What is Teams of Our Lady?
Teams of Our Lady is an international Christian lay movement that works to enrich marriage spirituality for couples who seek to live their marriages sacramentally. Teams provide new opportunities to increase and improve prayer life, helping couples grow closer to God and to each other.
Ideally a team is comprised of four to six couples whose marriage is recognized in the eyes of the Catholic Church. The team meets one time per month, rotating from one home to another. If a couple’s home cannot accommodate the entire team, the group can meet in a church meeting room or outside, if possible. Some teams might have a Chaplain or Spiritual Counsellor as part of their team. The Chaplain/Spiritual Counsellor comes to the meeting to provide his theological knowledge and expertise. The team shares a simple meal, prayer, sharing on the endeavours, and a study topic. The endeavours are the heart of the spirit of Teams. The team becomes a close community that can inspire one another through their living examples of faith, and share with one another their struggles and successes on their way to holiness.
“The Teams of our Lady, a gift of the Holy Spirit, is offered to couples throughout the world in order to help them live out their married spirituality.” (The Guide of the Teams of Our Lady). Couples from all stages of life (newly married, child rearing and empty nesters) can be part of Teams. It is not parish based, but it is advisable for couples to live in the same geographic vicinity. Since this is a lay association, lay couples hold all positions of responsibility.