The Society of the Companions of the Holy Cross and
Virginia Theological Seminary

The Anglican Women at Prayer conference is a partnership between the Society of the Companions of the Holy Cross and Virginia Theological Seminary who share a deep, broad and established mission to a life of prayer across international and cross cultural contexts.

Established in 1884, the Society of the Companions of the Holy Cross is a community of approximately nine hundred Anglican women, mostly from the United States but with members in India, Japan, England and Mexico, who are called to live under a Rule of Intercessory Prayer, Thanksgiving and Simplicity of Life. SCHC members pray with specific intentional concern for: the unity of all God’s people, God’s mission in the world and social justice.

The largest accredited Episcopal seminary in the United States, Virginia Theological Seminary was established in 1823 with a primary goal of “form(ing) men and women for lay or ordained leadership within community, with particular attention to raising leaders for the Episcopal Church.” Its commitment to service to the Anglican Community and international and cross-cultural contexts is a vital part of the formation of its students. To strengthen this mission VTS formed the Center for Anglican Communion Studies and Interreligious Affairs at Virginia Theological Seminary to provide theological education in the Communion, develop research and significant literature on the Communion, and explore interreligious dynamics.