Society of the Community of Celebration (SCC)

Introduction to the community

The Community of Celebration is a life-vowed, contemporary residential community whose roots stretch back to the renewal of the Church of the Redeemer, Houston, Texas, in the 1960s. Today the Community resides in Aliquippa (near Pittsburgh), Pennsylvania. Members are women and men, single and married, adults and children, lay and ordained. Following the Rule of St Benedict, members live a rhythm of prayer, work, study, and recreation.

Our ministry is to be a Christian presence among the poor, responding to the needs around us by offering safe, affordable housing; serving with neighborhood organizations concerned with the revitalization of Aliquippa, and providing hospitality, retreats, sabbaticals, and conferences. We provide various chaplaincies, supply clergy, liturgical consultants, worship leadership and speakers for conferences.

Contact details

724 375 1510

Main address:
809 Franklin Avenue, Aliquippa, PA 15001-3302, USA

Celebration UK Branch House:
c/o Revd Philip Bradshaw, 35 Cavendish Road, Redhill, Surrey RH1 4AL, UK

Community information

Date of foundation:

Bishop Visitor: Rt Revd C. Christopher Epting



W Graham Pulkingham, Gathered for Power, Hodder & Stoughton, London, 1972
Michael Harper, A New Way of Living, Hodder & Stoughton, London, 1972
W Graham Pulkingham, They Left their Nets, Hodder & Stoughton, London, 1973
Betty Pulkingham, Mustard Seeds, Hodder & Stoughton, London, 1977
Faith Lees with Jeanne Hinton, Love is our Home, Hodder & Stoughton, London, 1978
Maggie Durran, The Wind at the Door, Kingsway Publications/Celebration, 1986
David Janzen, Fire, Salt, and Peace, Shalom Mission Communities, 1996
Philip Bradshaw, Following the Spirit, O Books, 2010
Betty Pulkingham, This is my story, this is my song, Westbow Press, 2011

Third Order, Fellowship, Associates

Companions of the Community of Celebration follow the Rule of Life for Companions.


Primary Guardian: Bill Farra
Assumed office 1995

Assistant Guardian: James von Minden


Joe Beckey
Margaret Bradshaw
Revd Phil Bradshaw
Mimi Farra
Revd Steven McKeown