A Household is a group of male or female students who mutually support each other by spending time together in prayer and recreation. These Christ-centered groups strive for balanced, healthy, interpersonal relationships while they support and challenge a member to develop spiritually, emotionally, academically, and physically. Currently we have the following households that are officially recognized by the University.
The Four Pillars of Household Life
Academic – Using our intellect to seek the truth in all areas of inquiry and to mold our wills around it.
Spiritual – Placing Jesus and the Sacramental life of the Church at the center of our fellowship.
Social – Establishing lifelong friendships embedded in the dignity of the human person through common meals, individual and group meetings, intramural athletic teams, and community life in the residence halls.
Moral – Endeavor to model our behaviors after the pattern of Christ and rooted in the reality of our dignity as sons and daughters of God.
- Asteria tis Marias
- Daughters of God
- Queen of Peace
- Rosa Mystica
- Sisterhood of Saint Gianna
- Stella Maris
- Vessels of Mercy
In Greek, Asteria tis Marias means “Star of Mary.” Our Lady is the Star that leads us to Jesus’ heart of love. She teaches us and clothes us in Her Ten Virtues: profound humility, blind obedience, ardent charity, constant mental prayer, universal mortification, heroic patience, divine purity, lively faith, angelic sweetness, and divine wisdom. Jesus’ Heart shines like the sun, while Mary’s virtues, as the moon, are the perfect reflection of her Son’s Heart. We are the little stars of Jesus and Mary striving to shine as they do. We strive to bring Christ’s Light and Love into the darkness of the world through love and service.
The Daughters of God derives its inspiration from Mary’s example as not only Mother, but also a Daughter of God. Assisted by the virtues of purity, humility and obedience, she was able to give her full “yes” to God and follow His Will for her life. She carried Christ inside of her and shone His love freely on all she met. In like manner, we will strive to be bearers of Christ, walking monstrances. Through Mary’s example of humble submission to the Will of Father, we will encourage each other to be Christ-centered women in every circumstance, choice, and difficulty, carrying His light to all we meet.
Our mission as a household is to enrich and deepen our love for Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament, in union with, and in imitation of the motherly Heart of Our Lady, Queen of Peace. Our central aim is to “believe, receive, love, adore, venerate, and encounter Jesus in the Most Holy Eucharist.” Jesus revealed His Heart to St. Margaret Mary, saying “Behold this Heart which has loved men so much, and yet men do not want to love Me in return. Through you My Divine Heart wishes to spread its love everywhere on earth.” As members of Queen of Peace, we seek to love the Heart of Jesus with all our hearts so that we may glorify and console Him, be formed into the saints that He is calling us to become, and to be fashioned into apostles of His love to our brothers and sisters in Christ. Our charity will flow from our contemplation of Love Himself. We choose Our Lady, Queen of Peace as our Mother, patroness, and sublime example of holiness and love.
We, the sisterhood of the Mystical Rose, endeavor to develop a longing to become one with Christ, by dying to ourselves under the mantle of Our Blessed Mother, the Mystical Rose. We aim to no longer desire drops of affection, but aim to desire a river of graces; to replace our thirst for physical perfection with a thirst for perfection of the soul; to no longer hunger for the attention of others, but to hunger to be emptied of ourselves so that we may be filled with the love of Christ. Instead of seeing so many aspects of our lives that dissatisfy us, we strive to see God’s goodness in everything; and, recognize the ways in which He blesses us perpetually. By plunging deep into a life of prayer, developing a fellowship and community of women united by faith; and, together, humbly serving our brothers and sisters whom God has called us to love, we aspire to develop a trust in God through self-abandonment, as demonstrated by our patronesses Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta and St. Therese the Little Flower, in order to be filled with Christ Himself, becoming a little flock enflamed with the fire of Christ’s love, radiating His light to the world.
The Sisterhood of Saint Gianna Beretta Molla will foster young women to live like Saint Gianna through her intercession and that of our Blessed Mother. The sisterhood will encourage and cultivate in each other a love for Jesus Christ, for each other, and for every person we encounter in our daily lives. Household members will strive to live every day in simplicity and balance, joyfully offering each moment of the day as a sacrifice to God and integrating our spiritual, academic, and social aspects in a spirit of unity. Household members will also strive to live and fully embrace our feminine vocation of spiritual, moral, and in some cases, physical motherhood by nurturing and protecting the life of both body and soul in all its stages. Household members will support each other and form bonds of friendship and sisterhood through group and private prayer, outreach, and social activity, respectively, particularly through the household commitments listed in the covenant.
The mission of Stella Maris encourages all household sisters to strive to be virtuous examples of true femininity while promoting our womanly vocation as a “sincere gift of self,” and having this vocation then be “actualized” in the many vocations which our present life entails. With the guidance of the Total Consecration to Jesus and imitation of the Blessed Mother, we will attain the virtues needed to faithfully dedicate our lives to and live each day for Our Lord. Our many academic, social, moral, and spiritual responsibilities must be balanced so as to successfully live our vocations as students, friends, daughters, sisters, and most importantly, women of God. Whether called to marriage or religious life, the sisters of Stella Maris seek to support one another as we strive to faithfully live out each of our different callings in life. While embracing each other’s differences, our sisterhood is unified through our striving for the virtues of dignity, purity, and moderation – those virtues which Our Lady so perfectly exemplified. As a sisterhood, we depend upon each other while not only keeping one another accountable to our individual standards, but also to a high moral expectation of living.
We, the Vessels of Mercy, gather together in order to unite our daily actions and sufferings with the perfect sacrifice of Jesus Christ on the Cross. As our Lord poured out his blood and water as a fountain of unending mercy and love, we wish to die to ourselves completely and reflect that same love and mercy. We desire to be faithful light bearers, true vessels of divine mercy. Our Lord told St. Faustina, “I demand from you deeds of mercy which are to arise out of love for me. You are to show mercy to you neighbors always and everywhere” (Diary 742). As women of God, we wish to rise up to this call and transmit mercy and love everywhere through our prayers, our words, and our actions. By the grace of God, we will change the world from a hard place of sorrow, loneliness, and pain to a place of peace, joy forgiveness, and most importantly of all, love. We will do this specifically by loving and caring for individuals every moment of every day.
Our household’s goal is a striving for true excellence, focusing on the life of Jesus as our model. We wish to live imitatio Christi. Who better to show us how to be a man than our Lord, God, & Savior, Jesus Christ? We are striving for excellence in our vocations as students: in our spiritual lives, in our academics, and in our extracurricular activities. We seek excellence in all facets of life. Our household’s focus will be on leading by example. We stress the completeness of the person in every walk of life. We focus on participation in many of the events around campus in order to spread our mission to others.
At the moment of baptism, we as proclaimed Christians are wrapped in the spirit and prepared for battle. The fall of man left humanity in a position where we must fight, suffer, and die for love. Where we are often told of the many threats that surround us, the course of action sold to us by the world is passivity, that is that we must simply hold on, care for ourselves and for a few loved ones, and simply hope for the best. Instead of meeting the threats against our persons with the illusion of self-strength, we will strive to ride forward in the light of Truth, the truth of our own complete weakness and the total strength of the Lord. The hour has come and we have decided to go forward into the world as warriors, not to be chided into cowardice, but enlivened and inspired by the spirit to engage sin at its source, pray for those who struggle daily, and bring the love of Christ into day to day life. We aim to lead others to Christ by loving and sacrificing daily. In aiding our brothers and sisters, we hope to first lend a loving ear, then turn to Christ prayerfully before relying on our own advice. The war over the human heart is not to be faced alone and we will support those in the heart of battle.
Jesus answered, “The first is, ‘Here, O Israel: the Lord our God, the Lord is one; and you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ The second is this, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.” –Mark 12:29-31. In response to this word from Jesus, we are striving to make these commandments a part of our lives. Through God’s love, we recognize that we are in communion with each other as his adopted sons. We see in these commands an invitation from God to enter more deeply into communion with Him, first and foremost, as expressing itself in the communion with our neighbors, especially our fellow brothers. We acknowledge the importance of community in growing in holiness, and therefore our household is focused on forming a community of brothers to grow together in the love and service of God.
As Fishers of Men, we make an active response to Christ’s exhortation to the first apostles and to all members of the Catholic Church. When our Lord Jesus Christ came upon the two fishermen, Peter and Andrew, they were out on the Sea of Galilee, working to catch fish to support their livelihood. Seeing them at work, our Lord Jesus Christ called out to them saying, “Follow me, and I will make you become fishers of men.” (Mark 1:17). Inspired by Christ’s call, they dropped everything to go with Him, leaving behind everything they had formerly known and lived for, to willingly follow after him and learn to become his Fishers of Men. In this way, we work together to seek ways of detaching ourselves from the triviality of the secular world and strive as a brotherhood for the eternal happiness of the next. We strive to fully understand the joyful message of Christ contained in the Gospel and to spread to all those around us. Furthermore, we strive for Catholic orthodoxy; that is: to truly know, to understand, and to follow the teachings of the Catholic Church, especially in matters that are becoming more easily overlooked in the modern world.
The name of Fratres Salis et Luchis (The Brothers of Salt and Light) is derived from the Gospel of Matthew, when Christ calls his followers to be the salt and light of the world. By this name we accept the role of light to the world within the context of our Catholic lifestyle, that it should be a beacon within a fallen world. The existence of this household is to provide a brotherhood within which we are able to maintain the proper spirituality through the support and accountability of the members.
Adam, our first father, was placed in the Garden of Eden to tend and protect it. Jesus Christ became the new Adam and through His resurrection, established the new creation. “Jesus said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping? Whom do you seek?” Supposing him to be the gardener, she said to him “Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have laid him, and I will take him away” (John 20:15). We believe that Ave Maria University is our own garden, entrusted to us for safekeeping. We therefore offer up our studies, work, play, and prayer life here to the Blessed Mother, for whom this university is named.