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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

 The Feast of Christ the King
Jesus Christ the King
It is fitting that the four weeks of Advent are immediately preceded with the wonderful celebration of Christ's Kingship. God becomes man; man becomes priest, prophet and king. But what exactly is this kingship that Christ manifested? What is it - exactly - that He says we shall inherit? It is certainly not what we would expect - and maybe not even what we would desire.
by Joe Cece

 When getting up is hard to do
She is old, very old. The wrinkles on her skin and thinning white hair announced to anyone who sees her that she is near the finish line of life. Still, she manages a faint smile when she says good morning.

"You know, I didn't think I was going to make it out of bed this morning."

"Don't you feel well," I ask.

"No, I'm not sick. Sometimes I lie in bed and just have to talk myself into a reason for getting up. Know what I mean?"
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.

 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.

 Please remember our deceased brothers and sisters 2013-2014
November is a special time to remember our brothers and sisters who have labored in the vineyard and  have gone to the Lord in 2013-2014.  Also remember all who have worked for an inclusive priesthood in their lifetime and now are at rest with Lord.  Please hold them in your hearts and prayers.

We would like to compile the most comprehensive listing possible. We need your help. If you know of any deceased married priest who has not been included on our web site, please forward the following information , brief bio/ obituary (residence city/state, ordination year/diocese/community, marriage/union/family info, employment/ministry, date of death). Pictures or an eulogy would be greatly appreciated to enhance the "memory". During the month of November, please take the time to send along any material to us to include on the site if you know of someone whom we missed. 

Thank you. Stu O'Brien

Send to: Stuart O'Brien
114 Sunset Drive
Raynham, MA 02767
Fax: 508.822.6710

 Rest in Peace


April 10, 1927 - Oct 10, 2014 OKLAHOMA CITY Robert James "Bob" Brousseau, 87, was born on April 10, 1927, in Tulsa, OK to Henry and Olive Brousseau, third oldest of four children (brothers, Joe and Gerald, deceased; and sister, Olive Brousseau, Tulsa). Bob attended school in Tulsa, graduating as valedictorian of his class at Cascia Hall in 1945. Two weeks before graduation, he enlisted in the Navy (his mother read his prepared speech at graduation). While in the Navy, he decided to become a priest. Upon returning home from the service, he attended St. Gregory's College in Shawnee and seminaries in Missouri and Oklahoma. He was ordained a priest in 1954. His first assignment was St. Joseph's Cathedral in downtown OKC. He served as a Catholic priest for 12 years at several parishes in Oklahoma. In 1967, he left the priesthood, taking a federal government job for the Special Technical Assistance Program in Texarkana, AR. He married Margaret Ann Brown, of Pond Creek, OK, in 1968. The couple moved to Denver, CO in 1969, where he worked as Chief of Management & Budget for Community Services Administration. In 1982, the couple and their two sons, Bobby and Tom, moved to Oklahoma City. Bob was in real estate, a personal trainer, adjunct professor for Cooper Institute in Dallas, and gave lectures on aging and health in the community. He was athletic and physically fit, breaking the world bench press record of 407.75 pounds at the age of 72, a record he still holds today. In 1997, he received the Ageless Hero Award for Vitality. The love of his life was his wife of 46 years, Margaret Ann, and his family. He loved spending time with his grandchildren. He is survived by his wife, Margaret Ann, Oklahoma City; son, Bob Brousseau, and daughter-in-law, Holly, and their children, Sophie and Mack, Frisco, TX; and son, Tom Brousseau, and his children, Isabelle and Thomas, Edmond, OK. His family and friends, especially his grandchildren, loved him dearly and will miss his infectious smile, great sense of humor, optimistic attitude, and loving spirit. His life's journey came to an end on October 10 in Oklahoma City after a short battle with leukemia. A celebration of Bob's life will be held at the Brousseau home on Friday, October 17, 5-8 p.m. Family and friends are invited. Donations may be made to the City Rescue Mission or other charitable agencies for the poor.

Bob was the editor of the book A DYING BREED OF BRAVE  MEN about several married priests in Oklahoma.  More info can be  found here.



Westerman March 25, 1927 - August 2, 2014 OKLAHOMA CITY Robert "Bob" Carl Westerman, 87, went to his heavenly home on Saturday, August 2nd, 2014. Bob was born March 25th, 1927 in Cincinnati, Ohio to Carl and Loretta Westerman. Services include a Wake held Thursday, August 7th, at 7pm at Epiphany of the Lord Catholic Church and a Mass Friday, August 8th, at 11am at Epiphany of the Lord Catholic Church, with entombment following at Resurrection Cemetery. Bob is survived by his wife Helen and step-son James Menefee, both of OKC; brother Carl Westerman of Longview, TX; and sisters Jean Craig of Malibu, CA and Marta Carson of Iowa City, IA; as well as several nieces, nephews, grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Bob was ordained a priest in Oklahoma and served in several Oklahoma parishes as well as the Guatemala Mission in Santiago Atitlan.

Published in The Oklahoman on Aug. 6, 2014

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