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The Somascan Fathers continue the legacy of St. Jerome's commitment in serving the poor and taking care of the orphans and abandoned youth
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Constitutions: Institutional Expression of the Charism of a Religious Institute  Live and experiment the charism in order to understand it. This is a statement quite irksome for us modem children of Descartes, the philosopher of the clear and distinct ideas, because we want to rationalize, systematize, and clarify everything. A charism is not a geometric figure to describe. One can always get only some aspects of it because it is a matter of a "flash of lightening" from the Holy Spirit (at times dramatic, but almost always sweet).
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Particular Style of Sanctification of the Somascan Religious The # 1 describes the spiritual experience lived by St. Jerome, the Founder. There are historical components, which are very typical. The number begins with the words: "The humble Congregation of the Somascan Religious." The expression is beautiful: it brings us back to the "Humilem hunc Ordinem" of the 1626 edition. Our Congregation is a humble reality: the Somascan does not make the news. We immediately run into a characteristic that we feel it is typically ours: "we do not make the news." How many times we realize that very little is said about us! Let's leaf through history and it will not be hard to convince ourselves that rarely history deals with us.
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Particular Style of the Somascan Mission  What I listed so far in a documented analysis are the components that in the distinction made by the Church in the Chapter III of Mutuae Relationes, "Religious life in the ecclesial communion," refer to the characteristic way of sanctification. But the same document of the Church states that the charism entails also a characteristic way of operating and developing the apostolate: a style that is internalized, that has been handed down to us by the previous generations, that we have assimilated by living in the Congregation. Of this style too it is possible to grasp some proper components. It is the Chapter "Somascan Congregation" that sheds light on them in the description of the early Somascan experience more than listing them in an explicit way. A reflection on these historical components allows us to present them as characteristic of the way the Somascan mission is carried out.
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The Joy of Belonging to the Congregation Stimulates a Growth in the Somascan Charism  In force of the gift received from God in participating in St. Jerome's charism, the Somascan religious is marked in the depth of his being "in Christ" by the charismatic identity that expresses itself in precise features. It is not a merely static reality but a dynamic process, a journey started since the moment of baptism. The seed of the new life "in Christ and in the Spirit" for which I, as a Somascan, have been born in that precise moment and that was mysteriously planted in the deepest of my being, potentially contained the features of the Somascan charism as a concrete way in which the sharing of Christ's prophetic "munus" would take flesh: the religious consecration according to the style lived first by St. Jerome.
The Somascan Congregation   1. Founder. The humble Congregation of the Somascan religious originates from the Company of the Servants of the Poor, which was founded in the Church of God by St. Jerome Emiliani under the action of the Holy Spirit. Converted to God and deeply renewed through the intercession of the Virgin Mary, ardently desiring to follow the way of the Crucified and to imitate Christ, his Master , he became poor and dedicated his whole being to serving the poor . Moved by divine love, he attracted other men who, out of love for the Gospel, offered themselves to Christ along with him . By committing himself to all works of mercy, our most fervent Father lived and proposed to his companions a way of life which manifests the offering of oneself to Christ in serving the poor. For this reason, in the beginning people used to call them Fathers of the Works and the Poor . 2. Recognition by the Church. On December 6, 1568, St. Pius V included the new Company, that was developing with rich fruits for the Church, in the list of the Congregations of the Clerics Regular . He gave it the right to profess solemn vows and subjected it directly to the Apostolic See. 3. Apostolic Mission. From its very beginning, for the good of the Church, and in order to respond to the appeals of her shepherds our Congregation has undertaken various apostolic activities inspired by the love of Christ . With the same intense love of its Founder, our Congregation continues to devote herself to the material and spiritual care of orphans and the poor , undertakes the human and Christian education of youth and pastoral ministry. 4. Form of Life. The Somascan Congregation is a clerical institute of pontifical right, consisting of religious, priests and laymen. Their lifestyle is the same, even though their ministries are different . Following the example of Jesus and his disciples, her members live in community sharing everything in common; they persevere united in prayer and work, strive for the perfection of charity in humility of heart, meekness, and benignity , loving poverty and work, with the most ardent desire to attract and unite all people to God . 5. Constitutions and Rules. The life of the Congregation is guided by Constitutions and Rules. They preserve the spirit of the early regulations and adapt them to the changing times. Our Congregation proposes them to those who wish to remain and persevere in her .  
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The Somascan Fathers, taking care of orphans and abandoned youth
The Somascan Congregation   1. Founder. The humble Congregation of the Somascan religious originates from the Company of the Servants of the Poor, which was founded in the Church of God by St. Jerome Emiliani under the action of the Holy Spirit. Converted to God and deeply renewed through the intercession of the Virgin Mary, ardently desiring to follow the way of the Crucified and to imitate Christ, his Master , he became poor and dedicated his whole being to serving the poor . Moved by divine love, he attracted other men who, out of love for the Gospel, offered themselves to Christ along with him . By committing himself to all works of mercy, our most fervent Father lived and proposed to his companions a way of life which manifests the offering of oneself to Christ in serving the poor. For this reason, in the beginning people used to call them Fathers of the Works and the Poor . 2. Recognition by the Church. On December 6, 1568, St. Pius V included the new Company, that was developing with rich fruits for the Church, in the list of the Congregations of the Clerics Regular . He gave it the right to profess solemn vows and subjected it directly to the Apostolic See. 3. Apostolic Mission. From its very beginning, for the good of the Church, and in order to respond to the appeals of her shepherds our Congregation has undertaken various apostolic activities inspired by the love of Christ . With the same intense love of its Founder, our Congregation continues to devote herself to the material and spiritual care of orphans and the poor , undertakes the human and Christian education of youth and pastoral ministry. 4. Form of Life. The Somascan Congregation is a clerical institute of pontifical right, consisting of religious, priests and laymen. Their lifestyle is the same, even though their ministries are different . Following the example of Jesus and his disciples, her members live in community sharing everything in common; they persevere united in prayer and work, strive for the perfection of charity in humility of heart, meekness, and benignity , loving poverty and work, with the most ardent desire to attract and unite all people to God . 5. Constitutions and Rules. The life of the Congregation is guided by Constitutions and Rules. They preserve the spirit of the early regulations and adapt them to the changing times. Our Congregation proposes them to those who wish to remain and persevere in her .  
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