAL
The Society was founded in Vienna, Austria on February 26, 1936 by Father Carl Dinkhauser, SJ. received approbation as a Pious Union on the feast of Epiphany, January 06, 1938, and was among the first number of Institutes to be erected canonically to the status of Secular Institute in 1948 by the Holy Congregation for Religious and Secular Institutes after the promulgation of Provida Mater Ecclesia. Co-founder and first Director General was Frau Maria Elizabeth von Strachotinsky. The Society received Papal Approbation on January 03, 1953. Since then membership has spread to many countries of the world. Members are to be found in Austria (several areas), Belgium, Slowakei, Czech Republic, India (several areas), Philippines (several areas), Ireland, USA (several areas), Canada, Hungary, Taiwan and in the Caribbean (Jamaica and St. Kitts).
OUR SPIRITUALITY OUR MODEL
IGNATIAN MADONNA DELLA STRADA
St. Ignatius of Loyola Our Lady of The Way
SOCIETY OF OUR LADY OF THE WAY - JAMAICA
The Society was introduced in Jamaica in December 1960 by Fr. Francis Jackmauh, S.J. and was then given permission to be established in Jamaica by the late Archbishop John J. McEleney, S.J. In January 1961 the first member entered and with this the Society was officially established. Currently, our membership is small, but actve and includes one member from St. Kitts.
OUR MOTTO - TO SERVE AS GOD WILLS; TO LOVE AS GOD LOVES
OUR LADY OF THE ASSUMPTION