The emblem of our Order, which each Companion wears, is the figure of
a person with arms and face raised to heaven, symbolizing the hunger of
the human heart for the presence of God. Through the Works of Charity,
we assist people to be reunited here on earth with God, who is the
origin of all. Our goal is universal redemption: the restoration of all
people to the image of God. Everything we do, we do for the sake of the
ECUMENICAL IN LIFESTYLE
We respond to the all-inclusive call of Christ, Come to me all... (Matthew
11:28). The restoration of the wholeness of the body of Christ, which
includes all people, is our goal. Although without denominational affiliation,
our Order is in the Catholic (universal) tradition of religious communities
over the centuries.
Each Companion is free to follow Christ within the denomination of
his/her own choice. We are self-governed as a religious community with
no ties to any institutional church. This frees us to be always on the
cutting edge of the Gospel.
In essentials, unity.
In interpretation, liberty.
In all things, charity.
STRENGTHENED BY COMMUNITY
Christ is the foundation and center of our community. Our Founding Document,
along with a spirit of love, an attitude of openness and mutual respect,
is the unifying force of our Order. We believe that community transcends
physical distances therefore, each Companion is free to live alone, with
other Companions, or with non-Companions. Each House of the Order is free
to develop its own rules, styles and customs.
GOVERNMENT: MUTUALITY OF MINISTRY
The Director General facilitates the smooth functioning of our Order.
She is not the head of the body, but rather, the center of the circle.
The Director General's authority is given by the Companions and the guidance
of the Order is drawn from a common understanding of The Founding Document.
The Director General has the prophetic function of challenging the Companions
to live their religious commitment on the deepest level possible. Within
the Ecumenical Order of Charity there are no superiors or inferiors, only
The General Assembly, comprised of all professed Companions, meets
every two years to discuss issues which guide the entire order. We unite
ourselves by our common concerns and commitments and act collegially in
our Community decisions. Harmony exists in our Order to the extent that
each Companion takes an active interest in the well-being of all.
Love is the spirit of this Order
and service is its work.
And this is our way:
to live together in peace,
to seek truth in love,
and help one another in joy
--St. Basil the Great
OUR FOCUS: THE WORKS OF CHARITY
The love of Christ animates us and inspires us to be pastorally flexible
and creative in our choice of ministries. Each Companion, through prayerful
discernment, selects a ministry to perform in the name of Christ. The
Works of Charity are our guide. By their practice, we strive to bring
about a climate conducive to transforming life into an existence of peace,
love, freedom and hope.
THE WORKS OF CHARITY
To Feed the hungry
To give drink to the thirsty
To clothe the naked
To nurse the sick
To visit those shut-off from the world
To work for freedom, justice and peace
To instruct the ignorant
To counsel the doubtful
To comfort the sorrowful
To forgive all injuries
To work for the reconciliation of persons with God
To bind up the wounds of the disenfranchised (Matthew 23:4, Isaiah 61:1)
To pray for all
Religious life is an adventure in faith,
incarnated within our daily situations.
If you would like additional information about the
Ecumenical Order of Charity, please contact the Director of Vocations,
Brother M. Guadalupe.