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An Introduction from the
General Secretary

Donald W. Anderson

Every three years the Conference of Anglican Religious Orders in the Americas produces a directory of its member communities. It is distributed gratis to all the bishops, clergy and parishes in Canada and the United States, and to anyone else who asks for it.

Along with this Directory 2006 you will find us on the World Wide Web at www.orders.anglican.org/caroa with links to our member communities. We have also produced a DVD about the Religious Life, which will be available from the Spring of 2006.

The revival of the Religious Life began in England over 150 years ago and rapidly spread to other parts of the Anglican Communion, but we know that there are many faithful church people who are unaware of our existence and the range of resources religious communities offer for Christian life, renewal and growth, and service in community. However delightful it is when someone happily discovers us for the first time, we need your help to make us known as widely as possible.

Please get in touch, or better still, come and visit us, perhaps for a weekend or even longer. You will find in our convents and monasteries warm-hearted men and women, happy to welcome you, a daily round of Eucharist and Prayer, spaces for rest and refreshment in an increasingly busy and anxious world, times for silence and reflection alone or with others, and much good fellowship: opportunities for conversation and laughter, and all the pleasures of friendship.

Everyone is welcome for a visit, but beyond the pleasures of hospitality and a break from the ordinary routine, we are convinced that there are men and women who are called to follow Jesus in Religious Life but who have not had the opportunity to discover the doorway that Anglican/Episcopal Religious Orders hold open to explore that vocation. If you are one of those people, or know someone else who may be interested in the spiritual journey of the Religious Life, make use of this Directory 2006, come and ask, or participate in one of the discernment programs many of our communities offer.

 

 
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