Fellowships2018-12-22T08:34:44+00:00

Imitation at Home, Work, and Play

Learn how to integrate The Imitation of Christ into every aspect of your life

Living a life of imitation isn’t an end or a goal so much as it is a lifelong commitment. It’s a pursuit of excellence in living our faith in contexts of tremendous consequence: at home, at our workplaces, in our communities. Imitation is a deliberate, considered effort to learn more, grow more, and to apply ourselves not only at home, but in the 20 to 60 hours a week we spend in the workplace. And as we do, we cannot help but advance our Christian faith, help others, and become better employees, more effective managers, and stronger leaders.

As William Law once asked, “Now, who that wants this general sincere intention, can be reckoned a Christian? And yet if it was among Christians, it would change the whole face of the world . . . Let a tradesman but have this intention and it will make him a saint in his shop.”

We exist to equip such saints to bring about that change in the world—beginning with ourselves—over the next twenty-five years. And that, of course, requires community and organization.

Organization

The Imitation of Christ (IOC) Community begins with individuals coming together at the local level, networking at the diocesan level, and assembling at the national level—and with the support of this organization operating under the teaching authority of the Church.

Local Fellowships

2018—the 600-year anniversary of the publication of The Imitation of Christ by Thomas à Kempis—marks the launch of the IOC Community, which shall comprise a national network of small, local fellowships. IOC “sit-downs” are weekly gatherings of these fellowships—communions of Christian believers who desire to live a life of imitation.

Regional Gatherings

Once a month, the various fellowships within a diocese will gather together for a dinner, with a diocesan priest or deacon as special guest. These events will provide tremendous opportunities for building networks of Imitators—“ten percenters”—for support and encouragement, friendship, inspiration, teaching, and counsel.

National Conference

Annually, we plan to host a national conference, where Imitators across the country may come together to enjoy the larger fellowship, along with special guest speakers, workshops, and more.

Our Role

Our team is organizing to support the community activities and to develop a library of resources, including, for example, the magazine, What If?, the calendar of coordinated curriculum, readings, videos, and other assets that all fellowship leaders and members may freely access. Moreover the greater work will be expanded over the coming years via myriad forms of media production—original books, music, film, art, apps, conferences, research, broadcast media, and more—to advance the mission objectives.

Fellowship Leader Requirements

Fellowship leaders must be confirmed Catholics who believe in the teachings of the Church and embrace its Magisterium in full.

Would you like to form a fellowship in your area? Contact us.

Member Requirements

The focus of the IOC Community is the formation of the character of imitation with and for Christians who are serious about living their faith as Jesus called us to. Fellowship members must be confirmed Catholics in good standing with the Church. All are welcome to attend fellowships in their respective regions. Non-Catholic Christians may attend sit-downs as guests, provided they are sponsored by an attending member. We encourage members to sponsor their non-Catholic candidates through their local RCIA programs.