Shalom Catholic Community is an international private association of the faithful with legal entity representation recognized by the Holy See with the decree of February 22nd, 2007 together with the Pontifical Council for the Laity (whose proficiency and functions are currently assumed by the laity, the family and life) . On the same date, in 2012, its statues had their final approval.
Present in dozens of countries around the world, the Shalom Catholic Community is made up of man and woman who, in diverse lifestyles present in the church, engage in a community and missionary life in order to bring the gospel of Jesus Christ to all men and women, especially those far from Christ and the Church.
Each time, the Holy Spirit grants necessary graces to the Church for answering the contemporary challenges. Charisma is one of these divine gifts poured upon the Church to renew it and update the way of living according to the Gospel. Thus, the Charisma Shalom, which was blossomed from Moysés Azevedo’s heart during the meeting with the Pope John Paul II in 1980, was manifested to the world. God convoked persons to assume this grace in their life, giving them a specific vocation called Shalom.
Born in midst of the youth, the Shalom Work began with a daring inspiration: to create a interface that spoke the language of the young people, to create a bridge between them and a personal experience with Jesus Christ and His Church. Consequently, the first “Snack bar of the Lord” was born on July 9 of 1982 in Fortaleza (Brazil): an attractive place where young people had the opportunity to experience moments of prayer, fraternity and mission, thus growing in their path of faith.
Today, in order to bring the experience of Jesus Christ to many others, in midst of the variety of peoples, cultures and contexts of society, the Shalom Community carries out diversified and multiform evangelising action among the youth, families, children, the poor and indigent, professionals from various fields, to the media, the world of arts, of science, culture and human promotion, through works of mercy that embrace the sufferings that people experience.
The way of living Shalom Vocation into the Community’s heart is based in the experience with Jesus Christ, the Resurrected, who was on the Cross, narrated in the book of John.
“In the evening of that same day, the first day of the week, the doors were closed in the room where the disciples were, for fear of the Jews. Jesus came and stood among them. He said to them, ‘Peace be with you’ (John 20, 19), it means, Shalom! In Jesus, this greeting is a real communication of Peace, the wish that suggests all luck of spiritual and material blessings, the perfect happiness, which the Messiah brings to us. It finally is the announcement and donation of the full salvation” (Statutes’ Introduction).
Jesus is God’s Shalom to the world, the true and unique Peace that the humanity can have. As the disciples of Christ were sent by him, in that occasion, to implant the Peace into the human's’ heart and the vocations are called to announce it with their life and testimony. “To be Shalom” means, through the Holy Spirit’s power, to be disciple and minister of Peace and take Christ to those waiting for him.
For those, who were called to respond to the Vocation, God conceives the way of Contemplation, Unit and Evangelization.
From the Contemplation of the Resurrected, which blows upon the disciples, springs the Evangelization strength. Thus, the inspired Community undertakes efforts to announce the same and unique Gospel from Our Lord Jesus Christ with effectiveness, boldness and creativity. To live the Vocation is still necessary to dive into the charity spirit according to the form of the first Christian communities, reflecting the Unit of the communion beloved by the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
Know more about:
- History of the Community
- Founder and Co-Founder
- Shalom Spirituality
- The Shalom Work
- Way of Peace, the formative itinerary of the Shalom Work
- The Shalom Evangelization Center
- Diaconia Shalom
- Life Community
- Covenant Community
- The primacy of the youth in the Shalom vocation
- The Tau in the Shalom vocation
- Bastions of our Vocation: St.Teresa of Avila and St. Francis of Assisi
If you wish to pursue a path of vocational discernment in the Shalom Community, seek to engage in a vocational group in the Shalom mission closest to your city, or contact the vocational counselling in order to trace the “long distance vocational path” at the email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The vocational path has a minimum duration of one year, starting with the Open Vocational Meeting (in March or April of each year).
Each vocationate is assisted and guided by a Vocational Accompanist (spiritual director) so that, in the listening to the Lord’s will, they can discern the call to the Shalom Vocation or to another vocation in the Church, about the time of maturity necessary to take a concrete step towards the postulancy of the Life or Covenant Community.