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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

White Man on a Bicycle

Tom Johnson, Founder of Africa Surgery
September 24, 2017

Tom JohnsonTom Johnson, Jr., a former Peace Corps volunteer who founded the non-profit, Africa Surgery, in 2003 will talk about his work in Sierra Leone. Africa Surgery, a non-profit organization, provides health care and surgical services to needy people in Sierra Leone.

Raised in Morristown, NJ, Tom Johnson, Jr., served two years as a U.S. Peace Corps volunteer in Sierra Leone, West Africa (1989-91), working with farmers on tree crops and beekeeping projects. He was there at the beginning of the rebel war which ravaged the country from 1991 until 2001.

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Is celibacy the issue?

A VOTFNJ Discussion

CelibacyIn observation of this fall's adopted theme, Ministry in the 21st Century, VOTFNJ will  discuss the article "Is celibacy the issue?" by Terry Dosch, a special insert to Bread Rising on the Married Priesthood, Vol. 4, No. 2, June 1997. It will incorporate some suggestions made by Dick Scaine re: the role of priest (he calls them guides) from his book, Discussions in the New Cosmology, pp.255-261.

Facilitating the discussion will be VOTFNJ Coordinating Team members Charlie Saco and Bernice Anglin. Join us ...

Sunday, November 5, 3:30 PM*
Saint Mark Lutheran Church
100 Harter Road
Morristown, NJ

* Liturgy to follow at 4:30 PM with Dick Rento presiding.

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.






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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, November 19

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





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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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