Welcome to the website of the COMPANIONS OF ST. ALFRED THE GREAT, King and Confessor, in Athelney.
are an independent, ecumenical religious order in the Catholic
tradition, sacred to the memory of St. Alfred the Great, the
ninth-century Christian Saxon king who saved England from the pagan
Vikings, founded Oxford and the Royal Navy, led a renewal in literature
and the arts, reformed the common law, and personally translated
scripture and devotional works into the Old English language—earning
him, alone among British monarchs, the epithet “The Great.”
members come from several denomoninations (Episcopal, Old Catholic,
Methodist, Presbyterian, et al.), are male and female, single and
married, gay and straight, professed and tertiary. We have a Regula, or Rule, that can be read here, together with our constitution. Our original charter can be seen here. The Most Revd. †Ian Adkins is our Abbot-Bishop and a descendant of King Alfred; his vicar and our Prior is The Very Revd. Christopher Romanchock†; our episcopal visitor is The Most Revd. †Joseph Paul Smith, Bishop of the Old Catholic Diocese of Transfiguration and All California.
you interested in becoming a Companion of St. Alfred? E-mail us
at adkinsijl (at) gmail (dot) com to begin a conversation. You
may want to start by brushing up on King Alfred on the Wikipedia. A general history is Beatrice Lees' Alfred the Great, Truthteller on Google Books; a wonderful epic poem on the subject of Alfred's struggle with the Vikings is G. K. Chesterton's Ballad of the White Horse on Project Gutenberg. If you're a history buff, you may enjoy Bishop Asser's contemporary vita of King Alfred. And then the complete works of Alfred in modern English can be found on Google Books
you've had a conversation with the Abbot and discerned—together—a
call to an intentional, consecrated life, you can download an
application for membership here. Once approved, a certification of profession, with instructions, can be obtained here.
Companions of St. Alfred hope you find King Alfred a rich source of
spiritual aid and inspiration. Wherever you are in your journey
with Christ and his holy Catholic Church, we invite you to pray with us
and with St. Alfred for renewal, justice, and peace. Celebrate
with us his feast each October 26th, praying:
Sovereign Lord, who didst bring thy servant Alfred to a troubled throne
that he might establish peace in a ravaged land and revive learning and
the arts among the people: Awake in us also, we beseech thee, a keen
desire to increase our understanding while we are in this world, and an
eager longing to reach that endless life where all will be made clear;
through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and
the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen.