The Angelic Warfare Confraternity is a fellowship of men and women bound to one another in love and prayer, dedicated to pursuing chastity under the patronage of Saint Thomas Aquinas and the Blessed Virgin Mary.
A confraternity is an officially established association of the Catholic Church, organized around some spiritual or evangelistic work. It may be comprised of lay men and women, religious, or clerics — or any combination of these. Historically there have been a variety of kinds of such associations — older terms used were “pious unions” or “sodalities.” The Code of Canon Law (1983) draws all such associations under one umbrella, where members “strive in a common endeavor to foster a more perfect life, to promote public worship or Christian doctrine, or to exercise other works…such as initiatives of evangelization, works of piety or charity, and those which animate the temporal order with a Christian spirit” (CIC 298).
Though its roots go back to the late middle ages, the Angelic Warfare Confraternity was officially established by Pope Benedict XIII in 1727, and put under the direction of the Master General of the Order of Preachers. Its members dedicate themselves to living and promoting the virtue of chastity in the world. To become a member, one must be enrolled in an official register kept by the Order. Such registers are generally connected with Dominican houses, or houses which keep a register for a given region.
1) Order a membership packet from New Hope Publications. Be sure to specify which state in the United States you will be inducted into the confraternity in. (This affects the enrollment form New Hope will send you to ensure you are enrolled in the official register proper to your region.) 2) Review all the catechetical and informational material in the packet. 3) Make sure you understand the commitments of the confraternity: perpetual wearing of the cord or medal; daily prayers for purity, including 15 Hail Mary’s; resolution to lead a chaste life; commitment to pray for others in the confraternity. 4) Find a Domincian priest to enroll you in the ceremony of solemn reception, found in the booklet in the membership packet. If there is no Dominican priest near you, find a priest who is willing to do the ceremony, and have him obtain a delegation from the director of your region. 5) After the enrollment ceremony, fill out the enrollment form (from the packet) and send it to the appropriate address.
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