~A Third-Order Benedictine & Franciscan Community~
In the name of Christ...
We are the Company of Jesus. A community of third order Benedictine & Franciscan friars that seek to glorify Christ in the example of their lives to a broken and fallen world.
We are men and women from all over the world that have chosen to model their lives upon the examples of St. Benedict of Nursia and St. Francis of Asissi and to live that example outwardly to all we encounter, and inwardly towards our savior, Jesus Christ.
We hope that you will take this opportunity to navigate through our site and learn more about us and about the incredible resurgence of interest that Christian monasticism is enjoying. We hope that whatever interest or curiosity that brought you here would prompt you to look deeply into your own spiritual journey. As Christians, we are charged to live in a way that is an imitation of Christ. What this means is that we are to follow His example, to feed His sheep, to care for our fellow humans, and to care for the world around us.
In St. Benedict and in St. Francis, we see peerless examples of lives lived in complete submission to Christ and in complete obedience to God’s Will. In living this ethic in the example of our lives, we carry on the mission that we inherited from our spiritual predecessors.
"To you, therefore, my words are now addressed,
whoever you may be,
who are renouncing your own will
to do battle under the Lord Christ, the true King,
and are taking up the strong, bright weapons of obedience. "
*from The Rule of St. Benedict
St. Benedict of Nursia: The Founder of Western Monasticism
Founder of western monasticism, born at Nursia, c. 480; died at Monte Cassino, 543. The only authentic life of Benedict of Nursia is that contained in the second book of St. Gregory's "Dialogues". It is rather a character sketch than a biography and consists, for the most part, of a number of miraculous incidents, which, although they illustrate the life of the saint, give little help towards a chronological account of his career. St. Gregory's authorities for all that he relates were the saint's own disciples, viz. Constantinus, who succeeded him as Abbot of Monte Cassino; and Honoratus, who was Abbot of Subiaco when St. Gregory wrote his "Dialogues".
St. Francis of Assisi: Miraculous Wonder-Worker of God
Francis of Assisi is honored by the Catholic Church as the patron saint of animals and ecology. Francis was born at Assisi in Umbria in 1181 or 1182. His father was a prosperous merchant, and Francis planned to follow him in his trade, although he also had dreams of being a troubadour or a knight. In 1201 he took part in an attack on Perugia, was taken hostage, and remained a captive there for a year. As a result of his captivity and a severe illness his mind began to turn to religion, but around 1205 he enlisted in another military expedition, to Apulia. However, he had a dream in which God called him to his service, and he returned to Assisi and began to care for the sick. In 1206, he had a vision in which Christ called him to repair His Church. Francis interpreted this as a command to repair the church of San Damiano, near Assisi.
The Company of Jesus~ A Third-Order Benedictine & Franciscan Monastic Community
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We are pleased to announce the installation of Br. Tim Luken as the Prior at Livingstone Monastery in Newport News, Virginia.!
Livingstone Monastery is a monastery affiliated with the Company of Jesus for those who wish to live in a cloistered community.
For more information, contact Br. Tim at the following link: