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By Dr. Jeff Mirus, Catholic Culture, Sept. 10, 2019
Our readers frequently seek to identify good religious communities, especially if their children are considering a vocation to religious life. This puts me in mind of the Franciscan community of men founded by Mother Angelica in 1998, The Knights of the Holy Eucharist.
The Franciscans as a whole were founded by St. Francis of Assisi in the thirteenth century and, with the Dominicans, were one of the two new “mendicant” orders which changed the typical forms of religious life at that time. These “friars”, as they were called, were both active and contemplative. They begged for their support and they were dedicated both to deep prayer and active apostolate beyond the confines of their monasteries.
There is a longstanding religious joke that one of the things that even God does not know is the number of the different types of Franciscans. It is one of the characteristics of the Franciscan spirit, within its overall charism, to give birth to a wide variety of particular implementations, with variations in apostolate and common life—but with a universal commitment to prayer, poverty and the various forms of preaching—that is, of announcing the Gospel and inculcating it in others.
The community of the Knights of the Holy Eucharist is rooted, as the name implies, in Eucharistic adoration. Its specific mission is to promote reverent devotion to Our Lord in the Eucharist. The Knights’ website is well worth visiting: For young men considering a religious vocation; for anyone wishing to grow in prayer, in devotion to the Eucharist, or in devotion to Jesus through Mary; and (of course) for all who desire to increase the strength and depth of their Catholic Faith. ….