"I am the good shepherd, and I know mine and mine know me" John 10:14
The Institute of the Good Shepherd is a Society of Apostolic Life of Pontifical Right established in 2006 under the pontificate and with the support of Pope Benedict XVI. The members of the Institute are secular priests, but live the common life in the houses of the Institute. The sacerdotal spirituality of the Institute is based on the qualities of Jesus the Good Shepherd who does not cease to go after the lost sheep with a pastoral zeal filled with charity and mercy. The goal of the Institute is the sanctification of its members and the sanctification of the souls for the greater glory of God.
The Institute of the Good Shepherd has for its specific mission, entrusted by the Holy See, the propagation within the Church of the liturgical and doctrinal treasures of the Catholic Tradition. To this end, the priests of the Institute are at the service of the dioceses to take on any type of traditional apostolate.
Its mission is characterized firstly, by the exclusive use of the traditional roman liturgical books of 1962 (Extraordinary Form of the roman rite) in all of its liturgical acts. In the sense of the instruction Universae Ecclesiae (2011), the Institute aims to make accessible to all the faithful the richness of the Usus Antiquior, in order to take part in the renewal of Christian fervor as required for a re-evangelization which, to be fruitful, has to be rooted in Tradition.
For the members of the Institute, the traditional liturgy and the theological formation based on the doctrine of Saint Thomas Aquinas - recommended so many times by the popes - are irreplaceable resources for the personal good of the priest and of the souls entrusted to him.
The apostolate of the Institute is diverse comprising: parishes, chaplaincies, schools, spiritual retreats, charities, etc… Anything that aims to the good of the souls may be included in the ministry of our priests. Presently the Institute has houses in five countries: France, Poland, Italy, Brazil, and Colombia. And with your help, support and prayer in North America!
The Lord Jesus assures us: “I am the good shepherd, and I know mine and mine know me.” This divine communion with Our Lord is founded on our faith and on the Sacraments, and is lived in reciprocity of knowledge and in charity; in short, in true friendship: “I have called you friends, because I have told you everything I have heard from my Father.” The members of the Institute of the Good Shepherd strive to live this communion, this knowledge, and this charity in our daily lives. But because Christ proclaims the Good News to all people, whether they belong to the Catholic faithful or not, as the Father sent His Son to all, it is right that this reciprocal knowledge of Shepherd and the sheep should pass through these friends, these ministers, whom the Lord has chosen. This is why St. Paul says, “we are ambassadors for Christ, as if God were appealing through us,” and our burning desire will be to always give to everyone the hope founded on the supreme good of knowing Christ Jesus.
The Institute of Good Shepherd will always have this paramount mission: “To spread among the nations the goodness of Jesus Christ.” But because these are difficult times in which the charity of a great many has grown cold and because “the time will come when people will not tolerate sound doctrine,” the Lord’s ministers, by preaching the word, need to “proclaim the word; be persistent whether it is convenient or inconvenient; convince, reprimand, encourage.”
We do this “through all patience and teaching.” We seek to advance in all pastoral kindness, with zeal and sensitivity, the teachings of the Magisterium and the beauty of faith in Him Who alone can give eternal life. We rely on the Lord, our Master, and in Divine Providence which has carried our young Institute thus far, to keep us serene and fruitful in this mission, for the honor of the Most Holy Trinity.
Father Philippe Laguérie +
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