EACH of the different Benedictine congregations enjoys the same autonomy, the same right to self-government as a religious order. Each of the "branches" on the Benedictine family tree is thus self-governing and self-sufficient. Each congregation respects the others; but each represents a different facet of the many-faceted jewel which is Benedictine monasticism. For example, the abbeys of the English Benedictine Congregation often run high schools and parishes. English Benedictines thus tend to emphasize the importance of monastic priesthood, and understand monasticism as completely compatible with teaching high school and serving as a parish priest. Benedictine monks of the Solesmes (French) and Beuronese (German) congregations, by contrast, do not usually teach in schools or serve as parish priests. They try to undertake work which does not require leaving the cloister. The monks of the international St. Ottilien Congregation are missionaries. The abbeys of the American Cassinese and Swiss American Benedictine Congregations often run seminaries and universities.
WITHIN the Benedictine Confederation there is thus great diversity in regard to the details of living out the Rule of St. Benedict. There are obvious differences between monasteries and between congregations with regard to certain external elements of monastic life. For example, most Benedictines wear the traditional black habit. However, in some monasteries the traditional habit is worn only in choir or on Sundays; in other abbeys it is never worn. But what Benedictines have in common is more important than the things which distinguish them. The different congregations all have in common the Rule of St. Benedict and a large body of monastic practice and custom. Especially important to all Benedictines is the emphasis found in every monastery on the liturgy celebrated in common, on lectio divina (contemplative, prayerful reading of the Scriptures) and on hospitality.
The Benedictine Secular Order of the Missionaries of Charity (BSOMC), a Benedictine community of Monastic tradition Independent Houses of Men (extra Congregationes), linked to the Traditional Roman Catholic Church (RCC), strives individually and collectively to live the Gospel principles by permanently stimulating an intimate encounter with God, safeguarding the hermitological premises , an option for those who participate in it, associated with a process of permanent formation, built in a personal way, but shared by the other brothers, in the search for individual evolution, but shared by all. Thus, the liberating encounter with God available to all is desired, for in the encounter with the divine essence itself and the being embraced and led by it, it is possible to obtain freedom from the worldly bonds, from the fetters of the oppressive illusions that lead to a path that is momentarily rewarding, but that distance from the true center, the creative Being.
It seeks to hold a "conversation with God" on a permanent basis, independent of the activity being carried out, that is, a life in prayer, a true praying practice, going beyond an occasional verbal prayer. Thus, even being in the world, one is not of the world, thus maintaining solitude and surrender to the Lord, even in the midst of multitudes.
Thus, the Fraternity is monastic by institution and Oblates by experience, even within the community, and is basically aimed at permanent contemplation and work in the exercise of a praying life. Their monks devote themselves to divine worship, according to the Rule of St. Benedict, offering humble and noble praise to the Divine Majesty, in solitude and silence, frequent prayer and joyous penance, cultivating the monastic life in the manner established in this Statute .
The monastic life of the Fraternity is basically Medical Doctors, Teachers and Humanitarian works with poors its monks seek God and follow the Christ under a rule and an Abbot in a stable community, though dispersed, having, the brothers, one heart and one soul, supporting mutually bear in their burdens, even if physically distant, thus following the words of Christ and participating in His passion.
There must be, on the part of all the members of the Fraternity, the commitment to be in tune with all the people of God and the expectation of unity of all Christians, always turning to praying practice and service to all gender based on the mysterious apostolic fruitfulness that is theirs.
All the work of the Fraternity encourages the monks to always be in close unity with Christ, in order to flourish only the gifts peculiar to the Benedictine vocation for the affection of love that each one has to the Lord Jesus. In this way, the brothers and sisters will only feel happy, persevering in the simple life, gathered and laborious, without any shield between them and the Christ, in leading all together to eternal life.
Born in the heart of the Traditional Monastic Province of France and South America, the Fraternity is open to candidates who wish to be consecrated and lay monks, who seek the oblation. Each monk or oblate, according to his Charism and his own commitment, is invited to share the traditional Benedictine spirituality, "living in the heart of the cities the Will of God."
Unlike the great majority of the Benedictine Congregations, which provide their members with cloistered life ("Cenobite" tradition), our Fraternity follows the example of the ancient monks of Great Britain, who go on a mission, taking Jesus to the Gentiles, erecting churches, founding communities. Like St. Patrick or St. Augustine of Canterbury, the Fraternity encourages its members to take the Gospel to all peoples, to all nations, so that they may know the Salvation that comes from Our Lord. However, it embraces, in the same way, those and those who seek praying eremitical life.
The Monastic Fraternity Immaculate Conception is institutionally linked to the Abbey of the Immaculate Conception, located in France - FR, and following the tradition of the Celtic monks. It presents / displays like reference of experience of contemplative / eremitic life next to the Province of the traditional Catholic communion in the world and like center of studies and reception of new spiritual experiences. The Order of the Missionaries of Charity is equated, canonically, with a Particular Church, called "Territorial Abbey", as well as the prelatures and apostolic vicariates. It is considered as a Nullius Abbey, not dependent on any diocese and possessing its extended territory, being able to administer priories / monasteries / hermitages in France and abroad, always in tune with the Archdiocesan Miter of RCC.
The main objective of the Fraternity is to extend the Prayer to the daily life, converting it into a life in prayer, believing in the presence of God in all circumstances of life, whether in a mission, a parish or in one's home, being present in the great towns, or in a secluded hermitage.
His Holiness S.S. Pope Franciscus l Vicar of Christ on earth, Patriarchate of Rome: Spiritual Head: the Pope (Bishop of Rome, Vicar of Jesus Christ, the Prince of the Successor of the Apostles, Pontiff of the Universal Church Juice, Patriarch of the West, Primate of Italy, Archbishop and Metropolitan of the Roman Province, Head of State Vatican City, Servant of the Servants of God).