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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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 Featured Articles, Reflections and Essays
 Alzheimer's--There is a bridge
The last column I wrote, “Alzheimer’s Long Goodbye” elicited the most responses to any of my columns ever. I received over forty e-mails.  Many who were struggling with their own long goodbyes wrote that it made them cry.  Some forwarded it to those they knew were caregivers dealing with their personal long goodbyes.

by Dan O'Rourke

 Alzheimer’s -- The Long Goodbye

Recently, my wife Marie because of advancing Alzheimer’s was moved from the memory unit of an enriched housing facility to a county facility with complete nursing care. She has made the adjustment well, but I have not.

by Dan O'Rourke

 Creating your own "Tube"

Did you ever meet someone who never seems to have an unkind word for anyone? The are rare birds aren't they? Most of us are lucky if we come across more than one or two in a lifetime.

One of my lucky "finds" was a man named Leon. He's gone now but the guy left a legacy of kindness that will linger with me till my dying day. Leon's approach to people was to interact with them as though they were having a bad day, a really bad day. Know what I mean? Leon would give them some space or, if appropriate, be ready to listen to their troubles.

by Hank Mattimore

 Exultation of the Holy Cross
Promises Fulfilled
The Exultation of the Cross: the Cross of Christ is not the symbol of broken or defeated dreams; rather it is the eternal promise that whoever believes will have life in its fullness.  Others may grow weary on the journey - we cannot. Others may become bitter and disillusioned - we dare not. Others may place all of their hopes in the pleasures and promises of this world - we do not. Others may have no idea where their earthly journey leads - we do!. 
by Joe Cece

 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.

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

 Paul McCartin, RIP

Paul C. McCartin

Paul C. McCartin
of Ashville, NC, formerly of Lowell; 89

ASHVILLE, NC -- Paul C. McCartin, formerly of Lowell, MA, completed his earthly journey on Sunday, May 3, 2014 at the age of 89 years.

Along with his loving wife, B.J., of Ashville, NC, he is remembered by his brothers Dr. Lawrence McCartin of Lowell and Norbert McCartin of Dracut; his sisters-in-law, Frances, Gloria, Jeanne and Mary Ann; and his many nieces and nephews throughout the Greater Lowell area and beyond.

Son of the late Frank P. and Margaret (Walsh) McCartin, Paul attended Immaculate Conception School and Keith Academy. Upon graduation from high school, he went on to serve the Lord for the next 33 years, after being ordained as an Oblate of Mary Immaculate in 1951.

Paul's continued journey with God brought him into the field of substance abuse counseling. Upon completion of his credentials, Paul worked for The Alcohol and Drug Treatment Center, run by the State of North Carolina. Paul also had a small, private practice assisting and supporting the Friends of Bill. Paul's skills and knowledge in the areas of addiction and recovery were shared with great hope, honesty and gratitude.

In retirement, Paul spent much of his time sharing his musical talents with nursing home patients in the Ashville area, lifting their spirits through love, laughter and song. Whether you were spending time with him in the church or in the community, one thing was for sure, you always felt better after being with Paul and you always walked away with a smile on your face and a song in your heart.

Paul was predeceased by seven of his ten brothers: Rev. Francis, James, William, Rev. Joseph, Robert, John and Philip, along with his three sisters, Mary, Anne (Loughran) and Margaret (Teague.)

McCARTIN -- A Memorial Service will be held at St. Michael's Church in Lowell at 10:00 AM on Monday, June 9, 2014.

 We need your help!
CORPUS has always honored our deceased members, and 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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