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.



"They Will Inherit the Earth" with John Dear

A Talk and Book-Signing with Activist, Author and Nobel Peace Prize Nominee John Dear

Sunday, March 25John451GRjpm7zQL
3:30 - 5:00 PM
Saint Mark Lutheran Church

100 Harter Road
Morristown, NJ

In his landmark work, author, activist and Nobel peace prize nominee Father John Dear connects the way of active nonviolence with solidarity with Creation, and shows how our global epidemic of violence and war could only lead to catastrophic climate change. He cites Jesus’ third Beatitude as the basis for his meditation: "Blessed are the meek, they will inherit the earth." Thomas Merton said "meekness" was the biblical word for “nonviolence” (in the Gandhi/King sense), so Dear reflects how Jesus connected nonviolence with oneness with creation, how he practiced nonviolence and lived at one with creation, and how we need to do the same.

Read more ...

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.



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.
Donate to RAMP here.

Year-End Update of our RAMP Families here.
Here is a Prayer for Refugees.






VOTF National News & Views

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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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Sunday, February 18

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.

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Upcoming Events

03.04.2018 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Eucharistic Liturgy
03.18.2018 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Eucharistic Liturgy
03.25.2018 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
They Will Inherit the Earth with John Dear
04.15.2018 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Eucharistic Liturgy
05.06.2018 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Eucharistic Liturgy

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