Religious Orders & Communities


January 19, 2017

[Third Order, Society of St. Francis press release] The Province of the Americas, one of five provinces of the Third Order, Society of St. Francis, is celebrating its centennial during 2017.

The Anglican Franciscan movement began in the U.S., England and India early in the twentieth...

March 28, 2016



[Episcopal News Service] Forming a monastic community of young adults at Lambeth Palace to embrace a yearlong commitment to prayer, study and service may have been an audacious experiment, but members of its first class say the initiative has been a major triumph and an...

September 20, 2011

The Society of Saint John the Evangelist (SSJE) Sept. 17 re-opened its Harvard Square monastery with a "service of thanksgiving" to celebrate the conclusion of a 2-year $11 million renovation of the Cambridge, Massachusetts, building.

The buildings, complete with 1930s original wiring,...

September 13, 2011

Ken E. Norian has been named as minister general of the Third Order, Society of Saint Francis, an international Anglican/Episcopal order that accepts men and women, clergy or lay, who are called to a lifelong discipline and vow.

Norian was elected to the position at a recent meeting of...

July 25, 2011

The Rev. Canon Mary Michael Simpson, a member of the Episcopal Church-affiliated monastic Order of St Helena for 58 years and a pacesetter in women's ministry, died July 20, 2011, in Augusta, Georgia.

The cause of death was kidney failure, according to the Diocese of Atlanta.


November 16, 2010

Two Lents ago, the Rev. Andrew Sloane led a rector's forum at St. Paul's Episcopal Parish on K Street in the Foggy Bottom section of Washington, D.C., about the Benedictine Communities of Jerusalem, Roman Catholic monasteries located in the heart of major cities.

"Father Sloane said, 'I...

February 11, 2010

A small band of Benedictine monks in the south of England has come under fire for producing a fortified wine that critics describe as the "scourge of Scotland" for its high alcohol content. The tipple, officially known as "Buckfast tonic wine" but nicknamed "commotion motion" or "wreck the...

June 19, 2009

Sister and friends gathered in the chapel of the Community of the Transfiguration, Cincinnati, Ohio, on June 18 to celebrate Sister Priscilla Jean Wright's forty-five years of service in the diaconate. She is believed to be the last deaconess in the United States serving as a deacon today. Her...

May 11, 2009

The saws and the hammers silenced, peace has returned to St. Gregory's Abbey in Three Rivers, Michigan.

On May 9 more than 70 people gathered in the chapel to dedicate the abbey's first bell tower and to mark the close of a $3.9 million building campaign—the date corresponds with the...

November 14, 2008

Dangerous 70-mile-an-hour winds known as "sundowners" exploded fire across parts of Southern California on November 13-14, injuring at least four people, destroying an estimated 100 homes, and leveling an internationally known monastery of the Episcopal Order of the Holy Cross.   Residents of...


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A world-wide fellowship of Episcopal lay ministers associated with liturgy and sanctuary service

An Order for women who are communicants of the Episcopal Church, or churches in communion with i

A missionary and evangelism ministry of the Episcopal Church and Anglican Communion.

The magazine newsletter of the Society of Saint John the Evangelist and is issued three times a

A quarterly publication of the Brotherhood of St. Gregory (BSG).

An international community of women belonging to the Anglican Communion who seek to live the Gos