The Benedictine Way….
An Intentional Life!
Each time we hear the invitation to the General Confession, we are reminded that we should intend to lead a new life, following the commandments of God, and walk from henceforth in his holy ways.
The author of The Cloud of Unknowing wrote, “It is not who we are that God looks at us with His loving eyes, but who we intend to be.”
The Benedictine way of life is an intentional way to live, a life that is focused on growing with God.
We are all called, as Christians, to reject the world and its allurements. Not all of us can go into a monastery but we all can go into, as Sister Joan Chittister, OSB describes it, the monastery of the heart.
The Benedictine Congregation of Our Saviour offers to those in the Continuum an avenue to pursue an intentional life in Christ through prayer, work and study. We offer to those who want to have a deeper relationship with our Lord a way to pursue a monastic life either in community or out of community. Our brothers, sisters and oblates all live a dedicated way of living under the monastic Rule of Saint Benedict that reflects both a structured life but also a life that is free from the commercial pressures of the world.
All Benedictines live a life of stability, obedience and conversion.
MEMBERSHIP. The Benedictine Congregation of Our Saviour consists uncloistered (dispersed) men and women of eighteen years or over.
Brothers and Sisters (OSB). Are full members of the Congregation but do not live in a cloister. These dispersed men and women may be single or married. Men may be ordained or lay. Women may be Deaconess or lay. New members must be at least eighteen years of age. Applicants must be members in good standing of an Anglican jurisdiction.
Oblates (OblSB). Men and women, single or married. At least eighteen
years of age. Applicants must be Baptized members in good standing of a Christian church.
Associate Members. Men and women, single or married. At least eighteen years of age. Applicants must be Baptized members in good standing of a Christian church.
FORMATION: Our professed members go through this process of formation. Oblates go through a similar but less intensive program. Associates go through an even less one.
Aspirants. Are those who have submitted their application for membership and other documents. They participate in all activities of the Congregation or Community, but do not take vows or wear the habit. After a trial period, approximately three months, they may be invited by the Superior to the Postulancy.
Postulancy. The postulant begins his/her period of formation. Formation studies include the praying of the Divine Office, Introduction to the Rule of St. Benedict, and other spiritual courses. The postulancy lasts for a period of six months to one year. The Postulant may be invited to become a Novice.
Novitiate. The Novice continues his/her formation for a period of two years. The Novice studies the Rule of St. Benedict, the meaning of the Vows of the Congregation, and the Church Fathers. At the completion of the Novitiate, the Novice may be invited to Profession.
Profession. The Novice is received into the Congregation, vested in the full
Habit. The newly professed takes the three vows of Stability, Conversion of Life, and Obedience—which also imply the evangelical vows of Poverty and Chastity. The vows are taken for a temporary period of one year and repeated each year for three years. The Professed continues Benedictine Formation. At the completion of the third year of temporary vows, the professed may make Solemn or, Life Professed Vows.
Life Professed. Members may take solemn vows for life after having completed three years of temporary vows. The life professed member continues his/her Benedictine formation.
FOR MORE INFORMATION Either email our Formation Director at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our Congregation's website bcos-osb.org