Brotherhood of Saint Gregory

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The Brotherhood of Saint Gregory is a community of friars within the Anglican Communion.[1][2] The community's members, known as "Gregorians", include clergy and laymen. Since 1987 there has also been a parallel order of sisters, the Sisters of Saint Gregory.

As a Christian Community of the Episcopal Church,[3] the community is open to both married and unmarried men in the Episcopal Church, its communion partners, and the wider Anglican Communion. As in other orders and communities, members follow a common rule and regular discipline of prayer, study, and service to the church. This modern way of religious life is rooted in ancient sources such as Saint Gregory’s Pastoral Care, Saint FrancisRule for All the Faithful, and Saint Francis de SalesIntroduction to the Devout Life. The community's motto is "Soli Deo gloria" ("To God alone be the glory"), and its aim is to follow Saint Gregory the Great as "servants of the servants of God" in both church and society. The brothers work in diverse fields throughout the world, living with their families, singly, or in small groups. A member of the National Association of Episcopal Christian Communities,[4] the community comes together twice a year for prayer and discussion.[5]

The community was founded on 14 September 1969 (Holy Cross Day) in New York by Richard Thomas Biernacki, with the encouragement of a Roman Catholic order, the Sisters of the Visitation, and following consultation with other Episcopal communities. The community was formally recognized that same year by Bishop Horace Donegan of New York.

John Nidecker, a former White House speech writer, was a member later in his life.[6] The community was a centerpiece of the award-winning documentary Changing Habits by Sara Needham.[7][8] Ministries of the community have been the subject of local press reports in Chattanooga,[9][10][11] Yonkers,[12] and Maitland, New South Wales.[13]


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  6. ^ "John E. Nidecker, 75, Ex-Presidential Aide – New York Times". The New York Times. 22 June 1988. Retrieved 14 June 2013. 
  7. ^ Marech, Rona (24 June 2011). "Film Arts Festival Spotlights City's Independent Spirit". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 14 June 2013. 
  8. ^ "San Antonio Current – Screens & Tech: Docside Film Festival". 4 November 2002. Retrieved 14 June 2013. 
  9. ^ "3/17/2009 – St. Francis Of Assisi Offers Maundy Thursday Service – Church". 17 March 2009. Retrieved 14 June 2013. 
  10. ^ "Chattanooga: Doctor, UTC nursing students widen foot-care ministry to homeless clients". Archived from the original on 30 April 2013. Retrieved 14 June 2013. 
  11. ^ "Cook: Death Be Not Proud". 11 May 2014. Retrieved 12 May 2014. 
  12. ^ Fuchs, Marek (25 March 2001). "COUNTY LINES; Reaching Out to Addicts – New York Times". The New York Times. Retrieved 14 June 2013. 
  13. ^ Swain, Emma (11 May 2013). "He starts the day with a prayer for all". The Maitland Mercury. Retrieved 12 May 2014. 

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