One of the last major steps towards the priesthood, in the Companions of the Cross, is the Permanent Commitment. Diaconate ordination normally happens the day after. The only remaining steps after those are graduation and the final priestly ordination.
Today we are going to look at what the permanent commitment means, in non–constitutional language. If you want to see what the constitution of the Community says about members in permanent commitment click here and check out page 13.
So, what does it that mean and what happens?
I asked around and did some digging to find an explanation.
Simply, the candidate promises to give himself wholeheartedly to the Companions of the Cross for the rest of his life. He promises to live his life as a faithful brother and member of the Community in a manner which is consistent with its constitutions and rules.
During a Eucharistic celebration, the candidate will kneel and make his promise in front of the General Superior of the Community, Fr. Allan MacDonald.
Here is what the promise looks like,
“I, __________ (n), relying upon the grace of God, the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary and the support of my brothers, freely promise before you, __________ (n) (General Superior or his delegate), to follow the Constitutions and Rules of the Companions of the Cross, for the rest of my life, for the greater glory of Christ and his Holy Cross.”
There is also something small and practical that happens. The candidate will trade in his medallion which bears a white cross and receives a medallion with a red cross. The medallion with a red cross depicts a member in lifetime commitment.