Community of Jesus

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Church of the Transfiguration at the Community of Jesus

The Community of Jesus is a Christian community located near Rock Harbor,[1] in Orleans, Massachusetts, on Cape Cod. The Community was founded in 1970 by Cay Andersen and Judy Sorensen. Controversy surrounded these two women for much of the 1990s.[2][3] The Church of the Transfiguration is the center of Community of Jesus – an ecumenical Benedictine monastic community located at Rock Harbor, Orleans, on the shores of Cape Cod Bay. Worship services include Holy Eucharist, Choral Evensong, Advent Lessons and Carols,[4] and Liturgy of the Hours (sung in Gregorian chant).[5] The Community of Jesus founded and administers the Mount Tabor Ecumenical Centre For Art & Spirituality located in Barga, Italy. Paraclete Press is the publishing house of the Community of Jesus.

Community of Jesus - A Controversial History[edit]

The history of the community of Jesus is not without its share of controversy. In 1991 the Community was discussed in a book titled Churches That Abuse by Ronald Enroth. In this book Enroth shares claims by former Community members of emotional, spiritual, and even physical abuse.[6]

Church of the Tranfiguration[edit]

The Church of the Transfiguration is a contemporary expression of an ancient 4th century basilica[7] style of architecture, filled with hand-crafted mosaic[8] and fresco images, sculpted bronze, glass, and stone artwork.[9]

The Church of the Transfiguration organ is a restoration and expansion by Nelson Barden & Associates[10] of pipework from seventeen organs built by the Ernest M. Skinner Organ Company in the early 20th century.[11]


  1. ^ Neff, David (20 October 2010). "The Art of Glory". Christianity Today. Retrieved 8 May 2012. 
  2. ^ February 201
  3. ^ Retrieved 14 February 2015.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  4. ^ Ashleigh Bennett (7 December 2012). "Orleans church models crèche after its members". Retrieved 17 July 2014. 
  5. ^ "The Church of the Transfiguration - Rock Harbor, Orleans, Massachusetts (official website)". Retrieved 10 July 2013. 
  6. ^ Enroth, Ronald. Churches That Abuse. Zondervan Press, 1991.
  7. ^ Mark Ogilbee and Jana Riess (21 December 2006). "10 great places to receive tidings of comfort, joy". USA Today. Archived from the original on 17 July 2014. 
  8. ^ Richard Dyer (11 July 2005). "A work of biblical proportion, 'Pilgrim's Progress' has real spirit". Retrieved 16 July 2014. 
  9. ^ Milton, Susan (21 November 2010). "Art becomes religious experience". Cape Cod Times (Hyannis). Archived from the original on 10 July 2013. 
  10. ^ Laurie Higgins (28 July 2013). "SIMPLY DELICIOUS: Tea for two at Rock Harbor". Retrieved 16 July 2014. 
  11. ^ "E. M. Skinner Organ - The Church of the Transfiguration (official website)". Retrieved 10 July 2013. 

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Coordinates: 41°47′57″N 70°00′24″W / 41.799071°N 70.006599°W / 41.799071; -70.006599