Ash Wednesday 2008

An historic Ash Wednesday service last evening was well-attended by the communities of Grace St. John’s United Church of Christ and Holy Redeemer Reformed Catholic Church.  Rev. Julia Goodall, pastor of Grace St. John’s, has been extremely supportive of me and the parish and last night’s service was tangible evidence of the vivifying Spirit of God who calls all of us to unity and charity.  The local paper did an article on me and the parish last weekend, and this has resulted in many phone calls to the church, emails to me and requests for assistance of one kind or another.  The word is out, the doors and hearts are open, and God is blessing us with members who genuinely love the Catholic tradition but, for a variety of reasons, feel alienated from Rome’s corporate policies.  This Lent promises to be one of growth, challenges, and movement as we embrace the urgent need of the present and step confidently into the future.  Thanks be to God!

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About frmichelrcc

I have a degree in religious studies from the University of Wisconsin, did graduate work in theology at St. Norbert College, De Pere, Wisconsin, and also at St. Paul's University in Ottawa. I have been a Benedictine since I first professed as an oblate in 1982, making final profession in 2009. I have worked as vocations director in a large diocese in the mid-west and am a spiritual director in the Benedictine tradition. I have 3 sons, one of whom is now in God's loving embrace in eternity, and 2 grandsons, Bradley and Jacob.
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