The FdM is a gift of God for us today; a new possibility to live and witness the charism, expressing its beauty and richness; a spiritual bond among persons, who live in different states of life that give origin to new forms of fraternity.
The FdM is made up of persons and groups, who draw inspiration for their Christian life from the charism of saint Leonard Murialdo: it includes the Congregations of the Josephites and Sisters of Murialdo, the secular Institute, and lay organizations belonging to it with a particular bond, with various forms of associations reflecting territorial and cultural realities.
The richness of Murialdo’s charism shows its fullness when it is lived in different forms of Christian life and leads to a communion of vocations. The confreres feel a spiritual bond with all those who, even if in different states of life, have received together with them, the gift given by God to the Founder, a bond making them the Family of St. L. Murialdo. (Dir. 40)
The confreres consider themselves the first guardians of such a charism, given by the Spirit to the Church for the common good. They, on the light of the ecclesiology of communion, feel their identity strengthened within the larger spiritual reality known as Family of St. L. Murialdo, where the Founder’s charism expands. (Dir. 41)
We, Murialdine sisters, feel a spiritual bond that makes us “Family of Murialdo” with the Josephites, sisters of the Secular Institute Murialdo and with all those lay people who feel called to follow Christ on the steps of saint Leonard Murialdo.
Our Congregation recognizes particularly those lay people who, through a journey of formation and a commitment to a closer bond,
share by vocation and in their own way the spirituality of saint Leonard Murialdo. (Dir. 50)
Secular Institute Murialdo
Secular Institute Murialdo is a school of holiness, inspired by the Holy Spirit, in which one lives a specific charism side by side of every brother and sister in daily living.
It is a form of living more intensely the baptismal vocation, even though remaining in a family, without any distinction in the way of dressing or praying, doing a unique apostolate, all lived secretly, being light for others and glorifying the heavenly Father.
Lay people of Murialdo
Il Saint Leonard Murialdo had as his characteristic an appreciation for laity. He knew how to involve lay people from different backgrounds and professions in pastoral and educational ministry.
He worked together with them and entrusted to them tasks of responsibility in the direction of many of his endeavors. He himself was a very sought-after collaborator because he had the ability to value one’s talents.
Community of lay people of Murialdo
Lay people of Murialdo – LdM support Josephites and Murialdo’s Sisters in order to collaborate and promote an apostolate coherent with the Charism, but especially aim as persons in communion among themselves to discover, to walk and to grow together with the religious Congregations and with all the Family of Murialdo, in the Spirituality of saint Leonard in order to be in the world witnesses of the infinite, tender and merciful love
that God has for each person.
Association of Apostolic Mothers
The Association of Apostolic Mothers – A.M.A. – includes the ladies who, in contact with the Josephites, have understood the urgency of all Christians to respond to the invitation of Jesus “pray the Master of the harvest to send laborers into his harvest” and make the necessity of priestly and religious vocations for the Church and the Congregation of Saint Joseph the yearning of their prayer.
Pray of FdM
Good and Merciful Lord,
we thank you
for the gospel witness
of Saint Leonard Murialdo:
we ask you to support us
in following his example
and to help us in the difficulties of life.
You who gave him to youth
as friend, brother and father,
grant us the grace to continue
his mission in the Church
with humble charity
and trustful courage
so that the world may know
and believe in your Love.
Central point is the house:
It is symbol of the welcoming that our Family wants
in the commitment to youth, especially the poorest.
The white light that issues from the house is symbol of the Love of God, which we have experienced on the footprints of saint Leonard Murialdo and makes us able to welcome others.
At the same time the light is also symbol of vitality and warmth that home life can communicate.
The roof is symbol of the family that protects and cares,
The light does not remain closed inside,
but with multicolored rays
through affection and “sweetness of gestures”
by the red color, spreads.
Each one of us can endeavor
that the beautiful things
of the Family of Murialdo
may become known outside!
The complex irregularity of the sign symbolizes
of the Family of Murialdo
besides the youth in general, very active
and “free and easy” unconventionally.