Companions of Saints Francis and Dominic
The Companions of Saints Francis and Dominic was established as an ecumenical fraternity of vowed and non-vowed men and women on October 4, 2004 in Tallahassee, Florida. On that date, the Friars recommitted themselves as religious in the Old Catholic-Independent Catholic tradition, through a renewal of their profession of solemn vows.
In January 2005, inspired by the dual charisms of Saints Dominic Guzman and Francis of Assisi, they set out to carry on the common apostolate of both 13th century saints – to advance a radical preaching of the Gospel by word and example. This common apostolate resulted in the formation of the Companions of Saints Francis and Dominic (C.S.F.D.). Father Joseph Daniel Finnegan, CSFD was elected the first Minister General by the Friars.
The Companions are guided by the wisdom of Saint Augustine of Hippo; “In essentials UNITY, in non-essentials DIVERSITY, in all things CHARITY." In essentials, the Companions are enlivened by the Word of God as it is found in the Holy Scriptures, the writings and admonitions of the Early Church Fathers, the Councils of the Undivided Church, and the gift of reason; a gift of the Holy Spirit that allows the incorporation of new insights and conclusions based on humankind’s continued search for what Saint Thomas Aquinas calls "The One, True, and Beautiful"--God.
We are a liturgical federation celebrating the Sacraments of the Church for the worship of the Triune God and the benefit of God’s People. In keeping with our ecumenical nature, we praise and honor the Creator (Father), the Redeemer (Christ) and the Comforter (Holy Spirit) in a variety of liturgical expressions. We are free to follow or incorporate the liturgical practices of the Catholic Latin Rite, Eastern/Orthodox Rites, Anglican Rite, and Evangelical forms of worship in our liturgies. We honor and revere the rich traditions of our sister churches.
Saints Francis of Assisi and Dominic Guzman carried and preached the Gospel of Jesus, the Christ, to all without regard. The Companions vow to uphold the Universal Citizenship of all of God’s Children. The call to this apostolate is impossible without Charity. Christ left us two Great Commandments: “Love the Lord with all your heart, soul and might" and "Love one another as I have loved you.” These commands are without reservation, qualification or restriction; therefore, the Companions strive to fulfill them as genuinely as possible relying constantly on the Love of the Father, the Grace of the Son, and the Inspiration of the Holy Spirit.