Welcome to the Companions of the Way! We are a Christian confraternity seeking approval from the Holy See who commit to living out a new monastic way of life in the 21st century, meaning we are intentional disciples of Jesus Christ while living in the world. We are giving up our self-centered ideas for our lives, which often shackle us, and instead seek first His Kingdom and His Righteousness. We wish to affirm with St. Paul, “I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me; and the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me” (Gal. 2:20 RSVCE). Ironically, it is through complete surrender to Jesus that we get back anew our lives and our true selves (Matt. 16:24-26). We do this through discipleship.
Our motto is discipuli facientes discipuli, or “disciples making disciples.” It is our conviction that the Church needs dedicated men and women living out a committed life to Christ in every parish and to encourage and support others to do the same in community. Following Jesus in the 21st century can be challenging, and that is why all Christians need companions on the way.
Our work within the parish centers around faith formation—learning how to become a follower of Jesus Christ in His Church. Growing into Christlikeness is never “finished,” and so every Christian at all stages of life can deepen their discipleship of Christ. Also, becoming a disciple of Jesus is more than just head knowledge; it includes prayer, worship, Bible study, spiritual and theological reading, and being a servant to others. We seek a holistic life of discipleship for all Christians, and this lifeview is grounded in our unique spirituality.
The spirituality of the Companions is deeply rooted in English Christianity as it developed through its Catholic and Anglican forms on the British isles. The Benedictine monastic tradition heavily shaped English Christianity, and so it to shapes our charism and rule of life through a daily rhythm of prayer, Bible study, and service integrated into our workaday lives. Our distinctively English Christian spirituality, and the form of discipleship that comes from it, is a gift we wish to share with the greater Catholic Church.
Our aim is that the spreading of our form of intentional discipleship will also be a vehicle for reconciliation and the healing of schisms between Catholic and non-Catholic Christians. A common spirituality of discipleship can help to break down barriers that divides the body of Christ. As a contribution to the New Evangelization of the faith, the Companions of The Way seek to build true unity among Christians through discipleship. We pray for what Jesus Christ prayed for the Church: “That they may all be one” (John 17:21). To this end, we invite all non-Catholic Christians to join our Friends of the Companions program.
Membership in the confraternity is open to all Catholics in good standing whether male or female, single or married, lay, ordained, religious, living in community with other Companions or with their families. Please visit our Membership page for how to enroll in the confraternity.
Mission of the Companions of The Way
The Companions of The Way promotes Christian discipleship within the parish by modeling prayer, worship, Bible study, spiritual and theological reading, and engaging in acts of service. We seek to inspire love for Jesus Christ and neighbor in thought, word, and deed. We commit our lives to Christ in obedience, and we covenant with one another to encourage and support each other in a life of discipleship. We will use discipleship as a vehicle for unity among the greater body of Christ.
Vision of the Companions
Our vision is to be the transformative power of living according to a rule of life for making mature disciples of Jesus Christ to spread throughout the whole Church and work towards greater unity in the body of Christ.
Please contact us if you would like to know more about our community or are interested in discerning whether God is calling you to join the Companions of the Way.