The Pear Society is an ecumenical Christian devotional society. We have been meeting monthly since 2022 with the following aims:

While our members are mostly from the Catholic, Anglican/Episcopal, and Orthodox traditions - so called "high church," we welcome all who sense a calling to direct their lives toward these aims.

The Pear Tree

The Pear Society has its very own newsletter called The Pear Tree, edited by our illustrious "Partridge," Nick. Click here to head over to the archive and see what we have been up to or subscribe to receive it in your email inbox.


The pear is a symbol of the Blessed Virgin Mary, to whom the members of the society are especially devoted. The pear represents her role in the incarnation of Jesus Christ, the fruit of her womb. Our unofficial Latin slogan means, "Show unto us the blessed fruit of thy womb, Jesus," and it comes from the Ave Maria or Hail Mary prayer.


As a devotional society, we abide by a common "rule of life" which each member adapts through their own spiritual discernment:

A rule is not meant to add significant burdens to one's life, but to serve as a tool for enhancing it. A rule should be life-giving, and an experienced spiritual director or clergy person will be able to assist you in crafting a personal adaptation of the rule that serves that function. The Pear Society also provides a private, online space for members to share their formation experiences.


If you would like to learn more, we encourage you to apply and attend a meeting where we can welcome you and answer any questions you may have. Membership is not limited by gender or sexual orientation and there is not cost to participate, though you may need to pay for the services of a spiritual director or for your own devotional tools. We currently only accept members who are at least 18 years old or the majority age where they live, if that is higher. Currently, you must be a member of the Stella Maris online community (a Discord server) to participate, because that is where we host our meetings. You can join Stella Maris here. If your preliminary application is accepted, you will be sent all the information you need to attend your first meeting via email.

If you have read this entire page, you may now click here to apply.