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About Jerry

Catechumenate ministry is my passion. I have been involved in the catechumenate since 1980 in both the Roman Catholic and Episcopal branches of the Church. I am a "progressive," ecumenical Christian who is realistic enough to know that the Church has never been "One"; is often not "Holy"; strives to be "Catholic" and is "Apostolic" only when members respect the Tradition rather than the latest customs. I have been fortunate to be able to focus on various elements of philosophy, theology and Christian history during my studies. I am able to bring them all to bear in catechumenate ministry.

Mt 25:14-30 — The 3 Servants and Taking Risks

Jesus sets up this parable like any good story teller would.    There was this man who calls forth 3 servants.  All good stories have 3 characters in the midst of the action.  For example, three men go into a … Continue reading

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Grace at Work

We had a powerful meeting this evening.  I always find it amazing when I am witness to a person struggling with conversion.  That’s what happened this evening. Witnessing God’s mysterious ways unfold is also always amazing.  This week’s gospel passage … Continue reading

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Give to Ceasar…..Mt 22:15-22

This week’s Gospel is well placed for the “stewardship season.”  It may be here in the Lectionary partially for this reason.  But it is also here because of its place in Matthew’s gospel and how that gospel “rolls out” in … Continue reading

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Philip and the Ethiopian Eunuch….a Current Story

Trinity’s associate pastor Lynell related the following experience to me: A family called her to the bedside of one of their dying family members.  In the course of the visit, the dying person’s son asked that his mother be baptized.  … Continue reading

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Jim Schellman & The North American Forum

I had the opportunity to meet today with Jim Schellman, Executive Director of  The North American Forum on the Catechumenate.  I wasn’t sure how the conversation would go.  I was a team member in Forum institutes back in “my other … Continue reading

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Roman Catholic to Episcopalian: Part of the Journey

I enjoy telling this story, if for no other reason than its irony.  Warning: it is fairly lengthy. Preamble: My critical eye towards the Roman Catholic branch of the church started while in the seminary at Mt. Angel.  We were … Continue reading

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The Year-Round Catechumenate

I believe that the only way to go with the catechumenate process in a parish is year-round.  This means that you have at least one meeting every week, probably on the same day and at the same time.  This seems … Continue reading

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Matthew 20: 1-16 Workers in the Vineyard

“It’s not fair! They get the same as we do, but they’ve only been working for an hour and we, for 12!” I suspect this reading may have had an influence on the 4th and 5th Centuries’ practice of becoming … Continue reading

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Catechisms

The Anglican/Episcopal Church “incubator” is ideal for the birthing of new adult Christians.  What makes it ideal is that the meeting place for Episcopalians is not doctrinal agreement but prayer.  The Book of COMMON Prayer is core.  Is there a … Continue reading

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