MSA Lay Associates (also known as Menardian Disciples) are involved in their own active apostolates (such as CCD teachers, University Professors, Doctors, Youth Ministry etc) that are consistent with the MSA charism or other works as requested by the Society. These Lay Associates follow in the footsteps of Hector Durand for the same reason the Apostles did, “out of love for the Crucified Lord.”
Menardian Disciples attend a monthly meeting to improve their knowledge of the spirituality of Father Menard. Each year a selected major work of Father Menard is studied. For 2016 we have been reviewing his book
Peter ~ Disciple and Pastor.
Meetings are held on the 3
Saturday of each month with the following format.
8 AM Mass with MSA Community in St. Jude’s Chapel
8:45 AM Continental Breakfast in St. Mark’s
9 AM Opening Prayer St. Mark’s Conference Room
9:10 AM MSA Presentation on Fr. Menard Spirituality Topic Reading in St. Mark’s Conference Room
9:25 AM Discussion of Presentation
9:45 AM Faith Sharing and Prayer Request
10 AM Closing Prayer
10:15-11 AM Optional Eucharistic Adoration, Reconciliation, Spiritual Direction in St. Mark’s Chapel and Conference Room
The initial formation for a Menardian Disciple involves self-directed reading. After completing the reading the members either have an oral discussion with selected MSA members or write a 1-2 page reflection on the topic of study for the month.
Month 1: Life of Fr. Menard, Hector Durand, and MSA History
Month 2: MSA Ecclesial Mission and the Laity
Month 3: Mary Queen of the Apostles
Month 4: The Twelve Apostles and Pentecost
Month 5: St. Francis and Serving my Brother in Need
Month 6: Mystical Body of Christ
Month 7: Prayer Life
Month 8: Fraternal Life
Month 9: Apostolic Life
Month 9: Safe Environments and Background Screening, MSA Interviews
Month 10: Poverty
Month 11: Chastity
Month 12: Obedience
At the conclusion of their formation, the Menardian Disciples is authorized to wear the MSA Lay Association Insignia when conducting ministry approved by the MSA.
MSA Constitution Norm 32.1
“The hand of the layman supporting the priest is supporting the world.”
~ Father Eusebe Menard, MSA Founder ~