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The Order of Saint Francis (OSF) is an active, Apostolic Christian religious order within the Anglican Communion, in communion with the See of Canterbury. Rather than living in an enclosed communal setting, OSF Brothers live independently in different parts of the world, with ministries based on the needs of their local communities. Members are baptized men who have been confirmed within the Anglican Communion, and who  voluntarily  commit  to  live by a set of professed vows for a term of years or for life.


To get a better understanding of who we are, please visit the 'Vocation' and 'Brothers' pages.

2016 Convocation - The DeKoven Center

Franciscan Meditation

Obedience, Poverty, Chastity

Now if we review the past, and recall what has happened in the history of the Religious orders, we may recognize the possibility of the practice of obedience on the part of the individual members of a Community being associated with a corporate ambition and love of power, and of pre-eminence such as would make the spirit of a society to be quite alien from that lowliness which should be fostered by the practice of this sacred council. And yet, if the spirit of the Community, as a while, be not that of lowliness, the corporate pride of the Community must be contributed to, and shared by, the individuals which form it, and its indulgence may, in some cases, have supplied the place of much that has been, in other forms, renounced. At the famous General Chapter of the Order of Saint Francis, held near the Portinuncula, the brethren were desirous of being exempted from the necessity of obtaining license to preach from the Bishops of the various dioceses in which they labored; but the Saint, "shocked at the proposal, answered, 'What, my brethren, do you not know the will of God? It is that by our humility and respect we gain the superiors, that we may by word and example draw the people of God. When the Bishops see that you live holily, they will themselves entreat you to labour for the salvation of the souls committed to their charge. Let it be your singular privilege to have no privilege which may puff up the hearts of any with pride, or raise contests and quarrels.'"

In respect also to the vow of holy Poverty, in the abandonment of private possessions, and the very real denials which accompany their renunciation, there is a wide field for the exercise of holy humility; but if the setting aside of private possessions were to be counterpoised by the aggrandizement of a society, then how largely were the efficacy of the surrender marred by that which would minister to the spirit of pride yet history seems to suggest not a few instances of these forms of overthrow.

Or, once more, in respect to the vow of Chastity, have not very real detachment and chastity of spirit, in the sense of the subdued of disordered affections, and of the mortification of whatever is contrary to the Relisous estate, been sometimes found combined with a too jealous partiality for a particular society, tending to the disparagement of others, and particularly of those following another "Rule?" Yet any Society formed within the Church is to be highly esteemed just because it is a part of that whole Mystical Body which is the Spouse of Christ, and in that degree in which it tends to strenththen and to serve that Body.
"Paradoxes of the Love of God", 1887
George Seymour Hollings,
Pages 11-12

Psalms - Trinity College, Cambridge

Islamophobia 'is not Christian.'

Christians should actively resist, steadfast in their faith, anti-Muslim bigotry that has reared its ugly ahead in the 2016 presidential campaign, faith leaders argued Wednesday night in a forum at St. Mark's Cathedral.


Decrying what he called "the appeal to our lesser selves," Episcopal Bishop Greg Rickel stated:  "To denounce a whole people, a whole faith, is not Christian."


The bishop and appeared in a forum with Arsalan Bukhari, executive director of the Seattle Chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations.

"Ad hominum attacks and xenophobia" have entered  America's political debate, the Rev. Steve Thomason, dean of St. Mark's, said in introducing the forum.  "Relationships matter," he added.


Bukhari appealed for more and closer relationships. He invited those curious about Islam, even those a bit wary, to visit a Seattle area mosque. "Drop in, say hello, meet people," he said.  "They're not for believers only."


The "average American Muslim," Bukhari added, "seeks to realize the American dream."


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Rickel put another face on faith at St. Mark's. He quoted Paul to the Galatians:

"There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise."


St. Paul was not suggesting that "all barriers could be erased," said the bishop, but that each of us is blessed by God. "There are other children of Abraham even if their concept of God is different than our own," Rickel added.


And, argued Bukhari, they are loyal Americans.

BY JOEL CONNELLY, SEATTLEPI.COM


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