“Moreover, the Church is a spiritual hospital, where we all are called to find the healing of our fallen humanity through Jesus Christ, who assumed human nature in order to restore it.”
— Part of the Statement released by the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of North and Central America
In a world fractured by dissension, lack of meaning, illness and disease, pain, suffering, guilt, sin and disunity, a new community and religious Order has been founded to advance healing in the fullest sense of the world.
The Holy Order of St. Luke the Healer is an independent religious order composed of medical and healthcare professionals in the widest sense of the term. We are doctors, nurses, EMTs, osteopaths, acupuncturists, chiropractors, naturopaths, midwives, herbalists, massage therapists, psychologists, counselors and- well, you get the idea!
We recognize that health includes not only a bodily health but also a healthy mind and soul. Science is showing us how deeply the mind affects the body. All the more when considering the spirit. Deception, guilt, a spiritual life lacking in meaning and purpose also have an impact on the health of the body, mind and soul.
All these negative things which the Church classifies as sin contribute to illness in all its forms, even the greater body of society. Christ said that prayer and faith can “move mountains” and the noetic sciences are beginning to prove just that.
Historically, healthcare in Western Europe, such as it was, often fell to monasteries and monks skilled in herbal medicine. But in the Eastern Byzantine Empire, medicine flourished, as an integration of mind, body and spirit and was well established as early as 400 A.D. The city of Constantinople boasted the first state-funded hospital that was administered by the early Church.
This Order follows the Eastern Orthodox tradition, though the Order’s activities, projects and other involvements are entirely autonomous. We hope to continue in that tradition of health by way of the integration of body, mind and spirit with a naturopathic approach coupled with counseling and Christian sacraments such as Reconciliation and the Holy Eucharist.
We have a number of projects we’re working on including finding a permanent home which will include a priory, chapel, library and wellness center. We have plans for other wellness centers coupled with priories around the world as well as hospice centers, Florida, where our headquarters is located.
Challenge yourself to find a deeper, more compassionate meaning to your life. Join and support us in our missions and efforts. We offer three different categories of involvement, one of which will be right for you!
Learn more about becoming involved with the Holy Order of St. Luke the Healer by CLICKING HERE.
And if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us: info(at)StLukeTheHealer(dot)org
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