The purpose of the Order of St. Anthony
Primarily, the purpose is to provide an ordered way of life for both clergy and laity for prayer, spiritual direction, confession, and spiritual friendship, as well as fraternity. We believe that entering holy habits like these are formative to the human soul, empowering it to be reflective of God’s glory and making those who participate in them carriers of God’s kingdom.
Secondarily, the Order provides a flexible ecclesiastical authority structure for facilitating new regional networks of churches and ministries, local worship communities and clergy being brought into full affiliation with the Province USA of the Communion of Evangelical Episcopal Churches (CEEC) through the Diocese of the St. Anthony by means of a missionary dynamic.*
The mission of the Order is...
To engage in the apostolic mission of the Gospel our Lord Jesus Christ by proclaiming, living and demonstrating the Good News of His saving love and redemptive rule for the salvation and reconciliation of human beings and of all creation to the friendship of the Triune God, the Creator, Sustainer and Ruler of all.
We express this mission through welcoming existing clergy and laity into an ordered life, and also through the planting, facilitating and equipping support and training of new local (Eucharistic) worship communities gathered around the Lord Jesus Christ in the power of the Holy Spirit, in the fellowship of the Apostolic Tradition and Faith passed on from our Lord Jesus Christ to His Apostles, and through them to believers of all ages.
We have two levels of engagement
in the Order of St. Anthony:
First, there is the Oblate of St. Anthony. This is an individual who has individually affiliated him/herself with the Order. They make a formal, private, time-framed promise (annually renewable or, after three years, for life) to follow the Rule of the Order in their private life as closely as their individual circumstances and prior commitments permit. Oblates are considered and extended part of the Order of St. Anthony and have the letter ObSA after their names on documents.
Secondly, we have the ordinary Member of St. Anthony. These individuals make a formal, public, time-framed promise (annually renewable or, after three years, for life) to follow the Rule of the Order in their private life as closely as their individual circumstances and prior commitments permit. Members are considered a part of the Order of St. Anthony and have the letter OSA after their names on documents. These are individuals who have been ordained in Historical Succession though the Diocese of St. Anthony or are licensed by the order as they are being formed for Succession (this is helpful for those wanting to enter Succession while currently involved in ministerial care in a tradition outside the CEEC).
*This enables said jurisdictions, local congregations and clergy to affiliate and receive episcopal incardination in the CEEC while maintaining relational and ecclesiastical connection with Bishop Ed Gungor and Archbishop Quintin Moore as their Archbishop.