The Knights of the Dove and Rose
Vision: “Individual growth in sanctifying grace in total consecration to the Blessed Virgin Mary and through the beautiful, combined spirituality of St. Joan of Arc and St. Thérèse of Lisieux which, collectively, restores the beauty of the Body and Bride of Christ, the Church.”
Mission: “Through total consecration to the Blessed Virgin Mary and the influence of the beautiful, combined spirituality of St. Joan of Arc and St. Thérèse of Lisieux, the Knight of the Dove and Rose seeks to grow in sanctifying grace and to restore the beauty and radiance of the Holy Catholic Church by a contemplative life of Eucharistic prayer which inflames the soul to live out an active, evangelical witness in thought, word, and deed in the world.”
Motto: “To Jesus through Mary in the friendship and sisterly care of Sts. Joan and Thérèse!”
“For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother, and shall cling to his wife, and the two shall be made into one.’ This is a great foreshadowing; I mean that it refers to Christ and the Church.” (Eph 5:31-32)
“The Lord loves the city founded on holy mountains, loves the gates of Zion more than any dwelling in Jacob. Glorious things are said of you, O city of God!” (Psalm (87:1-3)
“One of the seven angels…came and said to me, ‘Come, I will show you the bride, the wife of the Lamb.’ And he carried me away in the Spirit to a mountain great and high, and showed me the Holy City, Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God.” (Rev 21:9-10)
“And so I say to you, you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church and the gates of the netherworld shall not prevail against it. I will give you the keys to the kingdom of heaven. Whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven; and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.” (Mt. 16:18-19)
“And he put all things beneath his feet and gave him as head over all things to the church, which is his body, the fullness of the one who fills all things in every way.” (Eph 1:22-23)
The Knights of the Dove and Rose is an organization which includes members both lay and religious and which is devoted to praying, suffering (Col 1:24; I Peter 2:21), and evangelizing for the Church Militant (Eph 6:10-17; Rev 12:17) in union with our Holy Father, the Pope, and for the relief of the Church Suffering in Purgatory (I Cor 3:14-15; 2 Macc 12:46).
All is under the patronage of St. Joan of Arc (Matthew 25:21), the co-patronage of St. Thérèse of Lisieux, and dedicated to the reign of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, the Mediatrix of all graces (Gen 3:15; Luke 1:26-55; John 2:1-11), Queen of heaven and earth (Rev 12:1), the Mother of God (Luke 1:43), and she through whom we must go as the shortest, easiest, and most pleasing way to Jesus Christ our Lord (Luke 1:43-44), Who is Savior of the human race. For, it is only through this Jesus, the historically authentic Founder of the Roman Catholic Church (Matthew 16:18-19; Eph 2:20-22), that we can be saved. There is no other. (Heb 13:8-9a)
We carry the two-edge sword (Heb 12:4) of the Holy Spirit, combining Thérèse’s Little Way of Love with Joan’s mystically militant, unwavering faithfulness to the will of Our Lord and Our Lady. Our objective is the center of the Interior Castle of St. Teresa of Avila on the Summit of St. John of the Cross’ Mt. Carmel together with the active victory in the world of the Church, which is the pillar of truth (1 Tim 3:15), with her King and her Queen.
In order that we might live out our baptismal vows most effectively, all members should be consecrated to the Virgin Mary (John 19: 26-27) through either the formula given us by St. Louis de Montfort or that of St. Maximilian Kolbe, or any other formula approved by proper Church authorities.
We seek martyrdom rather than surrendering our faith (Heb 13:7; Rev 7:14-17); yet, at the same time we consider ourselves unworthy of such an honor. Nor are we presumptuous about our strength to offer ourselves in this manner without the consent and grace of Jesus Christ.
We are ecumenical; though, ecumenism for us is expressed as bringing all Christian Churches (Orthodox) and Christian communities (Protestants) back into full union with the One (John 17:20-21), Holy (Eph 1: 22), Catholic (Matthew 28:19-20), and Apostolic (Eph 2:20-22) Church where Peter (The Pope) is its head as established by Christ (Matthew 16:17-19).
We seek the conversion of all other religions, indeed the entire world, to the true Church of God (Matthew 28:18-20). We resist, indeed deplore as heretical, religious relativism that attempts to present all belief systems as being equal.
Importantly, we do all in the charity and love of Christ, realizing that each person has the God-given right and use of free will, leaving us to respect that right while bearing witness to authentic glory of the Catholic Church. We realize that we are no better than the sinners who ate with Jesus (Mark 2:13-17); yet, we are blessed to have Him eat with us as well, just as the Prodigal Son was overwhelmed by the gracious forgiveness of the Father (Luke 15:11-31). In all things and in every way we are less than our neighbors, even our enemies, as servants in the spirit of love Christ exemplified in His own life (John 13:12-17).
We understand that many who choose not to join us are still respectful of our teachings and traditions and that they often love our saints despite being separated from us. We are honored that they would feel this way. Despite our differences, we honor their dignity, as we do all people friend or foe, as fellow brothers and sisters created in the image of God.
The life of a Knight of the Dove and Rose
The expectation for a Knight of the Dove and Rose is quite simple and should not even add a burden to one’s already taxed spiritual life of devotions, novenas and such. That expectation is to commit to being the most fully Catholic one can be with the grace of Jesus Christ. Here, we do not have required prayers or some form of rule of life. No matter our state in life, be that single, married, priest, or religious, we are seeking the fullness of Christ’s Kingdom in our own lives and to then courageously share that life with the world in a joyful spirit of evangelism. We are open to all who are faithful to the Church’s magisterium and to our Holy Father, the Pope, and even to those outside the Church who share our vision and mission. We know that there are many reasons why any particular person may not be in full communion with the Church, and we judge neither that situation nor the person. We only ask for a sincere spirit of communion.
The one thing that is particular to a Dove and Rose Knight, however, is that we put ourselves under the most loving and gracious care of our two magnificent sisters in Christ, Ste Jeanne d’Arc and Ste Thérèse de Lisieux. The key to being a Knight of the Dove (Ste Jeanne) and Rose (Ste Thérèse), that which distinguishes us, is that we strive to live in union of heart, mind, and soul with Jeanne and Thérèse that they may lead us faithfully to the very center of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, our glorious Queen in heaven. Through total consecration to the Holy Virgin (such as prescribed by St. Louis de Montfort), we then obtain the safest passage to our King in Heaven and receive the greatest graces for evangelization. We effectively aim to assist Jeanne and Thérèse in their work of saving souls, and we are, in turn, grateful recipients of their patronage and heavenly guidance.
As Knights of the Dove and Rose, we believe that Sts. Jeanne and Thérèse are on a Divine Mission, decreed by the Holy Virgin and through the Holy Spirit, to aid us in renewing our own lives, the life of the Church through us, and the life of the world through the Church. Sacred Scripture, the Catechism of the Catholic Church, and Sacred Tradition in general all speak to the exalted roles the saints play with us in bringing about the Kingdom of God through the Church:
“His master said to him, “Well done good and trustworthy servant; you have shown yourself trustworthy in small things; I will trust you with greater; come and join in your master’s happiness.” (Mt 25:21, New Jerusalem)
“So it is that the union of the wayfarers with the brethren who sleep in the peace of Christ is in no way interrupted, but on the contrary, according to the constant faith of the Church, this union is reinforced by an exchange of spiritual goods… They do not cease to intercede with the Father for us, as they profer the merits which they acquired on earth through the one mediator between God and men, Christ Jesus…So by their fraternal concern is our weakness greatly helped.” (CCC paragraphs 955, 956)
“Do not weep, for I shall be more useful to you after my death and I shall help you then more effectively than during my life.” (St. Dominic, dying, to his brothers, CCC, paragraph 956)
“I want to spend my heaven in doing good on earth.” (St. Thérèse, CCC, paragraph 956)
“It is God’s will that inferior beings should be helped by all those that are above them, wherefore we ought to pray not only to the higher but also to the lower saints; else we should have to implore the mercy of God alone… for the Divine Order is such that lower beings receive an overflow of the excellence of the higher, even as the air receives the brightness of the sun…we pray to the saints, whether angels or men, not that God may through them know our petitions, but that our prayers may be effective through their prayers and merits.” (St. Thomas Aquinas, Summa Theologica, IIa, IIae, Question 83, Article 11)
The King and Lord of the heavens set down this law from all eternity that the gifts of his Providence should come to the lower through intermediaries. Hence Dionysius in the Celestial Hierarchy 5 says, ‘It is the most sacred law of the divinity that things in the middle should be led to his most divine light by first things.’ ” (St. Thomas Aquinas, Preface to the sermon, On the Commendation of Sacred Scripture)
Therefore, we are honored to be particularly devoted to Sts. Jeanne and Thérèse as our distinguishing mark. We are edified to be united with them in the hierarchy of the Divine Order, where we adore Christ Jesus in the worship of latria as true God and true man, the Savior of the human race and the only mediator between God and men, where we glorify and honor our most holy and immaculate Queen, the Virgin Mary, in the worship of hyper-dulia, and we honor our sisters, Jeanne and Thérèse in the worship of dulia as sinners now glorified in heaven. The Knight of the Dove and Rose leaves him or herself open to this mystical partnership with Jeanne and Thérèse.
Indeed, based on the infinite merits and goodwill of Jesus Christ, we can without the least anxiety, abandon ourselves to the generous, prayerful, intercessory support of our glorious Holy Mother Mary and our most honorable heavenly sisters, Jeanne d’Arc and Thérèse de Lisieux, for by the grace of God our Father, they know our needs:
“The saints impetrate whatever God wishes to take place through their prayers: and they pray for that which they deem will be granted through their prayers according to God’s will.” (St. Thomas Aquinas, Summa Theologica, IIa, IIae Question 83, Article 11)
God wills that we journey to His heavenly Kingdom in the communion of the saints. What a blessing! How edifying! What joy!
As such, the key priorities of a Knight, which for the most part should be the key priorities of any Catholic, would be:
- Devotion and obedience to the Church in union with the Holy Father, our Pope
- Regular participation in the sacraments, notably Confession and the Mass
- Regular Eucharistic adoration, daily if possible
- Total consecration to the Blessed Virgin Mary and the praying of the Rosary
- Devotion to St. Joan of Arc and St. Thérèse of Lisieux so as to develop a faith-filled, Christ centered, relationship with them
- Commitment to learning the Faith well through Scripture, the Catechism, and the writings of the saints, particularly the Doctors of the Church
- To pray for, and act upon, a courageous spirit of evangelization
In sum, it is about our motto: “To Jesus through Mary in the friendship and sisterly care of Sts. Joan and Thérèse”!
Ste Jeanne d’ Arc, pray for us! Ste Thérèse, pray for us! Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us! Jesus Christ our King, have mercy on us!
The Promise of the Knights of the Dove and Rose
“Out of love for Jesus Christ, true God and true man, the founder of the Holy Roman Catholic Church, and out of love for His most Holy Mother Mary, Queen, by the grace of God, of heaven and earth, I acknowledge that through the Church we have received the fullness of God’s revelation, not through our own merit, intellect, or workings but only as the result of the gift and grace of being baptized members of the one, holy, Catholic, and apostolic Church, the mystical body of Christ on earth.
I understand that these unearned graces carry the grave responsibility to share God’s love and truth with the world without compromising either love or truth. I am fully aware that my duty to faithfully, lovingly, and uncompromisingly proclaim the revelations held, by the sole authority of its Magisterium, in the treasury of the Church through its Scriptures and Traditions will often times make my journey lonely and filled with adversity.
I am willing, and I promise, to take this path, the path of the Holy Cross, to walk alone if needed, to reject the world and its evil master in a spirit of poverty, of renewal of my baptismal promises, and in consecrated slavery to the Virgin Mary with the friendship and protective patronage of St. Joan of Arc and the co-patronage of St. Thérèse of Lisieux, in order to bring Christ’s message to the world in thought, word, and deed; and, in a spirit of prayer, humility, purity, and service to the poor and the weakest, to seek union with the Sacred Heart of Jesus, without Whom we are lost.”