Companions of the
Community of the Resurrection (CCR), who may be either male or female
(single, partnered or married), are people who live away from the
Community but share the Charism of the Community. In particular they:
- live the
baptismal vocation of all Christians through a commitment to each
community to which they belong and to the Community of the
a commitment to Eucharistic worship, corporate and private prayer
and the use of the sacrament of reconciliation according to
- make a commitment
of time, talents and money.
who wish to be Companions keep their commitments for at least a year
before being admitted and thereafter, with all Companions, renew their
commitment each year.
key requirements for Companions to fulfil the above include:
- using the Mirfield "Simple Office" at
the same time as CR or with a local CR group; praying with their
local church; praying with other Christian groups; Bible reading,
meditation and other study
- praying regularly for their communities,
supporting the CR family by using the CR Intercession leaflet and by
making the Community and its Companions their special intention at
the Eucharist once a month
- proclaiming the death and resurrection of Christ,
not only in words but in every aspect and action of their daily
lives; taking every opportunity to show God’s love and compassion
to his world and to work for justice and the coming of the kingdom.
"Simple Office" books are available from the CR
individual Companions should at all times have the following objectives
deepen their discipleship of Christ
serve the church in the place where they live
understand the mystery of the Resurrection in their lives
bring a dimension of the Religious Life into their Christian world.
short answer to the
question “What does being a Companion mean?” is “Following Christ
but with added dimensions”.
further details, please see the Companions
consultation with Companions, a "Guide for Companions" was
published in July 2010, updating the previous Companions
"Rule". This document may be accessed here.
Fr John Gribben CR Easter 2014:
felt very moved at the Festival Day last year when commitment
cards of Companions were placed on the altar. Please remember that
the Rule is not a set of regulations to be checked and ticked off.
It is a sign of our desire to love God and to serve His world and
we do that the the best of our ability. Nobody is thrown out of
the Companions for being unable to keep all of their Rule. If age,
infirmity or circumstance means that you have to limit your
obligations don't feel that you have ceased to be a Companion - go
on praying for us and we will go on praying for you".
from a CR Companion (July 2011)
small number of Companions serve on the "Companions Council".
This meets at least twice a year to help plan future events for
Companions and to relay feedback from Companions to the Community.
of the Companions (formerly called the "Fraternity")
thanks to Linda Blenkinship and Fr Philip Atherton for the above. A
folder containing these accounts plus copies of material from the time
and individual histories on specific branches is available in the
Companions' Office at the Community of the Resurrection.
Companions Office at Mirfield
work on the Companions database