Franciscan Community
Companions of Francis is an Apostolic Sacramental Community
 

Who we are

We are an Acts 9 community that strives for radical unity and inclusion. Jesus models it for us in the Gospel according to St. Mark (Ch. 5), in which Jesus encounters a man with an unclean spirit. The man says, "My name is Legion, for we are many." When Jesus meets people tormented by a spirit of darkness, like Legion, the individual speaks of themselves in the plural saying, "What have you to do with us? Have you come to destroy us?" In Acts 9:4, when Jesus encounters Saul on the road to Damascus - a journey in which Saul intends to persecute groups of Christians - Jesus says, "Why are you persecuting me?" Evil is a force that shatters the individual while Jesus' desire is to unite the many into One Body. This too is our desire - to reunite those that the Church has disenfranchised.

Apostolic and Sacramental

Within the Sacramental Churches -- those churches who administer the seven sacraments instituted by the early Church -- the term Apostolic means the passing of the mantle of leadership by way of Holy Orders. The authority of the Apostles, via the Holy Spirit, is passed from one generation of leaders to the next by laying of the hands, or ordination, thereby ensuring an unbroken line of bishops from the Apostles to the present. The Apostolic Sacramental Church traces its lineage back to the Apostles through this unbroken line of succession.

Apostolic History

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