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Experience an introduction to the practice of mindfulnees in the tradition of Zen Buddhism as a vehicle for the interface of understanding the tradition between Buddhist and Christian people. There will be a component of sitting meditation so comfortable clothing is recommended.

Sunday, February 26, 3:30 - 5:30 PM
Saint Mark Lutheran Church
100 Harter Road, Morristown, NJ 07960
Directions here.

bob kennedyPresenter: Robert E. Kennety, SJ

Through Zen, Robert E. Kennedy, SJ has come to see what Meister Eckhart, Thomas Merton, and other contemporary contemplatives described: At the end of our striving, we are meant not only to follow Christ but to be Him. Our true identity is one with God.

Kennedy is an American Jesuit ordained in 1965. He then served the Church in Japan during Vatican II. After completing doctoral studies in theology and preparing for psychoanalytic training, he returned to Japan in 1976 to study with Yamada Roshi in Kamakura. He went on to study with Maezumi Roshi in Los Angeles, and with Bernard Glassman Roshi in New York. Glassman made Kennedy a teacher or sensei in 1991, and conferred Inka, or a final seal of approval, in 1997, making

Kennedy a Zen roshi or master in the White Plum lineage. He is the author of two books, Zen Spirit, Christian Spirit and Zen Gifts to Christians. He conducts weekend and week-long sessions (Zen retreats) at centers in the United States, Mexico, Poland, England, and Ireland.

Kennedy teaches theology at Saint Peter's College in Jersey City, N. J., and is a practicing psychoanalyst in New York City and a representative at the United Nations Institute for Spiritual Consciousness in Politics.

Anthony Padovano writes a letter to his daughter

Anthony Padovano writes a letter to his daughter for April at A Church for Our Daughters

Anthony Padovano: Letter to my daughter
My Dearest Daughter,

Your personal journey in life, with all the passion and grace you bring to it, matters immensely, not only to you but to me and to many others. I will not encourage you to give your heart to the Church if it is one you cannot trust or will harm you or not listen to you.

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Living the Gospel in a Turbulent World

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SPEAKER: Frida Berrigan
Sunday, May 7, 2017 

Frida Berrigan, the daughter of Philip Berrigan and Elizabeth McAlister, and the niece of the peace activist Daniel J. Berrigan, SJ, grew up in a community devoted to peacemaking and nonviolence and is now following in the family footsteps. She knows "from where she speaks" in terms of raising children in a living and vibrant, socially and globally responsible faith.

The author of It Runs in the Family: On Being Raised by Radicals and Growing into Rebellious Motherhood, Frida serves on the board of the War Resisters League, organizes with Witness Against Torture which she helped found in 2005, and is a columnist for Waging Nonviolence and a contributor to Sojourners.

Frida lives in New London, Connecticut, with her husband Patrick and their three children.
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The Common Good

NO ONE IS EXEMPT FROM PARTICIPATING
(John XXIII, Mater et Magistra, 417)

tmoranSPEAKER: Fr. Terrence J. Moran
Sunday, March 26, 2017

The “common good” has a long history in Catholic theological reflection. Defined by the Second Vatican Council as embracing “ the sum total of all those conditions of social life which enable individuals, families, and organizations to achieve complete and effective fulfillment” (Gaudium et Spes,74), the common good is always named as an essential principle of the Catholic social justice tradition. This presentation examined the origins and development of the concept of the common good in Catholic Social Teaching and investigated the forces in our polarized and consumerist culture that often blind us to the call of the common good.

Fr. Terrence J. Moran studied moral theology at the Accademia Alfonsiana in Rome and the Catholic University of Louvain, Belgium. He has given presentations on theology and spirituality through the United States and in 35 other countries. He is currently the Director of the Office of Peace, Justice and Ecological Integrity of the Sisters of Charity of Saint Elizabeth, Convent Station, NJ.
 
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Join Us to Support Refugees in New Jersey

Refugee Assistance Update

At VOTFNJ's invitation, a steering committee for refugee assistance held its first organizational meeting on May 23, 2016 at St. Peter's Episcopal Church. The result: a coalition of 14 member organizations which have named themselves, Refugee Assistance Morris Partners (RAMP). Their stated purpose: "...to assist vetted Middle Eastern and other refugee families to transiton to productive lives of dignity, safety, and hope in the Morris County area of New Jersey." The group has partnered with World Church Service (WCS) and with the Community Foundation of New Jersey (CFNJ).

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Learn more about RAMP's partnership with CFNJ here.
How it Feels to be a Syrian Refugee in America
RAMP welcomes its first family. Discover more here.
"Modern Pilgirms
"  by William Westhoven, Daily Record, Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 24, 2016
RAMP Release January 2017 here.
Here is a Prayer for Refugees.

 

                   

 

 

 

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Next Eucharistic Celebration

ANNOUNCEMENT

Eucharistic Liturgy - Cancelled
Sunday, May 7,
4:30 PM

Our Liturgy has been cancelled due to a death in our family.bread and wine 1024x880

Sister Rose Marie Padovano SC, sister of Dr. Anthony Padovano, entered eternal life on May 3rd. Dick Rento will be presiding at her Mass of Christian Burial at Holy Family Chapel at the Convent of St. Elizabeth at 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, May 7th. Prayers are requested for the Padovano family.

 

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Living the Gospel - Intentional Eucharistic Communities

Intentional Eucharistic Communities (IECs) are those small faith communities, rooted in the Intentional Eucharistic CommunitiesCatholic tradition, which gather to celebrate Eucharist on a regular basis. Born in the enthusiasm flowing from Vatican II for a church of the people, some IECs were instituted in parishes, some were created as alternatives to the parish, some retain close ties with the institutional church, and some function independently. VOTFNJ considers itself to be an Intentional Eucharistic Community. Other New Jersey area IECs are the Sophia Inclusive Catholic Community (Andover, NJ), founded by a VOTFNJ member, Mary Ann Schoetlly and The Inclusive Community (Chatham, NJ), whose pastor is Dr. Anthony T. Padovano.

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