A Closer Walk
I know that I need "a way" to put my faith into practice, but how do I find it? I would love to make a commitment to serve the Lord, but how can I with all of the responsibilities that I face in my everyday life? How do I answer this call in my heart to walk like Jesus and be truly led by the Holy Spirit? As a Christian today, have you found yourself asking these kinds of questions?
The Brothers and Sister of the Community of the Crucified One are part of a religious order that can provide answers to these questions. They have dedicated themselves fully, and have seen many lives changed in the walks of vowed Christians. Life in the "Chapter" offers enough flexibility to allow people from every ethnic and social background, and all walks of life to participate.
With a dedication to walking in Holiness, a member learns to serve God and their fellow man. The rewards are innumerable, but most immediately are a life of fulfillment and purpose in Jesus which is a difficult thing to find in today's world.
In the year 1206, a man who became known as St. Francis received his "born-again" experience from God. He then began a walk with the Lord and simply followed the example that Jesus Christ described in the Gospels. Then he established the vows of "poverty, chastity and obedience". In 1978, the Community of the Crucified One, a non-denominational Christian Ministry based in Homestead, Pennsylvania, established a Religious Order based upon this type of walk. Its founder, Bishop Edward V. Donovan, along with the Elders of this ministry were led by the Holy Spirit to write a "Holy Rule." This created and governed a contemporary religious order based upon a Spirit filled and charismatic vowed life, which was then offered to members who felt called to a deeper Christian walk.
Spiritual Vows and a Chapter Walk
Throughout scriptures men and women made promises to God knowing that living these vows were pleasing to the Lord. Jesus lived in perfect poverty, chastity and obedience unto His Father. The Brothers and Sisters of the Community of the Crucified One proclaim their desire to follow in the footsteps of Jesus Christ by trying to relive these three vows.
Poverty - to seek spiritual freedom from earthly attachments - Jesus was poor of the world.
Chastity - to seek a spiritually pure life through examination of conscience and repentance - Jesus was pure and sinless.
Obedience - to seek submission to the Lord's voice though those He has placed over us - Jesus was obedient to His Father unto death.
The vows become a natural part of a members spiritual relationship with Jesus Christ through:
1. Reading of daily prayers and scriptures 2. Attending a regular Wednesday evening service 3. Serving those in need in their locale (nursing homes, prisons, the sick) 4. Helping to run and maintain the Community Ministries in their locale (cleaning, prayer, youth, bible school, music, building, charitable works, etc.)
The Brothers and Sisters of the Community of the Crucified One also sponsor a Religious Teaching program for CCO Schools, and a Missionary Outreach Program. Membership in the Chapter is often the foundation for entrance into the CCO's Seminary where participating members can be trained for ordination as Lay Ministers, Evangelists, Pastors, Deaconates, Priests, and Sacristans.