Religious Orders

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The Cistercian Order of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary is an Order and Province within the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church of Christ, adhering to the Catholic-Benedictine-Cistercian traditions. We are incorporated in the Communion of International Catholic Churches as a religious body set aside with Apostolic covering.
As Cistercians, we strive to find the face of God through following the Rule of St. Benedict. We grow as a Christian community through the monastic practices of obedience, stability, conversion, work and prayer. Our Catholic orientation places us within the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church of God, whose Head, Chief Pastor and High Priest is Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior. We hold as sacred the Holy Scriptures, the ancient creeds of the Church, the seven sacraments and governance through valid Episcopal orders. While we revere the Pope of Rome in his historic role as the first among equals and as Patriarch of the West, we also revere the Ecumenical Patriarch. As Province within the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church of Christ, we are self governing and have our own College of Abbots and Bishops. Our Prime Bishop/Abbott General is also a member of the Bishop’s Council of the Communion of International Catholic Churches. Following the example of both our progenitors and contemporaries we follow the commission of our Lord to “go forth and teach.” It is our hope that by being independent we might better open our arms to all, who are part of the Church catholic of Christ. We welcome and embrace our brothers and sisters in Christ, especially those from other Catholic bodies, whether they are Roman, Anglican, Orthodox, Independent or Old Catholic.

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The Community of Saint George (C.S.G.) is an independent sacramental community of priests (celebrants) under the umbrella of The Young Rite. The purpose of the Community of Saint George is to build up a community of priests (celebrants) and would-be priests (celebrants) through support, education, and mentoring under the guidance of Saint George. In keeping with the spiritual gifts of The Young Rite the Community of Saint George is less about titles and egos and about service to humanity through the Priesthood of Jesus Christ.

Website Address: Community of Saint George
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In the Franciscan Tradition

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Catholic Church, Inc. under the protection of Archbishop Joseph Daniel Finnegan.

Website Address: http://www.csfdinc.org/
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Under the Eastern Apostolic Vicariate and Bishop Michael Melchizedek.

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Inspired by the life and ministry of St. Dominic de Guzman, the members of the Order strive to re-envision his charism for the present day. The Order is comprised of both men and women, lay and clergy, who are drawn to the charism of Sacred Preaching built upon the four pillars of Dominican spirituality: Prayer, Community, Study and the Sacred Preaching.

Website Address: Dominicans of Mary
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The Dominicans of the Blessed Sacrament is an autocephalous community of men and women in the Old Catholic tradition following in the footsteps of St. Dominic as Preachers, Teachers and Defenders of the Christian Faith. We are a “Dispersed Community” consisting of ordained Priests and Religious Brothers and Religious Sisters who follow an adapted form of the 1952 Dominican Third Order Rule. We have a sincere devotion to the Most Holy Rosary of the Most Blessed Virgin Mary in its original form of the 15-decades as given by Our Blessed Mother to Saint Dominic and the Benediction and Adoration of the Most Blessed Sacrament. This Congregation is under the governance of the Superior General; The Rt. Rev. Robert Rodriguez.

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Essenian Monk precede Catholic Church, descend directly from Enoch and Melchizedek.
Essenian Monk does not have or own a Church but mostly work insert other Church, mostly, around Orthodox or Catholic.
Our movement rely on 3 point. we exist to care, to protect and to teach.

Website Address: Essenian Email Address
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A Franciscan Order in the Marian Orthodox Church.

Website Address: http://www.evmcc.org/
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Franciscan Tertiary Order using the Rule of 1221

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A Canonical Religious Order of Men and Women of the Metropolitan Diocese of Hope, Trinitarian Catholic Church (USA). Province of Our Lady of Divine Providence, Provincial Residence, Rocky Hill, Connecticut USA. We are a non-residential Order that accepts adult women and men who have completed an admission process. Our members are self-supporting and self-sufficient. Our Rule and Constitution, as well as the Handbook of the TCC and other documents are available on our website. Please thoroughly review the information on our website and write to us if you’re interested in becoming a member.

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We are men and women, lay and clergy, single and married/partnered who are committed to living the Gospel of Jesus Christ following the examples of St. Francis and St. Clare of Assisi. We are scattered across the United States, involved in a variety of ministries, yet united as a single community with a common Rule and a common commitment to reconciliation, peace and justice, and the integrity of creation. We are a canonical religious order of the Ecumenical Catholic Communion (ECC), committed to the support and development of that part of the Body of Christ in all that we do. If you are here as a member or leader of an ECC parish, please let us know how we can serve your community in its spiritual growth. If you are here considering your own possible vocation to the Franciscan life, please explore this site and contact us so that we can join with you in the discernment process.

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We the Franciscans of the Holy Spirit are a group of non-residential communities of vowed Sisters and Brothers in the tradition of the Third Order Regular who have come together to live out our call to follow the values set down by Ss. Francis and Clare of Assisi who, through God’s inspiration, made Christ the center and inspiration of their lives.

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St. Francis Anglican Church

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We are an Independent Catholic community following the Benedictine Rule.

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The Hermits of Mercy of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, (or The Carmelites of Mercy) is a community of hermit-monks and nuns, who live in the modern world, living a life of prayer in the Carmelite tradition and being of service to others through work and praying. We live in our own homes / domiciles / hermitages and are self-supporting.

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Welcome to the website of the Holy Cross Benedictines of Adoration (founded 2013), an autocephalous and idiorrhythmic monastic congregation in the Liberal/Old Catholic and Anglo-Catholic traditions. Most of our members are also clergy in the Holy Celtic Church International, but we have others who are members of churches or individuals in communion with us. We may be considered part of the “new monastic” movement, in that our members live in their own homes, often have secular professions, and may be married, partnered or single. Our professed members take the traditional Benedictine vows of Stability, Obedience and Conversion of Manners, interpreted according to our particular state in life.

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The Holy Order of St. Luke the Healer is incorporated as a Church in the Eastern orthodox tradition but is constructed as a religious Order (known as Bratstvo or αδελφότητα in Orthodox circles. The concept of the simple priory fits in nicely with the existent structure of the Holy Order of St. Luke the Healer. As we are a healing Order, our involvement in the community is axiomatic. Currently we have one priory located in Florida, though two others are in the works, one In New York and the other in Ukraine.

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Kindling Fires: A New Monastic Order is a religious order of Christians who are vowed to discipleship, prayer, service, and spiritual renewal. We are affiliated with The Anthem Network, and we are open to lay and ordained members.

The Anthem Network (www.togetheranthem.com) is a faith community within the Convergence and Independent Sacramental movements. Our vision is to be a place of convergence for the universal (catholic) Christian Church – a church that is open and affirming, sacramental, evangelical, and charismatic.

Jesus said, “Come, follow Me” (Matthew 4:19). Our Order is committed to the example of the early followers of Jesus, the Church at Pentecost, the early Christian monastics (such as the desert fathers/mothers and Celtic Christians), and contemporary New Monastic communities. We are an order open to all followers of the Way of Jesus Christ. We are welcoming to all, regardless of anyone’s denominational background, political party, class, race, gender, sexual orientation, or age. We are all one in Christ (1 Corinthians 12:12-14, Galatians 3:26-28, Colossians 3:11).

Kindling Fires: A New Monastic Order is an unincorporated, non-profit religious association.

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A New Monastic Order is a religious order of Christians who are vowed to discipleship, prayer, service, and spiritual renewal. We are affiliated with the Convergent Christian Communion, and we are open to lay and ordained members.

The Convergent Christian Communion (www.convergentchristian.com) is a faith community within the Convergence and Independent Sacramental movements. Our vision is to be a place of convergence for the universal (catholic) Christian Church – a church that is open and affirming, sacramental, evangelical, and charismatic.

Jesus said, “Come, follow Me” (Matthew 4:19). Our Order is committed to the example of the early followers of Jesus, the Church at Pentecost, the early Christian monastics (such as the desert fathers/mothers and Celtic Christians), and contemporary New Monastic communities. We are an order open to all followers of the Way of Jesus Christ. We are welcoming to all, regardless of anyone’s denominational background, political party, class, race, gender, sexual orientation, or age. We are all one in Christ (1 Corinthians 12:12-14, Galatians 3:26-28, Colossians 3:11).

Kindling Fires: A New Monastic Order is an unincorporated, non-profit religious association.

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The Mercy of God Community is an ecumenical, inclusive and non-residential religious Christian community of women and men, founded in 1988. Members and Associates can be found in many states across the United States and in various ministries. Members represent many Christian traditions, and are committed to healing the scandalous divisions in the body of Christ. Members manifest God’s mercy and love while ministering as Pastoral Associates, Pastors, Priests, Librarians, Teachers, Nurses, Musicians and in various other roles.

Website Address: http://www.mgc.org/
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As Augustinians we share who we are and who we are becoming with each other and those to whom we minister. We walk together one in mind and heart on the way to God.

Our community life is manifest in our monthly Chapters and community days held in the Mid-Atlantic region and our Yearly Chapter and retreat in August. Some members meet more often and live together in small communities. We are open to God’s Spirit in forming the shape and vision of our 21st Century Common Life.

Website Address: www.aihmfriars.net
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A truly ecumenical religious order, independent of any ecclesial body. We include Catholics (both Roman and Independent) as well as Protestants of many denominations.

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The Order of Franciscans Ecumenical (OFE) is pleased to provide a “home” for married Roman Catholic priests and to eventually enable them to continue to serve sacramentally within the Roman Catholic Church.

Catholic Apostolic Church / Eastern Rite / International Ordinariate was canonically created in January, 1985 as the Personal Prelature of Pope John Paul II under the guidance of the Russian Emigre Archbishop Josef DeBrulle. At that time, we had to work with total confidentiality. We went public in 2013. It was later named the Federation of Jesus Abbeys, and, is most recently known as the Order of Franciscans Ecumenical (OFE). Very Reverend Father Michael Cuozzo, a married Roman Catholic priest, founded the Order of Franciscans Ecumenical (OFE) on the Feast of Saint Francis of Assisi, October 4, 2011 and founded the Order of Franciscans of the Eucharist (OFE) on the Feast of Saint Bartholomew, Apostle, August 24, 2019.

The specific pastoral activity of the OFE, as was originally desired by Pope John Paul II, is to create an avenue for married Roman Catholic priests to return to service in Roman Catholic parishes.

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The mission statement of the OFE is to minister to celibate and married Roman Catholic (and Catholic) priests and laity by offering them a welcoming home, support, acceptance, affirmation of their marriages, and validation of their lives and ministries. It also supports efforts to restore married priesthood to the Roman Catholic Church.

THE THREE BRANCHES OF OUR ORDER:
The Order of Franciscans Ecumenical (OFE) is of priests who are married as well as celibate Roman Catholic priests and who were ordained by a Roman Catholic bishop.

The second branch is the Order of Franciscans Ecumenical Secular (OFES) of Roman Catholic laypeople and wives of married Roman Catholic priests.
The third branch is the Catholic Order of Franciscans Ecumenical (COFE) comprised of married and celibate Catholic autocephalous (ecclesiastically independent) bishops and priests who are of the “One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church” and who were not ordained by a Roman Catholic bishop.

OUR RULE OF LIFE:
• “Teacher, which commandment in the law is the greatest?” He said to him, “You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the greatest and the first commandment. The second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. The whole law and the prophets depend on these two commandments.” (Matthew 22:36-40)
• “No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” (John 15:13)
• To live a life of commitment to our Lord Jesus Christ and to serve him faithfully.
• To acclaim the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ and the study of the Scriptures.
• To keep the Eucharist and the Gospel at the center of our lives.
• To acquire knowledge and inspiration of the Franciscan spirituality of our patron Saint Francis of Assisi.
• To infuse our daily life with compassion, service, community, simplicity, reverence for creation, dignity of human persons, peacemaking, prayer, and
support of family unity.
• To welcome celibate and married Roman Catholic priests and laity.
• To be respectful to the Pope, Patriarchs, Bishops, Abbot General, Minister General, and members of our Order.

WHY FRIARIES?
A priest who has voiced interest in our order has asked this question: Why friaries?

Order of Franciscans Ecumenical Order of Franciscans of the Eucharist, and Catholic Order of Franciscans Ecumenical friaries are places to minister to married and celibate Roman Catholic and Catholic priests by offering them a welcoming home, support, acceptance, affirmation of their marriages, and validation of their lives and ministries. It also welcomes laity who support married and celibate priest. The friary is a place where we are called to live the Franciscan “Rule of Life” and to assist the Order to accomplish its mission, goals, apostolic works, and charism. The friary is where all are welcome to celebrate Eucharist and other sacraments.

Goals of the OFE are:
We seek out laborers and advisors for our mission; We voice our story; We await a college of bishops to rise to oversee our mission; We seek to openly serve the Roman Catholic Church and minister within Roman Catholic ecclesiastical jurisdictions.

The Mission of the OFE are:
Welcome married Roman Catholic priests; Provide the People of God the Eucharist; Have married Roman Catholic priests available to Roman Catholic bishops; Affirm the marriages and lives of married Roman Catholic priests; Provide a home and support for married Roman Catholic priests through acceptance, communications, and ongoing activities of the Order; Welcome celibate Roman and Eastern Catholic priests in good standing in the Roman Catholic Church to serve as brothers; Support efforts of members, other clergy, and laity in their efforts to restore married priesthood to the ecclesiastical jurisdiction of the Roman Catholic Church.

OFE Charism include:
Recognition of the primacy of our Lord Jesus Christ; Inspiration from the spirituality of Saint Francis of Assisi; Reverence for creation; Dignity of human persons; Support of family unity; Compassion; Peacemaking; Service; Community; Simplicity; Welcoming married and celibate Roman Catholic priests and laity.

OFE Apostolic Works are:
Sanctification of families; Blessing of married Roman Catholic priests.

May God richly bless you!

Abbot Father Michael Cuozzo+, OFE, DD, MDiv, STD, PhD

Abbey of Saint Mary Theotokos, Inc. | Order of Franciscans Ecumenical, Inc. | Order of Franciscans Ecumenical Secular | Order of Franciscans of the Eucharist | Catholic Order of Franciscans Ecumenical | Sanctification of Families Union of Saint Francis of Assisi | Theotokos Association of Catholic Priests | Order of Franciscans Ecumenical Ecclesiastical Affiliation Charters

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We are not your typical Franciscan religious order. Like St. Francis and his early followers, the world was their cloister. They did not own buildings, nor limit their evangelical life to confines of physical walls. Instead, their community was rooted in Creation. As with the American Catholic Church in the United States, the jurisdiction under which we were established, we are a Church without Walls—We are a Friary without Walls. This enables us to be flexible and responsive to the call of the Lord, wherever He may lead us. This particular form of poverty, in the same spirit of poverty as Sts. Francis and Clare, calls their followers to live without anything of their own, to live Evangelical simplicity, serving those we meet, and creating times and places for silence with the Lord in the midst of our busy lives in the world. We are called to live out the call of St. Paul to “pray always.” “Rebuilding the Church that is falling into ruin…”

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The Dominican Order of the Old Catholic Churches International, known as The Order of Preachers, Old Catholic, is a continuation of St. Dominic’s Order, and strives to bring Dominic’s unique charism into the world today through studies, ministries, prayer, and through our varied communities.

Website Address: http://opoc.myocci.org/
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Inspired by the life and ministry of St. Dominic de Guzman, the members of the Order of St. Dominic strive to re-envision his charism for the present day. The Order is comprised of both men and women, lay and clergy, who are drawn to the charism of Sacred Preaching built upon the four pillars of Dominican spirituality: Prayer, Community, Study and the Sacred Preaching.

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A Franciscan Order in the International Old Catholic Churches.

Website Address: http://osfoc.myiocc.org
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A Franciscan Order in the United American Catholic Church.

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Order of Benedictines

Website Address: Order of St Benedict
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Eremitical in the Camaldoles tradition OSBC is Aotearoa New Zealand’s only all inclusive order, under the protection of Bishop Rima ROCC.

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Benedictine Missionary Order

Website Address: Email
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Rooted in the traditions of both Eastern and Western monasticism, the Order of the Sacred Heart follows the inner mystical liberation teachings of Mar Yeshua and the Lord Buddha. Focusing on intentional living, and meditation, our monastic and spiritual practitioners have vowed to remain until all beings have found liberation from suffering.

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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.

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Ecumenical, secular, contemplative order for Catholics, Anglo-Catholics or Anglo-Episcopalians or other Christians who unite in prayer. Most members are non-vowed associates. Some members are vowed secular brothers or sisters, vowed to perfect chastity, simplicity, and obedience to a rule of life dedicated to contemplative daily prayer and daily acts of mercy.

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The Sacramental Home Oratory Fellowship

Is a fellowship of like minded brothers and sisters in Christ, who worship in home chapels, oratories. We are Independent Catholic clergy, but also have lay members. A “United Collective in Christ”. Every individual is autonomous but with a common thread. Many of our members celebrate a private/solo mass. Others celebrate with family and friends. Some are purely solitary.

John Plummer in his book “The Many Paths of the Independent Sacramental Movement” writes

“ Many Independent Catholic clergy are “essentially alone in their priestly practice”[47] and exercise a primarily solitary vocation, with many of their family members and friends not even knowing of their clerical status.[48] In line with Jesus’ command to pray to God in secret[49] and with the monastic tradition of hermit priests (e.g., Catholic Carthusians) praying alone but in mystical union with the entire church and interceding for the entire world, much of their worship is performed in private.[50] Plummer suggests: “A growing number of clergy are comfortable with private celebration, when a community is not available, or if they have discerned that their vocation is largely a hidden one….Private celebration is often grounded in a deep conviction of the objective reality and efficacy of the sacraments. From such a perspective, even a mass said in one’s living room unknown to any other soul, is still a radiant gift to the world, and a powerful prayer for those held in mind and heart. On a less exalted level, private masses for those without a community enforce one’s priestly identity, which may be outwardly expressed in less obvious ways.”[51] Practically speaking, Plummer says, “viable independent communities are not always easily created, and these clergy would deprive themselves of the benefits of communion, and of the joining of themselves to Christ in his sacrifice, if they waited for the presence of others in order to approach the altar.”[52] When engaged in ministry with others, Independent Catholic priests often see themselves as missionaries, freely sharing the grace of the Church’s sacraments with those who may not regularly participate in a church community. “

For this reason the Sacramental Home Oratory Fellowship was established. It is not our intention to form another jurisdiction (Church) but simply a platform where members can network and fellowship and form friendships to share prayer, and resources and information.

1/ Through our facebook group page “Independent Catholics Church at Home Network”
2/ Through our “members international email list”
3/ Establish “Meetings and Conferences” where practically possible, but also on Skype, Oovoo, etc.
4/ To pray for one another

We welcome all, clergy and laypersons to join us, visit our facebook group
Independent Catholics Church at Home Network or email us sacramentaloratory@gmail.com

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The Society of Saint Ignatius is a Jesuit religious order in the Old Catholic Churches International.

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The Compassionists is under the Jurisdiction of The Old Catholic Apostolic Church in the Americas. An ecumenical inclusive order of both men and women single or married, the laity, clergy and religious that provides social services, social work education, program development ,community organization, mental health services to disenfranchised marginalized persons in need of advocacy and direct care Workshops Retreats and Supportive Respite Care for ordained clergy especially Permanent Deacons involved in parish duties and activities

Website Address: bhpnyc@verizon.net
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The Congregation of Brothers of the Merciful Love of God is under the jurisdiction of The Ecumenical Catholic Church in the United Kingdom

Website Address: http://cfmd.online/
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In all times and places, the Eternal One calls forth souls to help creation realize its destiny. God so call us, believers from many Christian denominations, to come together into the Ecumenical Order of Charity. Through living out the principles embodied in our rule of life, The Founding Document, and through the profession of our five unique vows, we dedicate ourselves to becoming active conscious participants in the unfolding of the Reign of God on Earth, co-workers with Our Lord Jesus Christ, for the sake of the kingdom.
We are the Order of Charity, a Christian religious order intentionally unaffiliated with any individual denomination. By remaining unaffiliated, we commit ourselves to the broad spectrum of Christianity in all its interpretations, creating a home for Christians of all denominations, or none, who wish to journey together the Way of the Christ. Check us out at our new web address!

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We are a group of modern Monastics who live according to a modified rule of Saint Benedict