The Institute derives from The Families of Nazareth Movement. Today we are an autonomous community.
Here is our history in brief:
1986 – 1989 – The first meetings of people desiring to deepen their spiritual life and wanting to devote themselves exclusively to God.
1989 – 1994 – The formation of the first structures of an informal group unofficially called Secolare. The first Summer Recollections in 1992.
1994 – 1997 – The formation of canonical structures as Secolare had grown in members; there was a need for canonical approval. The Statute of the Association of The Lay Faithful was written.
1997 – 2002 – The Association “The Work of Mary Servant of the Lord”.
In November 1997, the Foundation Assembly of the Association “Work of Mary Servant of the Lord” took place. During this meeting, 192 persons signed up a form of membership to the community. The Archbishop of Warsaw Cardinal Józef Glemp, the Primate of Poland, was asked to ratify the Association. On the 8th of December 1997, His Eminence Cardinal Jozef Glemp, Primate of Poland, confirmed that the Association of the laywomen under the name of ‘The Work of Mary Servant of the Lord’ was approved along with its Statutes.
On the 25th of January 2002, the Congregation of Institutes and Associations of Apostolic Life published nihil obstat in relation to the intended confirmation of the Secular Institute of diocesan right.
2002 – until now – The Secular Institute of Mary Servant of the Lord. On the 25th of March 2002, His Eminence Cardinal Józef Glemp, Archbishop of Warsaw signed the decrees: ratifying and confirming The Secular Institute of Mary Servant of the Lord and its Constitutions.
One thinks in the first place of members of Secular Institutes seeking to live out their consecration to God in the world through the profession of the evangelical counsels in the midst of temporal realities; they wish in this way to be a leaven of wisdom and a witness of grace within cultural, economic and political life. (Vita Consecrata, 10)
Mother of Great Abandonment, Humble Servant of The Lord, I give myself to you without reservation
– so that you can teach me how to recognize the signs of God in the history of my life.