Christian Life Community (CLC) is an international association of men and women who desire to follow Jesus Christ more closely and work with Him to build a world of justice and peace. A lay pupblic institute with pontifical right, it works in close collaboration with the Society of Jesus and is animated by the spirituality of its founder, St. Ignatius Loyola. CLC bears witness to human and Gospel values within the Church and society, in the concreteness of the time and place where we live, which affect the dignity of the human person, the welfare of the family, and the integrity of creation.
CLC is a vocation that calls us both as individuals and as communities to integrate our experience of Ignatian spirituality with Christian community and Gospel mission. This integration is the charism of CLC – a living sacrament of the present moment.
The mission of American Christian Life Communities is to live the Ignatian vision in the Church and culture of the United States of America, and it extends to family, work, society, town, Church and nation. The CLC mission is identified with Christ’s mission of bringing the Good News to all, especially the poor, of opening hearts to conversion, and struggling to change oppressive structures.
CLC spirituality is deeply rooted in the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius. Through Ignatian spirituality, members of Christian Life Communities share in this gift and spirit.
CLC today is comprised of some sixty national communities around the world. India, Madagascar and Lebanon have significantly larger memberships. In CLC-USA there are more than 2,000 adult members representing various cultural backgrounds and age groups just like the country itself. Over the past ten years CLC-USA has become a microcosm of the world community, being multi-cultural and multi-linguistic across an age span from teen to senior citizen.