THE LAZARITES – CONGREGATION OF THE MISSION (MISSIONARY SOCIETY)
Basic information about the order
Missionary Congregation was founded by St. Vincent de Paul, born in 1581 in France. As a child he lived among the poor and got to know their living conditions. In 1600 he became a priest. Doing priestly ministry service in January 1617 near the small village of Gan, when he was called to a respectable man who lay dying, he realized that it was necessary to preach Gospel to the poor. So the day of the Conversion of St. Paul, as he claimed, was the beginning of his vocation and the Mission of the company itself.
In the same year he established the brotherhood of Christian charity to help the patients who were unassisted. He gathered around the first assistants in 1625 in order to Evangelize the rural population along with them. The following year, they committed themselves to live together for the same goal. The missionaries went to various parts of France, other European countries and Madagascar from the center of the Mission of the Congregation, or the parent congregation in Paris. Congregation of the Mission or Lazarites were named after their centre in Paris (The House of Saint Lazarus).
Members of the Mission of the company can be priests or brothers. Not the monks. Their motto is: “He appointed me to preach the Good News to the poor.” Vincent’s missionaries share the special attention to the most disadvantaged and the most rejected with other ccongregations and organizations emerged from his spirit (Daughters of Charity, Sisters of Mercy, Sisters of Mary, Sisters of Vincent’s conferences etc.), which make up a large Vincent family.
Congregation of the Mission (the Lazarites) in Belgrade
Čukarica had long been a remote and impoverished suburb of Belgrade with very little population. After World War I among them was quite a number of Catholic workers from Croatia and Slovenia. The parish priests of Christ the King were taking care of them, and masses were served in private homes.
The Congregation of the Mission father Luigi Plantarič, CM, arrived in Belgrade on 27 August 1928 and assumed the spiritual leadership and care for the Sisters of St. Vincent de Paul – of charity, who were working in Belgrade hospitals. At the same time, father Alojzije was a catechist for the Catholic children in Belgrade schools. On the intervention of the Apostolic Nuncio of the Kingdom of Yugoslavia, Msgr. Ermengildo Pellegrinetti, the provincial leadership of Slovenia decided to send more confreres to Belgrade to take over the pastoral of Čukarica. On 1 October 1929 the Missionary Community of St. Vincent was founded in Belgrade.
They bought land and a house in Požeška Street. A chapel was set up in it in 1929, regular services began in there. That same year, the preparations for the construction of a new church in Čukarica started.
Church of Saint Cyril and Methodius
35 Požeška Street, Beograd 11000
Alojz Letonja, pastor
Spiritual Assistant Petar Tašev
Spiritual Assistant Jurij Devetak
011 / 30-56-120
Service of God
Weekdays: 5pm (winter); 6pm (summer) Sundays and holidays: 7am, 10am,
5 pm (winter) 7am, 10am, 6pm (summer)