Dear friends in Christ,
There have been a few threads of late discussing the lack of vocations for older women. While many of you are aware of our Community, The Servants of the Sacred Cross (SSC), perhaps some are not.
We do not place any restrictions on upper age limit. We are a dispersed Community of Extern Sisters (married and single) who live in our own homes, now in four countries. We wear a habit.
We also pray to be able to offer our Conventual expression of life, for single women, once again when God is pleased to allow us to do so. Unfortunately, lack of funds caused us to have to close our former convent over a year ago.
In addition, we have just instituted a new vocational expression within SSC in the form of Oblates which will be a good "fit" for women who may be called to a vocation that lies somewhere between being a Sister and an Associate. We continue to offer the Associate vocation and value very much those men and women who are drawn to us in that way.
We were founded on September 14, 2000 - The Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross. We are ecumenical in a very limited sense - open to Traditional Anglicans, Catholics of all Rites and Eastern Orthodox. At the present time we are almost entiely Roman Catholic, with just four Sisters and two Associates of the Traditional Anglican Communion (TAC). I am one of the TAC Sisters. However, our TAC members will very shortly be in full communion with the Holy See as we enter the Anglican Ordinariates now being established in our countries. When that is accomplished all of our members will be Catholic - for now, at least ! We count among our present Catholics a member of one of the Anglican Use Catholic parishes in the USA as well.
We are deeply committed to the Holy Father's vision of the New Evangelization. We pray for Unity of the Church Universal and we undertake a focused mandate of prayer for priests.
We are blessed by very firm support within the Catholic Church and are most greatful for the many letters of encouragement we have received from several prominent Catholic Archbishops. Catholics must profess loyalty to the Magisterium. We have not yet sought any form of "official" approval as we are still evolving! Canon Law allows us simply "to be" for now - or indefinitely!
Our latest newsletter (Advent 2011) has just been added to our web site. It may be found at: thesacredcross.org/newsletters/advent2011.pdf
Perhaps you will enjoy reading our latest news and browsing through our web site at: TheSacredCross.org
Up-dates to our overall web site are planned within the next month. Do visit again to see more pictures and further information about our exciting new Oblate vocation. You will find information about Oblates in our newsletter as well.
Contact information is found within the web site and on the back page of the newsletter.
The Rev. Mother Wendy James, SSC
Superior General, The Servants of the Sacred Cross
"The Cross is my Anchor"