Richard Meux Benson
Born in London on July 6, 1824, Richard Meux Benson was the principal founder of the Society of Saint John the Evangelist. He was a student at Christ Church, Oxford and ordained priest in the Church of England in 1849. He served as a curacy at Surbiton, then became rector of Cowley, a village neighboring Oxford. In 1859, Benson started a new parish church dedicated to St. John the Evangelist.
In 1866, together with two other priests, he founded the Society of Saint John the Evangelist. The Society of Saint John the Evangelist, styled as a missionary order patterned on St. Vincent de Paul’s Company of Mission Priests, was the first stable religious community for men in the Anglican Church since the Reformation.Read More