“The Rule is not intended to be a source of division and condemnation but rather an instrument of communion...It is not intended to be an end in itself but a temporal means toward our eternal life in heaven. Members bind themselves to the Rule, for the Rule defines who we are and what we are for. The ‘Order’ is simply the Rule in practice, and its members are those who practice it.”
— Kevin Seraphim Clay

Members of the Order of St. Anthony commit to the following:

  1. The Daily Office – Members of the Order will follow the Daily Office through use of the 1979 Book of Common Prayer.  Members are asked to pray two offices daily—the Morning Prayer (also known as Matins) and Evening Prayer (also known as Evensong).  
  2. The Eucharist – Members of the Order should receive the Eucharist once a week. It is preferable that this be done in the context of the corporate worship service you attend. If the Eucharist is not available corporately it may be celebrated privately (if the Member is clergy). If the Member is a layperson, they should only receive Communion from an ordained clergy (either present or with elements previously consecrated).
  3. Study – Members of the Order will engage in the regular reading of Holy Scriptures and other Christian writings, both ancient and contemporary.
  4. Contact/Relationship – Members of the Order are encouraged to engage with other Members, the Elders, and the Bishop Protector by means of electronic and in-person communication. Members will be given access to the Order's online forum and will be contacted when the Bishop Protector and/or the Elders will be traveling to their area for the building of relationships.
  5. Spiritual Direction– Members of the Order will submit to spiritual direction. Spiritual directors may be from within or outside the Order. Spiritual directors outside of the Order will be contacted twice a year concerning the progress of the director/directee Member.
  6. Confession and Absolution – Members of the Order will meet with a Priest Confessor at least once a year for the Rite of Confession/Reconciliation.
  7. Retreats – Members of the Order will participate in at least one retreat annually.  This may be the Order's annual Convocation or another retreat of the Members' choice.
  8. Report and Reaffirmation – Members of the Order must submit a yearly report of spiritual, ministerial, and educational activities and reaffirm their vows in writing to the Bishop Protector.
  9. Self-denial – Members of the Order will undertake to fast as physically able, or to engage in some activity that will help them put God as the focus of their life.  
  10. Support – Members will give a portion of their time, talents, and resources to the Order, their parish, and those in need in their surrounding area. Members of the Order who are ordained in Historical Succession within the Diocese of St. Anthony or licensed in ministry by the Diocese in formation for Succession will remit 5% of their income to the Order as a portion of their tithe. We encourage that the other 5% go to their local parish.

The Vows

Made at the Order’s Yearly Convocation

Follow the Rule  as articulated above.

Simplicity – Members of the Order will learn to live with what they truly need, not frivolously by wants only, and be good stewards of Creation.

Morality – Before God, Members of the Order pledge their commitment to a historical, traditional view of moral and sexual purity, as understood in the Historical Christian Church since the earliest of times. Members seek purity in body, mind, and spirit, along with singleness of heart. Members commit themselves to purity of life and purity of expression in their sexuality through fidelity in marriage, and abstinence in singleness.

Accountability – Members of the Order will commit to lives of transformation through the Rule in which they are accountable to one another, their Bishop, and Elders of the Order in love. In a culture that pushes against simplicity, servanthood, purity, etc., holiness is always challenged, which constitutes struggle. Without judgment or shame we will support each other in times when we struggle badly and carry each other as we learn to struggle well. No member will ever use a position of authority as an instrument of oppression or to take advantage of another in any way. Those in authority will accept the responsibility to lead, instruct, and protect. A position of authority is a call to service rather than an opportunity for personal aggrandizement. Members will not slander or engage in disputes, nor should they quarrel among themselves or with others, but rather respond in all humility. They should love one another and express that love by their deeds.

Fraternity and Unity – As unity is at the heart of the Church of Christ, Members of the Order will respect the various streams/traditions of Christianity.  Members will uphold the great Tradition of the Church as handed down in the Scriptures, the two Gospel sacraments (Baptism and Eucharist), the Creeds (Apostles' Creed, Nicene Creed), and the Historical Episcopacy. However, Members will support and encourage the participation of other Members in their respective stream/tradition when those streams/traditions do not fully embrace all aspects of what the Tradition holds.