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The Order of St. Basil is an Orthodox Catholic Congregation of men
and women living under a Rule of Life, within the catholic
faith. We are a Mission Chapel based Order. The Basilian Congregation
consists of the elderly, living in a Healthcare Facility, and individuals
who have been ordained to the Minor and Major Orders. who join
their daily prayers and devotions as they draw closer to Christ
in their every day lives. The Order of St. Basil respects Celtic
monastic tradition and spirituality.
St. Andrew Mission Chapel is the center for the life of the Order of St. Basil. It is here that God is worshipped in the Divine Liturgy and the Eucharist. The vision of the Order of St. Basil is to facilitate elderly Christians living within a Healthcare Facility to learn to draw closer to Jesus in their everyday lives.
Our Order is open to the elderly and to individuals who have been ordained to the Minor and Major Orders. We foster the concept of leading a visible Christian life, reflecting Jesus within the world, outside the walls of a monastery. We strive to live out our vows and our promises according to our Rule of Life.
In the early Celtic and Anglo-Saxon Church, nearly
all establishments were monastic, that is to say, that "parish" churches
were usually associated with a monastery. In monasticism, as in
so much else, the Celtic Church did things its own way. Celibacy
was not universal among monastics, even those in Holy Orders. Monasteries
were viewed as a family or clan, a manaig community.
The Order of St. Basil is an autocephalous religious order formed within the Ecumenical Catholic Church+USA. We are a Celtic manaig monastic model. We are non-hierarchical, priests and deacons are equal to each other, with difference only in privilege and function.
As a Celtic Order we subscribe to the ancient manaig principle that recognizes those in the covenant of marriage and those who are single and choose to be celibate as being equally a holy path to righteousness. The manaig principle of
the Celtic structure recognized the importance of the non-ordained
married members and ordained persons as equal in all things, save
sacramental function, and critical for the support and work of
the gospel mission.
On August 23, 2000, the Order of St. Basil was
founded and received its Charter from an Old Catholic Bishop. At
the founding of the Order, the Order's Rule of life was developed.
By so doing, we were following the example of several other catholic
Our Rule of Life helps an individual in leading a balanced life of work, study, and prayer. It is a balance we seek to share. Our Rule of Life is based on the gospel teachings and is noted for its simplicity and moderation.
There are two levels of orders.
The First Order is "Cappadocian
Friars and Sisters."
Open to those ordained in Minor and Major Orders.
One must profess vows to enter.
The Second Order is "Companion
of St. Basil."
This is a special membership exclusively for the elderly.
"Draw near to God and He will draw near to
"In the Order of St. Basil, we are called to seek out Jesus in everyday life and activity and to respond to Him in prayer and ministry through the power of the Holy Spirit."
+Rev. Roland D. Jacques, OSB
Bishop-Abbot of the Order of St.Basil
[click HERE for Bishop Jacques' biography.]