ORDER OF ST. BENEDICT
The organism organized below is an Catholic Apostolic Church (non-Roman) order of monastic clergy with active or contemplative life, which is called and is ecclesiastically known as The Order of Saint Benedict, CCEF (hereinafter also as the Order or as the Benedictines).
The Order is based on Benedictine spirituality and on the Holy Rule of Saint Benedict.
The Holy Rule of Saint Benedict is characterized by moderation, temperance, discretion, common sense, stability and holy obedience, following the evangelical counsels to live life in Christ.
The Holy Rule of Saint Benedict is the oldest Rule of the Orthodox Patriarchate of Rome, fully consistent with the purposes, aims and objectives of this Order.
The purpose of the Order is to provide an orderly religious association for the monastic clergy, in which they can find communion and in which they can proclaim the Good News of our Lord Jesus Christ; and do this for the purpose of promoting the universal Catholic Christian faith; unite believers on the basis of Catholic teachings and traditions for their moral benefit and the satisfaction of their religious needs; mutually assist believers united in the universal Catholic faith, through prayer and worship, Christian teaching and religious discipline, to achieve salvation through participation in the holy sacraments and Christian enlightenment, dignified life and Christian carity; and carry out works of charity (in charge of these monks of active life) for the good and well-being of the community, and keep the prayer with the 7 prayers of obligation (both for those of active life and for monks of contemplative life).