ROGATIONISTS OF THE HEART OF JESUS
ST. MATTHEW PROVINCE
Philippines, Vietnam, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, South Korea, Australia
"The harvest is abundant, but the laborers are few; pray [ROGATE], therefore, the Lord of the harvest, to send out laborers into his harvest."
- Matthew 9:37-38 / Luke 10:2
We are the Congregation of the Rogationists of the Heart of Jesus (RCJ), or simply known as the Rogationists. As a Religious Clerical Institute of apostolic life and pontifical right, we are composed of both priests and brothers. All of us are grateful to the Heavenly Father from whom every perfect gift comes - our life, our vocation and our eternal destiny.
With joy, zeal and dedication, we respond to the call to constantly become a living memory of the Lord Jesus Christ – his way of being and acting. We do this through our public profession of the evangelical counsels of chastity, poverty and obedience. It is our goal to grow in perfect charity, as Jesus himself taught his disciples.
In order to build up the community of faith, the Holy Spirit has endowed the Church with gifts given through men and women along the years. The Church herself teaches:
“The Church, which the Spirit guides in way of all truth and which He unified in communion and in works of ministry, He both equips and directs with hierarchical and charismatic gifts and adorns with His fruits. By the power of the Gospel He makes the Church keep the freshness of youth. Uninterruptedly He renews it and leads it to perfect union with its Spouse” (Dogmatic Constitution of the Church, Lumen Gentium, # 4).
Our Founder too, St. Hannibal Mary Di Francia received a precious inspiration from the Holy Spirit, the Rogate; “Pray (Rogate) therefore to the Lord of the harvest so that he may send out laborers into his harvest”(Mt. 9:37-38, Lk. 10:2). That is why we devote ourselves to a fourth vow, that is, the understanding of and zeal for the Rogate. It is in accordance to this charism that we live our consecration, and dedicate ourselves to the building up of the Church and to the salvation of the world. We do all these at the service of the Kingdom of God.
Our religious family started as a “small caravan” on May 16, 1897 with the vesting of religious habit of the first three brothers. These were the first ones who wore the emblem sown on the cassock they received, which gave the distinguishing mark of this humble beginnings. On a cloth was printed a heart with the following inscription “Rogate Ergo Dominum Messis Ut Mittat Operarios In Messem Suam” (“Pray therefore to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest”). In these words, the Congregation finds its identity and spirituality. As a matter of fact, the Founder himself reminds us, his spiritual sons:
“Now, here is a new community just being born which comes forth in the Church…It needs intelligent generous people, who understand not only its sacred mission of charity towards the neighbor, like all the other modern institutions, but also of that divine holy word that makes it unique and special: Rogate ergo.” (St. Hannibal Mary Di Francia, Letters)
Our congregation’s vocation and mission are born from the human, spiritual and apostolic experience of our Founder . He lived among the poor and the little ones whom he evangelized knowing that their prayer raised to the Lord of the harvest will blossom and produce abundant fruits.