It was a long and storied road that brought together four men in Washington, DC for the Feast of St. Columba. Following much discernment and prayer, these four professed vows during a simple eucharist in order to establish the Society of Jesus Compassionate (SJC). Our rule is simple. Our vows were simple. We vowed to one another and to the Episcopal Church--to uphold the doctrine, discipline, and worship of her. Nothing fussy, nothing overly romantic, simply four brothers promising to one another to be in community with Christ as the center. We are one priest and three lay brothers.
It was a long process for me to consider this new enterprise; I fully stand in support of those seeking to live the common life in Christ under vows. Moreover, I appreciate the genuine love and intentionality of my new SJC brothers. Our new habits will be unveiled when we gather for our winter retreat in Augusta, Georgia. Already, we have received many prayers and supporters from within the Church.
I ask your prayers for us as we journey together towards Emmaus. We live in Atlanta, Baltimore, Richmond, and Washington, DC. We are aware of the challenges posed by a dispersed community, but feel a deeper bond by our common experience in Christ. What joy! What an amazing journey.
The Three Masses of William Byrd
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