After a lengthy period of collaborative discernment, the Order of Christ the Saviour (OCS) was founded in August 2023 as a dispersed Anglo-Catholic Dominican community chiefly influenced by the Rule of St. Augustine, with a motto of “Christ’s Healing for the Body of Christ”. The Order’s Mother House sits in the Cathedral Church of St. Paul within the Episcopal Diocese of Springfield.
Its Friars and Sisters are vowed to tenets of traditional Dominican spirituality in regular observance of daily prayer, life-long formation, community service, and frequent participation in the sacramental life of the Church. Professed members make vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience. Members must be confirmed communicants in good standing within an Anglican denomination in communion with the See of Canterbury. The Order’s primary ministerial focus is the academic study, teaching, and practice of Anglican healing and deliverance ministry (traditionally known as exorcism) informed by traditional Thomistic theology and Anglo-Catholic liturgics, and facilitated through episcopal support.
OCS finds it prudent to acknowledge that deliverance ministry has a shameful history of being improperly weaponized against women, members of the LGBTQIA+ community, people of color, beloved individuals of other faith backgrounds, among many others. OCS firmly condemns this and commits to intentional acts of reconciliation as representatives of this ministry. The Order has been in frequent consultation with international counterparts in the Anglican Communion as it continues to discern its approaches to ministry.
OCS is a new Associate member of the National Association of Episcopal Christian Communities and is awaiting confirmation of 501c3 status and state incorporation. The Order is led by the Provincial Council, consisting of The Very Rev. Br. Andrew Hook, OCS as Prelate, The Rev. Br. Garron Daniels, OCS as Secretary General, and Br. Christian Ventura, OCS as Chaplain and Interim Treasurer. Br. Andrew serves as a Cathedral Dean, Br. Garron is a curate, and Br. Christian is a public health scientist. There are two vacancies for Director of Membership and Director of Education/Formation.
Your kind prayers are appreciated as the Order continues to discern and form within The Episcopal Church. All questions and inquiries should be directed to Br. Garron at email@example.com.