International Laity of the Chevalier Family (ILCF)
The Laity of the Chevalier Family has a very important place within the Chevalier Family, sitting alongside the professed members from the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart, the Daughters of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart and the Missionary Sisters of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus. This interconnected operational structure was always the vision of Father Jules Chevalier.
At the international level, the Governing Body of the Laity of the Chevalier Family is not considered to be underneath the professed members and serves alongside the Governing Bodies of the Professed. This vision is a work in progress at the national and local levels. The professed and laity are interconnected, each with its own autonomy - synodality in practice.
The Laity of the Chevalier Family fulfils a need in people called to a lay vocation. This need arises from a desire to deepen their spirituality as Catholics and to live their lives committed to following Jesus by living a Spirituality of the Heart as expressed by Father Jules Chevalier.
The Chevalier Family believe that Jesus’ compassionate Heart reveals God’s unconditional love for every human being and all creation. God’s unconditional love, which is the remedy for the ills of society, transforms our hearts, and at the same time, enables us to participate in the healing of creation.