The Order of Christ the Saviour (OCS) is a Dominican community in the Episcopal Church dedicated to the academic study, teaching, and practice of Anglican deliverance ministry, influenced by Thomistic theology. The Order adopts the Rule of St. Augustine, and its members are vowed to tenets of traditional Dominican spirituality in regular observance of daily prayer, life-long formation, community service, and frequent participation in the sacramental life of the Church. Members are confirmed communicants in good standing within an Anglican denomination in communion with the See of Canterbury.
Canonical & Legal Status
The Order is an Associate member of the National Association of Episcopal Christian Communities, and a registered nonprofit organization in the State of Illinois. Our Bishop Protector is The Rt. Rev. Daniel G.P. Gutiérrez, XVI Bishop of Pennsylvania. The Order was initially authorized by The Rt. Rev. Brian Burgess, XII Bishop of Springfield, in observance of Title III Canon 14 Section 2 of The Episcopal Church, a member of the worldwide Anglican Communion.
The Cross of the Order
The OCS logo and cross are chiefly influenced by the St. Benedict Medal, inscribed with the abbreviation of the Latin prayer which translates to “Let the Holy Cross be my light, let not the dragon be my guide”. The top left quadrant reflects our Anglican heritage, while the quadrant beneath conveys the sacramental nature of our Rule of Life. The Baptismal Cross featured in the bottom right quadrant signifies our commitment to our baptismal covenant, and our hope for the resurrection. Lastly, the top right quadrant depicts a monogram initially meaning ΙΗΣΟΥΣ (“Jesus” in Ancient Greek), now often interpreted as Latin for “Jesus, Saviour of Humankind”.