About the Congregation of the Good Samaritan

 

After six years of hard work, the Congregation of the Good Samaritan was officially established as an Order within the Anglican Catholic Church by decree of D. Pressley Hutchens, Bishop Ordinary, Diocese of New Orleans on Trinity Sunday in the Year of Our Lord 2009.

 

The Congregation is under the direction of Father John Benedict, CGS, Governor General and Sister Anne, CGS, Governess. In January, 2010, Brother John of the Cross, FODC, a Franciscan Brother from Denver, officially joined the Community and, with our growing group of Oblates, we have quickly become well established in the Church.

 

History

 

Religious Orders have been around in the ACC since the beginning—1978--but because of our size and the distance between churches and between dioceses, small local groups have sprung up here and there, and often have then died out, leaving one or two faithful members trying to keep their Rule and live a community life in a community of just one or two—or leaving an Oblate or a couple of Third Order Members stranded without the support of Professed  Religious.

 

The Good Samaritan Umbrella

 

The Congregation of the Good Samaritan is attempting to address the problem by opening their community to any member(s) of a Religious Order in the ACC, and the Continuing Churches in Communion with the ACC, who have no religious house or community of their own to call home.  The members of the Congregation will be following a 21st Century Rule, adapted from the Rules of St. Benedict,  St. Augustine and St. Francis. We are not creating anything new—just making the 5th, 6th  and 14th Century rules apply to today. Our Novices will be schooled in the Rule of the Congregation with historical references to these original Rules and lifestyles.  However, if a member of an already existing Order joins us, that member will be welcome to become a part of the Congregation and continue to follow their previously adopted Rule, adapting to our horarium, taking part in the Daily Offices, attending Mass, and sharing in our ministry to those who are in “trouble, sorrow, need, sickness, or any other adversity.”  (BCP pg 74) Where their Rule is not compatible, adaptations will have to be made, and they will be allowed the freedom of living by their originally adopted Rule. 

 

One of the big differences between the Orders and their Rules is the Spirituality of the different Orders, and, we admit, this will be a challenge. However, we will do our best to understand the differences, to make allowances for them, and to direct those following the other Rules to the best of our ability, to understand and emulate the Spirituality they have chosen to follow. 

 

Our hope  is that the umbrella of the Congregation will serve as a starting point for many different Orders in the ACC, and as each one grows in strength and numbers, that they will be able to form their own house built on solid ground, where they can follow their own Rule and Apostolate, and continue to grow and to support the diverse and individual Spiritualities of the membership of the ACC.

 

Religious Life

 

We have all heard how Religious Orders are dwindling in size and in number throughout the world and in the major denominations. The traditional Orders—those that have held to the old forms of dress and life—are not dwindling—in fact they are growing. Young people are looking for a  way to serve God and His people in this world—they are looking for a committed life, a life full of love, and hard work, and time for the important things in life, and most especially, time to get to know our Lord.

 

The Religious Life doesn’t come with any guarantees, but we think we can assure you, you will find a way of giving yourself up to service of those who need you most. Religious life is busy, peaceful, quiet, fulfilling and tough. You will fall into bed exhausted at night, sleep well and wake to a new day, ready to take on all that God asks you to do.

 

So, How About You?

 

Would you like more information? We would be most happy to talk to anyone who is interested in what we are doing. There is room for everyone who has an interest in Religious Life, whether you are just curious, just starting out, or are a long time

member of one of the Religious Orders in the ACC. Father John Benedict or Sister Anne would be more than happy to talk to

you by phone, converse by e-mail or even snailmail, or just sit down and have a chat sometime.

 

Seek us out.

Talk to us.

Pray.

Test the waters.

Pray.

Listen.

Pray.

Wait.

Pray.

 

 

Talk to us again and then give it a try!

 

You may find yourself right at the very time, in the

very spot that God wants you to be.

 

 

To contact us:

P.O. Box 527

Rye, Tx 77369

  

Women:

Sister Anne, CGS, Governess

Cell phone: 504-339-9868

e-mail:  srannecgs@gmail.com

 

Men:

Father John Benedict, CGS,

Governor General

Cell Phone: 504-994-8032

e-mail: frjohnbenedict@cgsorder.com

 

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