The People of Hope is a Catholic covenant community whose members have experienced a new outpouring of the Holy Spirit in their lives through the baptism in the Holy Spirit, and have embraced charismatic spirituality in addition to traditional Catholic devotions.
The People of Hope is a recognized private association of the faithful. Members reside and worship in several dioceses and various parishes throughout New Jersey.
We are a community who want to respond to the Lord Jesus Christ’s prayer to His Father on the night before He suffered, that all of His followers would be one, as He and the Father are one (John 17:21). As a result, we have covenanted ourselves to Him and to one another, in association with thousands of our fellow Catholics throughout the world.
Inspired by accounts in The Acts of the Apostles (2:44-47 and 4:32-35), we desire to imitate their way of life in today’s Catholic American culture. Our common life consists of prayer, worship, sharing of resources, and assisting one another, in order to attain the highest ideals of the gospel and Church teaching. Members pursue a living union with Christ through:
- Regular prayer
- Study of Sacred Scripture
- Frequent participation in the sacraments, especially the Eucharist
Moreover, members strive for a relationship with one another characterized by active sacrificial love and a shared life as a basis of a life of mission. While it is the community’s covenant and way of life flowing from its statutes, teachings, and agreements that give it a certain amount of cohesion, it is love that binds our members together to participate in this particular expression of the gospel within the Catholic Church.