A ministry of prayer, presence & service...
A small group of Roman Catholic Gilbertines, based in Calgary, Alberta, provide for an urban renewal of Gilbertine spirituality in service of St. John the Evangelist in the historic Inglewood neighbourhood. They are soon to be created a Public Association of the Faithful within the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter and will begin testing vocations in September.
The community, shepherded by Br. Robert-Charles Bengry under the Augustinian Rule, is uniquely organised into four houses: Sisters, Brothers, Canons Regular and lay associates — Companions. They gather in support of a particular parish and encourage a life of prayer, simplicity and service.
Members observe the three evangelical counsels of poverty, chastity and obedience with vows. As Gilbertines they are steeped in the English experience of St. Benedict’s Rule as they strive to live in harmony with God and each other. The Sisters, Brothers and Priests seek God in the ordinary things of life and are known for their love of God and love of neighbour.
May God “bring us all together to everlasting life” (RB 72:12)
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Our Benedictine Heritage
The Rule of St. Benedict, written in the sixth century, was and continues to be, a major guide for the Western monastic movement. Many disciples of Jesus followed Benedict’s Holy Rule in ages past and many continue to do so today.
The Gilbertine Nuns were given the Rule to guide them when the Order was first established in 1131. Today, our community follows the Augustinian Rule but retains St. Benedict’s work as a source of spiritual wisdom. We study it daily and you can too! Why not begin study of this treasury of spiritual wisdom today?
Medal of st. Benedict
The Benedictine medal is one of the oldest and honoured tokens in Western Christendom and is a trusty spiritual tool used by generations of Christians towards the love of God and neighbour and against the devil and his minions.
Our community has had their own unique design created as a way of encouraging unity and recognition within our community. It’s still a Benedictine medal in form and content, but is stylised to make it distinctively Gilbertine.
Sisters, Brothers and Companions wear them around their neck, Canons Regular wear them as a part of their rosary.