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29th Sunday in Ordinary Time

A Prayer for the Times

MAY GOD BLESS YOU...
WITH DISCOMFORT ...
At easy answers, half-truths, and superficial relationships, So that you may live deep within your heart.
WITH ANGER ...
At injustice, oppression, and exploitation of people, So that you may work for justice, freedom, and peace.
WITH TEARS ...
To shed for those who suffer from pain, rejection, starvation and war.  So that you may reach out your hand to comfort them And to turn their pain into JOY.
And may God bless you WITH ENOUGH FOOLISHNESS... To believe that you can make a difference in this world, So that you can DO what others claim cannot be done. Amen
 - Benedictine Sr. Ruth Fox

Results of the 2017 Survey of CORPUS Membership

To provide guidelines for the Planning Committee (set up by the Executive Council in July 2016) a survey of the 404 members of CORPUS was sent out – via Constant Contact on May 15 and in CORPUS REPORTS in the July / August issue. By the August 15 deadline, the written and electronic responses were in; the former to Bob Walden, and the latter to Joe Cece. We all owe a great debt of gratitude to Bob, the Planning Committee chair, for spearheading and coordinating the survey – a monumental task, willingly assumed knowing he was adding to his many other responsibilities just before he would be stepping down from the E.C. We owe similar gratitude to Joe Cece for designing the electronic survey and for compiling all the responses to Part I of the survey (demographic data, ministerial activity, vision and goals, etc.) and to Part II (“Discernment” for the future of CORPUS).
What follows are the data compiled by them. They represent the partial but valid “sensus fidelium” of CORPUS, and will be used by the Planning Committee in developing the three-year plan for our future. May the responses of others prompt you to think further on these matters and share any additional thoughts with us.

 Click here to download/open the Membership Survey (Part I)

Click here to download/open the Discernment Results (Part II)

Thank you for your ongoing involvement and commitment to our mission.
The Executive Committee

International Priests Statistics

 

Get the facts on what is happening globally to the number of priests, parishes, deacons, lay ministers, etc.

Provided to FutureChurch by Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA).


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Dreams Change, But They Should Never Die

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Dreams Change, But They Should Never Die

by Hank Mattimore

Many moons ago, when I was a young man studying to be a priest, my dreams were as big as the highest mountain, as deep as the oceans. In my youthful zeal, I was ready to bring the word of God to all nations.

When I was finally ordained a priest and assigned to our mission in Japan, I recall flying over Tokyo, Seeing the bright lights of the city down below I thought to myself how privileged I was to be chosen to bring Christianity to this heretofore "pagan nation."

A half century later, I find it difficult to relate to the vision of this young man, burning with Christian zeal who dreamt of converting this nation of well over a million people to my religious beliefs. I have long since discovered that showing love and respect to others as they are is ultimately wiser and more effective than trying to convert them.

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The latest statistics on the US priest's shortage 1976-2016

 

Ding Dong Dantes Priest Vest

The latest statistics on the US priest's shortage

Courtesy of Future Church

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