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
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
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.
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.
Test the waters.
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
Sister Anne, CGS, Governess
Cell phone: 504-339-9868
Father John Benedict, CGS,
Cell Phone: 504-994-8032