Souls of the Christian Apostolate (SOCA) is a lay apostolic effort. Our mission is to make apostles through spiritually-formative friendship (and in-depth accountability and study). The aim is conversion of young adults toward perfect union and love of God. This is done through relational ministry (i.e. one-on-one meetings and friendship). Rather than aiming for outreach to many, SOCA aims to form a few but in a very deep way, rooted in the Church’s tradition of spiritual theology; disciples are held accountable to daily mental prayer and a basic rule of life (i.e. spiritual resolutions). The belief is that these individuals will become apostles in their own right with such a disciplined and zealous interior life, and will set the world on fire with the evangelization to which the Holy Ghost calls them to.
SOCA , a nonprofit incorporation, was founded in 2018 by Kevin Roerty. After spending time in various places and traditions (including Europe, traditional Dominican religious life, and a lay Catholic missionary organization), Kevin saw a need for interior formation of young Catholics who are facing world that makes spiritual growth nearly impossible alone. With his experience and learning (in evangelization, spiritual theology, and from mentors) and seeing no such existent movement, he decided to initiate this himself. He is currently the only full-time missionary, though others may be invited to join after SOCA is more established in the next year.
SOCA operates primarily in one location (see SOCA’s Denver Apostolate), but has leaders in formation around the country. We came to Denver because two diocesan priests invited SOCA to start here, specifically targeting the Denver area and the Auraria campus.
SOCA’s method is specifically geared toward forming individuals in mental prayer, basic Catholic doctrine, essential habits for leading a disciplined life, and how to evangelize. See the “Method” page for more.
The primary books of formation: “The Baltimore Catechism”, “Conversation with Christ” by Peter Rohrbach, “Soul of the Apostolate” by Dom Chautard, and “The Three Ways of the Spiritual Life” by Father Garigou LaGrange, O.P. See the “Reading List” page for more.
SOCA evangelists are dependent on the financial support of mission partners. Learn more here: https://socapostolate.org/meet-kevin/