The Serenellians are an apostolate
established for the singular purpose of providing an organized
means and resource with which to confront, address and counter the
problems of impurity and moral corruption in our society today, a
spiritual army to do battle against the insidious evil of
Serenellians work by means of
ministry, prayer and communication with the objective of reaching
out to the most hardhearted and suffering of humanity – those
individuals addicted to pornography, along with their loved ones,
for their salvation, conveying to them the boundless Mercy and
Compassion of God.
Pornography, an insidious evil which
has so run amok, unopposed and unchecked in our modern times, is
now a multi-billion dollar a year enterprise in the United States
alone. It has now surpassed the legitimate Hollywood movie
industry in gross income. The pornography industry is a
completely unregulated, black market culture whose victims include
actors, distributors, wholesalers and consumers – these same
people are our friends and coworkers, husbands, wives and most
especially, our children.
As Catholics, we are all keenly aware of how seriously this evil
has targeted the family, making significant inroads in its efforts
to break up the family unit as created by Almighty God. One of
the most successful tools has been the propagation of immorality
through pornography, supported and bolstered by sinful and
alternate lifestyles, all of which are found flourishing today in
complete contradiction to God’s Holy will.
Serious adverse consequences of involvement with pornography often
times are deep and severe addiction. These addictions have
resulted in the destruction of individuals and families,
corruption of innocent children, not to mention untold financial
losses on the part of those involved. It is in support of these
addicts and their families that we wish to provide ministry,
guidance and counsel.
There already exist many ministries, but none that specifically
target pornography, particularly in the fashion of an organized
and methodical Catholic campaign.
Such an organized spiritual and ministerial effort is sorely
needed in these troubling times.
This is truly a very difficult and uncomfortable topic for so many
people – one that most avoid ever broaching. Most of society,
sometimes even our own Catholic Church, is in denial when it comes
to confronting pornography. No one seems to know quite how to do
it. The lack of such an active apostolate speaks for itself.
An Apostolate for the Sexually
Addicted - The Serenellians
In praying and meditating on this
effort, I felt inspired by the story of St. Maria Goretti.
I was particularly drawn to the person of Alessandro Serenelli –
the young man who murdered the 12-year old Maria Goretti in a fit
of lust-filled rage.
I was touched by the story of his conversion. His life’s example
echoes that of so many men, husbands and fathers of today who find
themselves lost and overwhelmed in the depths of impurity,
immorality and depravity. Yet each is capable of experiencing the
same loving, merciful grace of God as did Alessandro. Our Lord is
just waiting to reach down into the depths of their souls and lead
them out of this foretaste of Hell in which they find themselves
and into the light of conversion – if only there were organized
and knowledgeable help available to them.
Alessandro Serenelli experienced, in body and in soul, the
fullness of conversion – from the depths of Hell to the Kingdom of
Heaven. As such, I am convinced that Alessandro Serenelli was
destined by God to be this role model of conversion from depravity
to salvation – a man whose life’s example can serve as a light for
so many suffering people today.
This is the purpose of our work – to establish a Catholic
organization of religious and lay people, henceforth known as the
Serenellians, dedicated to this specific ministry and service.
For more information about the Serenellians and support for those
struggling with sexual addictions and their loved ones, please