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Frequently Asked Questions

Written by Roger Baker. Posted in static

How do I join the Order?
If you are thinking about joining the Order, please explore this website and contact the Companion for Inquirers and New Members, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . An email to Br. Matthias is the best place to start thinking about joining the Order. If you wish to join the Order after corresponding with Br. Matthias, you must complete the Affirmation Form assenting to the Order's Rule of Life and Service. This form needs to be sent to the Chancellor-General (the address is on the form. You complete this form through the mail. Once the Affirmation Form has been received, you are a member of the General Chapter of the Order.  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

When is the next Retreat?
The 2011 Retreat will be held in October 2011, in Dallas Lake, Texas. More information is available on the front page.

How do I renew my membership?

To renew your membership, complete the Reaffirmation Form assenting to the Rule of Life and Service and return it to the Chancellor-General by the Feast of St Luke (October 18).

What is the difference between filling out the (re)affirmation form and participating in the Service of Profession during a General Chapter or Local Chapter worship service?
The (re)affirmation form is the only way of joining or maintaining membership in The Order of Saint Luke. Each General Chapter gathering includes an opportunity to manifest your membership in the Order through a liturgical rite, the Service of Profession. Most local chapters also provide this opportunity once a year. All members are encouraged to ‘sacramentalize’ their membership in this way, whenever possible.

What is Lukan spirituality?
Centered around the Evangelical Canticles, Lukan spirituality experiences the work of the Spirit within the public life of the Church, Baptism, Eucharist, Daily Office, feeding the hungry, clothing the naked, and liberating the oppressed. For a wonderful exploration of Lukan Spirituality, obtain a copy of Food For Pilgrims: A Journey with St Luke by a previous Abbot of the Order, Br Dwight W. Vogel.

What are "Chapters?"
When you join the Order, you join the General Chapter, the whole membership of the Order. The senior officers of the Order (apart from the Abbot) have the word ‘-General’ in their title to indicate that their role is as officers of the General Chapter. Each year, the General Chapter meets during the Annual Retreat of the Order. When possible, Local Chapters and Association have been formed in those places where several members of the Order can gather together regularly.

What is the "Cyber-Chapter?"
The Cyber-Chapter is an online gathering of members and friends who share prayer requests, discussions, joys, and anything else that comes our way! To subscribe follow the instructions here or send a blank e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Who is the Abbot?
The Abbot is the president or presider of the General Chapter. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. -- document.write( '' ); // -->This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it is the current Abbot and he welcomes your questions.

Who is the Chancellor-General?
The Chancellor-General is the secretary/treasurer of the General Chapter. The current Chancellor-General is This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.