Evening prayer service (6/25/10)

At the CORPUS/FCM, St. Matt's own musicians, Mary De Los Reyes and Mirella Hickman led music at the prayer service.

Evening prayer service (6/25/10) Evening prayer service (6/25/10)

Across the room at FCM/CORPUS

No poses here, just folks busy thinking! There were over 80 people in attendance this year in Dallas, Texas (6/25-27/10)

Across the room at FCM/CORPUS Across the room at FCM/CORPUS

Father Jack Shea+

Jack Shea+ played an important theologian role at the Second Vatican Council. He is now a member of the International Federation for a Renewed Catholic Ministry. His wife, Jean, just recently died. He was an important presence at this year's FCM/CORPUS meeting.

Father Jack Shea+ Father Jack Shea+

Father Eugene Bianchi+

Eugene+ spoke on "Aging as a Spiritual Journey" (6/25/10)

Father Eugene Bianchi+ Father Eugene Bianchi+

Unbelievable moment for M-J+!

Anthony Padovano+ (center) is such an awesome man who stretches your mind and spirit, challenging one's categories that deny the love of Christ. Nick De Los Reyes+ (left) is one who reaches out and brings people into this incredible enlarged community. M-J+ was thrilled at this moment.

Unbelievable moment for M-J+! Unbelievable moment for M-J+!

Father Roy Bourgeois+

Is an animated, passionate priest who lives out his beliefs in the real world, even when it costs him. He was the second keynote speaker (6/26/10). He was excommunicated for attending the ordination of a Roman Catholic Womanpriest. His Maryknoll community of brothers supported his action. See my blog for more details about his social justice work in Latin America.

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Jan Phillips

Author, musician, captivating speaker activating everyone!

Jan Phillips Jan Phillips

Shoshanna Porter

Shoshanna is from Vancouver, WA and is a newly certified FCM hospice chaplain, doing God's work.

Shoshanna Porter Shoshanna Porter

+Peter and Andrew Hickman

Aren't they just darling? Two peas out of the same pod! (Don't blush, guys! As an old lady, I am privileged to say when guys are cute anytime I feel like it!) Andrew is +Peter's sixteen year old son. They flew to Florida, and then drove together from Florida to the meeting in Texas. +Peter's parents donated a car to him so then he and Andrew drove across the entire country together to return home to California!

+Peter and Andrew Hickman +Peter and Andrew Hickman

Mirella Hickman and Carol Wagner

These two really know how to have a good time! Mirella is the wife of Bishop +Peter HIckman and Director of Music at St. Matt's ECC Church (Orange, CA). Carol is a Hospice Chaplain from Elgin, TX. .

Mirella Hickman and Carol Wagner Mirella Hickman and Carol Wagner

Gerry Grudzen receives FCM Award

Gerry Grudzen, president of Global Ministries University and long-time member of FCM received an Award. With him are Nick (left side) and Mary De Los Reyes, co-vice presidents of FCM Pacific Region, and Bill Manseau (right side) who made the presentation. Bill is president of CORPUS and also Director-at-large of FCM. The Anthony Soto Award is given each year to an FCM member who exemplifies his spirit and vision. Soto was a friar, pastor, scholar and field worker, dreamer, organizer, idealist, activist, husband and father, and a longtime member of FCM. He was a leading figure in the struggle of Mexican Americans for justice in the workplace. He and his wife Phyllis were among founders of the Communidad in San Jose, a small but dynamic Christian community. His multi-faceted ministry focused on encouraging people to recognize and apply their talents to build up society. The recipient of the Soto Award is chosen by a committee from the FCM region in which the National Assembly is held. The awardee can be a man, a woman, or perhaps a couple who has the same loving persistence in following their conscience to continue to do the work of Christ among us.

Gerry Grudzen receives FCM Award Gerry Grudzen receives FCM Award

Jason McCool depicting Thomas Merton in his earlier life

Jason performed Anthony Padovano's one act play, "Winter Rain," on the life of Thomas Merton. This play is one of a trilogy of one-act plays. Last year, one on Martin Luther was presented, and we hope that next year, the third one on the life of John XXIII will be performed.

Jason McCool depicting Thomas Merton in his earlier life Jason McCool depicting Thomas Merton in his earlier life

Jason McCool depicting Thomas Merton in the Monastery

Jason McCool depicting Thomas Merton in the Monastery Jason McCool depicting Thomas Merton in the Monastery

Anthony Padovano+ discussing Thomas Merton

Anthony+ wrote a dissertation on Merton and filled us in on many interesting details of his research where he interviewed many of the people who had known Merton.

Anthony Padovano+ discussing Thomas Merton Anthony Padovano+ discussing Thomas Merton

Playwright Anthony Padovano+ and Actor Jason McCool

After Jason's fine performance, the two of them discuss the performance and background on the play (6/26/10)

Playwright Anthony Padovano+ and Actor Jason McCool Playwright Anthony Padovano+ and Actor Jason McCool