The Order of St. Luke

As I’ve blogged before, I’m the diocesan liaison to the healing ministry of the Charismatic Renewal here in Montreal. I’ve been working with a steering committee to try and shepherd this ministry, and as a group we have come to the conclusion that we need to have a training plan for new members (and heck, even for those who have been around a while). So, this evening we had the pleasure of welcoming two representatives of the Order of St. Luke the Physician, to speak to us about their organization.

What I like about the initial training offered by the Order is the fact that it is centred on Scripture, specifically through a study of the healings Jesus performed. Scripture is an inexhaustible source of wisdom, of course, and by taking this approach it grants a great baseline from which to then do additional “continuing development” training.

We have not yet decided to go with the OSL program, but it seems to be leaning that way. Certain providential signs also seem to indicate that this is not just our human wisdom, but part of God’s plan as well. And at the very least, I plan on doing the training myself and becoming a member (I figure it’s a good thing, given that I’ll shortly be a chaplain in a hospital).