Maine Chapter

Society of the Companions of the Holy Cross

Do you long to deepen your prayer life? Do you have a heart for social justice? Are you a seeker of peace and reconciliation within yourself and those around you? Then the Society of the Companions of the Holy Cross (SCHC) might be just what you are looking for. The Companions are eager to share the riches of their prayer, service and community.

The Society of the Companions of the Holy Cross is a spiritual community of lay and ordained women in the Episcopal Church. We are a quiet community among the many spiritual organizations of the Church. The Companions were founded in 1884 by Emily Morgan to provide prayer and companionship for her friend Adelyn Howard. Adelyn was isolated by infirmity and longed for a spiritual companion. What began with seven women has grown to over 800 worldwide. Companions come from the Episcopal Church, the worldwide Anglican Communion and those in communion with them. From one friendship came the “sacrament of coming together” for shared prayer, encouragement and directed service.

Today we come together to focus on three themes: intercessory prayer, thanksgiving and simplicity of life. We work and pray for the unity of all God’s people, peace and reconciliation, God’s mission in the world, and social and environmental justice. Each Companion lives and serves in her own parish community but draws strength and inspiration from the Society.

The Maine Chapter is the SCHC chapter in Maine

We meet on the third Saturday of each month from September through May (except for December) from 10 AM-2 PM. September, November, March, April and May we meet as a whole chapter in Episcopal churches between Saco and Brunswick. October, January and February we meet in smaller regional groups called versicles. Those meetings end at 1pm.

We also have started a Bangor versicle that meets every six weeks from 3:30-5:30 PM at St. John’s Episcopal Church.

In our meetings we may learn about contemporary social justice issues, other faith traditions or spiritual practices. We pray together and support one another in our individual ministries in the church and in the world. March is always a Lenten quiet day, led by our chaplain the Reverend Mary Lee Wile and open to all at the Cathedral of St. Luke.

We welcome your inquiries, and we invite you to join us in our meetings, accompany us on our spiritual journeys and discern whether this commitment is for you. Contact Sarah Braik (207-415-6556) or

To learn more about the Society visit our website at

Our Statement of Vocation

We are a community of women, Christ’s disciples, called by God to a life of prayer, transformation, and reconciliation within ourselves, within our Companionship, within our faith communities and within the whole creation

Maine Companions at Diocesan Convention

Chapter Meeting April 2018

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