Elim Communities is a global family of Catholic communities serving in faith, hope and love.
Then they came to Elim, where there were twelve springs of water and seventy palm trees, and they camped there near the water.
Their first stop was Marah where there was bitter water. But in this Elim oasis, they found refreshment from its 12 springs of water and 70 palm trees. Similarly, Elim Communities serve as spiritual oases where people can dwell and be revived by the rivers of living water.
VISION & MISSION
As we await the blessed hope, the appearance of the glory of the great God and of our savior Jesus Christ.
– Titus 2:13
Elim Communities has a five-fold vision, as stated below:
ELIM COMMUNITIES envisions a renewed Philippines and Filipinos bearing the Good News to all the world.
ELIM COMMUNITIES envisions the renewal of individuals, families, communities and nations around the globe.
ELIM COMMUNITIES envisions the proclamation of the Good News of Jesus Christ in all areas of society, through the power of the Holy Spirit.
ELIM COMMUNITIES envisions Christians living the victorious Christian life and witnessing to a life of faith, hope and love.
ELIM COMMUNITIES envisions communities of faith around the globe impacting societies and cultures with the life transforming power of the Gospel.
The broader mission of community, in line with the Church’s call for the laity to renew the whole temporal order (Decree on the Apostolate of Lay People, November 18, 1965, numbers 5, 7), was revealed to the Elders at the outset. This mission was to actively participate in the ministry of the Holy Spirit to “renew the face of the earth” (Psalm 104:30), especially in our country (national renewal), in the hope that the Philippines shall one day become light of Asia (PCP-II, 249-250).
His Eminence Jaime Cardinal Sin also had occasion to refer to the mission of Elim as involving “the work of renewal and evangelization of the Church in the Philippines and the world.”
Hence, all members of ELIM COMMUNITIES are called to its threefold mission of living by faith, spreading a message of hope and serving with love.
LIVING BY FAITH
Through growth in a personal relationship with Jesus Christ
Through devotion to prayer, the Scriptures, community life and service
Through living the Gospel in humility, obedience and faithfulness
SPREADING A MESSAGE OF HOPE
By helping proclaim the Good News to the ends of the earth
By helping proclaim the Mystery of Faith that “Christ has died, Christ is risen, Christ will come again”
By being witnesses of God’s love, mercy and saving power through transformed lives
SERVING WITH LOVE
By loving and serving God first and foremost with all of one’s heart, soul, mind and strength
By serving others as an expression of love for neighbor, and engaging in spiritual and corporal works of mercy
By serving zealously and excellently in the work of renewal, evangelization and global missions
On January 18, 1989, Elim became a founding member of the Federation of Transparochial Catholic Charismatic Communities, organized under the Catholic Charismatic Renewal of the Archdiocese of Manila, by His Eminence Jaime Cardinal Sin. (Elim Statutes)
In November 2008, Elim Communities was formally admitted as Associate Member of the Catholic Fraternity of Charismatic Covenant Communities and Fellowships, an international private association of members of the faithful having juridical personality in accordance with Canon 322 of the Code of Canon Law.
On July 28, 2009, Elim Communities was recognized as a national private association of the lay faithful, as issued by the Episcopal Commission for the Laity, Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines.
(Image on left) Bro. Willy & Sis. Luli with the late Cardinal Jaime Sin and the late St. Pope John Paul II
OUR LADY OF ELIM
Elim Communities is Marian, upholding Mary our Blessed Mother as Patroness and Lady of Elim. Her example of true devotion to Jesus is an inspiration to all Elimites, and her feminine ways serve as a model for the women of Elim. The title “Our Lady of Elim” was given by His Eminence Jaime Cardinal Sin in August 1988.