MONASTIC AND RELIGIOUS LIFE WITHIN THE OLD CATHLIC CONFEDERATION
Monastic and Religious Life for Men
HERMANDAD de SAN JUAN de la CRUZ (UNA COMUNIDAD CARMELITA de FRAILES)
BROTHERHOOD OF ST. JOHN OF THE CROSS (AN COMMUNITY OF FRIARS)
The Brotherhood of St. John of the Cross is an international, ecumenical, Old Catholic community of friars in the Carmelite tradition. Founded at the Friary of Our Lady of the Poor Child of Bethlehem in North Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, under the Episcopal protection of His Grace, The Most Rev. Craig J N. de Paulo, the community includes non-residential associates, postulants and professed members attached to the Order and the Philadelphia friary.
The Order is contemplative and active, and wear a simple brown, woolen habit with hood and sandals. The brothers use the Spanish postnominal "F. de S. J. C." after their religious names, indicating "Brother of St. John of the Cross" (in the Hispanic origin and charism). Aside from secular work, the Order is dedicated to the poor and ministry to the Hispanic community in the United States.
The brothers of the Friary of Our Lady of the Poor Child of Bethlehem make vestments, altar appointments, prayer ropes, rosaries, icons, scapulars, religious habits, incense and handmade liturgical and prayer books.
THE PRIORY OF OUR LADY OF HEAVENLY PEACE is a contemplative, monastic, ecumenical Old Catholic community in the Benedictine tradition, open to men from the age of eighteen and having no age limit. Candidates may be single, divorced or widowed. Candidates must be baptized Christians willing to submit to monastic life.
Monks make the traditional vows of poverty, chastity and obedience. Monks are expected to have no profound debt in the world, and older monks with some health issues are expected to contribute their worldly possessions to the monastery for its prosperity.
Monastic and Religious Life for Women
Orden Sagrado Corazón de Jesús (Order of the Sacred Heart of Jesus)
The Order of the Sacred Heart of Jesus is a religious order of Deaconesses. The minor order of deaconess is an ancient tradition, restored by the Old Catholic Church. A Spanish-speaking religious Oder of apostolic life with its motherhouse in Venezuela, there are four professed, consecrated Deaconesses, two novices and four postulants in the Order. The Order is under the Episcopal protection of His Grace, The Most Rev. Alexander Jesus Barroso Urdaneta .
Traditional Benedictine Monastic Life
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