elcome to the CORPUS online community.

CORPUS is a faith community affirming an inclusive priesthood rooted in a  reformed and renewed Church.

CORPUS, celebrating forty-one years of service to the people of God, is one of the oldest reform groups in the Catholic Church, and is active in reform movements both in the U.S. and abroad. We are committed to working for a renewed priesthood of married and single men and women dedicated to serving God through the Community of Believers

Widen the Circle at the 2015 Family Synod
As faithful Catholics, we are deeply concerned that the perspective and experience of a large number of Catholics will not be represented at the upcoming Synod. Therefore, we are writing to urge you to widen the circle of people invited to participate in the upcoming Family Synod 2015.
Click Here to Read/sign the letter

The next piece of our coordinated actions surrounding the Synod on the Family is ready!

The Listening Session Toolkit is complete - a package of documents that provides a complete template for anyone to organize a Listening Session and send in the results.  Please check it out yourselves and please plan to disseminate this information widely to your members.

The easiest way to get there is just to go to the website:  www.ourcatholicfamily.org.

You will see on the timeline that results from the Listening Sessions must be reported by the organizer no later than March 31st.  This gives us two months (almost) to get these Listening Sessions underway.

We have called for a Year of Dialogue - now we have the practical toolkit for doing this!

 Featured Articles, Reflections and Essays
 2nd Sunday of Lent
A Time to Listen
Lent is a very good time for us to stop concentrating on our own measly efforts and allow the power of the Spirit of Jesus to leap into the forefront.  This is a time to take a serious look at our own commitment to the Gospel message of peace and justice. This is a time to revel in the bountiful beauty of God's love for us - the gift of Jesus, the gift of faith, the gift of our baptism, the gift of the church, the gift of the faith-community to which we belong.  It is a time to Listen. 
by Joe Cece

 Walk Like a Millionaire
My Jewish grandfather was a short, barrel chested man with the voice of a cantor and the tude of an Olympic athlete at the height of his career. In his mid-eighties, he carried himself like a young man. One day, old Ben caught me with my head down, feet sort of dragging. I had just blown a job interview and was feeling sorry for myself.
by Hank Mattimore

 Recommended Resources and Web Links
 3 minute retreat
Take a short prayer break right at your computer. Spend some quiet time reflecting on a Scripture passage. Knowing that not everyone prays at the same pace, you have control over the pace of the retreat

 Boston College; Church in 21st Century
The Church in the 21st Century Center at Boston College seeks to be a catalyst and resource for the renewal of the Catholic Church in the United States by engaging critical issues facing the Catholic community.  Many programs can be found online for your spiritual and theological development.

 Holy White Smoke
Father James Finley writes: "In the nearly fifty years since the conclusion of Vatican II, much ink has been spilled by those advocating the council as well as by those seeking to rein in what they consider to be its excesses. Congresses, conferences and workshops have been organized by the score to explore the value or lack thereof of this historic gathering. In his novel, Holy White Smoke, The Second Vatican Council under Siege, set in the Rome of 2032-2033, Jozef Goethals brings these issues to life with well rounded characters whose attitudes toward the council run the gamut from strong approval to utter rejection of Vatican II."

 Lenten Reflection--Henri Nouwen

Read and discuss with us! Join our virtual community as we focus and reflect on the themes of a particular Nouwen book over a period of four to six weeks.  Read, reflect, share your thoughts - participate at your own pace and in whatever way is most meaningful for you. Our next online book discussion, led by Brynn Lawrence and Ray Glennon, will be hosted by the Henri Nouwen Society from February 18th to April 5th, 2015. We will be reflecting on Henri's most widely-read book, The Return of the Prodigal Son.

Click here to journey with us this Lent.

Questions? Email us or call toll free: 1-866-226-2158. We invite you to recommend a Nouwen book for future discussions.  Please click here to purchase Henri Nouwen's books (US funds).

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 Petition Pope Francis for Vatican Reform
Please join us in our plea to Pope Francis urging him to invite all Catholics globally to elect their bishops.

 Praying Lent 2015
Lent offers us all a very special opportunity to grow in our relationship with God and to deepen our commitment to a way of life, rooted in our baptism.  In our busy world, Lent provides us with an opportunity to reflect upon our patterns, to pray more deeply, experience sorrow for what we've done and failed to do, and to be generous to those in need.  Collaborative Ministries offers resources here to assist our entry into this wonderful season, from our preparing to begin Lent to our preparing to celebrate the holy three days following Lent.

 Spirituality and Practice
After more than 50 years of life in a monastery, Sister Joan Chittister asked herself some questions. What — if anything — of monastic life is worth passing on to others in our time? What does monasticism offer seekers who are already overwhelmed by all the spiritual and secular options available to them? And how can those outside traditional monasteries embrace this life that is both enriching and enlightening?

 Alerts & Special Announcements
 CORPUS stands with the Association of US Catholic Priests
United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

Dear Bishops,

The members of CORPUS stand in support of the recent petition of the Association of US Catholic Priests.  It is time to openly discuss the ordination of married men.  It was the norm for most of the history of the Latin Rite and remains the norm in the 23 other Churches that are part of our Roman Catholic communion.

You, as individuals and as a body of bishops, have repeatedly asked for prayers for vocations, but have never seriously looked at any model of priestly service beyond the celibate model.  We clearly understand that previous popes would not consider any other discipline.

Our present Holy Father, Pope Francis, has, however, indicated several times that he wants conferences of bishops to ask for a change in the church law which mandates celibacy for priests.  We are asking you do discuss this and then ask Pope Francis for a change.

It would take a long essay to even begin to touch on the reasons why the shortage of priests exists and continues to worsen.  The record keeping of CARA clearly shows extreme decline in the number of diocesan priest and the constant growth in the number of Catholics.  How do you care for your people?

The time has come to realistically consider a solution beyond what has been the norm.  Pope Francis has indicated clearly that he expects you to act as the pastors that you are.  The question is before you. 

Please take seriously the proposition to ordain married men.

Yours in fraternity,

John Hydar

cc: Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano
Association of US Catholic Priests

Plans are underway to hold CORPUS Conference in Chicago, IL, September 25,2015.  Featured keynoters are Anthony T. Padovano and Bishop Patricia Fresen.

 We need your help!
CORPUS has always honored our deceased members and those who have journeyed with us for an inclusive priesthood. We would like to update our files of those who have died in recent years.  We need your help.  Please send information about deceased priests to Stu O’Brien at stuobrien@corpus.org.  We will appreciate information including the deceased person’s name, birth and death dates, loved ones and addresses, years and place of ministry, death notice, obituary and any other information you might be able to provide. A picture of the deceased will be appreciated.  These records will be placed on our web site Remembering our Brothers and Sisters and also archived with CORPUS documents at Notre Dame University.  Thank you.

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