Today is five years since Elizabeth and I made our initial declarations of intent to live as community. You might think of it as our postulancy reception, except no one was receiving us - we were stepping into a space we were creating as we went. We made our declaration at Vespers at Holy Cross Monastery. We said:
I desire to know God and serve God with my whole being. I desire to walk with others on the road of discipleship, and to learn about life as a Companion of Mary the Apostle.
The next month someone came to us asking us to start a women's group. Since then we have been growing and evolving and learning, struggling and rejoicing.
We are still only two in residence, but we see the community developing around us. We are welcoming three new candidates for Covenant Companionship, and beginning a new Covenant Group for people who are exploring their vocation with us. We are surrounded by gifted and loving advisors and counselors. Something is happening. God is with us.
Please join us in giving thanks this day for all those who follow their hearts in seeking God. Give thanks for those who help others on this path. We give thanks for you, and for one another. God is awesome. Hallelujah!