DISCIPLES OF THE HEARTS OF JESUS & MARY
Queen of Apostles Catholic School is served by the Disciples of the Hearts of Jesus and Mary (“Disciples”), a religious order of priests who also serve St. Mary Catholic Parish in Littleton, CO.
Who Are the Disciples?
The Disciples initially formed in 1987 in Madrid, Spain and were canonically recognized as a Religious Institute of the Diocesan Right in 2002. From 2004-2009, the Disciples came to the Diocese of Arlington to teach in the Catholic University of America (John Paul II institute for marriage and family) and to do pastoral work in the diocese. In 2007, Archbishop Chaput also invited the Disciples to Colorado, placing St. Mary Catholic Church and School under their care. In 2013, Bishop Loverde welcomed the Disciples again to the area entrusting Queen of Apostles Church and School to them.
The Disciples are currently based in three countries: Spain (Madrid), Italy (Rome), and the United States (Alexandria, VA, and Denver, CO). They have thirty members, of which 20 are priests and the rest are candidates for the priesthood.
The apostolic mission of the Disciples revolves around four areas: family and youth ministry; education both at school and college level; parish ministry and the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola, preached and lived.
Priests for the Family
Each religious family (order) has a unique orientation in terms of their apostolate. The Disciples are characterized by a special dedication to the family, which is inspired by the life and teaching of John Paul II. Following in his footsteps, the Disciples desire to help families discover human love as a way of holiness.
Love is the fundamental dimension of the life of each person and it is learned primarily in the relationships within the family: each one of us lives love as sons and daughters and then as spouses in a total and fecund gift of one’s self that opens us to a paternity or a maternity. In the family we learn that the person can fulfill himself fully in the true gift of oneself.
As priests for the family, the Disciples also live an experience of family life in our own communities. We live as brothers sharing everything, praying and eating together, living in the same house and experiencing the joy of being a religious family.
For more information on the Disciples, please visit their webpage: http://www.dcjm.org/en/.