"We have chosen radical singleness, not as a temporary state, but as a lifelong choice."

All the brothers in the Servants of the Word live “single for the Lord” i.e. we have chosen radical singleness, not as a temporary state, but as a lifelong choice. There are many reasons for such a step. We want to imitate Jesus who did not marry either, and we want to make him and his kingdom the only thing we value, “our treasure”, and put aside everything else which would capture our imagination, our affections or our time. We do so not because we do not value marriage and family life. In fact we greatly appreciate families and children, and our life within the Sword of the Spirit allows for frequent interaction with them. But we gladly sacrifice this good thing for a greater good, God himself.

Summit Cross above cloudsThe decision to remain single makes us more available to God and his service, and we seek to use this greater freedom to undertake tasks married people cannot do, or can do only with greater difficulty.

Our living “single for the Lord” also points to a day when there will be neither “marrying nor giving into marriage” (Matthew 22:30). In eternity, God himself will fulfill all of our desires and be all in all.

 

  • ‘I thank God for the life and witness of the Servants of the Word, whose quiet, kind, humble and prayerful example in contemporary forms of monasticism continues to be such a blessing to so many people.’

    Pete Greig
    Pete Greig 24/7 Prayer Movement
  • "I count it a great blessing to have the Servants of the Word ministering in the City of Detroit. Their work on behalf of unity among all Christians, and their ministry with young people and families, are a great source of life and inspiration to many."

    Archbishop Allen Vigneron
    Archbishop Allen Vigneron Detroit
  • "The Servants of the Word are one of the most dynamic new monastic movements in the worldwide Church. As a new student in London, they were one of the strongest spiritual influences in the growth of my own faith because of their openness and commitment to nurturing young vocations."

    The Venerable Roger Preece
    The Venerable Roger Preece Archdeacon of St. Helens and Warrington
  • "The Servants of the Word is truly an authentic Ecumenical brotherhood. While living in community as brothers in Christ they, both Catholics and Protestants, adhere faithfully to the teachings and practices of their respective denominations."

    Fr. Thomas Weinandy O.F.M. Cap.
    Fr. Thomas Weinandy O.F.M. Cap.
  • "I have known Mark Whitters for many years as a friend and colleague, as we both teach in the Department of History and Philosophy at Eastern Michigan University.  Mark is outstanding in his dedication to teaching and mentoring students."

    Dr. Ronald K. Delph
    Dr. Ronald K. Delph Professor of History Eastern Michigan University
  • "The work ethic of the brothers is impeccable and a source of conviction in my own efforts.  More importantly however, they have shown a keen understanding of the importance of family life and our individual lives outside of the business itself."

    Dave Flanagan
    Dave Flanagan Employee Servant Systems Inc.
  • "These men have been so instrumental in many ways in building God's kingdom in this world. They have quietly touched thousands of lives, including my life and my family."

    Jeff Smith
    Jeff Smith President of The Word Among Us
  • “I am delighted and honored to heartily endorse the dear brothers of the Servants of the Word and especially their very significant ministries with college students through University Christian Outreach. They build deeply meaningful relationships with many college students, invite them to know God personally, and help teach, shape and form them for lives of discipleship and service in God’s kingdom."

    Cal Jen
    Cal Jen Associate Professor Calvin College Grand Rapids
  • "I have known Dr. Mark Whitters for approximately fifteen years. I have to come to know him as a teacher by visiting his class and found it exemplary.  I find him a meticulous scholar."

    Jiu-Hwa Lo Upshur
    Jiu-Hwa Lo Upshur Professor Emerita Department of History and Philosophy Eastern Michigan University
  • "Perhaps what I most value is how their prophetic call speaks a radical word of hope to a hungry generation."

    Paul Jordan
    Paul Jordan Director Kairos - Europe and Middle East

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