(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.
Click here for program details, video, and presentation slides.

Merry Christmas

A Very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year
from your VOTFNJ Brothers and Sisters.

May the Blessings of this Season of Wonder and Grace remain with you always!

Sophia Inclusive Catholic Community, our "Sister" Faith Community,
is celebrating Christmas Liturgy

Sunday, December 24, 2017, 10:00 AM
Michael Corso, Presider
The Center, 65 Newton Sparta Road, Newton, NJ 07860

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Toward an Ordained Ministry for the 21st Century

Remember MeVOTFNJ invites you to a panel discussion

An open, honest and respectful dialogue concerning the shape and character of the future of ordained ministry in the Catholic Church ...

Saturday, January 27, 2018 / 9 AM - 2 PM
(Snow date 2/3/18)
St. Francis Residential Community
122 Diamond Spring Road, Denville, NJ 07834

Our panelists come at this issue from a variety of backgrounds and perspectives which should make for a thoughtful and creative discussion. They are:

  • Paul Bumbar, Author of "A House Divided, The Easter Churches - Catholic and Orthodox" in the International Handbook of Inter-Religious Education
  • Roger Haight, Jesuit theologian, Scholar in Residence at Union Theological Seminary and former president of the Catholic Theological Society of America
  • Jamie Manson, columnist and books editor at the National Catholic Reporter, author of Grace on the Margins
  • Richard Rento, retired pastor and educator, author of It's Not Necessarily So: A Senior Priest Separates Faith from Fiction and Makes Sense of Belief

Download fuller program description here and registration flyer here. Registration deadline is Friday, January 19.



Lessons & Carols


Annual Christmas Liturgy

Join us as we listen to the readings and sing carols in celebration ...

Sunday, December 17
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM*

St. Mark Lutheran Church
100 Harter Road
Morristown, NJ  07950
Mike Corso, Presider

* Join us for our Family Holiday "Potluck" dinner to follow liturgy.



The Origins and Development of Priesthood in the 1st and 2nd Millennium

Anthony Padovano
September 17, 2017

AP 2017 2VOTFNJ's theme for Fall 2017 is Ministry for the 21st Century. Anthony Padovano kicked off our discussions with a presentation on the priesthood from early christianity to today.

Anthony T. Padovano holds doctorates and professorships in theology and literature. He is the author of 29 books, including 3 award-winning plays, translated into nine languages. A visiting professor at 25 American colleges and universities, he lectures world-wide and appears in the media on both sides of the Atlantic.   His personal and professional papers are in the permanent archives of the University of Notre Dame. 

Click here for more information and to listen to Anthony's talk: The Origins and Development of Priesthood in the 1st and 2nd Millennium

Join Us to Support Refugees in New Jersey

 Refugee Assistance Update

RAMP tag stackedAt 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).

Learn more about RAMP here.
Learn more about RAMP's partnership with CFNJ here.

RAMP Fall Update here.
Here is a Prayer for Refugees.






VOTF National News & Views

votfnj sStay in touch and informed!

Read In the Vineyard and stay abreast of VOTF national activities and views here.

Advocate for the reform of the Statute of Limitation for child sex abuse victims in New Jersey and other states. Read VOTF Statute of Limitation Reform: Advocacy Guide here.

Road to Recovery

VOTFNJ is pleased to support ...

Road to RecoveryRoad to Recovery, a non-profit organization that offers compassionate counseling and referral services to survivors of sexual abuse. Launched in 2005 to provide direct assistance to victims of clergy sexual abuse, R2R has expanded its mission to include survivors of all sexual abuse. Learn more.

Next Eucharistic Celebration

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Lessons & Carols
Sunday, December 17

3:30 - 5:00 PM
Saint Mark Lutheran Church
100 Harter Road
Morristown, NJ
Mike Corso, Presider





THE VOICE - VOTFNJ's Monthly Newsletter

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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. Another New Jersey area IECs is the Sophia Inclusive Catholic Community (Andover, NJ), founded by a VOTFNJ member, Mary Ann Schoetlly.

Discover more...


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