The Society of Saint Edmund is a religious community of Roman Catholic priests and brothers that was founded in 1843 with a mission to serve where the need is greatest, a credo that has led to four core ministries: Social Justice, Education, Spiritual Renewal, and Pastoral Ministry. The Edmundites seek to serve as Jesus did, and to make known the love of His Sacred Heart for all.
"Edmundites have always been responsive to the needs of people on the margins, and are good at collaborating with others. People have told us we Edmundites are ‘on the cutting edge.’ It is a good place to be,” said Brother Frank Hagerty, S.S.E.
National Vocation Awareness Week begins Nov. 3 and we are celebrating ordained ministry and consecrated life through prayer and education. The Society directs a thriving campus ministry at Saint Michael's College, cares for the hungry and homeless in Alabama, counsels recovering alcoholics in 12-step programs, and makes a home for people in the Catholic Church. Their ministries are diverse and are carried out with the intention of making God known, and loved, in deep and meaningful ways.
It is important for religious and lay leadership alike to reevaluate relationships and go with Jesus, Father Cray said. Edmundite ministry is on the move. As His disciples, we are asked to set our face toward Jesus and away from any desires that are not in line with love. “If what you are doing doesn’t have Jesus at the center of it, it won’t truly succeed,” SSE Superior General Father David Cray said. “Go with Jesus because there is no higher place above or safer place below.”
Vocation Director Father Lino Oropeza, S.S.E. said, “God is calling us all to be Saints, to be Holy. It is a universal vocation. We are all called. We are all supposed to be joyful players in His Grace. We need to shake off fear. God will never impose an all-consuming ultimatum on us.”
For more information about The Society of Saint Edmund please visit www.sse.org.