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An Associate of IPF
Sharing in IPF's Mission and Spirituality
IPF invites Catholics to consider becoming members of the Institute by embracing the Mission Statement and Living Principles stated above. These members may represent any call to holiness in the Church, including laymen and laywomen. Members of the Public Association of the Faithful are called to support, nurture and promote the charism of IPF, offering a concrete expression of availability and co-responsibility for its mission.
All members are to embody and cultivate receptivity to the Living Word of God, joyful, humble and obedient acceptance of the Church’s Magisterium, transforming devotion to Jesus’ Real Presence in the Eucharist, frequent celebration of the Sacraments of Eucharist and Penance and sincere love for the diocesan priesthood.
Those affiliated with IPF’s mission are invited to benefit from the living principles as an Associate. The Institute:
- Pledges to pray for all members and their intentions daily in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.
- Fosters fellowship and a network of relationships among members.
- Communicates IPF’s activities and development on a regular basis and offers forms of spiritual assistance to cultivate a life of prayer.
IPF Associates endeavor to:
Commit themselves to cultivating a growing Trinitarian intimacy for mission in their daily life according to the way of spiritual formation espoused by IPF, with due regard to their vocations and conditions. Associates are encouraged to commit themselves to develop familiarity with the biblical-evangelical spirituality of St. Ignatius Loyola and desire to grow in the practice and appropriation of this Christian way of holiness.
This desire is to reflect a specific “call within a call” by the Associate. Thus the Associate understands his or her own vocational call to holiness as one that fosters, either as priest, deacon, religious, consecrated, or lay person, the interiority, identity, and mission of the diocesan priesthood. This commitment is renewed annually and is reviewed every three years by the moderator or his delegate.
According to the IPF Statutes (6.3.4), the specific means by which Associates incarnate their commitment include:
- Daily relational prayer in the tradition of Ignatian meditation/ contemplation.
- Frequent reception of the Eucharist and the Sacrament of Penance.
- Intercessory prayer for the mission of the Institute for Priestly Formation.
- An availability to assist in the programs and/or other needs of the Institute according to his or her vocation and ability.