The Brotherhood of Saint Gregory is a Christian Community of The Episcopal Church, its Communion Partners, and the worldwide Anglican Communion, whose members follow a common rule and serve the church on parochial, diocesan, and national levels. Members — clergy and lay, without regard to marital status — live individually, in small groups, or with their families. They support themselves and the community through their secular or church-related work, making use of their God-given talents in the world while not being of the world. The trust that all labor and life can be sanctified is summed up in the community’s motto: Soli Deo Gloria, To God Alone the Glory.
Flexibility is crucial in the ministry of the Brotherhood.
Each member is encouraged to develop his gifts and talents under the
guidance of the Holy Spirit and the care and direction of the community.
Brothers work in parishes as liturgists, musicians, librarians, artists,
visitors to the poor and the sick, administrators, sextons, teachers, guild
members, and clergy. On diocesan and national levels, brothers serve in a
number of administrative and pastoral capacities. Many of those in secular
employment continue the servant theme, and work as teachers, nurses and
administrators. The aim is always to follow Saint Gregory the Great as
“servants of the servants of God” — whether in church or
from The Chattanooga Times Free Press
by Jay Greeson
February 2nd, 2016
Like most, I remember the first time I met Brother Ron Fender. I was dropping off something at the Chattanooga Community Kitchen not long after I arrived here in 2002.
He talked. I listened.
He was part Friar Tuck from “Robin Hood” and part door-to-door salesman. He embraced the robes of his calling and was quick to chat with every ear available.
“Dedicated,” Community Kitchen employee Wayne Hammel said.
“Selflessness,” Kitchen volunteer Cindy White said.
“Compassionate,” said Mitchell Sands, a Kitchen regular who just heard of the news Monday around lunch.
These were the answers for a one-word association from those around the Community Kitchen on Monday for their beloved Brother Ron, who died Friday. He was 61.
“He did the best he could with all of us,” Sands said, trying to fight back emotion. “He helped as many as he could as much as he could.”
What a touching sentence, one that would make any of us proud to be part of our legacy. (Side note: Take the time today, if for no other reason than Brother Ron would suggest it if he could, to tell the folks who mean the world to you how much you love them. Far too often, the great testaments of joy and love and appreciation are held until it's a one-way conversation delivered to the ears of the angels.)