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EMILY MALBONE MORGAN (1862-1937)
Founder of the Society of the Companions of the Holy Cross
The Biblical prophets said, among other things, that holiness (or the absence thereof) consists of what one does. Hospitality is one of the virtues they associate with holiness. The life of Emily Malbone Morgan reflects an understanding of this.
Morgan came from an Episcopalian family in Hartford, Connecticut, on December 10, 1862. One brother became a prominent priest. She devoted herself to simple living and knew the value of praying and of helping other women, whom she called together for prayer and companionship. Beginning in 1889, she operated a series of vacation houses across the northeastern states for working women who needed to get away and rest, for the sake of spiritual renewal. This effort was part of the ministry of the Society of the Companions of the Holy Cross, founded in 1884.
The Society opened its first permanent house, Adelynrood, in Byfield, Massachusetts, in 1901. Today this is the headquarters and retreat center for the Society. Holy Women, Holy Men: Celebrating the Saints (2010), of The Episcopal Church, states that the Society of the Companions of the Holy Cross operates in six countries and has over seven hundred Companions, lay and ordained, all women.
KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR
OCTOBER 26, 2010 COMMON ERA
THE FEAST OF ALFRED THE GREAT, KING OF THE WEST SAXONS
THE FEAST OF CEDD, ROMAN CATHOLIC BISHOP OF LONDON
THE FEAST OF DMITRY BORTNIANSKY, COMPOSER
THE FEAST OF PHILIP NICOLAI, JOHANN, HEERMANN, AND PAUL GERHARDT, HYMN WRITERS
Gracious God, we thank you for the life and witness of Emily Malbone Morgan,
who helped to establish the Society of the Companions of the Holy Cross
so that women who live in the world might devote themselves
to intercessory prayer, social justice, Christian unity, and simplicity of life.
Help us to follow her example in prayer, simplicity, ecumenism, and witness to your justice,
for the glory of your Name; through Jesus Christ, who with you and
the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
—Holy Women, Holy Men: Celebrating the Saints (2010), page 245
Revised on December 8, 2016