Charism is a Greek Word that Means “Gift of the Spirit”
Charism is a gift of the Holy Spirit to the Church, communicated through a particular person who gathers disciples around him or her and with whom he or she translates a bold vision into action.
Charism is a living passion for whatever dimension of the life of Christ is needed now—faith, obedience, compassion, thoughtfulness, hope, contentment, determination …
It is the burning desire in the heart of the founder/foundress that was alive at one period of history, living on in us, in another day and age.
It is ever-evolving … it is where the reign of God is needed most. It develops from age to age and dies from age to age … and then grows up in a new way.
Religious Orders and Institutes Have a Specific Charism
Each Institute’s charism embodied in its founder/foundress is for the benefit of the Church, not for the Institute. The needs of the people of God determine the Incarnation of the charism.
Each charism received, lived and transmitted is given to the Church and humanity at a specific moment in history.
Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady’s charism is rooted in Franciscan spirituality and our supreme rule of mission and of life in the following of Christ, as the Gospel proposes it like Francis, lived in an attitude of conversion to God of the Covenant, in an apostolic community, which aims to be a witness and instrument of union and communion.