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

CORPUS, celebrating forty 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

Audio Highlights of Keynote Talks from the 2014 Corpus Conference: "The Way We Were and Are: The Church in the House"
 Text version of "Accompanied by a Believing Wife"
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O Come, O Come Emanuel

Fr. Tony Flannery
The National Tipping Point Tour for Fr. Tony Flannery began with an orientation meeting with Tony at the Maryknoll House on the evening of Oct. 20. Most of the national sponsoring organizations, including Catholics for Choice, Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good, Catholics United, DignityUSA, FutureChurch, National Coalition of American Nuns, New Ways Ministry, Quixote Center, and Women’s Ordination Conference attended the orientation.

 Featured Articles, Reflections and Essays
 4th Sunday of Advent
The Promise of Advent
Mary comes to symbolize God's coming into our hearts with his transforming presence. Longing for the light eventually brings the light. Faith opens into trust, and trust is not disappointed because the love of God is poured forth in the hearts of the brokenhearted.  The work of Advent is for us to discover the Christ who is truly among us. 
by Joe Cece

 Legacy of Laughter
My big brother Joe, who died recently, was an excellent pediatrician. Admired for his professional competence and genuine caring, he also carried a secret weapon, a weapon that, in the long run, made him a better physician; Joe had a great sense of humor.
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


American Catholic, a Franciscan ministry,  provides many inspiring and prayful resources for our annual Advent journey.  Check it out!

 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.

 Busted Halo
BustedHalo.com is a web e-zine that speaks candidly and occasionally irreverently on issues facing people in their 20's and 30's that intersect with spirituality. Open to dialogue and hearing the stories of young people, BustedHalo never preaches condescendingly, rather seeks to understand and to express the wisdom of Catholic and other religious traditions in away that makes sense to the experience of those "spiritually seeking."

 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.

 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
 Joseph Highland, Rest in Peace

Joseph Highland went to his eternal rest on October 13, 2014 in Escondita CA.  Joe was ordained for the Diocese of Rockford Illinois, May 22, 1954.  He left the active priesthood and married Mary Ambre, a former Sister of Loretto on August 8, 1970.  They had one daughter, Mary Jo, born on April 24, 1974.  The family moved to San Diego area in 1980.  Joe and Mary have two grandchildren, Kiam and Nalani.


Joe had a very active, ministry having officiated at over 400 weddings , Baptisms and Funerals.

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

Rev. John J. Negrotto Episcopal clergyman and former rector of Holy Trinity Church in Hillsdale, police and disaster chaplain, first aider in various municipalities, 71 Rev. John J. Negrotto, 71, passed away suddenly on Dec. 13, 2014. Family will receive visitors at St. Peter's Episcopal Church, 271 Roseland Ave., Essex Fells, N.J., on Friday, Dec. 19, from 4 to 8 p.m.Mass of the Resurrection will be offered at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 20, at St. Peter's.Committal will be private at the request of the family. Festa Memorial Funeral Home, 111 Union Blvd., Totowa, N.J. 07512, festamemorial.com,is in charge of arrangements. Born in Paterson, N.J., Rev. Negrotto was the son of the late John A. and Josephine DiLoreto Negrotto. He graduated from DePaul High School (1961), Seton Hall University (1965), and Darlington Seminary, Mahwah, N.J. He was ordained a priest in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Paterson in 1969 and served at St. Christopher's R.C. Church, Parsippany, N.J. He transitioned into the Episcopal Church, receiving an M.Div. from General Theological Seminary in 1972 and married Susan Giagiari that same year. John was assistant rector of St. Michael's Church, Wayne, N.J., when he left in 1976 to become rector of Holy Trinity Church in Hillsdale, N.J., for 27 years. In 2004, John entered interim ministry and served in St. Peter's (Essex Fells), Messiah (Chester, N.J.), St. Paul's (Jersey City, N.J.), St. Thomas (Red Bank, N.J.), and Holy Trinity (South River, N.J.). He served on many Diocese of Newark committees, including department of missions and human resources. Besides his pastoral work, Father John was involved in many community activities. He was a member of the Hillsdale Board of Education and was coordinator for scouting troops at Holy Trinity Church. John served in emergency services as a volunteer certified chaplain, firefighter and first aider in the New Jersey towns of Hillsdale, North Haledon, Bamber Lakes and Lanoka Harbor. Currently, John was serving as certified chaplain, firefighter, first aider and boat pilot in Lanoka Harbor Fire Company, LHEMS and Lacey Dive Team and was senior credentialed police chaplain of Lacey Police. John was a certified chaplain instructor/trainer ICPC (Int'l Conference of Police Chaplains) and a certified disaster chaplain/crisis counselor for Ocean County DRCC (emergency response ream), Mental Health Association of New Jersey, and Alpha Team. John was the priest associate at his home parish, St. Stephen's, Waretown, N.J., and the priest associate at Community of St. John Baptist in Mendham, N.J., where he was an oblate. John is survived by his beloved wife, Susan, of 42 years; daughter, Kristen and husband, Richard Weber, of Middlesex, N.J.; son, John and wife, Lisa, of Waldwick, N.J., and grandson, Dylan Negrotto. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Community of St. John Baptist, 80 W. Main St., Mendham, N.J. 07945 would be appreciated.

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