Religious Life at Atonement
Religious life has a long tradition at Church of the Atonement. The Sisters of St. Mary were at the parish, and St. Mary’s Services was just a few doors down Kenmore Avenue in the 1960s. The sisters have had a presence in the Diocese of Chicago since the late 1800s.
The current Rector, the Very Rev. John David van Dooren, and his predecessor, the Very Rev. Dean Paxton Rice, are and were enthuiastic supporters of Religious Life in the Episcopal Church.
The Brotherhood of St. Gregory has had brothers at Atonement since 1990. The community’s first ordained brother, the late Rev. Br. Edward Riley, had been Rector of All Saints and assisted at Atonement prior to his death in 2005. The brothers have had at least four brothers as parishioners for many years.
Considered by most to be the first contemporary, intentionally dispersed community, the BSG brothers have not been the only Religious Brothers to serve at Atonement.
The Companions of St. Luke had a presence here in the 1990s, as did the Priory of Christ the King.
In 2010, after many years of prayer and consultation, Br. Stephen Wetmore formed the Community of the Mother of Jesus and has a weekly presence in the parish.
A Benedictine Brother who is part of the House of Initia Nova is a parishioner at Church of the Ascension in Chicago, but serves at Atonement’s Thursday morning Eucharist.