The Society of St Justin Martyr (SSIM) was founded in 2005 as a confraternity of Catholics in England who wished to honour the memory of those who had worshipped in the Cathedrals, Churches and Monasteries of the UK prior to and during the protestant reformation. Now membership has spread to other countries across the world.
Responding to the universal call to holiness, by preforming the spiritual works of mercy, members commit to visiting former places of Catholic worship as an act of reparation for past wrongs, to pray for the souls of past worshippers of that place and to pray for the unity of church by praying for any present non-catholic worshipping community present. This is simply achieved by reciting, in Latin, a Pater Noster, Ave Maria and Gloria Patri.
With the growing interest in SSIM from those living outside the UK, members have been able to fulfil their duties to pray for past worshippers in many countries where holy sites have been ruined or abandoned
The apostolate of SSIM often has an ecumenical dimension, as some former Catholic places of worship are now used by Christians of other denominations and it is an important part of our work to pray for them and for the Unity of the Church under Peter.
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