The Four Pillars of the AVI Charism are Prayer, Community Life, Intellectual Formation and Apostolate.
Our lives are consecrated not to do something but to be with Someone. The most beautiful parts of our day are those four hours that we can spend daily with our Lord in prayer. Each day, we are nourished by the Eucharist in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. We spend an hour in Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament to allow the Lord to transform us with his real Presence. Mental prayer, Thanksgiving after Communion and the Divine Office are an essential part of our life of prayer. We have a devotion to our Blessed Mother, we take our vows on the feast of the Immaculate Conception on the 8th of December and the Rosary is part of our daily prayer life. Accompanied as we are by a host of heavenly friends, spiritual reading on the works and lives of those saints gone before us is also essential.
2. Community life
“…that they may be brought to perfection as one, so that the world may know that you sent me…” (John 17:23)
The common life together is a very important part of our Charism. We walk towards God in our journey of holiness not in a solitary manner, but in unity with each other. Unity is an essential property of God that we seek to live out in our consecrated life.
3. Intellectual formation
Our House of Formation is in Rome and the period of formation is at least five years. As part of our intellectual formation, we study two years of Philosophy and at least three, if not five, years of Theology at one of the Pontifical Universities in Rome. We also dedicate time to our ongoing formation through personal study.
Dedicating ourselves to a full-time apostolate means that our lives are missionary. We evangelize wherever we go, especially on university campuses. In the ambit of formation, we preach parish missions and retreats, give meditations and conferences, conduct programs for vocational discernment and formation of spiritual mentors. Above all, as Jesus encountered the Samaritan woman at the well in a personal manner, a large part of our apostolate is giving spiritual guidance and direction on a one-to-one basis.