Following in the footsteps of Jesus . . . We invite everyone - including fishermen, the uneducated, former prostitutes, losers, the despised, rejected and sinners to join us in our mission to serve the poor in America.
Servants of the Father of Mercy
"Through the on-going personal conversion of each religious and lay brother and sister, we seek to consistently grow as a Eucharistic-centered community devoted to the giving of alms, serving the poor homeless, praying mercifully, preaching, teaching and sharing the Word of God compassionately – as often as possible without words – forgiving and doing for others; the poor, the crushed and the broken what He has done for us; while relying on Mary our mother and St. Joseph for their intercessions and special graces for our protection and growth."
From the Constitution of the Servants of the Father of Mercy
“Gather in by scattering. Give to the poor, and you give to yourself. You will not be allowed to keep what you have refused to give to others.” St. Peter Chrysologus, (+450) Doctor of the Church
Good question! We're a bunch of ordinary people that decided in about the year 2001 to role up our sleeves and meet our homeless brothers and sisters living under bridges and in alleys; delivering food, water, clothing, rosaries, prayer cards, Bibles and compassion.
We formalized our outreach by becoming a Catholic community, Servants of the Father of Mercy. However, Christians of all faiths are invited to find a home on our team.
Our religious and lay brothers and sisters are coming to an intense awareness of our own "loser" status of failure and sin - but how great God the Father's mercy is toward us in Christ Jesus - thanks be to God!
We live a life in community focused on prayer, penance and mercy. Our daily prayer life is built on rich devotions like the Divine Mercy and the Rosary as well as centered around the Eucharist and praying the Liturgy of the Hours.
We also seek to live a life of penance and mercy. Our members are committed to reaching out to the underserved in our jobs, community and neighborhoods. Who are the lonely, sick, crushed, elderly, persecuted and broken? We seek to serve them within the context of our daily lives.
Our lay missioners along with our non-profit ServantPartners manufacture and donate This Bible Talks!, a "Press & Play" Bible storybook to little ones in America and on the global mission field. For the sake of the Lord's unmerited Divine Mercy you have personally received, won't you help us share His extraordinary Mercy to others?
A Tradition of Mercy
We come from a long tradition of mercy! All of Scripture is a single story of God's great mercy to a world that often despises His great love, culminating at Calvary in the sacrificial death of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Here are just a few of the Scriptures that have inspired our Servants of the Father of Mercy to go and be merciful to others:
· Matthew 6:9 – The Lord’s Prayer – “Our Father who art in heaven …”
· Luke 15:11 – Jesus’ parable of the merciful Father and His prodigal son …
· Matthew 5:7 – The Beatitudes – “Blessed are the merciful …”
· James 2:13 – “Mercy triumphs over justice…”
· Matthew 9:13 – “Go and learn what this means, ‘I desire mercy and not sacrifice.’”
We also come from a long line of saints who have modeled God's mercy to us and how we are to share His mercy with others. We are thankful for the rich examples we find in Saint Francis, Saint Vincent de Paul, Saint Padre Pio and Blessed Mother Teresa to mention a few.
"At the end of life we will not be judged by how many diplomas we have received. How much money we have made. How many great things we have done. We will be judged by - 'I was hungry and you gave me to eat. I was naked and you clothed me. I was homeless and you took me in.'"
Blessed Mother Teresa
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Servants of the Father of Mercy is an Association within the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, listed in the Official Catholic Directory and a non-profit, tax exempt 501(c)(3) Corporation. All donations are tax deductible.