Predating the founding of the Order, as early as 1973, groups of people in England had formed ecumenical gatherings, “Julian Meetings”, as they were called, of devotees of Julian, mainly to support one another in a life of still prayer. Ten years later, similar but separate groups, called “Julian Gatherings”, began to be formed here in the U.S. and continue to the present.
The Order looks first to the worship of God, secondly, to the support and strength of the wider community of the Order -- its Oblates and Associates -- and thirdly, to service within the whole Church and the world. A significant part of the Order's ministry is the spiritual renewal of clergy, parishes, and individuals in the classical Christian traditions of contemplative spirituality and mysticism, and the revival of those traditions in the life of the contemporary Church and of the contemporary Christian.
Currently there are 8 Members Regular (5 women/3 men), 2 Novices (1 woman, about to make Junior Vows; 1 man), and 1 Postulant (1 woman, about to be clothed as a Novice on January 2); 77 Oblates, including Archbishop Desmond Tutu; 11 Oblate Probationers; and 131 Associates, representing some 35 states in the United States, as well as the countries of Canada, England, Scotland, and South Africa.