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Society of the Sacred Mission

Summary
The Society of the Sacred Mission (SSM), with the associated Company of the Sacred Mission, is an Anglican religious order founded in 1893 by Father Herbert Kelly, envisaged such that "members of the Society share a common life of prayer and fellowship in a variety of educational, pastoral and community activities". Its motto is Ad gloriam Dei in eius voluntate ("To the glory of God in his will"). Owing to the long association with Kelham, and the theological college there, the Society is often known colloquially as the "Kelham Fathers", although it has now become a mixed community for both men and women. There are three types of membership in the society: *professed members, who remain celibate and live in community, taking vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience (the Evangelical Counsels); *associate members, who also live or work in community, but do not take vows, and may be married; *companions, who do not normally live in community, and who take a single vow to "endeavour to l
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