FRANCISCAN COMMUNITY

WHO ARE WE?

We are an Acts 9 community that strives for radical unity and inclusion. Jesus models it for us in the Gospel according to St. Mark (Ch. 5), in which Jesus encounters a man with an unclean spirit. The man says, "My name is Legion, for we are many." When Jesus meets people tormented by a spirit of darkness, like Legion, the individual speaks of themself in the plural saying, "What have you to do with us? Have you come to destroy us?" In Acts 9:4, when Jesus encounters Saul on the road to Damascus - a journey in which Saul intends to persecute groups of Christians - Jesus says, "Why are you persecuting me?" Evil is a force that shatters the individual while Jesus' desire is to unite the many into One Body. This too is our desire - to reunite those that the Church has disenfranchised.

The Companions of Francis is an Apostolic Sacramental Community. We are Apostolic because our clergy are ordianed by the laying on of hands in an unbroken line of succession from Christ's Apostles. We are Sacramental in that we offer the seven Holy Sacraments in use from the early life of The Church. We are a community in that we a members incorporate of the mystical body of Christ. What makes us distinct is that we are a progressive community dedicated to the Unity described above.

St. Francis Statue

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