We are followers of Jesus Christ, committed to treating others with the Lord’s patience and kindness.
The Catholic Church is an international assembly of love, and the Apostolate of the Returning King is a movement within that broader assembly.
We are intended to impact Catholic thinking and thought. We are intended to bring the love of Jesus Christ directly to those around us, representing Christ with spiritual accuracy which draws people toward the safety of the Eucharistic Christ. Our beautiful and light-filled statutes insure that anyone, in any condition, can join our movement if they desire to bring God’s love to others. All over the world, Christ is igniting our small efforts with great, powerful graces.
We do not become good Christians by following headlines. We become good Christians by following Jesus Christ.
The Apostolate of the Returning King has been born into our Catholic Church. Jesus identifies himself as the Returning King because he wants to return each day through you and through me. In the words and writings of our Apostolate we find fresh grace and hope. This is what the Apostolate means to most of us.
We do not separate ourselves, elevate ourselves, or participate in any form of religious elitism. Rather, we seek God’s hopes in each day. We, like Christ, serve those who feel broken, as we have been broken, those who need hope, as we need hope, and those who crave love as we, also, crave love. We share our joy through whichever vocation we serve from, understanding that healthy formation is incremental, specially contemplated and crafted for each person in front of us. Thus, it remains fresh.
Our commitment to the Apostolate of the Returning King offers Jesus the opportunity to use us to spread his love more directly, and it brings our Christianity to the forefront of our minds and hearts. This Association brings us right back to the essence of what it means to represent Christ as Christians in the world.
Who can join our Way?
By enrolling, we agree to pray the Allegiance Prayer each day. Additionally, we will strive to treat others with the Lord’s patience and kindness. As our journey continues, we hope to learn more about the guidelines of this Apostolate and the teachings of the Catholic faith.
Nobody needs us to become someone we are not, or somebody different. Rather, God hopes we will strive to become more the person we are – more our true selves. God hopes we will take another step into relationship with Christ at the level of our hearts.
In a time of what seems like an infinite number of mostly empty choices, Jesus is asking us to make the most important choice of all. We do not abandon our faith because of people behaving badly, as much as they cause us pain. We remain more firmly in place, to honor and protect the great sacrifice of Jesus Christ, our King.
“And you will be part of the greatest renewal in the history of your world. It is coming. Be of good cheer and do not become discouraged” (Jesus, V1).
I’m already committed to another organization.
As an approved Association in the Catholic Church, when we enroll, we become Apostles of the Returning King (ARK). Participation in this spirituality is competent with other vocational vows we have taken. Indeed, this spirituality makes us better in our vocations. This spirituality complements other obligations, rather than competing with them. The Apostolate of the Returning King is an Association for this time, responding to the unique needs of the Church right now. Many may be familiar with the Brown Scapular devotion. This is similar. We are taking on a dedicated and contemporary expression of Catholicism. We are a movement for renewal in our Church.
Thousands have adopted this spirituality and experienced personal Christian renewal. Together, we will spread the graces and blessings we have received.
The Apostolate of the Returning King (ARK)
The Apostolate of the Returning King is now formally open to receive enrollments. As you know, we were officially recognized in 2018 as a Private Association of the Faithful with Juridical Personality.
This movement, founded through a lay woman named Kathryn Clarke, in Kilmore Diocese, Ireland, has been spreading through the world since 2003. Kathryn writes spiritually under the pen name of Anne, a lay apostle, and serves both in her diocese and internationally with a dedicated team of clergy and lay people around the world. The Apostolate of the Returning King is crucial to these times because it brings incredible peace to people, helps individuals understand their importance to God, and brings them truly closer to Jesus Christ in a very personal way.
“Your message to people remains constant. Welcome each person to the Rescue Mission. You may assure each lay apostle that just as they concern themselves with my interests, I will concern myself with theirs. They will be placed in my Sacred Heart and I will defend and protect them. I will also pursue complete conversion of each of their loved ones. You see, the souls who serve in this Rescue Mission as my beloved lay apostles will know peace. The world cannot make this promise as only Heaven can bestow peace on a soul. This is truly Heaven’s mission and I call every one of Heaven’s children to assist me. You will be well rewarded, my dear ones” (Promise from Jesus to Apostles of the returning King (ARK’s).
The Apostolate of the Returning King is centered around the writings Jesus imparted through Anne. Both these writings and Anne’s experiences were deemed worthy of the establishment of a formal two-year Church commission which evaluated Anne, her husband, and the team who worked alongside her, as well as every one of the writings. Following that commission, the Apostolate received both the Imprimaturs and then later a Sacred Decree which recognized and commended this work canonically. As such, one can confidently accept that the rightful authorities in our Catholic Church have taken this work very seriously.
These writings give guidance on growth in personal holiness, love, the real presence of Jesus Christ, and how to conduct ourselves in changing times. We promote teachings and programs focused on human and spiritual development. We work with teenagers, young adults, and adults as well, teaching boundaries, self-care, and Contemplative Prayer, along with many other topics that promote healthy and balanced Catholic spirituality.
The fruits are lasting and draw people back into the sacramental life in a profound and powerful way.
Direction for Our Times
Direction for Our Times, established in 2004, is the non-profit civil entity formed to spread the writings of Anne, which include private revelation and which have all been reviewed and carry an official Church Imprimatur from the local ecclesiastical authority. DFOT uses all funds to print and spread the Apostolate of the Returning King and its writings, as well as support a small team of staff and maintain the headquarters, The Soul Sanctuary (Tearmann Anama). Additionally, we produce the First Thursday teachings of Anne and disseminate all of the writings internationally.
The writings are currently distributed around the world and are available in 21 languages, with booklet stands and Volumes in the back of many Churches from China to India, the Philippines, the United States of America, Canada, Mexico, England, and many other places. The stories of healing from the small booklets alone, which deal with subjects like abortion, addiction, financial stress, and fear of death, encourage us to remain firmly committed to the spread and protection of this new movement in the Catholic Church.
We have worked very hard over the years to meet the demand for growth and to spread this work, with its deeply spiritual and calming graces. We have always relied on the providence of the Lord and he has always provided. Our membership includes committed Catholics who feel their obligation to spread the Gospel message like never before, and it also includes many leaders, clergy and lay people alike, as well as many in developing countries. We have purchased a Headquarters in our home diocese of Kilmore. This delights us and excites us as we begin to formally enroll our international membership.
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“My apostles of the light walk in the greatest of grace. My heavenly grace surrounds you at all times. You have Heaven with you and Heaven will assist you in everything. The work you do for this mission will truly seem effortless on your part because while we in Heaven are flowing it through you, it does not come from you. So you see that a commitment to this mission of mercy will mean that you serve me, but you are serving me anyway. You will not find that you are working more strenuously in the spreading of these words than you would have otherwise because so much of what you do will be blessed by the most profound gifts of grace. When you allow me to flow through you, I do most of the work. You are merely the cooperative vessels. Dear apostles, come to me often for sustenance… I will never leave you and together we will do great things for the Kingdom” (Jesus, V10).