Do You Have A Vocation
Companions of Jesus are called to be men and women of the
present, aware of the spiritual, cultural and social realities
around them. Their vocation is to respond to these realities by
way of their lives, being filled with the Holy Spirit and by
giving witness to the presence of the risen Lord, bearing joy to
all with whom they come into contact.
"There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to the one hope when you were called, one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all."
(Eph 4.4-6) (NIV)
As a Franciscan Community of Reconciliation,. Companions
of Jesus do not seek to change or alter the way church
fellowships or other Christian communities worship, pray or
have communion together. In the spirit of St. Francis, they
desire to build bridges across the denominational divide and
so repair the brokenness and division in the spiritual walls of
The call to reconciliation and unity demands sensitivity, strength and determination. It calls for dialogue, openness and a non-judgmental spirit. It means we listen to others without criticism or ridicule. It is a road that daily leads to crucifixion. It calls for repentance and a lifetime of walking in forgiveness. It is where we need to understand more than be understood, it is that place where Truth is revealed in the person of Jesus Christ.
Companions of Jesus live dispersed within the world and live and work alongside those who have no faith and often are hurting from rejection and abuse. (Sadly the abuse has come often from within churches and families.) Our calling is to show the love of God to all we meet and share this earth with believing that all are God's Children and that all creation is yearning to be set free.
Companions of Jesus evangelize by way of their lives and they preach the gospel more through showing love, acceptance and affirmation to all they meet, than by preaching formally.
The Church of Reconciliation in Taize has a sign that reads:
“Let all who enter be reconciled, brother with brother,
sister with sister, nation with nation”.
If you believe you have a calling to this way of life, or would like further information, please write to Brother Francis Richard / Sister Fiona via the 'Contact Form'.