The Brothers, Slaves of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, live a community life united by their total consecration to Mary, give all their goods, both interior and exterior, without exception, for the greater glory of God. This total consecration to Mary as formulated by Saint Louis Marie de Montfort in his book True Devotion to Mary, is the driving force behind the spiritual life of the Brothers, whether they are praying, working, studying, or teaching, all is done "in, with and for" the Immaculate Heart of Mary for the salvation of souls. It is not so much about what they do, rather for whom they do it.
In a spirit of total giving, each day is centered around prayer, starting with meditation, rosary and the Tridentine Liturgy. The actual work of the Brothers, while missionary in nature, encompasses a gamut of skills ranging from the intellectual to the manual.
Fortifying their outward work with the strength of an interior life, the Brothers are trained in many fields. Teaching, conducting a marching band, writing, filming, or publishing and printing our evangelizing tool, From the Housetops magazine, constitute only a part of their work.
Skilled craftsmen, like their model, Saint Joseph, the Brothers are masters in woodworking and building, auto mechanics, landscaping, book binding and masonry. Unlike worldly labor, however, every job is united to their prayer life, giving glory to God in all they do.
Serving close to the sacramental presence of Our Lord at the daily Tridentine Mass, the Brothers instruct a small army of altar servers who reflect the dignity of this awesome privilege. Like Saint Joseph, they are the honor guard of Our Lord, restoring dignity to the surrounding where He dwells in the tabernacle. They also sing the high Mass, Vespers and Compline each Sunday– in Latin of course!
A vast library of spiritual resources provides the examples of the Saints to the religious during the Divina Lectio at night which follows exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, final community rosary and Benediction.
A continual studying of Scripture and the writings of the Saints enables the Brothers to be dynamic apologists in the distribution of the works of the Order. This is done at conferences and in a street ministry where they bring the Faith to the market place. They do this zealously, convincingly, "in pure truth, according to the Gospel and not according to the maxims of the world," contrary to today's widespread errors which minimize, and even can be said to nullify, the teachings of Christ and His Church on the message of salvation.
The Brothers presently:
• Research and write articles for “From the Housetops”
• Publish and distribute "From the Housetops" magazine
• Operate and maintain Mancipia Press
• Administrate and teach at IHM high school
• Direct IHM Marching Band
• Produce films from Mancipia Studios
• Operate and maintain Montfort Retreat in Washington, NH
• Direct "Montfort Camp for Catholic Boys" two week program
• Sponsor retreats for men at Montfort Retreat
• Construct and maintain Monastic properties
• Run and supervise work at Don Bosco Wood and Automotive Shops
• Give lectures and catechize adults
The unique calling to live the Total Consecration in Community is for the few and the true – those who have the courage to give up all….even the merits of their good actions. “Total” leaves nothing behind in selfish endeavors. It’s All for Jesus through Mary!
Young men who are high school graduates, between the ages of 17 and 28, are eligible as candidates for the Religious Life of the Brothers. Contact us to request your free Vocation DVD and information packet or call to schedule a visit today!
The harvest is indeed great… but the laborers are few. Come Follow Me!