My name is Fr Ken Barker and I am from the Missionaries of God's Love. I would like to share something of our story with you.
We are a new congregation in the Catholic Church, established in Canberra in 1986. We are dedicated to bringing the Good News of God's love to those who do not yet know His love. We are especially focused on young people and the poor.
In 1986 some young men approached me...
Discerning God's call for our lives is not a quick and easy task. It takes time to listen to the voice of God within us. The most important thing is to be abiding in Christ. We need to be walking in the presence of Jesus. If we have a friendship with Jesus that has lasted over some time, then we will get to know His heart. We need to have the position of John the Beloved at the Last Supper, with his head resting against the heart of Jesus, listening to His heart beat. In this way we will come to know the will of God since we firstly know Him with a “knowledge born of love”, and so we know the movements of His heart for us.
We have a great desire that the fire that was in the heart of Jesus, which we ourselves have experienced, would be in the hearts of others. That is why we have chosen the text from Luke's Gospel:
“I have come to bring fire to the earth and how I wish it were blazing already” - Luke 12:49
This fire is of course the Holy Spirit. It is the fire that was...
We are priests and brothers together in mission, sharing in the work of evangelisation in a collaborative way with lay people. We always seek to empower the laity in their journey towards holiness and their mission to spread the Good News. In return, we draw much strength and support from the lay community which is integral to our identity.