The Community values greatly the fellowship, prayer and support of our wider family and friends around the world, including…
Oblates, whether lay or ordained, make vows of poverty, chastity and obedience, renewed every three years. The word ‘oblate’ has at its heart the idea of offering – in this case the offering of one’s life to God in a structured way. They have a close association with the Community, while living out their vows in the normal circumstances of wherever they may live. They are encouraged to stay regularly at the House of the Resurrection, strengthening the links which bind them to the Community as well as helping sometimes in the works of the Community.
If you would like to find out more contact the Chaplain of the Oblates, Nicolas CR.
Poverty is marked by aiming to live simply at all times and involves a ‘dying to live’. We are accountable for all that God has given us. To follow Christ is to be obedient to our Father and one another, something which spreads through our life. Oblates desire to love the will of God and so to uphold His honour and proclaim the dominion of Christ.
Chastity, which for the Oblates includes celibacy, is a gift from God. Every aspect of life is touched by it – self-control, not only with respect to food, drink and sexual activity but also in relation to kinds of pleasure which are harmful to others and to oneself. What matters most is the desire to put God first, and in consequence to look to the greatest good of other human beings.
The pattern of an Oblate’s life includes the two rhythms of office and eucharist (every day when possible), time daily in prayer with intercession for the needs of the Church, the world and Community, time annually for a retreat and seeking for opportunities in the everyday for stillness, as well as the penitence and study which deepens our love of God. The end of all this is the dedication to the Resurrection, shown in the fruit of the Spirit, proclaiming a world made new in Christ.
Companions of the Community of the Resurrection live away from Mirfield but share in CR’s Charism.
The Companions are friends of the Community. They support – and are supported by – the work and mission of CR, following a routine of life of daily prayer and worship. Many who come to know the Community value sharing its work and Charism in their own lives and locations. There are local groups of Companions spread across the UK and overseas – please contact our Companions Office for more information.
A section of this website is dedicated to the Companions, including a secure area which can be accessed using details supplied by the Companions Office. For more information, please contact the Companions’ chaplain, John CR.
Membership of the Society is in many ways similar to becoming an oblate, but there is no vow of celibacy and it is open to women and men. The Rule is quite specific and demanding, and membership is growing month-on-month during the Society’s initial two-year trial.
To find out more about the Society of the Resurrection, please contact George CR.
We welcome you to come to CR and to share in our life. Some come regularly to talk with a brother, others spend a day or two experiencing this very different environment. Individuals and groups come on retreat and pilgrimage, share in the teaching and courses we offer and join us in worship and meals.