ARTICLE I: OF NAME
The Community shall be known as the Order of Saint Andrew.
ARTICLE II: OF PURPOSE
The purpose of the Community shall be to assist the Church Militant in proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus Christ and, through observance of the Holy Rule, aid in the spiritual development of its members.
ARTICLE III: DISCIPLINE
The Order of Saint Andrew operates under its own Rule, Constitution and Customary. Its book of worship is the Book of Common Prayer (1928).
ARTICLE IV: OF GOVERNMENT
a. The three documents of the Order of Saint Andrew by which its members shall be governed, are: the Rule, the Constitution, and the Customary.
b. Amendments to any of these documents shall be submitted in writing to the Father/Mother General one month prior to Chapter and shall require the following:
1. The Rule: two-thirds majority of Chapter.
2. The Constitution: two-thirds majority of Chapter.
3. The Customary: a simple majority of Chapter.
c. The final interpretation of the documents of the Order shall rest with the Father/Mother General.
ARTICLE V: OF VISITOR
a. The Visitor is the guardian of the Constitution and is the final court of appeal for the maintenance of its discipline.
b. The Father/Mother General will report to the Visitor from time to time on the work of the Community.
c. The advice and counsel of the Visitor will be sought when any Life Professed Member is being considered for dismissal. His decision is final.
d. The Father/Mother General shall appoint the Episcopal Visitor.
ARTICLE VI: OF PROVINCIAL CHAPLAINS
Provincial Chaplains shall be priests who are appointed by the Father/Mother General. They may act as confessors and counselors to the members who serve in that Province.
ARTICLE VII: OF THE FATHER/MOTHER GENERAL
a. The first appointed Father and Mother General of the Order of Saint Andrew shall serve from the time of his/her appointment until resignation, disability, death, retirement or removal from office as outlined in Article VII, Section C.
b. The Father/Mother General serving subsequently to the founder must be elected by a majority vote of the members meeting in Chapter. The Father/Mother General so elected may serve for no more than two consecutive terms of four years. The institution of the Father/Mother General shall be accomplished through the Visitor, at a Eucharist to be attended by as many of the members as possible.
c. Should it become necessary to seek removal of the Father/Mother General, a special Chapter shall be called by the Provincials. A vote of two-thirds of the members must be achieved. The Provincials will act in concert to notify the Visitor to obtain his permission to effect the removal.
d. Of the duties, rights and powers of the Father/Mother General.
1. He/She shall govern the order with love, patience, humility and justice.
2. The Father/Mother General shall lead the members using the example set by our Lord Jesus Christ by seeking, through prayer and meditation, the guidance of the Holy Ghost. They shall also seek counsel of the Visitor.
3. The Father/Mother General may appoint Provincials and Administrators to assist them in governing the Community.
4. The Father/Mother General shall serve as chair at the meetings of Chapter and Council. They may only vote to break a tie in either chamber. They have veto power over any resolution passed by Chapter but that veto may be overridden by a three-fourths majority of Chapter.
5. The Father/Mother General, in consultation with Council, shall have the final voice on admissions, receptions, professions and separations of any member.
6. The Father/Mother General may appoint two Brothers/Sisters as members of Council. Each serve at the pleasure of the Father/Mother General.
ARTICLE VIII: OF PASTORAL AND ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICIALS
a. The Father/Mother General may appoint Provincials as assistants. The Provincials shall be Professed and will have such jurisdiction as given them by the Father/Mother General.
b. The Father/Mother General shall appoint personnel to assist them in the operation of their offices. The officials defined herewith shall serve at the Father/Mother General's pleasure. They are not limited to any specific number.
c. The specific officials designated for the operation of the Community are:
1. The Administrative Assistant, who serves immediately under the supervision of the Father/Mother General and can only issue orders at the direction of the Father/Mother General.
2. The Secretary, who bears the responsibility for the minutes of Council and Chapter, as well as all requirements of the Father/Mother General for correspondence, preparation of documents along with their incorporation into the records of the Community.
3. The Provincials are subject to the Father/Mother General. They have authority over the members in their Province. Provincials serve for a term of three years and may be re-appointed for succeeding terms. One of the principal duties of the Provincials is to act as a mentor to all members in their jurisdiction. They are required to make visits to them or to have them gather for study, etc. All the Provinces of this Community will be under the rule of obedience and shall not be self-governing. Thus, Provincials will act under the direction of the Father/Mother General. Provincials will be members of Council.
d. If at any time an official desires to resign, he/she must notify the Father/Mother General in writing, giving as much notice as he/she can afford, but not less than thirty days.
ARTICLE IX: OF CHAPTER
Chapter shall meet each year at a time and place designated by the Father/Mother General. Members may be dispensed from attending only under severe extenuating circumstances and only with the consent of the Father/Mother General.
Rules on voting in Chapter are:
a. A quorum shall consist of two-thirds of the voting members, either present, or voting by proxy, letter or telephone.
b. "Majority" means an absolute majority of votes cast. Where a fractional majority is required, the majority shall be considered the nearest whole number of possible votes (e.g. a two-third majority of fourteen votes is nine votes).
c. In the election or removal of a Father/Mother General, or any amendments to the Rule or Constitution, all Professed Brothers/Sisters must vote.
d. In all Chapter decisions, absent Brothers/Sisters may vote by proxy.
Duties of Chapter are:
a. To amend the Rule, Constitution and Customary of the Community.
b. To elect the Father/Mother General.
ARTICLE X: OF RETREAT
A Retreat shall be held each year at a time and place designated by the Father/Mother General.. Attendance is mandatory and members may be dispensed from attending only under severe extenuating circumstances and only with the consent of the Father/Mother General.
ARTICLE XI: OF MEMBERSHIP
Eligibility and membership:
a. Any baptized and confirmed communicant (member is good standing) of a Church in the apostolic succession is eligible for membership in the Order of Saint Andrew, provided he/she is at least eighteen years of age and has the conviction that he/she is called to the Religious Life.
b. The right to admit candidates belongs to the Father/Mother General.
c. Mindful of their responsibility to the Church and to the Community, the Father/Mother General should, after examination and prayerful consideration, admit only those candidates who exhibit the character and maturity necessary for entering the Religious Life. The character and maturity of applicants should be examined by those having the education and expertise in that field. Recent converts should not be admitted until their constancy has been firmly established.
d. In accordance with the above requirements, and any others that may from time to time be deemed necessary, the following shall be required of all applicants:
1. Names of three references; pastoral, parochial and personal.
2. A complete resume or biography, including information concerning association with any other Order.
3. A personal interview with the Father/Mother General or a Vocational Director appointed by the Father/Mother General.
e. A person shall have been invalidly accepted, and will be subject to immediate dismissal if any information given by him/her on his/her application or interview is proven to be false or misleading.
f. An applicant duly accepted by the Father/Mother General shall be so informed and shall become a Postulant until Investiture, when Novice status is granted.
g. A Postulant or Novice may be released at his/her own request, or be dismissed at any time for just cause by the Father/Mother General.
Separation from the Community:
Departure, leave of absence or exclaustration:
1. A Brother/Sister under vows, either annual or life, may, at the discretion of the Father/Mother General be granted a temporary dispensation not to exceed one year.
2. During the period of dispensation, the Brother/Sister remains subject to the authority of the Father/Mother General and to the requirements of his/her sacred bond, but is dispensed from the remainder of the Rule, He/She loses his/her voice and vote and may not wear the habit, cross or clericals.
3. While dispensation is normally granted for such reasons as the need to re-examine vocation, serious illness which impairs the ability to live the Rule, etc., it is also within the jurisdiction of the Father/Mother General to enforce departure as a means of discipline for very serious reasons. In this instance, the Father/Mother General may require observance to such portion of the Rule that would normally be dispensed.
4. Upon completion of the specified period of dispensation, the Brother/Sister either returns to the Community or asks the Father/Mother General for a request for dismissal.
5. The period of dispensation is not fixed and the Brother/Sister may be recalled or he/she may apply for return at any time.
6. Dismissal automatically abolishes Religious Vows thereby returning the Brother/Sister to the secular state.
7. Proceedings for dismissal may be initiated by the Father/Mother General or by the Brother/Sister. In the latter case, the Brother/Sister submits his/her request, in writing, and the Father/Mother General responds, in writing, within one week. If a writ of dismissal is refused, the Brother/Sister may appeal to the Visitor.
Cause or reason for dismissal may include, but is not limited to:
a. Request by the member
b. Disobedience, or refusal to accept the direction of the Father/Mother General.
c. The public profession of apostasy, and or heresy.
d. Being the cause of scandal to the Community.
ARTICLE XII: TEMPORAL POSSESSIONS AND DISSOLUTION
In the event of dissolution of the Order of Saint Andrew, or if it may cease to exist, the following formula would apply:
All property would be sold and monies realized from such sale, together with monies held in trust or bank accounts, would be concentrated into a single fund. After the settlement of any and all outstanding debts, the total residue would then be given to a church or charitable organization agreed to by the Governing Body.
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