About Madonna House
We members of Madonna House are pilgrims in this world, proclaiming the Second Coming of Christ, when all things will be restored to him.
In accordance with the evangelical counsels, we make promises of poverty, chastity and obedience:
- We live a life of voluntary poverty, giving up our personal possessions. Like St. Francis of Assisi, we depend on begging to provide for our needs. Donations of clothing, food, goods and money come from a variety of sources, and enable us to live out our promise of poverty for the sake of the Gospel of Christ.
- We live a chaste life, dedicated only to the love of Christ and a celibate love for one another.
- We also live in obedience to our directors, living and working in the place to which we are assigned. There is a director general of lay men, a director general of women, and a director general of priests, who are elected for four-year terms. Together, these three guide the community of Madonna House. Each field house also has a local director, appointed by the director generals.
The lay men and women of Madonna House wear ordinary street clothes. Their only distinguishing mark is a simple silver cross worn around their necks, with the inscription pax caritas, Latin for “peace” and “love.”