Montfort Brothers of St.Gabriel

Montfortian Gabrielite Partnership (MGP)

To realize the Gabrielite Montfortian Partnership, the 29th General Chapter suggested four stages:

Formation to leadership and partnership;
Sharing of the Montfortian Gabrielite charism;
Sharing of the Montfortian Gabrielite mission;
Sharing of the identity and basic commitments. (29th G.C. 2.9)
Various Forms of Montfortian Gabrielite Partnership

Collaborators are lay people who work with the Brothers or the persons with whom the Brothers work. They share the mission of the Brothers in various degrees according to the quality of their commitments and their sense of mission. It is open, on a voluntary basis, to any person of good will, Christian or not. They are partners in the educational project of the Brothers worldwide.

Some are interested in Montfortian charism and spirituality. They are the "Montfortian Associate Members"

Some desire to live close to the Brothers by sharing their community life. Eventually, they can become members of the Congregation.

In their service of society, the Brothers work in a more or less strong way with many other people, especially with organisations (NGO, various associations, international organisations.) involved in the field of development, justice, peace and integrity of creation. That work hand in hand is called networking.

Context of Montfortian Gabrielite Partnership

We see more and more, today, the awareness of the personal dignity and freedom, of rights and equality, among the people. There is a desire for democratic participation in planning, decision-making and execution. Hence, there arises the need to respect specificity and pluralism of identities. This leads to a plural, participative democracy. Today, for many reasons, lay people want to be partners in the life and mission of the Church.

A New Paradigm in the Church

The existence of associate groups has been a growing reality within the Church over the last 50 years. As a result of Vatican II's invitation to renewal, interest was sparked in ways of connecting and living common charism through different lifestyles. Associate groups formed as lay persons and members of religious Congregations found in one another a shared attraction to an Institute's charism and mission.