CORPUS is a faith community affirming an inclusive priesthood rooted in a reformed and renewed Church.
CORPUS, celebrating forty-two 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.
It's Not Necessarily So: A Senior Priest Separates Faith from Fiction and Makes Sense of Belief
by Fr Richard G Rento
Many of you may remember Dick's keynote address at the 2006 Corpus Conference. His recently published book is getting rave reviews. Read more about it...
"A wise parish priest and educator not only tackles the problems in the institution of the Catholic Church and the dogma of the Catholic faith, but also offers solutions and spiritual insights. Fr. Richard Rento confronts the issue of clergy sexual abuse head on and focuses on many other areas of church dysfunction. Anyone who has ever questioned illogical rules, meaningless ritual or implausible doctrine will find answers in this book. Written in a warm and friendly style the book addresses life-impacting and community-building issues ranging from answered prayers to Gay marriage, from abortion to the meaning of God. Persons who have doubts, fears or misgivings about their faith and/or their relationship with the church will find comfort in these pages. “Nones” and parents of “nones” will appreciate Fr. Rento’s perceptions as will everyone who is searching for meaning in life and a belief system based upon a relationship with the Divine that respects and resonates with the whole person and allows for spiritual growth and maturity."
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The Christian understanding of prayer is one where, even though it involves our active participation, it is an event where God has the primary role. Prayer, in this sense, is not so much something we do, but rather a way of seeing and hearing what in fact is already being done. God is present to us in the most un-magnificent and most ordinary ways. We must be attentive to that presence, because that presence is elusive and fragile and easily missed.
Joseph M. Odell, 81, of Hartford, CT, died Tuesday (October 4, 2016) at home after a courageous battle with cancer. He was born and raised in New Haven, the son of George J. and Mary (Gilligan) Odell, where he attended Hill House High School. After a stint working as a draftsman, he left New Haven to enter St. Thomas Seminary in Bloomfield, CT before graduating from St. Bernard College in Rochester, NY with a B.A. in Philosophy. He then travelled to Belgium where he earned a M.A. from the National Catholic University of Louvain. He returned to Connecticut where he was stationed as a parish priest at St. Gertrude Church in Windsor and then in Meriden, before being transferred to New Haven to minister New Haven’s Latino community. While in New Haven he directed and expanded Centro San José from a street front to a large multi- service community center. While there, he developed youth programs, residential substance abuse services, citywide ESL and bilingual education and Hispanic organizing programs. He subsequently served as pastor of New Haven’s St. John The Evangelist Church. While there he founded the Casa Otoñal program, culminating in the design and construction of Casa Otoñal, a large housing complex for seniors, in collaboration with the architect César Pelli, and founded Casa Otoñal a program. He in 1984 he left the priesthood and continued to work in the social service sector—primarily with the State of Connecticut’s Mental Health and Addiction Services. He retired from the State in 2007.
He is survived by his loving wife and partner of more than 31 years, Luisa M. Peschiera- Odell of Hartford, by his stepchildren Patrick Cullina of New York, Paul Cullina of Ivoryton, CT, Christopher Cullina of Portland, OR, Susana Cullina of Providence, RI, and Matthew Cullina and his wife Virginia Hopkins, also of Providence, and by his grandchildren Tanner McCullogh of Atlanta, GA, Katherine, Sofia and Michael Cullina of Deep River, CT and Ciara, Alexis and Emilia Hopkins-Cullina of Providence. He is also survived by his brother and sister-in-law George and Marthe Odell of North Augusta, SC, nieces Marcie Burnip of Johnston, SC, Katryn Mason of Chattanooga, TN and Charlotte Estabrook and her husband Mark of Signal Mountain, TN and nephews George Odell, Jr. and his wife Suzanne of Arnold, MD, and John Odell and his wife Cher of Gig Harbor, WA by grandnieces and grandnephews Will, Jake and Molly Burnip, Caroline and Mark Estabrook, Katie Jenkins and Jessica Suddeth, Emily, Garrett and Michael Odell and four great-grandnephews and great-grandnieces, and was predeceased by grandnephew Scott Odell. He was eternally generous and incredibly loving man who was loved by family by whom he will be deeply missed.
Visiting hours will take place at Molloy Funeral Home, 906 Farmington Avenue, West Hartford, CT on Monday, October 10 between the hours of 5:00 and 8:00pm. A memorial service will follow on Tuesday, October 11 at 11am, at Molloy Funeral Home. Joe’s family thanks all of the family, friends, physicians and care-givers who supported him through his illness and requests that, in lieu of flowers, donations can be made to The Perú Fund, a group that supports the work of Wings of Hope (Ailes de L’Esperance), via their website (www.perufund.org) or by mail: Perú Fund, PO Box 2722, Amherst, MA 01002.
REST IN PEACE
Richard J. Dunn was born in Forest Hills, New York on January 22, 1932. Richard was the son of Arthur M. and Mary Josephine Dunn. After graduating from Bishop Loughlin High School and attending Fordham University, he began studies in preparation for joining the Order of Friars Minor and the priesthood at St. Joseph Seraphic Seminary in Callicoon, NY
In August 1952, Richard was given the name Thomas upon entering the Franciscan Novitiate in Paterson, NJ. After profession in 1953, Tom pursued studies in philosophy and theology in the schools of Holy Name Province. On April 25, 1959 Tom was ordained to the Priesthood.
After completing a fifth year internship at St. Anthony Shrine in Boston, Tom served the Province as a teacher at Bishop Timon High School in Buffalo, NY and was assigned to Siena College in Loudonville, NY. Tom also worked with young people at St. Francis Church in Manhattan.
After the completion of Vatican II, Tom, as with other Friars, requested to live in apartments and work in secular jobs. He subsequently set up in an apartment with several other Friars and began a job as a dispatcher for the New York Fire Department in Central Park.
A couple of years later and after serious soul searching, Tom decided to make a life style change, left the Order and resigned from the Priesthood. However, he continued to work for the fire department. During this time Tom met Susan Reeves; they fell in love and married on March 9, 1974.
Tom was a life-long student of modern theology and gave many lectures on Liberation Theology. He also wrote many letters to various publications. Tom and Susan were great soul mates, sharing similar world views on peace, nature and nuclear disarmament. They had a wonderful marital union, remaining very strong on social issues.
On August 18, 2013, Susan died after battling cancer and complications from Lyme Disease. Susan was a gifted artist who used her many talents for the betterment of others. Tom lost the love of his life.
Tom who suffered from Emphysema, died in his sleep on September 19, 2016 at the age of 84. Tom’s nephews, Richard Dunn and Thomas Dunn were very attentive to him in his latter years. The family received friends on Saturday, September, 24 at DeFrist-Gratton Funeral Home in Mattituck, NY.
A Mass will be offered for Tom at St.Francis of Assisi Church in Manhattan at 1:15pm on December 16, 2016.
REST IN PEACE
George Edward Zins was born on August 26, 1938 in Cincinnati, Ohio to his parents Matthew Christopher Zins and Elizabeth Ann Lierman. His brothers and sister are: Betty Ann (Zins) Reiber, Norman Paul Zins, and John William Zins. George attended St. Gregory Minor Seminary and Mount St. Mary Major Seminary. He was ordained a priest for the Oklahoma City and Tulsa Diocese of the Roman Catholic Church in 1967 by Bishop Victor J. Reed. He served as the associate pastor at Holy Name Church in Chickasha, OK, and as the associate pastor at St. Thomas More parish in Norman, OK. He served as pastor of St. Francis Xavier Parish in Sulphur, OK with missions in Tishomingo and Madill, OK. He was very active pastorally in Youth Work. In 1973 he resigned from Pastoral Ministry and later married Mary Minden. They have five children: Andrew Garcia Zins, Sr., Chris Zins, Rodney Andrew Zins (deceased), Carmel Ann Zins, and James (Hines). There are four grandchildren: Andrew Garcia Zins, Jr., Nicole Renee Zins, Anthony Michael Zins, and Christopher Rodney Zins. There are three great grandchildren: Ezekiel Michael Aranda, Zayden Anthony Zins, and Mila Rose Zins. George E. Zins passed away on September 4, 2016 in Oklahoma City, OK. He was an active member of “Fratres In Unum”, a group of inactive priests. Many people loved and will miss George who was always very supportive of others.
REST IN PEACE
CASHEN, Joseph Harold