The Order of Christ the King (Ordo Christi Redemptoris Sanctissimi et Regis Cœlestis) was established at Leeds, England on the Feast of Christ the King in 1900. The unwritten motto of the Order came to be the Pauline directive, “be in the world, but not of it.” Our founders sought to strengthen their daily lives through a common discipline of devotion and study thereby encouraging the faithful to participate more fully in the sacramental and liturgical life of the Church.
The initials OCR which follow the names of those who are professed members of the Order stand for the name of the Order as it appears when written in Latin: “Ordo Christus Rex” which is literally translated as the Order of Christ the King. The Rule of the Order never provided for a monastery or mother house for her members. Nor has there been any connection, official or otherwise, with any of the various established religious societies within any of the great historic Catholic Communions. In this respect the Rexists remain a unique century old singular witness to the great diversity which exists within the religious life of the Holy Catholic Church. The chief source of unity which exits among our members is our unceasing mission to promote devotion to Christ our Lord and King, while devoting our entire being to a life of unconditional service to His Bride the Church.
All professed members of the Order undergo a rigorous period of self-examination prior to acceptance into the Order. All professions must be made in a public liturgical setting and authorized by the Superior General, currently the Most Revd. Josephus Johannes Palumbo OCR, or his duly appointed representative. Ordained clerics, candidates for Holy Orders and laity of both genders are eligible to become members of the “Ordo”. The Order is also open to females who have been set aside as Deaconesses.
We invite you to explore the opportunity to serve with us. Please contact us for further information on becoming a part of this century old Traditional Anglican Religious Institute.
Masters-General of the OCR
The Revd. Alban Cockerham 1918-1951
The Most Revd. E. Vance Harkness 1951-1963
The Most Revd. Jay Davis Kirby 1963-1989
The Most Revd. John Charles Maier 1989-2013
The Most Revd. Josephus Johannes Palumbo 2013-