“The Word became Flesh and made his dwelling among us” (Jn 1:14)
For us, Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth, the charism of the Congregation has its source in the mystery of the Incarnation. The eternal, all embracing love of God drew close to us in the Holy Family of Nazareth and was revealed in the Word that became Flesh. Blessed Mary of Jesus the Good Shepherd (Frances Siedliska) recognized Love Incarnated in the Person of Jesus living in the Holy Family. The charism of Nazareth is Love Incarnated in the Holy Family in Nazareth. The Kingdom of God’s Love, revealed in the life of the Holy Family, is the reflection of the life of the Holy Trinity. Jesus, Mary and Joseph, through their exchange of mutual love during their 30 years of hidden life in Nazareth, were for our Mother the revelation and living image of the Holy Trinity. This truth was also placed in our Constitutions where we read: “The love of God has gathered us together to share the Gospel vision which filled the heart of our Foundress. Inspired by her reverence for the mystery of Nazareth as a reflection of the oneness of the Blessed Trinity, we seek to create a community atmosphere where we can experience the presence of God in unity of spirit.”
The hidden life of the Holy Family in Nazareth, where God – Love became Flesh and is the specific aspect of the mystery of Christ discovered and communicated to us by Mother Foundress (blessed Frances Siedliska). We believe that it flows out of her charismatic vision.
In our Constitutions the charism of the Congregation is described as follows: “We, the Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth, are called to extend the Kingdom of God’s love among ourselves and others by living the spirit of Jesus, Mary and Joseph whose lives were centered in the love of God and one another. We witness to this love through dedicated service to the Church, especially in ministry to the family.”
Faithful to our charism, we strive so that the Love of God would become incarnated in our lives ever more deeply, and that it would form each one of us personally. Then, the Love of God would be spread in our communities, to individual families and, in the end, embrace the whole human family.
WAY OF LOVE, Ratio Congregation of the Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth