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

CORPUS, celebrating forty-one 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 is the same when the CORPUS Community gathers to break open the scripture of our lives and be nourished by our common faith commitment to the values and principles of Vatican II.
We hope our 27th consecutive national gathering will set your heart on fire! 
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 Featured Articles, Reflections and Essays
 13th Sunday in Ordinary Time
 Tales of Two Women
Our Gospel today presents us with a "story-within-a-story." First, there is an encounter between Jesus and a man named Jairus. But before that story concludes, another encounter takes place. The second encounter between Jesus and a nameless woman runs its course. Then finally we return for the conclusion of the story of Jairus.  All three of the Synoptic writers give us their version of these encounters, so we should know that something significant is about to be told.

 Kudos To Cato the Elder

Cato, the Elder, Roman statesman and philosopher, started to study Greek at the age of 80. When questioned by a younger friend why he was taking up a brand new language so late in life, Cato was said to reply “Well it’s the only time I have left.”

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.

 Read Pope Francis' Encyclical "Laudato Si" on the Envionment

The Pope addresses the very important issues of the environment and man's responsibilities to the earth and one another.

 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
 Forum on Women in the Catholic Church

 Richard Scaine, R.I.P.

Richard W. ("Dick") Scaine, Ph.D. Professor, author, mentor and longtime resident of Belleville, New Jersey. Surrounded by his loving family and attendant phone calls from their (Mary's) family in Dublin, Ireland, Richard W. "Dick" Scaine was peacefully transformed into Re-Birth on June 1st at Mountain Side Hospital in Glen Ridge, New Jersey. Along with his wife and soul friend, Mary (nee Treacy), Richard is survived by his beloved sister Mary Grace Lenz; his nephews, Stephen Lenz and wife Susan; Richard Lenz and wife Yohana; nieces, Barbara Dondero and husband Denis; Pamela Meyers and husband Thomas; Kathleen Cook and husband Steven; plus many great-nieces and nephews. Among survivors in Dublin, are his sister-in-law, Margaret Callahan and husband William; his brother-in-law, William Treacy and wife Marrisa; Thomas Treacy and wife Anne, many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his beloved mother-in-law, Frances Treacy of Dublin, and brother-in-law Edward Treacy. Countless others of his beloved extended families will miss him. Dr. Richard Scaine, taught at Seton Hall University and Prep School (Theology, Astronomy, and Environmental Science) and New York Theological Seminary, from which he received a doctorate in 1977. Subsequently, he taught in the doctoral program there for eighteen years. He earned three master degrees: Early Childhood Education; Psychology and Religion; and Theology. In 1980 he received the diploma of the Jungian Guild for Spiritual Guidance; Richard was also a certified American Montessori Teacher. Dr. Scaine and his wife, Mary, shared pastoral ministry in the Inclusive Community, Chatham, N.J. They hosted frequent discussions groups in their home. The topics discussed usually centered on "New Cosmology" and related themes. These discussions often were based on his impressive book and accompanying study guide, Discussions in the New Cosmology as well as his numerous published articles. Royalties from his books go to charity: the Haiti Relief Fund in particular, and the Red Cross for special needs. His book on Islam: A Need for Dialogue and Awareness on all Sides is dedicated to his wife, Mary, whose love, patience, and computer expertise were essential to its completion, as well as to his beloved Godchild, Abby Lenz and all his other nieces and nephews with a renewed hope of "a return to the feminine" in this patriarchal world. Coming from Ireland in the late 1840's, the Scaines were among the original families to settle in Belleville, N.J. Richard Patrick Scaine, his Great Grandfather, 1870-1946 donated a gift of a stained glass window to St Peter's Church in honor of his parents. The window depicts "The healing of the crippled man at the Temple." Richard Patrick Scaine (according to the gold plaque on display in the Belleville library), was one of the original trustees. Anna Scaine, his Great grandmother, was one of the original 21 members of exuberant citizens who called themselves "The Belleville Celebration Association." This group organized the town's most important events, the highlight of the year being "Belleville Day." As you enter the grave yard behind St. Peter's Church in Bellville, there is a bench in honor of the "Unborn." The bench is a gift from Richard and Mary Scaine. The house in which Dick and Mary happily resided is the third home for Scaine family members in Belleville, New Jersey. Richard was born into that home as was his older sister, Mary Grace. In addition to being Dick's spouse and soul friend, Mary was his beloved dance partner. And the dance of the universe goes on and on! Leap away, leap away.......! A private service was held for his cremation, and a "Celebration of his Life" will take place June 27th at their home.

Published in The New York Times on June 7, 2015

CORPUS has always honored our deceased members and those who have journeyed with us for an inclusive priesthood. 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.

 Wmen's Ordination Worldwide Conference
  Women’s Ordination Worldwide Conference
18-20 September, 2015 Philadelphia

Women’s Ordination Worldwide is an ecumenical network of organizations from around the world whose mission is the ordination of women into an inclusive and accountable Roman Catholic Church.
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