Thank you for your email. We pray that you draw ever closer to Christ as you pursue your theological studies.
The Prayer Foundation TM is an Interdenominational Protestant ministry who's purpose is to encourage prayer among all Christians, whether Protestant, Roman Catholic or Orthodox, and at the same time to "lift up Christ, that He may draw all to Himself." As such our web site consists mainly of prayer teaching & resources from all Church traditions (including Orthodox) which we feel will help to accomplish this purpose. The Prayer Foundation TM currently has volunteers who are involved in our minstry in eleven countries worldwide. At this time our Knights of Prayer TM Monastic Order has Lay Monastics in thirteen U.S. States, Canada, and the United Kingdom.
We are also essentially a Lay Protestant Franciscan Order with roots in our traditional Celtic Monastic heritage (re: St. Columcille, St. Aidan, St. Columbanus, and others). As you probably already know, the Celtic Christian Church and Monks tended to look to the Orthodox Churches, particularly Antioch, rather than the Roman Catholic Church for guidance and historical precedent. However, Celtic Monasticism was unique in allowing married monks in the 600 years between 500 A.D. and 1100 A.D. (at that time, at the Synod of Cashel in Ireland, the Irish Celtic Church was absorbed by the Roman Catholic Church, also ending historical Celtic Monasticism). St. Francis also created the Franciscan Third Order for lay persons, including marrieds: the First Order being for men, and the Second Order for women).
Orthodox, Roman Catholics, and Anglicans already have their own Monastic Orders. What we are trying to do with our Order is provide the option of a Lay Monastic Order for members of those Protestant Churches that do not have that monastic option in their tradition: Southern Baptists, Lutherans, Assemblies of God; in fact, most Protestant Churches.
The Roman Catholic and Anglican traditions also refer to their Nuns as "monastics." In these traditions, as in the Orthodox tradition, "monk" is a term that refers not merely to sexuality but to function. This is the way in which we use it. A "nun" in the traditional communions cannot administer Baptism, Communion, or hold many Church Offices. We realize the Orthodox Church does not allow these things, however, as Protestant Christians we hold to the Reformation doctrine of the "priesthood of all believers." We therefore believe that in Christ "there is neither male nor female" and that all Christian women are priests of God, as well as all Christian men, not just ministers, having direct access to God through Christ our only mediator. We therefore allow any Christian man or woman to baptize or administer communion. This is in accordance with the Celtic Christian tradition which allowed women in important positions of ministry.
With us this is all a matter of following our Celtic Church tradition and heritage and our Reformation Protestant tradition and heritage. We are conservative theologically as to the Church Councils (re: the Apostle's and Nicene Creeds) and as to the teachings of the historical Protestant Reformers. We have no interest in modern feminism whatsoever, or for that matter, in modern theological liberalism. Apparently we must apolgize for not expressing this clearly on our web site. Monk Linda is not a vagante, but rather is a trailblazer and role model for Protestant women who want to enter into traditional, historical monasticism which has been denied them (and denied to male Protestants, also, unless one belonged to the Anglican Communion). There is no interest on the part of our female monastics in the fact that the term "monk" has been historically and traditionally used in a masculine sense. The interest is only our attempt to provide the same historic tradition equally to lay men, women and married persons (again, this is how we view our Celtic Christian and Reformation Protestant heritage and tradition; we do not ask you to agree, or expect you to---after all, you are Orthodox, not Celtic Christian or Protestant).
We are however, somewhat disappointed that fellow Christians on an Orthodox web site (we have only the utmost repect for the Orthodox tradition) would violate the law by posting our copyrighted Certificate and containing our Trademarked logo and changing it for the sole purpose of ridiculing a Protestant Franciscan Order because it does not believe and do things exactly as you do in the Orthodox tradition.
Of course, you have every right to "make fun of" Christians of a different historical tradition than your own on your web site (as Americans), but we do ask that you would please remove from your web site the copy of our Monastic Certificate which you have altered and posted in violation of United States Copyright and Trademark law.
You are more than welcome to post our response (as long as it is not edited) on your otherwise fine web site. We apologize for its length.
Yours in Christ,
Rev. S. G. Preston, K.P.M.O
President, The Prayer Foundation TM
Minister General, Knights of Prayer TM Monastic Order
Interdenominational Prayer Teaching and Resources
Web Site: www.prayerfoundation.org