Resurrectionist Congregation

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For Anglican religious community, see Community of the Resurrection.
Emblem of the Congregation of the Resurrection of Our Lord Jesus Christ

The Congregation of the Resurrection of Our Lord Jesus Christ (C.R.) is an international Institute of Consecrated Life of men within the Roman Catholic Church, founded in 1836 by three men, Bogdan Jański, Peter Semenenko and Hieronim Kajsiewicz in Paris on the heels of the Polish Great Emigration.[1] The name of the Congregation refers to the sounded bells in Roma in noon of the Easter 1842, when the first seven brothers left catacombs of the church of Saint Sebastian outside the walls after their vows: As consecrated religious, resurrectionists profess the vows of poverty, chastity and obedience.

“By our vows of poverty, chastity and obedience, we dedicate and consecrate ourselves totally to the Risen Christ in the religious life. This dedication entails an act of faith whereby we respond to God’s call to give ourselves completely with all our talents, abilities, and powers to him, to the church, and to the Congregation” (Constitutions of the Congregation of the Resurrection, article 13).

Their life as consecrated religious within the Congregation of the Resurrection is fulfilled as a Priest, Brother or Permanent Deacon.

The Congregation declared its intention to follow the advice of Pope Pius IX: "Organize yourselves in a way that will do the most good for the Church".

Internationally, they are divided into three Provinces and one Region, ministering in more than twelve countries worldwide. The Community works and has its missions in Italy, Poland, Bulgaria, Austria, Germany, Canada, the United States, Brazil, Bolivia, Australia, Bermuda, Mexico, Ukraine, White Russia, Slovakia, and Israel.

One of the principal aims of the Congregation is providing and improving religious education.[2]

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  1. ^ History, by Father Francis Grzechowiak, CR, Congregation of the Resurrection.
  2. ^ Wikisource-logo.svg "Roman Colleges". Catholic Encyclopedia. New York: Robert Appleton Company. 1913. 

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