Membership

How is religious life expressed by the members of Companions of St. Luke?

We are a contemplative Benedictine community. Religious life is a particular form of Christian living, which is characterized by a degree of separation from worldly concerns, common celebration of the Divine Office, a measure of silence, individual prayer and private reading of Sacred Scripture.

Do the Companions of St. Luke have an abbey or religious house?

No. The members are spiritually cloistered, by that we mean that by praying the Divine Office (the four daily services of the Episcopal Prayer book), allowing time for meditation, the study of the Bible and religious scholars, members spiritually step away from the expectations of the world. Thus, each member is carrying the monastery in his/her heart.

I feel I have a call to a religious life. How do I explore this feeling?

If you have a spouse or partner, begin by talking about it with him/her. Talk to your parish priest. It is strongly suggested that you find and work with a spiritual advisor from your church community to further explore your call. Use the Contact Us page on this website and the Prior will contact you and you will be able to discuss your call with him/her. Finally, recommended books are listed on “Our Offering” page on Benedictine spirituality and the Rule of St. Benedict. These are available from such sources as Amazon.

Do I need to fully confirm my call before applying for membership to the Companions of St. Luke?

No. The application process and your formation (training) program are designed to help you discern your call.

How do I apply for membership in the Companions of St. Luke?

Use the Contact Us page on this website. The Administrative Dean will contact you. After a telephone conversation or e-mail exchanges, he/she will send you an application.

We send out applications for Vowed Life and Oblation between September 1 and February 1 each year, and completed applications are to be returned by March 1.

When are candidates welcomed into the CSL community as Postulants for Vowed Life or as a Novice Oblate?

Candidates for either Vowed life or Oblation are welcomed at our Spring Convocation each May.

When the community comes together in convocation twice a year, how long is it and where do you meet? How do members travel to the site?

Our convocations are held at the Roman Catholic Benedictine monastery Conception Abbey in Conception, MO. Most fly to Kansas City and we offer transportation to and from the airport and Conception Abbey. Convocation runs for a week, beginning on Monday afternoon and ending Saturday morning.

How do members stay in touch with each other between convocations?

Many of our members stay in touch with each other using e-mail and texting. Also, many members share pictures and informal thoughts on our Facebook account. The community – wide Yahoo list-serve account that is used to share ideas, for prayer requests, and thanksgivings is our main vehicle to stay connected. Finally, we have just started a quarterly newsletter that is distributed to members by e-mail.

How does a married person balance two vowed professions?

Benedictine Vows (Stability, Obedience, and Conversion of Life) do not ‘trump’ the marriage vows. In fact, the Benedictine vows can strengthen the marriage vows. For Benedictines, Stability calls us into stable relationships with Christ and with all persons, especially with our partners or spouses. Obedience calls us to listen and respond in love, and Conversion of Life calls us to move away from the diversions and temptations of the culture and the world.

What do the Companions of St. Luke require of the partner or spouse?

We require no commitment from the partner or spouse. However, we strongly encourage the spouse or partner to support the member as (s)he walks the narrow path to Christ. This requires regular and meaningful communications between family members to be successful.

What are the requirements for Benedictine Vowed Life and the formation program?

• Be an active member of the Episcopal Church, USA, The Anglican Church of Canada, or the Anglican churches in England, Scotland, Wales, or Ireland.
• Not be under vows in another religious order or community.
• Your rector or priest-in-charge 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.
• Be able to read and write English.
• Able to attend our annual spring convocation near Kansas City, Missouri, USA.
• Complete an application packet for vowed membership. We send out applications for Vowed Life 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 by telephone.

Learn about Vowed Life formation

What are the requirements for Benedictine Oblation and the formation program?

The Companions of St. Luke, OSB welcome any Baptized person 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:

• A resident of the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, or Ireland
• Be an active member of a Christian church or community.
• Able to read and write English
• Your pastor 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 leadership.
• 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.

Learn about Oblate formation