Cabrini Lay Missionaries (CLMs) are women and men who desire to live out their Christian Baptismal commitment as a special call from God, in order to grow spiritually, to witness Gospel values, and to be agents of transformation in the world. CLMs hear and respond to their call by committing themselves to embrace and give witness to the love of the Heart of Jesus, according to the living legacy and spirit of St. Frances Xavier Cabrini.
They share in the concerns of the world-wide Cabrinian community with its emphasis on social justice, solidarity with the poor, and particularly on the needs of women, children, frail elders and immigrants. CLMs are found internationally with local direction and support in the various countries in which they reside. CLMs minister either in collaboration with the Missionary Sisters, the local Church or in other related works.
What is needed to become a CLM?
- A sincere desire to grow spiritually and to serve others.
- Familiarity with the particular spirit of Mother Cabrini and the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.
- A time of formation and discernment.
- Dialogue with the CLM director regarding the process to become a CLM.
- A formal commitment following an application process and approval.
The CLM commitment is made and renewed annually, while longer commitments are possible after three years. A simple ceremony celebrates the CLM commitment and is usually held on the Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.