Order of St. Brigit
“When we obey Him, every path He guides us on is fragrant with
His loving kindness and His truth.” Psalm 25:10
Women of all ages and denominational backgrounds meet to pray for one another and our communities, meditate on scriptures (lectio divina), worship and celebrate Eucharist together weekly in someone’s home. Each sister is encouraged to meet with a small group every few weeks for more intimate sharing and praying as well as partner with another sister to pray with regularly and be accountable to one another.
We are some of the busiest women in our community and none of us needs more activities or meetings. However, we are discovering that this community of sisters helps to center everything else we do and focus daily activities on Jesus Christ.
Groups meet weekly in homes around the Knoxville area on:
Wednesday Noon – 1pm
The hour is spent in worship, quiet reflection, and communion.
On the fourth Tuesday night of each month, the whole community meets together for a potluck supper, brief program, sharing, and worship from 6 – 8:30.
Groups meet in homes or other quiet places which are centrally located for the community.
Who should attend?
Inquirers are welcome who are:
Baptized Christians in fellowship with Christ and his church pursuing a pattern of spiritual growth and mission using spiritual disciplines marked by a life that increasingly expresses love for God and others.
What about the vows?
Adapting the three traditional covenant vows of religious orders to make them applicable to married as well as single women living in the world:
* Poverty becomes simplicity and generosity
* Celibacy becomes chastity and fidelity
* Obedience becomes accountability and availability
Who is St. Brigit?
St. Brigit, Abbess of Kildare, is revered as a patron saint of Ireland. Baptized by Patrick, she established and led the first community of Christian women in Ireland and was respected in the early councils of the Celtic Church. She was a “joyful, earthly, invigorating saint, who came wiping her hands on her apron, her face shining with welcome, her heart filled with the Lord, her hand always out to the poor. She radiated the goodness, the wholeness, the attractiveness of the Christian life as revealed by a loving, faith-filled, free Christian woman.” We seek to live such a life of devotion and charity as followers of Christ in our day.
If you are interested in starting a chapter in your city, please contact us to schedule Novitiate training, usually in a retreat format.
Topics will include:
* purpose and function of an Order
* stories about St. Brigit and Celtic spirituality
* how to form a community and lessons learned from new monasticism
* purpose of vows and a Rule of Life
* spiritual disciplines including: contemplative prayer, lectio divina, and examen
Read the News-Sentinel article featuring Order of St. Brigit Knoxville.
New Chapters: Contact Person:
Atlanta (future) Julie Johnson
Boston Stephanie Convey
Seattle Emily Huff
Nairobi, Kenya Leoma Gilley
An Order of St. Brendan for men has just begun to meet in Maryville, TN. For more information, please contact Steve Musick.