About Us

 “As a savior of the enslaved, benefactor of the poor, doctor of the sick, guardian of kings, and bearer of victory.  Oh, Great Martyr George, pray to Christ our God to save our souls, now and always and forever and ever.  Amen.”

The Community of Saint George (C.S.G.) is a sacramental community of priests (celebrants) within The Young Rite.  The purpose of the Community of Saint George is to build up a community of priests (celebrants) and would-be priests (celebrants) through support, education, and mentoring under the guidance of Saint George.  In keeping with the spiritual gifts of The Young Rite the Community of Saint George is less about titles and egos and about service to humanity through the Priesthood of Jesus Christ.  ​

The Community of Saint George was founded as a Young Rite community in the United States, consisting of people who are committed to working together to build community and keep alive our vision.  The Community of Saint George is primarily a community of clerics ranging from the minor orders to bishops; however, the purpose of The Community of Saint George is to educate and support celebrants.  Because of the spirit of “free priesthood,” the bishops of The Young Rite are often inundated with requests for ordination by individuals who do not necessarily have the intention of remaining under the auspices of The Young Rite.  Many approach a Young Rite bishop with the sole purpose of “doing their own thing,” and in practice circumventing the celebrant requirements.  Additionally, previous celebrants within The Young Rite have indicated they felt it necessary to have a formation program to better equip them in being celebrants.  The Community of Saint George was founded to provide formation, build community and continue to offer support through continuing education and a simple rule of life.  

Why Saint George?

In the early 1990s Bishop David Oliver Kling had been a novice at a Benedictine monastery and upon leaving the monastery he stayed with a Byzantine Rite Catholic priest who served a parish named after St. George.  While living with that priest Bishop David helped serve the Divine Liturgy and during that liturgy the troparion of St. George was recited.  That prayer stuck with +David over the years and was the impetus for establishing The Community of Saint George over twenty years later.

The prayer?

“As a savior of the enslaved, benefactor of the poor, doctor of the sick, guardian of kings, and bearer of victory.  Oh, Great Martyr George, pray to Christ our God to save our souls, now and always and forever and ever.  Amen.”

The Community of Saint George is dedicated to fostering certain qualities within its celebrants:

As a Savior of the enslaved….

  • A commitment to social justice and those who are marginalized.

…benefactor of the poor…

  • A commitment to service with the poor and those who are suffering due to economic strife.

…doctor of the sick…

  • A commitment to healing those who suffer from spiritual pain.

…guardian of kings…

  • A commitment to Christian Unity.  Saint George is a saint that is venerated all over the world by Roman Catholics, Anglicans, Eastern Orthodox, Oriental Orthodox and among Independent Sacramental Churches.  As such Saint George represents a universal appeal having been the guardian of many different and diverse kingdoms throughout the years.  Because of this appeal, The Community of Saint George honors this rich diversity that Saint George represents and holds this representation as a commitment to Christian Unity in upholding The Young Rite’s stance that “All are one!”

 …bearer of victory.

  • A commitment, that as celebrants we, the clergy within The Community of Saint George, bear witness to Jesus Christ as Victor over death. 

…Oh, Great Martyr George…

  • A commitment to humility.  As Saint George bore witness to the victory of Jesus Christ over death, so too do the celebrants and clergy of the Community of Saint George in honoring both’s Christ’s victory over death and the sacrifice of Saint George as a martyr though a commitment to humility.

…pray to Christ our God to save our souls, now and always and forever and ever.  Amen.

  • An understanding that we can not do anything without the blessing of Almighty God and that our salvation rests in the hands of our creator, our redeemer and our comforter.  

​Read the Holy Rule of the Community of St. George