We are spouses when the faithful soul is joined by the Holy Spirit to the Lord Jesus Christ. We are Brothers to him when we do the will of the Father who is in heaven. We are mothers when we carry him in our heart and body through a divine love and a pure and sincere conscience and give birth to him through a holy activity which must shine as an example before others. O how glorious it is to have a holy and great Father in heaven! O how holy, consoling to have such a beautiful and wonderful Spouse! O how holy and how loving, gratifying, humbling, peace-giving, sweet, worthy of love, and above all things, desirable: to have such a Brother and such a Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, who laid down his life for his sheep.
The Letter to the Faithful, St. Francis of Assisi
THE COMPANIONS OF THE SOCIETY OF ST FRANCIS
The Companions are a group of individuals who commit to a special relationship of support for the Brothers and Sisters of the three communities of the Society of St. Francis in the Americas: The Brothers of the Society of St. Francis, the Sisters of the Community of St. Francis, and the Brothers and Sisters of the Third Order of the Society of St. Francis. The Companions are not a religious order themselves, and do not live under vows. They need not be Episcopalian, but can be from any or no faith tradition, so long as they wish to fulfill the basic commitments of the Companions:
To live under a rule of life, of their own choosing, guided by Franciscan principles
To remember the Brothers and Sisters, and one another, in their daily prayers
To tell others about the ministry and mission of the Society of St. Francis
To support at least one of the orders financially, to whatever degree they are able.
For more information on becoming a Companion, please contact:
Paul Ledwitz, Secretary for Companions
P.O. Box 706; Mt. Sinai, NY 11766