Institute of Jesus Priest



Spiritual Life

"The Pauline Family has one spirituality: to live the Gospel and its entirety, to live in the Divine Master who is Way, Truth and Life: to live him as his disciple St. Paul understood him."

                                                                                                                          Blessed Fr. James Alberione

The Bishops and Priests of the secular clergy who are members experience and live the spirituality of the Pauline Family with whom they share all spiritual riches.

Through the profession of the Evangelical Counsels "with which Christ is unbreakably united to the Church," the institute members intend to "respond in an increasingly ardent way to the love of God: actualizing in their life St. Paul's ideal: "For me to live is Christ."(Galatians 2:20)

So as to communicate to mankind the fullness of the mystery of Christ: the institute members live and work in the whole Christ (Master, Way, Truth and Life) as St. Paul lived, while entrusting themselves to The Virgin Mary.

Through the Word and the Eucharist the members are nourished in Christ, and in Him their prayer, ministry, consecration and brotherhood find unity, producing a total living synthesis in love.

Devotion to Jesus Master leads to a perfect worship of God and the more the Pauline lives it the more he resembles Jesus Christ.

To actualize this reality in their life, the members will first of all take care of their prayer life.  They will draw from the source of Christian Spirituality: the Word of God, "the supreme rule of the Church's faith" and the Liturgy which "strengthens their powers to preach Christ."

For this reason every day they will:

Take part in the Eucharistic celebration of the Mass

Devote part of their time to Eucharistic Adoration

Pray the Liturgy of the Hours (Morning and Evening Prayer)

Give time to meditation

Entrust themselves to Mary, by reciting the Rosary

Make an examination of conscience: "the soul's watch"

The members also will frequent the Sacrament of Reconciliation

Every month the members will send to the Provincial Delegate a report on how their life in the institute is going.

Also, the members assure their ongoing formation by participating in the moments of enrichment and spiritual nourishment through retreats and spiritual exercises, aside from fraternal relations and guidance offered by the superiors of the Institute to obtain "the fruits of holiness and of total orientation of their life in Christ."



This, then, is what I pray, kneeling before the Father, from whom every fatherhood, in heaven or on earth, takes its name.  In the abundance of his glory may he, through his Spirit, enable you to grow firm in power with regard to your inner self, so that Christ may live in your hearts through faith, and then, planted in love and built on love, with all God's holy people you will have the strength to grasp the breadth and the length, the height and the depth: so that, knowing the love of Christ, which is beyond knowledge, you may be filled with the utter fullness of God.

Glory be to him whose power, working in us, can do infinitely more than we can ask or imagine; glory be to him from generation to generation in the Church and in Christ Jesus for ever and ever. Amen.

                                                                                                                                                         Saint Paul's Prayer-Ephesians 3:14-21

Sculpture of 'Saint Paul' by Sr. Angelica Ballan, PDDM,  Sister Disciples of the Divine Master,  Rome-Italy