Embracing God's world

Cenacle Mission Statement

Cenacle mission statement 

Mission of the Cenacle Sisters

All Christians are called to participate in the Spirit's transformation of the world.  The Cenacle mission statement indicates that the Cenacle Sisters' call is to share in this mission of transformation through a spiritual apostolate.

Our mission is three-fold:

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Our prayer is directed to an outpouring of the Holy Spirit, on us and on the whole world, so that all may be alight with the fire of God's love.

After the ascension of Jesus, his friends, along with Mary his mother, gathered in the Cenacle (or Upper Room) and "with one accord devoted themselves to prayer" (Acts 1:14). We join gladly with them in a prayer which is to permeate our lives and flow out to others.


Community might seem impossible in a world fraught with division and hatred. In fact, only the Spirit of Love can bring about true community. "That all may be one," Jesus prays. "That they may be one even as we are one, I in them and you in me, that they may become perfectly one" (John 17).

This kind of unity is possible only when we can gaze on the world and on each other with God's eyes, when we can see God's goodness in all things.

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Our ministry is both awesome and humbling, because it always has to do with faith and prayer. This is a ministry which never ceases to amaze us, because it has to do with how God works in our lives, and it touches on the deepest nature of the human person.

It may take the form of retreats, spiritual direction, religious education, or other spiritual ministries. You may find us proclaiming the Gospel amid the beauty of nature or in the heart of the city, for Christ is present everywhere.

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