The Pauline Community of St. Joseph (PCSJ) is a 501c3 non-profit charitable and religious entity formed to bring the Word to the world through spiritual works of mercy.
A member of the Pauline Community of Saint Joseph can enjoy Pauline spirituality in 2 ways:
1) You can join a Pauline Community cell in your parish. If there is not yet a PCSJ cell in your parish, we will help you every step of the way to establish one using the simple guide ARE You Ready? This guide shows you and your fellow parishioners how to enter deeply into Pauline spirituality through regular acts of Adoration, Reparation, and Evangelization-- all for the love of Jesus and in the spirit of Saint Paul.
Every parish PCSJ cell is commended to the care and administration of St. Joseph, who protected the life of Jesus while on earth. Joseph labored to care for and console Jesus and Mary, and with his help, we can too! Joseph will show us how. Moreover, God the Father has given Joseph special gifts to continue to take care of the Body of Christ today. That is why every parish Pauline Community is given over to the spiritual and material administration of Saint Joseph.
2) You can deepen your PCSJ membership by entering one of the Pauline Family's 10 institutes of religious or secular consecrated (or promised) life founded by Blessed James Alberione. The Pauline Family offers Catholics in all walks of life the opportunity to enter into a Church-regulated, formal state of consecration, which deepens our baptismal commitment and call to holiness and draws us more fully into the love and service of Jesus, our Divine Master. Pauline Cooperators support the evangelical works of the Daughters of Saint Paul, while members of other branches make solemn vows before God of poverty, chastity, and obedience according to their state in life as married or single persons living either in family life, single secular life, or religious life in a religious community.
To be Pauline is to belong to both God and to society. We are in the world but not of it. We are evangelizers designed to live at the CRUX of SPIRIT and FLESH, at the intersection of human and divine.
Here in this complex, busy world of human society, we meet our Maker both in the Tabernacle and in the distressing disguise of our neighbor. In human society, we witness the creative genius of the Father animating every human gift and accomplishment with His Power and Goodness. Here we encounter by God's gracious condescension the call to participate in the salvation of mankind, bringing souls one by one to Jesus our Master, our Teacher and Lord. Through learning, teaching, exhorting, through lives of prayer and reparation, through the constant effort to bring Christ the Master, Way, Truth and Life to the world--and to bring the world's citizens specifically to Him in Adoration--we hope to say one day with St. Paul, "It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me" (Galatians 2:20).
So, what are you waiting for? Why not join us in the work?
As a consecrated community member living in your own home and working in the state of life to which God has called you, your life can be united to all the prayers and good works of the whole family of consecrated "Paulines" throughout the world who live Christ's teaching: "Whatsoever you did to the least of these, that you did to Me" (Matthew 25:40).
What power there is living as one in Christian communion around the globe! "How good and pleasant it is when brothers and sisters live together as one" (Psalm 133:1).
We can do more together than we could ever do alone. Isn't that the beauty of Christianity? Jesus taught us to be one body in communion with Him, to be His Body in the world. The Pauline Family offers 10 pathways for following the narrow path that leads to the fullness of life with our heavenly Father, Son, and Spirit. There is a pathway for every vocation, because we are each called to serve as members of the same body in various capacities, and each contribution is valuable for the functioning of the whole.
To learn more about the 10 Pathways of Pauline Consecration to God, click here to get started.
Saint Paul was converted by a personal ENCOUNTER with the Risen Lord. In the same way, a PCSJ cell brings people from every walk of life into a deep encounter with Jesus Christ. It is He alone who can heal brokenness, correct error, and perform miracles of transformation and growth in holiness.
This is why ADORATION is at the core of Pauline Spirituality. Through Adoration, we encounter the Risen Lord alive and instructing us with His gentle Mastery, just as Saint Paul did. A Pauline Community brings people to Jesus in the Tabernacle, so that they can be transformed by the One Who is All in All, our Way, Truth, and Life.
During weekly Adoration, we recite prayers of REPARATION together in an effort to console our Lord and make some small amends for all the ways that people reject Him through personal or corporate acts of sin, folly, vanity, and pride. When you bring a friend into a parish Pauline Community cell, you both receive extraordinary graces to deepen your spiritual life--the only life that conquers death--and you store up for yourselves "treasure in heaven, where neither moth can destroy, nor thieves break in and steal" (Matthew 6:19).
Once converted, Saint Paul devoted himself to EVANGELIZATION, the spreading of the Good News that Jesus Christ is Lord and Messiah. We too endeavor to evangelize ourselves, our family members and society at large in ways that are appropriate for each person's circumstances. There is no mandatory way of doing this. From the Tabernacle, Jesus reigns, and it is He, together with the help of a spiritual director if necessary, who will instruct you in the ways you can bring His loving presence to others.
With its 10 branches dedicated to bringing the Word to the world, the worldwide Pauline Family founded by Blessed Alberione is already engaged in acts of evangelization through its vowed and consecrated membership. These members have different functions in the body, but all have the same focus: to adore, console, and bring the Body of the Lord to people everywhere with the offering of formation webinars, books and courses designed to put Christ squarely at the center and foundation of daily living. Is it not easy to allow the secular culture of the day to set the course for our lives? Why settle for second best? You are called for greatness: the dignity of life on high in Christ Jesus. PCSJ members are encouraged to live out their commitment to evangelization by supporting the Pauline Family financially and to consider formal consecration and vows or promises in one of the 10 branches of the Pauline Family. Whatever level of membership you seek, you will be living out the charism of Pauline Spirituality: being a small part of the Body that is "Saint Paul Alive Today." In ways great or small, let us seek to proclaim the inestimable joy of being the Body of Christ. Christ is our Head and we His true members!