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The Ecumenical Order of St. Brendan the Navigator

was founded in 2004 at the Anglican Cathedral of St. Paul in Portland, Maine
The Order was established to allow men and women to provide service to God’s Holy Church through works of our hands by faith.

Since its founding, members have sponsored St. Patrick’s Day dinners, built altars and church furnishings, undertook repairs to church buildings and property, held retreats, and enjoyed fellowship with each other on numerous occasions in God’s service. The order is open to all Christian men and women who desire to serve God with their hearts and hands and help each other in our life’s voyage of faith. Members include bishops, priests, deacons and laymen.


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St. Brendan

 

The order is named for Saint Brendan of Clonfert (c. 484 – c. 577) called "the Navigator", "the Voyager", or "the Bold" and is one of the early Irish monastic saints.

He is chiefly renowned for his legendary quest to the "Isle of the Blessed," also called St. Brendan's Island. He was one of the Twelve Apostles of Ireland. Saint Brendan's feast day is celebrated on May 16 by Catholics, Anglicans, and Eastern Orthodox Christians.  In 484 Saint Brendan was born in Ciarraighe Luachra near the port of Tralee, in County Kerry, in the province of Munster, in the south west of Ireland. He was baptized at Tubrid, near Ardfert, by Saint Erc who ordained him priest in 512. Between the years 512 and 530 St Brendan built monastic cells at Ardfert, and, at the foot of Mount Brandon, Shanakeel. From here he is supposed to have set out on his famous seven years voyage for Paradise. The old Irish Calendars assigned a special feast for the "Egressio familiae S. Brendani", on March 22; and St Aengus the Culdee, in his Litany composed at the close of the eighth century, and invokes "the sixty who accompanied St. Brendan in his quest for the Land of Promise".

Our Voyage in Christ is one of simple exploration-exploring a prayerful life in God, Godís word, and Godís work.

We are open to clergy and laymen alike and has no special demands, except a desire to grow deeper in faith, live a good Christian life, and use our talents in Godís service. (You donít have to be Irish either). We gather as we can to address the needs of the church and assist when called upon in our Lordís name. If you are interested in service to Godís church, contact us and we will explore these desires together. 

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