What is Teams of Our Lady?
We are a movement of "Married Spirituality" which brings together Christian couples united by the Sacrament of Marriage who wish to deepen the graces of their Sacrament of Marriage.
A Way to Grow...
Teams of Our Lady was founded by Father Henri Caffarel in France in 1947 and has spread to over 10,000 Teams world-wide. Teams came to the United States in 1958 where there are currently over 700 Teams. Teams Of Our Lady is a lay movement officially recognized by the Holy See under the Pontifical Council for the Laity. A team is a group of five to seven couples and a spiritual advisor who meet once a month to share, pray and discuss challenges of living a Christian marriage and life. Couples use a time-tested format to meet their needs and desires of growing closer in love and faith through Teams of Our Lady and in the process they discover support for one another and for their marriage.
As married couples, the goal is to grow closer together in love and holiness. Yet in today's busy society, with forces and stresses that can undermine both marriage and faith, where can couples fine the time to connect not only with one another but with Christ?
Teams of Our Lady are for couples of all ages, whether newly married or married for many years, whether they have children or not. Teams are for all couples even if they are struggling with life, have doubts or just looking to deepen their faith. In Teams we are not alone in our struggles, joys or our quest to get closer to God.
How Does it Work?
A key feature of the T.O.O.L. method is the monthly meeting which consists of:
- A simple meal
- Community prayer
- A time of sharing
- A discussion on a study topic
To promote personal and couple spiritual growth, T.O.O.L. proposes that its members undertake a number of specific practices called "endeavors". These endeavors aim to keep couples focused on growth in mutual love and love of God. The Team provides the support and encouragement needed to persevere.
The six Endeavors are:
- Regular reading of the Word of God
- Daily personal prayer
- Daily prayer as a couple
- A monthly time for couple dialogue in an atmosphere of prayer
- Personal effort for improvement
- An annual retreat
For information about joining Teams of Our Lady at IHM Contact the IHM ToOL Coordinator
For additional information see the Teams of Our Lady National Website
2014 ToOL Retreat
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Our Lady, Queen of Teams, Pray for Us.