The Community of the Disciples of the Cross
The Community of the Disciples of the Cross is a Diocesan Polish Religious Institute of Sisters, founded by Sr. Helena Christiana Mickiewicz and constituted on September 14, 2015. The Institute has an apostolic character and its members make public religious vows. At a time when the teaching of the Second Vatican Council stressed the special role of lay people in the Church and the world, there was a need for a practical reading of this call which the Holy Spirit addressed to the Church. In response to this, a community of sisters was created. The Disciples of the Cross offer their lives for those who are far away from God and form lay apostles in this spirit.
A brief history
The first candidates gathered together in prayer during the night of August 14th 1982, entrusting themselves to God, with the intention of sacrificing their lives for the Church, and in a special way for those who are far from God. Then on August 15th it was complemented by an act of devotion to Mary. On Holy Thursday in 1983, during praying the rosary, the sisters became convicted that they were to be called the Disciples of the Cross and were formally constituted as such by Archbishop of Szczecin-Kamien in 2015. There are currently 67 sisters, living in 12 houses spread across 6 dioceses in Poland and in one in Chromtau, Kazachstan.
The Sisters want to contemplate the Crucified Jesus who, in obedience to the Father, accepted the Cross for our salvation and thus revealed the mystery of the love of the Holy Trinity. As Disciples of the Cross, they want to proclaim this love, to entrust themselves to Mary and, in unity with the Saviour, to lay down their lives in a loving sacrifice for those who are far away from God.
The Disciples of the Cross realise their mission through the formation of lay apostles who help lost brothers and sisters in finding the way back to God the Father.