Sanctifying the ordinary through prayer, work and study...
The Order of St. Gilbert of Sempringham are Roman Catholic Gilbertines based in Brandon, Manitoba where they provide for an urban renewal of Gilbertine spirituality. They are currently a Private Association of the Faithful within the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter.
The community, shepherded by the Prior General under the Augustinian Rule, is uniquely organised into four houses: Sisters, Brothers, Canons Regular and lay associates — Friends. They gather in support of a particular parish and encourage a life of prayer, simplicity and service.
Members observe the three evangelical counsels of poverty, chastity and obedience with vows. As Gilbertines they are steeped in the English experience of St. Benedict’s Rule as they strive to live in harmony with God and each other. The Sisters, Brothers and Priests seek God in the ordinary things of life and are known for their love of God and love of neighbour.
May God “bring us all together to everlasting life” (RB 72:12)
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Medal of st. Benedict
The Benedictine medal is one of the oldest and honoured tokens in Western Christendom and is a trusty spiritual tool used by generations of Christians towards the love of God and neighbour and against the devil and his minions.
The Order of St. Gilbert of Sempringham have had their own unique design created as a way of encouraging unity and recognition within their community.
oratory of the holyrood
Our tiny oratory is located at Ferrar House and is accessible from the garden. It’s a special place where our Brothers and Sister pray along with any guests that might be in attendance. “Holyrood” is from the Old English—“rood” meaning “cross”. We are blessed to house four first class relics here.
Meditating upon the Holy rule of St. Benedict
The Rule of St. Benedict, written in the sixth century, was and continues to be, a major guide for the Western monastic movement. Many disciples of Jesus followed Benedict’s Holy Rule in ages past and many continue to do so today.
The Gilbertine Nuns were given the Rule to guide them when the Order was first established in 1131. Today, our community follows the Augustinian Rule but retains St. Benedict’s work as a source of spiritual wisdom. We study it daily and you can too! Why not begin study of this treasury of spiritual wisdom today?
The Gift of Giving...
About the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter
The Order of St. Gilbert of Sempringham join the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter, in their commitment to creating a Safe Environment for all of God’s children. Click [here] for more information.