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The Order of Saint Andrew is dedicated to serving the Church and uses the Ministries of both married and single persons to attain this goal.

There are four stages in the development of each member.

THE FIRST STAGE

That of a Postulant.

One who commits to a testing period of at least five months. After submitting his/her application to the Father/Mother General, the candidate will be obliged to attend the next regularly scheduled meeting of the Order, (i.e., Retreat or Chapter). The candidate will be interviewed by the Father and Mother General along with a committee of professed Priests, Brothers and Sisters. If it is determined that the candidate shows sincere and appropriate reasons for entering religious life, he/she will be accepted as a Postulant. During this period, the candidate will not wear the habit of the Order but will be obliged to:

    a. Participate in the celebration of the Eucharist at least once a week;

    b. Recite the Daily Office;

    c. Submit the appropriate number of Embertide reports during the postulancy period.

A professed member of the Order will be appointed as a Spiritual Director for each Postulant. The Spiritual Director will be available to assist the Postulant in his/her spiritual journey. The Father/Mother General will also be available to assist the Postulant.

One month prior to the next regularly scheduled meeting of the Order, (i.e., Retreat or Chapter) the Father/Mother General and the Spiritual Director will either:

    a. Propose that the candidate become a novice;

    b. Advise the candidate that he/she is unsuited for the Religious life and therefore is no longer a member of the Order of Saint Andrew.

During the testing period, if the candidate decides that he/she is not suited for Religious life, he/she shall forward a letter to the Father/Mother General informing him/her of that fact.

THE SECOND STAGE

That of a Novice.

One who commits to a testing period of not less than one year. This commitment is taken in the presence of the Father/Mother General (Retreat or Chapter).

During the Novitiate period, the candidate shall follow the prayer schedule of the Order and begin his/her apostolic activities under the direction of the Father/Mother General. A Professed member of the Order will also be appointed as a Spiritual Director for each Novice.

The purpose of the Novitiate is two-fold:

    a. For the Superiors to determine if the candidate has a true vocation;

    b. For the candidate to discern if God is calling him/her to the Religious life.

At the conclusion of the Novitiate interval the Father/Mother General will either:

    a. Propose that the candidate become a Professed Member;

    b. Advise the candidate that he/she is unsuited for the Religious life and therefore is no longer a member of the Order of Saint Andrew.

THE THIRD STAGE

That of a Professed Member.

One who takes temporary vows, in the presence of the Father/Mother General at a Retreat or Chapter Meeting, making him/her a member of the Order, and who promises to live according to those vows to the best of his/her ability. A Professed Member will renew these vows annually for a period of not less than four years. On the fifth year, the member shall become Life Professed.

THE FOURTH STAGE

That of a Life Professed Member.

One who takes final vows, in the presence of the Father/Mother General at a Retreat or Chapter Meeting, which can only be rescinded by the council.

The vows of the Order are POVERTY, CHASTITY and OBEDIENCE.
These vows are as follows:

POVERTY

Members take a vow of poverty. However, since they live independently they must, of necessity, own some property individually. Married members are required to consider their marriage vows and their families when living within the vow of poverty. Whether married or single, all members must strive to live simply, realizing that what they have is from God and that ownership of these things is merely temporal. Members make a commitment to use their possessions in the service of God by donating a portion of their labor to the Church and the Order.

CHASTITY

Married members must be faithful to their marriage vows. Unmarried members must live completely celibate lives. All must keep themselves pure in body and mind, according to their state in life, as well as being modest, self-disciplined and free from all excesses in order to be free to love others as commanded by our Lord Jesus Christ.

OBEDIENCE

Members owe obedience to:

    a. God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Ghost, acknowledging Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.

    b. The articles of faith contained in Scripture, Creeds and Tradition of the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church.

    c. The directives of the Father/Mother General of the Order and Ministers Provincial, when such are elected or appointed.

OBLIGATION OF MEMBERS:

  1. Each member shall report his/her apostolic activities, in writing, to the Father/Mother General at the end of each Embertide. (See Section F)

    In addition to the Embertide Report, the Brother/Sister may decide to include a "Manifestation of Conscience". This is completely voluntary and will be read only by the Father/Mother General and then destroyed. This report will be held in the strictest confidence! A "Manifestation of Conscience" should include an overview of spiritual struggles, their effect and the spiritual growth that the Brother/Sister has gained from them. Each Brother/Sister is reminded that the Father/Mother General is always available for spiritual or temporal guidance.

  2. Included with the last Embertide Report of the year should be a proposal of the intended apostolic activities for the coming year. The Father/Mother General shall accept, reject or modify the proposal.

  3. Each member shall be obliged to attend the annual Retreat and Chapter Meeting.

OF THE LIFE OF MEMBERS:

Members should live in such a manner that those persons who come to know them may, by their example, be brought closer to our Lord Jesus Christ. A member must endeavor to follow the example of our Redeemer with quietness, patience, humility, charity, courage and prayer, knowing that they are not the light, but are only messengers of the One who is the light.

OF THE WORK OF THE ORDER:

It is the work of the Order to spread the Good News of the Lord Jesus Christ, which has been freely bestowed upon us and to witness to the love of God. This witness is nurtured by a life in conversation with God, and is nourished daily by prayer and meditation while living in the secular world. Also, a member will fully develop those talents given him/her by God (i.e. in liturgy, music, art, education, etc.). He/she shall use these talents to the best of his/her ability in the diocese, parish or mission to which he/she is assigned.

OF COMMON WORSHIP OF THE ORDER:

    It is the obligation of each Brother/Sister to:

    a. Participate in the celebration of the Eucharist at least once a week. Daily attendance is encouraged;

    b. Recite the Daily Office;

    c. Communal prayer is encouraged, whenever possible.

OF PRIVATE DEVOTION OF THE MEMBERS:

Members are encouraged to use their own personal form of prayer, prayer books, spiritual readings, etc. Members should also set aside fifteen minutes each day for meditation and the study of the Holy Scripture. Retreats are encouraged, whenever possible. All members shall place prayer as their number one priority.

OF THE WORK AS AN APOSTOLATE:

Work, which is a gift from Almighty God, should be offered as a daily sacrifice. All labor, no matter how menial, is precious in God's sight and becomes important and fulfilling when it is offered to the One who enables us to perform it.

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