Order of the Shepherd’s Heart
The Order of the Shepherd’s Heart, a Celtic Christian religious order which, while being part of the Free Catholic Tradition, belongs to no particular jurisdiction or denomination. We are Celtic in spirit, ecumenical in scope, and celebrate a deeply sacramental approach to the Christian faith and are composed of men and women in single, celibate, committed, and or open lifestyles who have been called as a domestic and monastic spiritual family into deep love relationships with and in Jesus Christ. Jesus is our example; the Scriptures are our Rule; love is our law. The foundation of this Order is Love. In order to assure that this divine love is not simply misdirected human emotion, it is guided by divine truth. It is formed and fostered by a balanced life of prayer, study, and apostolic service. The major expression of this foundation of love is integration. As such, we integrate all religions from a Christian base, all Christian denominations from a catholic base, and all religious and monastic traditions from a Celtic base. Celtic spirituality is our mother, but we are children born from it into the world in which we find ourselves. We see our Order as a reconciling agent in the world, integrating a call to solitude with a call to community, a call to contemplation with a mandate from the Gospel to the evangelical life. We also integrate various conditions of life into one spiritual community. The Order of the Shepherd’s Heart does not discriminate and holds no regard for a person’s race, color, age, gender, sexual orientation, preference, relationship status, nationality, socioeconomic class, nor a person’s state of grace. We are fully committed to inclusivity and our support for the LGBTQIAPP (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual, questioning, intersexual, asexual, pansexual, polyamorous) and anyone who would seek to find a spiritual home within the Shepherd’s Heart is unwavering and unapologetic.