Canons Regular of St. John Cantius

About Us

Charism

The members of the Canons Regular of St. John Cantius seek personal sanctity by imitating Christ in radical opposition to the values of this world. They wish to “Restore the Sacred” in the Church, in the world and in their own lives in pursuit not only of their own sanctification, but also the salvation and sanctification of all.

The Canons Regular of St. John Cantius’ mission, in the context of parish ministry, is to help Catholics rediscover a profound sense of the sacred through solemn liturgies, devotions, sacred art, sacred music, as well as instruction in Church heritage, catechetics, and Catholic culture. Because the Eucharist Sacrifice

is the summit and the source of all Christian worship and life, [1]

members of the Canons Regular of St. John Cantius order their own lives, as well as their pastoral work in parish ministry, above all to the Mass, the Liturgy of the Hours and the sacraments—the primary sources of life and grace within the Church. The sacrament of Penance places an especially prominent role in the pastoral ministry of the Canons Regular of St. John Cantius as a rich source of grace, particularly for those approaching the Eucharist.

As members of The Canons Regular of St. John Cantius we desire to be faithful to the call we have received from God to “Restore the Sacred”. We believe that we are called to do this in a particular way as a clerical Institute of apostolic religious life. We look to St. Augustine, our spiritual father, and to St. John of Kęty, (Cantius) our patron saint, for inspiration in living out the evangelical counsels of poverty, chastity, and obedience as well as in “faithful obedience to tradition” in liturgical matters.

In those times, when errors and schisms reigned in neighboring countries,

St. John Cantius called for the

preservation of Christian perspectives and customs [2].

The Canons Regular of St. John Cantius, therefore, strive to understand the Sacred Traditions and History of the Church and to share these treasures with the People of God.

The sacred Council declares that Holy Mother Church holds all lawfully recognized rites to be of equal right and dignity; that she wishes to preserve them in the future and to foster them in every way [3].

As members of The Canons Regular of St. John Cantius we are aware of the treasures that we have in both liturgical forms of the Roman Rite—the Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms. We are conscious also of the musical, ceremonial, and artistic traditions which have enhanced these liturgies. We seek to preserve this Patrimony as a way of aiding the spread of the Gospel.

In the Gospel of St. Matthew we read,

Every scribe who is learned in the Reign of God is like the head of a household who can bring from his storeroom both the new and the old [4].

The Canons Regular of St. John Cantius strive to treasure these gifts and to present them to the Church. Our communities, moreover, should not only be centers of prayer, but also of authentic Catholic life that is rooted in the rich and varied cultural heritage of our faith spanning many centuries and peoples, so as to be true centers of a Restoration of the Sacred within the Church.

[1] De Sacra Liturgia; 3.
[2] Translated and excerpted from the Office of Readings for the traditional feast of St. John Cantius in the liturgical calendar used for the Church in Poland—October 20.
[3] Sacrosanctum Concilium, 4
[4] Mt 13:52.