The Brotherhood of Saint Andrew is an international men’s ministry to men and boys in the Anglican/Episcopal Church. The Brotherhood was founded in 1883 and was incorporated in 1908 by an Act of Congress, signed by President Theodore Roosevelt. The Boy Scouts of America, and the Brotherhood are the only two organizations incorporated by an act of Congress. The incorporation of the Brotherhood reads: “The sole purpose of the Brotherhood is the spread of Christ’s Kingdom”. The mission of the Brotherhood is to bring men and youth into the deepest possible relationship with Our Lord Jesus Christ by following the rules of prayer, study, and service.
View this ten-minute video about the Brotherhood.
The Texas and Austin Assemblies
The Brotherhood chapters in the Diocese of Texas are grouped in two Assemblies, including 25 Chapters in various churches throughout the Episcopal Diocese of Texas. The Texas Assembly includes chapters in the Houston area and the NE Texas area. The Austin Assembly includes chapters in the Austin Convocation and the NW Convocation, centered in the Austin and Waco areas.
Each chapter meets one to four times a month in their respective churches to carry out the ministry of the Brotherhood by following the rules of prayer, study, and service. The Chapters are led by a Chapter Director, Vice Director, Secretary, and Treasurer who are elected for one-year terms. The length of the meetings varies from 1 to 2 hours.
Each year, all the brothers in the Diocese convene at a meeting of the Diocesan chapters, as close as possible to Saint Andrew’s Day, November 30. This meeting provides fellowship, worship, and talks by Brotherhood leaders aimed at helping the Brotherhood grow in numbers and effectiveness.
To Learn More
If you are interested in joining the Brotherhood of St. Andrew, want info on starting a Chapter in your church, or would like assistance to help make your current Brotherhood Chapter more effective, please contact the Brotherhood Diocesan Coordinator Dan Brast or Austin Assembly President Dave Saxon. the National website at https://brothersandrew.net has an excellent listing of resources to help you and your church learn more of the advantages of having a chapter in your parish or mission.