What is the SCHC?
The Society of the Companions of the Holy Cross is a diverse group of more than 800 women, both laywomen and clergy, single and partnered. Founded in 1884 by Emily Malbone Morgan in the United States, the Society welcomes women from any church with whom the Episcopal Church is in communion: the Anglican Communion, the Moravian Church and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ECLA).
Companions are called to live under a rule of intercessory prayer, thanksgiving, and simplicity of life, seeking to live a life of obedience to Christ in the company of others. Connected to one another by the Companion Prayer Chain and the Intercession Paper sent to all Companions monthly, we focus our prayers on the needs of individuals and families known to Companions around the world as well as on our concerns for the unity of all God’s people, God’s mission in the world, social justice, and peace and reconciliation.
The life of the Society revolves around 35 chapters as well as the Society’s retreat and conference center, Adelynrood, in Byfield, Massachusetts. Companions organize regional and national conferences on an array of topics from spiritual direction to interfaith collaboration for peace and social justice. The Society broke new ground in engaging women of diverse nations and contexts through the 2014 Anglican Women at Prayer conference. Companions are now exploring ways to use the Internet to foster prayer and friendship across the world.
Many women have first come to know about the Society through reading about the lives and work of two of our early leaders, Emily Malbone Morgan (February 26) and Vida Dutton Scudder (October 10) who are part of the Episcopal calendar of saints in Holy Women, Holy Men.
Companions find the dual emphasis on both spiritual growth and action in the world to be an ongoing blessing, and they find themselves upheld in their individual ministries by the corporate life of prayer and support in local chapters.
Adelynrood Retreat & Conference Center
46 Elm Street
Byfield, MA 01922-2812
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