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Looking ahead - October 2012 Retreat

Registration information for our 2012 retreat will be posted in coming months.  In the meantime, reserve the dates of October 15-19 on your calandars and plan to come to Pittsburgh. 

We will be celebrating the publication of our new Book of Offices and Services.


Updated Directories Available!

Siblings, you'll be glad to hear the Br. Scott Alford, our Chancellor General, has completed the laborious process of creating new directories for our use. Login and you'll find them in our archives under Reports and Directories. The latest directories are dated June 2011.

Many thanks to Br. Scott for tackling this daunting task!


Web Site Adds "Wall" Feature

The OSL website has a new feature for members: a Facebook-style "wall" where members can privately send messages, files, videos, etc., to one another. The purpose behind this feature is to provide a fast & easy way for members to collaborate and share information and thoughts.

Like the new forum, the wall area is open and visible only to vowed members of the Order.

The wall also contains a photo of the member (please upload your own photo, head shot preferred) as well as the basic location information currently on file in the web site's database. Like Facebook, you can "friend" other members of the Order. To view your wall, sign-in and click on "My Wall" from the left-hand user menu, or click on "WALL" when editing your personal profile.


Even More Photos of Retreat 2010 Published

Thanks to Br. Steve Ball, we have a yet another great set of photos of the 2010 Annual Retreat posted in the Member's Only area of this web site. Br. Steve shot over 700 photos and we're the beneficiaries. It appears to me that everyone attending was pictured, with many of our siblings getting a nice photo of themselves chatting, praying, or studying. Br. Steve, from all of us, thanks for making this wonderful pictorial record of who we are and what we do. It's wonderful!

Provincial General's Report to the Council

The following was presented by Provincial General Br. George R. Crisp during the Council session on Wednesday, May 19, 2011.  

One new OSL group was formed last fall, and the Southwest Iowa Association was chartered on October 25, 2010.Brs.Jack D. Hofmockel and Kenneth J. Schlote meet every month (sometimes more) for prayers and support.

Four OSL groups have come to an end and I recommend they be discontinued:(1) Br. Evan Dodge reports that has not been OSL activity at Drew Theological Seminary.This has been the situation for more than two years.(2) The Holy Cross Chapter (Kansas) has not had an active chapter for some time (2+ years?); the chapter was suspended last year.


OSL Member's Only Forum Opens

A private online forum for OSL members opened Saturday, November 20th. Vowed members of the Order can access the forum through the member's only portions of this web site. The purpose of the member's only section is to provide a place where topics restricted to the membership can be discussed and worked on collaboratively. Abbot Dan Benedict has started the forum area with a discussion on members leaving the Order. Br. Dan's desire is to include the larger community as the topic involves all of the Order's members.

The member's forum is not the same as the Cyber-Chapter. The Cyber-Chapter is a public forum and enjoys broad support both within and outside of the Order. The member's forum allows members to collaborate in private with each other on topics specifically restricted to the membership. Some examples of such topics includes private prayer requests, proposals to change our constitution or bylaws, and general discussions of a family nature that involve the broader membership of the Order but do not need to be shared with the public at large.

The member's forum will provide space for any chapter that wishes to have it's own discussion area.

Please address questions to Br. Rog at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


Daily Office Revision Team Reports Progress

Br. Dwight Vogel, cannon of the Order, has lead the effort to revise the daily Office and Book of Offices & Services. His report, given to the General Chapter, includes many items of joy. Br. Dwight raised the question of sufficiency of the current set of services & offices in our books. The team considered whether or not the proposed volume(s) should be sufficient as a "chapter book" so that an association or chapter (or smaller gathering) to provide adequate resources for a variety of sizes of groups and settings.

Br. Dwight reported that Br. Don Salyers has agreed to share some of his works, as have others whose works have been proposed for the revised Daily Office resources. He gave a call for feedback on the work of the team as it progresses. One remaining major revision remains. The proposed materials are posted in the member's area of the web site under OSL Archives->Retreat 2010->Worship.