"Guide and sanctify, we pray, those whom You call to follow You under the vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience" (Book of Common Prayer, p. 819).
The Episcopal Church canonically recognizes 16 traditional orders and 11 Christian communities for men, women, or both. Religious Orders and Communities serve the greater church in several ways. Many offer retreat houses and individual spiritual direction. Each community has a rule of life and is committed to prayer, life in community, and hospitality.