Sanctifying the ordinary through prayer, work and study...
The Companions of the Order of St. Benedict (OSBCn) are Roman Catholic Benedictines with roots in the Anglican tradition. The small community (currently a Private Association of the Faithful within the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter) is based in Brandon, Manitoba at Charles House and Ferrar House where they provide for an urban expression of Benedictine spirituality.
The community is one of prayer and contemplation with a special emphasis on hospitality. Companions gather in support of a particular parish and encourage the living out of the Holy Rule of St. Benedict, adapted for the non-cloistered life, by faithful people from all walks of life.
The Companions promise stability, obedience and conversatio morum (conversion of life by living according to the Rule). As Benedictines, they strive to live in harmony with God and each other by finding the balance between prayer, work and study and by placing a special emphasis on hospitality. They seek God in the ordinary things of life and are known for their respect of others, their devotion to prayer and liturgy, and their stewardship of the resources God provides. The Brothers and Sisters meet in chapter, worship together and come together spiritually several times a day in prayer by praying the Daily Office.
Living a Christian life according to the Rule of St. Benedict and the customary of the Companions of the Order of St. Benedict is not difficult, but does require a commitment to community, a particular parish, and daily, dedicated time in prayer and meditation. The rewards of attending to the wisdom of the Rule are plentiful and profound.
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 Companions of the Order of St. Benedict (OSBCn) 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, the major guide for the Western monastic movement. Many disciples of Jesus followed Benedict’s holy Rule in ages past and many, including members of our community, continue to do so today. This deposit of spiritual wisdom is read and meditated upon daily by Benedictines all over the world... here’s our little artistic offering.
About the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter
The Companions of the Order of St. Benedict 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.