Membership in the Companions of St. Luke – OSB
Vowed members of The Companions of St. Luke – OSB are people of God who are on a spiritual journey, who desire a richer and deeper prayer life, and are seeking wholeness and reconciliation for themselves and for humanity whom God has called to them to love. They are people whose response to God’s call to vowed life is a reflection and reaffirmation of their Baptismal vows to Christ.
The Companions of St. Luke – OSB admits men and women to Candidacy for Vowed Life who wish to explore their call to a closer relationship with Christ. They desire to do this by sharing their life with this community and by living within the context of the Benedictine Rule and Vows and our Customary. The basic requirements are:
To be a Vowed Benedictine religious:
• Be an active member of the Episcopal Church, USA or an Anglican church in communion with the See of Canterbury.
• Be 21 years of age or older.
• Not be under vows in another religious order or community.
• Your parish priest will need to be aware of and support your desire to become a Benedictine religious with a community affiliated with the Episcopal Church of the United States. For clergy, you will need to discuss and obtain support from your bishop.
• Complete an application packet for vowed membership. We send out applications for Vowed Life beginning September 1 each year. Completed application s must be returned by March 1.
• After receipt of your application you will be interviewed by the Superior by telephone.
Note: After acceptance as a candidate for Postulancy, a background check is required.
The vocation of Oblation, from the beginning of Benedictine life, has been an important expression of Religious life. It is the belief of the Companions of St. Luke that Oblation is an authentic vocation as important as vowed life as defined by its own tradition and history. Oblates make promises that link them in a fundamental way to the Community. Oblates promise to anchor their lives in prayer and to live their life within the framework of St. Benedict’s vows of: obedience, conversion of life and stability. It is the belief of the Companions of St. Luke that Oblates are uniquely authentic, having their own intensity, and are fully valued members of the Community.
The Companions of St. Luke, OSB welcome any Baptized Christian who is a member in good standing within their church community as candidates for Novice-Oblation. To be considered for candidacy for Novice-Oblation a person must:
• Be an active member of a Christian church or community.
• Be 21 years of age or older.
• Your parish priest will need to be aware of and support your desire to become a Benedictine Oblate with a community affiliated with the Episcopal Church of the United States. For clergy, you will need to discuss and obtain support from your bishop.
• Complete an Oblate-Novice application for membership. We send out applications for Novice Oblation beginning September 1 each year. Completed applications must be returned by March 1.
• After receipt of your application, you will be interviewed by the superior.
Note: After acceptance as a candidate for Novice-Oblation, a background check is required.
For our International Friends
There are practical issues that each international Christian needs to understand and consider as part of their discernment process.
• You need to be able to read and write English. All of our study materials and readings are only available in English. Also, your regular reporting to your formation master has to be in English.
• We are a small community of about 40 people, so we do not have provinces in other countries. As a dispersed community our convocations are important aspects of our community that allow us to pray, learn, and establish and expand personal relationships. Therefore, you will need to come to the United States at least once a year in the spring to be welcomed into community and to move along your Benedictine path to Christ as your formation progresses.