The Community of Saint John Cassian is an apostolic religious order of the Episcopal Church committed to fully and authentically living the Gospel life through the ancient Christian traditions of contemplation, solitude (in community), liturgical prayer, and pastoral ministry—with particular emphasis on the Eastern and early Celtic roots of monastic spirituality, as embodied in the works of Saint John Cassian, the Mothers and Fathers of the Egyptian desert, and the writings and folklore of the Celtic saints. Above all, our aim is a total divine transformation of heart, mind, body, and soul—and, by extension, of the world around us. We are an active religious community with a contemplative focus, living in dispersion and working in a variety of apostolates. Each vowed member of our community strives for a balanced and holy life, with a focus on a daily and annual rhythm that privileges solitude and retreat. In our various ministries in the world, we aim to “relieve the lot of the poor, clothe the naked, visit the sick, bury the dead…help the troubled, and console the sorrowing,” as Saint Benedict instructed in his Rule for monastic life, and to provide education and formation in contemplative Christian practice and mystical theology, both in the Church and the broader world. We strive to be an authentic witness to the ancient and powerfully transformational stream of mysticism in the Catholic Christian tradition and to facilitate the work of our Divine Mother, Holy Wisdom, in our own hearts, in the hearts of those we serve and those we encounter as Christ along the wayside.