St. Willibrord Priory

An Old-Catholic Community 

The Order of St. Willibrord is an Old-Catholic ecumenical religious order of oblates and associates dedicated to a life of contemplation, study and teaching.


MEMBERSHIP

Membership in the Order is open to all baptized Christians who profess the Niceno-Constantinopolitan Creed, including clergy and laity, married or celibate. There are two classes of the Order: 1) Oblate Brothers are those clergy and lay members of the Order who make a Promise of Obedience to the Prior. Oblate Brothers may be married or celibate, residential and non-residential. 2) Associate members include clergy and lay members who are associated with the Order and the Priory. 


All Members of the Order contribute to the Priory by the gifts of their wealth and talents, in the spirit of detachment by placing their possessions at the service of God and for the benefit of the Priory. 

SPIRITUALITY AND RULE

Since St. Willibrord was himself a Benedictine monk, the spiritual life of the Order is founded upon the Rule of St. Benedict.


CHARISM AND MISSION

As a community of scholars, the Order of St. Willibrord is particularly devoted to an intellectual life that aspires to the contemplation of God and engagement with the modern world. As such, most of the members of the Order are scholars, professors and teachers, teaching in colleges, universities, seminaries and high schools.


FORMATION

The stages of formation for candidates commences with a year of Postulancy, followed by two years of Novitiate, which always begins on the Feast of St. Willibrord, November 7th, when the Postulant is received and the Novice receives the habit of the Order. At the completion of Novitiate, some men may be called to become an Oblate Brother of the Order by making a Promise of Obedience to the Prior. After six years, an Oblate Brother is permitted to make Solemn Profession, becoming a member of the Chapter. 


GOVERNANCE

The Order of St. Willibrord and the Priory are governed by a Prior assisted by the Chapter. All Oblate Brothers of the Order make a Promise of Obedience to the Prior.

On September 15, 2018, the Order of St. Willibrord was recognized as a distinct Old-Catholic Religious Order by our Patron, His Grace, The Most Rev. Lamido A. Buba, Archbishop of Kaduna, Dean of the Church of Nigeria and Bishop of Wusasa of the Church of Nigeria of the Anglican Communion. 


Inspired by the 1931 Bonn Agreement between Anglicans and Old-Catholics, it is the only Old-Catholic religious order in the worldwide Anglican Communion that exists as an ecclesial expression of the full Communion between Anglican and Old-Catholics.