Anglo-Catholic Devotional Societies
The Society of Mary: Our Lady of Providence Ward
The Society of Mary is an international devotional society of the Anglican Communion (also open to non-Anglicans who yearn for a deeper spiritual relationship with the Mother of our Lord). Its object is to love and honor Mary and to spread devotion to her in the cause of Christian Unity. In common with the other historic Anglican devotional societies, The Society of Mary helps focus and deepen our relationship with Christ so that we may lead a more disciplined and joyful Christian life. We meet monthly on the first Saturday for Morning Prayer, Mass, and recitation of the rosary, followed by a communal breakfast, often including a program. Sometimes we plan pilgrimages to Marian shrines or nearby places of interest such as the Russian Icon Museum in Clinton, Massachusetts. We are always seeking new members to join us in worship, learning, and fellowship. For further information contact Fr. Michael A. Pearson, Ward Superior, or Patricia Barnes, Secretary, Our Lady of Providence Ward, Society of Mary.
The Guild of All Souls: St. Stephen, Proto-Martyr
S. Stephen’s celebrates a parish Requiem Mass on the Third Saturday of every month at the 10 am Mass. Departed members of the parish whose anniversaries fall during the month are remembered in prayer, and anyone may submit additional names of the departed. Afterwards, we generally adjourn to a local restaurant for fellowship. It is a comfort to know that those who have gone before are remembered in prayer here in this life, until we join them in the Life Eternal. For further information, contact Nancy Gingrich, Branch Secretary, St. Stephen Proto-Martyr, Guild of All Souls.
The Confraternity of the Blessed Sacrament: Holy Nativity Ward
The Confraternity of the Blessed Sacrament is a devotional society of the Anglican Communion. Established in the Episcopal Church in 1867, its principal object is the honor due the Person of our Lord Jesus Christ in the Blessed Sacrament of His Body and Blood. The Holy Nativity Ward at S. Stephen’s dates back to the time of Father Fiske in the late 1880s and is one of the oldest Wards in this country. We offer monthly Eucharistic Adoration and Benediction, usually on the Second Saturday of the month, following the 9:30 am Morning Prayer and 10 am Eucharist in the Lady Chapel. If you have questions or would like to join the Confraternity of the Blessed Sacrament, please contact Jacob Ihnen.
The Society of King Charles the Martyr: S. Stephen’s Chapter
SKCM commemorates the martyrdom of Charles I, King of England, Ireland and Scotland; by whose death the Catholic Faith of the Anglican Communion was preserved from Puritan intentions. St. Charles refused to resign both his faith in the apostolic order, as established by Christ Himself, and the authority of his bishops, to the Puritan Party. He was martyred by public execution on 30 January 1649 outside the Banqueting House of Whitehall Palace. During the Commonwealth that followed, Anglicanism and the Book of Common Prayer were brutally suppressed. Immediately upon the Restoration of Church and King on 29 May 1660, the Convocation of Canterbury and York, now being free to assemble and act, canonised King Charles and added his name to the Kalendar of Saints. S. Charles is honored for his strong personal piety, his protection and patronage of the Church, and his martyrdom. For further information, contact Jacob Ihnen.