Spirituality

We are a contemplative spiritual community with roots in Eastern Orthodox Christianity. We are guided by the traditions of the early Church and look to scripture, tradition, and the writings of saints and sages of the ancient wisdom traditions for inspiration. We are a place where people can find spiritual enrichment though community, liturgical worship, the sacraments, or "holy mysteries," and the wonder of the natural world. Community is at the core of our spiritual path. We house a small residential community made up of sincere spiritual seekers dedicated to cultivating peace and united in the healing work of love. We desire to unveil the mystical in the everyday and develop a daily practice that brings us into deep communion with our neighbors, the earth, and our Creator.

St. Francis of the Woods was inspired by the Russian Orthodox tradition of the Poustinia, a place where travelers and pilgrims are welcomed and given shelter to enable a time apart for prayer and inner reflection. Such a place is akin to the hospitality provided by persons who, in times of trouble, transition, or intense spiritual search, show up at ashrams in India and monastic communities around the world. It was the desire of our founders, Bishop John and Kay Adair, to offer a safe haven, a sacred space for respite and renewal, to anyone on a spiritual journey. 

During the pandemic, anyone is welcome to join our community services live on Instagram and Zoom. On most Sundays we offer a simple Eucharist in the Oakerhater Chapel followed by a shared meal. The service draws upon Eastern Orthodox, Franciscan, Celtic, and Native American traditions. Our worship is psychosomatic, engaging both the body and the mind. We follow a mix of the Eastern Orthodox liturgical calendar and the Revised Common Lectionary for scripture readings, and engage in deep discussion, wrestling with the scripture readings in the ancient Jewish tradition. On the first Sunday of each month we meet in the St. Francis Chapel for the Divine Liturgy of St. John Chyrsostom, an ancient eucharistic service compiled around 400 CE. On Mondays we are invited to spend time in silence. That may mean taking a break from your cell phone or social media or actual silence as a spiritual practice. Wednesday through Friday we come together for daily prayer and meditation. We fast as a community beginning Thursday evening until community dinner on Friday. Friday evening we celebrate Evening Prayer and Holy Unction, a service of anointing with oil for healing. We often pray the Rosary after Unction and always share a meal together. Whether you are here on the grounds or with us in spirit, please join the St. Francis of the Woods community as we meditate, pray, work, fast, and eat together. 

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contemplative Services

Wednesday 

7:00* - morning meditation 

10:00 - community yoga (zoom only)

 

Thursday

7:00* - morning meditation 

12:00 - centering prayer 

 

Friday 

7:00* - morning meditation 

12:00 - centering prayer 

18:00 - evening prayer & holy unction

18:45 - community dinner

 

*Summer schedule, through Autumnal Equinox.

Eucharistic Services

First Sunday

(St. Francis Chapel)

10:30 - Liturgy of Preparation

10:45 - Divine Liturgy 

12:30 - Potluck 

Other Sundays
(Oakerhater Chapel)

10:30 - Coffee 

10:45 - Eucharist 

12:00 - Potluck 

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405.466.3774

 

P.O. Box 400
11414 W. Hwy 33

Coyle, OK 73027

 

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