Renewed daily - A ministry of Hope in Christ Jesus - No matter what!




March 16th, 2019

Today is your wedding day Paige and Tommy! 

Wishing you a long and blessed marriage, always love, health, peace, 

and the gift of children!










March 10, 2019

Celebrating the life at the memorial service for Eric, George's Son. May he rest in peace, and may the Angels of the Lord guide him to the heavenly home!










February 24th


Welcome Ntina and Sterling to our church family ! With your baptism you are on your pilgrimage toward God’s Kingdom. Congratulations and many blessings!












Hodie, Christus Natus est, Hallelujah, Hallelujah.

Pax Hominibus bonae voluntatis.

Gloria in Exelsis Deo! 

Merry Christmas! 

Peace and Joy to you beloved brothers and sisters or of our Worldwide ECCC!

Wishing you all a very blessed and joyous Christmas Season, Health and Peace in A. D. 2019


    As we celebrate this Holy Days of Christmas, we are reminded what His birth means to us and the whole world. We not only celebrate His Birth over 2 thousand years ago, we also being reminded of Christ living among us, and that He will come again in Glory to take us all home. 

    As Christians we are aware that our spiritual journey on this earth is dependent on our relationship with Christ. As we walk with Christ in our midst, we need to keep focused on Him and realize more and more why it makes a difference to follow His commandment of Loving God and our Neighbor. The world with all its glamour is trying to convince us otherwise, i.e., making us believe that there is no God. Yes, for many it has become the answer in modern times: to live only the way one wants, and see all the bad things of today's world be part of a lesser necessity, because it seems to be so much easier. Wars, scandals, natural disasters, famines, or a family tragedy, etc. becomes the new justification for ones own way of a life without God. 

    But what really will come out of such a lifestyle?

    We see it everywhere, a world of bulling, a world of more greed and the devastating consequences it entails, carelessness in all its evil forms, including the pollution of the worlds oceans, the denial of Global warming, the deforestations of the world's vital rain forests, the drug epidemics and all kinds of addictions, robberies, murders, and the list goes on...

    Yet, all of this cries out for wanting us to live in a better world that has Love as the moral foundation, and to see families and communities who show more care and respect for each other, yes for all of God's people. We experiencing almost daily how much societies have been divided and how many people are being treated with hate and disrespect. Immigrants are being treated as enemies, living in abhorrent conditions, children separated from their parents. We forget that Jesus and his family were refugees fleeing the brutal hands of the Ruler Herod...

    Christmas is a stark reminder to see the world through the eyes of Jesus: in his innocence of a baby -his entire life a peacemaker -welcoming all who seek Wholeness again -finding healing in life's afflictions -restoring God's will among us.  We need again this awareness that we are only one human race, and that we are only guests on this earth, and knowing that we are only stewards of God's creation. We need each other. Only God's Word of Life and Grace can bring healing restoring our lives and communities.

    Let us be such a renewed people that live this message of Joy to the world and Peace to all people of good will. Let us give testimony for HIS Good NEWS. We are able to do it, because Jesus went before us and showed us the need for change in our life. 

    May we all find a new way to the Heart of God that, our Father and Mother that is pouring out so much love that we are just taken by it.

    Thank you all for your love for Jesus and the good work of our worldwide Church! 

Wishing you, your families and all in your care: this kind and pure Love that comes out of the manger in Bethlehem, that innocent life that came in our midst so we can live With Him and Through Him and in Him.

With my Prayers and benedictions,

Yours,

   +Karl


ECCC Announcement:

We announcing for 2020: Our Ecumenical Catholic Church of Christ World Synod.

An Apostolic Letter will be sent out to our Archbishops, Bishops, Priests, Deacons and Laity that will plan the Details for this historic event.  We asking you all for your prayers for this celebration of our faith!  We welcome also our new priests in our worldwide missions, the ECCC is growing through the Grace of God!


¡Paz, hermanos y hermanas en Cristo!

Les deseamos a todos una muy feliz 

y feliz temporada navideña,

Salud y paz en A. D. 2019


   Mientras celebramos estos Días Santos de Navidad, se nos recuerda lo que significa su nacimiento para nosotros y para el mundo entero. No solo celebramos Su nacimiento hace más de 2 mil años, también se nos recuerda que Cristo vive entre nosotros y que Él vendrá nuevamente en Gloria para llevarnos a todos a casa.

    Como cristianos somos conscientes de que nuestro viaje espiritual en esta tierra depende de nuestra relación con Cristo. Mientras caminamos con Cristo en medio de nosotros, debemos mantenernos enfocados en Él y darnos cuenta cada vez más de por qué es importante seguir Su mandamiento de amar a Dios y a nuestro prójimo. El mundo con todo su glamour está tratando de convencernos de lo contrario, es decir, haciéndonos creer que no hay Dios. Sí, para muchos se ha convertido en la respuesta en los tiempos modernos: vivir solo de la manera que uno quiere y ver todas las cosas malas del mundo de hoy como parte de una necesidad menor, porque parece ser mucho más fácil. Las guerras, los escándalos, los desastres naturales, las hambrunas, una tragedia familiar, etc., se convierten en la nueva justificación de nuestra propia vida sin Dios.

    ¿Pero qué realmente saldrá de tal estilo de vida?

    Lo vemos en todas partes, un mundo de bulling, un mundo de más codicia y las consecuencias devastadoras que conlleva, el descuido en todas sus formas malignas, incluida la contaminación de los océanos del mundo, la negación del calentamiento global, las deforestaciones de la lluvia vital del mundo. Los bosques, las epidemias de drogas y todo tipo de adicciones, robos, asesinatos, y la lista continúa ...

    Sin embargo, todo esto clama por querer que vivamos en un mundo mejor que tenga el Amor como la base moral, y que veamos a las familias y comunidades que muestran más cuidado y respeto por los demás, sí para todo el pueblo de Dios. Experimentamos casi a diario la cantidad de sociedades que se han dividido y la cantidad de personas que son tratadas con odio y falta de respeto. Los inmigrantes son tratados como enemigos, viven en condiciones abominables, los niños separados de sus padres. Olvidamos que Jesús y su familia eran refugiados que huían de las manos brutales del gobernante Herodes ...

    La Navidad es un claro recordatorio para ver el mundo a través de los ojos de Jesús: en su inocencia de un bebé, toda su vida, un pacificador, que acogerá a todos los que buscan nuevamente la totalidad, encontrar curación en las aflicciones de la vida, restablecer la voluntad de Dios entre nosotros. Necesitamos nuevamente esta conciencia de que somos solo una raza humana, y que solo somos invitados en esta tierra, y sabiendo que solo somos administradores de la creación de Dios. Nos necesitamos el uno al otro. Solo la Palabra de Dios de Vida y Gracia puede traer sanidad restaurando nuestras vidas y comunidades.

    Seamos un pueblo tan renovado que viva este mensaje de Alegría para el mundo y Paz para todas las personas de buena voluntad. Demos testimonio de sus buenas noticias. Podemos hacerlo, porque Jesús fue antes que nosotros y nos mostró la necesidad de un cambio en nuestra vida.

    Que todos podamos encontrar un nuevo camino hacia el Corazón de Dios que, nuestro Padre y nuestra Madre, está derramando tanto amor que simplemente nos dejamos llevar por él.

    ¡Gracias a todos por su amor a Jesús y al buen trabajo de nuestra Iglesia mundial!

Les deseamos a ustedes, a sus familias y a todos a su cuidado: este amor amable y puro que sale del pesebre en Belén, esa vida inocente que vino en medio de nosotros para que podamos vivir con Él y por medio de Él y en Él.

Con mis oraciones y bendiciones,

Suyo,

   +Karl


Anuncio de la ECCC:

Es con gran alegría anunciar para 2020:

Nuestra Iglesia Ecuménica Católica de Cristo Sínodo Mundial.

Se enviará una carta apostólica a nuestros arzobispos, obispos, sacerdotes, diáconos y laicos que planearán los detalles para este evento histórico.

¡Les pedimos a todos por sus oraciones por esta celebración de nuestra fe!

También damos la bienvenida a nuestros nuevos sacerdotes en nuestras misiones mundiales, ¡El ECCC está creciendo a través de la Gracia de Dios!


Pace, fratelli e sorelle in Cristo!

Augurandovi tutti Bon Natale

molto Benedetta e Gioiosa,

Salute e Pace in A. D. 2019


    Mentre celebriamo questo santo giorno di Natale, ci viene ricordato ciò che la sua nascita significa per noi e per il mondo intero. Non celebriamo solo la sua nascita oltre 2 mila anni fa, ci viene anche ricordato che Cristo vive in mezzo a noi e che ritornerà in gloria per portarci tutti a casa.

    Come cristiani siamo consapevoli che il nostro cammino spirituale su questa terra dipende dalla nostra relazione con Cristo. Mentre camminiamo con Cristo in mezzo a noi, dobbiamo concentrarci su di Lui e realizzare sempre di più perché fa la differenza seguire il Suo comandamento di Dio amorevole e il nostro prossimo. Il mondo con tutto il suo fascino sta cercando di convincerci del contrario, cioè, facendoci credere che non c'è Dio. Sì, per molti è diventata la risposta nei tempi moderni: vivere solo come si vuole e vedere tutte le cose cattive del mondo di oggi essere parte di una necessità minore, perché sembra essere molto più facile. Guerre, scandali, disastri naturali, carestie o tragedia familiare, ecc. Diventano la nuova giustificazione per il proprio modo di vivere senza Dio.

    Ma cosa uscirà davvero da un simile stile di vita?

    Lo vediamo dappertutto, un mondo di bulling, un mondo di più avidità e le conseguenze devastanti che comporta, l'incuria in tutte le sue forme malvagie, compreso l'inquinamento degli oceani del mondo, la negazione del riscaldamento globale, la deforestazione della pioggia vitale mondiale le foreste, le epidemie di droga e tutti i tipi di dipendenze, rapine, omicidi e la lista continua ...

    Eppure, tutto questo grida per volere che noi viviamo in un mondo migliore che ha l'Amore come fondamento morale e per vedere famiglie e comunità che mostrano più cura e rispetto l'uno per l'altro, sì per tutto il popolo di Dio. Sperimentiamo quasi ogni giorno quante società sono state divise e quante persone vengono trattate con odio e mancanza di rispetto. Gli immigrati vengono trattati come nemici, vivono in condizioni aberrate, bambini separati dai loro genitori. Dimentichiamo che Gesù e la sua famiglia erano profughi in fuga dalle mani brutali del Sovrano Erode ...

    Il Natale è un forte promemoria per vedere il mondo attraverso gli occhi di Gesù: nella sua innocenza di un bambino - tutta la sua vita un pacificatore - accogliere tutti coloro che cercano di nuovo l'integrità - che guarisce nelle afflizioni della vita - ristabilendo la volontà di Dio tra noi. Abbiamo bisogno ancora una volta di questa consapevolezza che siamo solo una razza umana, e che siamo solo ospiti su questa terra, e sapendo che siamo solo amministratori della creazione di Dio. Noi abbiamo bisogno l'uno dell'altro. Solo la Parola di Vita e di Grazia di Dio può portare guarigione che ripristina le nostre vite e comunità.

    Diventiamo un popolo così rinnovato che viva questo messaggio di Gioia al mondo e pace a tutti gli uomini di buona volontà. Diamo testimonianza per le Sue buone NOTIZIE. Siamo in grado di farlo, perché Gesù ci ha preceduto e ci ha mostrato la necessità di un cambiamento nella nostra vita.

    Possano tutti noi trovare una nuova via per il Cuore di Dio che, nostro Padre e nostra Madre, riversa così tanto amore che siamo semplicemente presi da esso.

    Grazie a tutti per il vostro amore per Gesù e per il buon lavoro della nostra Chiesa mondiale!

    Augurando Voi, le tue famiglie e tutto ciò che ti sta a cuore: questo amore gentile e puro che esce dalla mangiatoia di Betlemme, quella vita innocente che è venuta in mezzo a noi per vivere con Lui, per Lui e in Lui.

Con le mie preghiere e le mie benedizioni,

Il Suo,

   +Karl


Annuncio ECCC:

È con Great Joy annunciare per il 2020:

La nostra Chiesa Ecumenica Cattolica di Cristo Sinodo Mondiale.

Una Lettera Apostolica sarà inviata ai nostri Arcivescovi, Vescovi, Sacerdoti, Diaconi e Laici che pianificheranno i Dettagli per questo evento storico.

Chiediamo a tutti voi le vostre preghiere per questa celebrazione della nostra fede!

Diamo il benvenuto anche ai nostri nuovi sacerdoti nelle nostre missioni in tutto il mondo, La Chiesa Ecumenica Cattolica de Cristo sta crescendo attraverso la Grazia di Dio!






Santa Clause for the Children December 15, A. D. 2018

Annual Santa Clause for the children. Thank you to all our volunteers who worked tirelessly to make this day happen. Thank you to the students from Henry Ford Arts College who made the workshop for the children a very happy event! Thank you to all our donors who gave the toys and blankets for our children, especially Margaret from our Chapel at St. Francis and St. Clare, and the Students of Clawson High School! Be all blessed, and a very blessed Christmas Season to you all!

































October 13th, 2018

St. Anthony Church Family and Clothes and Food Pantry Barbecue 

 Free Flu shots, Reading Glasses, Healthcare advice and updates, Assistance for Foreclosure Homes.

It was a big success!! 

Thanks to Charlene, and to Walgreens! and all our wonderful volunteers!!




























October 2018

Thank you so much volunteers for your good hearts helping so many neighbors to avoid property for closures for over a year now! 

Special thanks to Gregory and Br. Morgan from our Church for your energy in all of these headaches! Prayers and blessings!






September 2018

Archbishop Dr. Karl Rodig celebrating Mass and receiving the eternal vows from 

Brother Thomas, OFM in the Roman Catholic Church in Detroit

In the Spirit of Ecumenism and Christian Charity!















August A. D. 2018


Our Church roof is deteriorating, and the water intrusion is a major problem! 

We pray and hope we find donors to help us to replace major parts of the roof to 

preserve our historic church, and to be able to continue our work for the poor.

Please help our precious cause!

Thank you!


Please Make donations out to: "St. Anthony"

St. Anthony

5247 Sheridan Street

Detroit, MI 48226





June 2018

Episcopal Conference of the ECCC Western Region at our Cathedral

God bless our brother bishops and all whom they serve!

















April 26th, 2018

Finally we can go back to gardening after a long winter. Lord bless this year with a good harvest.




Easter 2018

Christus resurrexit vere! Alleluja!


(Please share with all, Thank you! Compartir con todos, Gracias!)


The Peace of the Risen Christ be with you all, dear brothers and sisters of our worldwide church communion!

‘We are an Easter people and alleluia is our song.’ (St Augustine)

    I would like to share with you three Ways we can walk in our lives with Jesus:

First: Toward the Jerusalem: Discover who we are, and whom to follow.
    
    As we walked through this year's Lenten Season, we searched for our commitment with Christ, our personal life history, seeing our weaknesses that we needed to correct, but moreover we have discovered our strength in faith. We have might come to a new understanding how we see Christ in our life, in our church family, He, our Savior and Guiding Light. 
    We find ourselves on a journey toward the New Jerusalem, our destiny. Along the way, we need to find the answer: how can we better declare our love for Jesus through word and deed? What is therefore the real meaning and purpose for us Christians in this world?
    One situation we face every day is that we are drawn between the world immanent matters and a real spiritual awareness/awakening. We often exchange these two to reward ourselves as it is only up to us, and not to God who is above everything...
    How can we reconcile the world in which we live with the demands of our faith in God? It feels to us that there is a struggle going on within us: I cannot leave my lifestyle that I am so used to, yet I do want to be closer to God with all my existence...The early church fathers wrote quite a bit of this struggle and they knew that the answer is Christ who is all in all for us.
    For us as Christians, it is the focus on the Life, and the mysteries of Christ Jesus, His Suffering and Resurrection that will help us to conquer our disbelieves, our status quo, our self inflicted wounds, our own misery that cries out to God. If we only seek the answer through our own making, we will end up nowhere...If we start believing and understanding more deeper Christ in our life, he will provide for us, and we join the millions and millions of Christians who found and experienced throughout history a joy that is beyond all this world can offer!
    We have to realize that Christ Jesus is not against this world, "He came into his own..." This world is God's creation. Christ, the Son of God, "took on human flesh" in order to be one of us and he lived among us, human and divine. Jesus's words, "I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life" is the ultimate answer how to live in HIS creation. We realize that Christ in his earthly life walked toward Jerusalem, the Temple, the Holiest place in Judaism. There he declared that HE is the New Temple...As he entered Jerusalem, he knew the crowds  would shout the "Hosanna" to the King of Kings, but he knew this will end in human catastrophe because they were not seeking the heavenly kingdom, but to foster the earthly kingdom of Israel. So, it was for the majority not about the Messiah, the spiritual and Divine Grace that was present in Jesus, it was their self-seeking way. 
And here we find ourselves, we love to walk toward the heavenly Jerusalem to meet Christ, the eternal King, yet we are easy to fall into the trap of self-deceiving ways, thinking we are on the right way, but missing out when it comes to change that a few saw necessary, like Mary the mother of Jesus, John the beloved, and Mary Magdalene who stood with him till the dying on the cross...This image has to enter our heart and mind in order to find HIM...

Second: Leave the old Jerusalem and walking toward Golgotha.
    
    Where do we stand right now in our lives? Are we still walking toward the old Jerusalem, shouting "Hosanna", and not knowing we need to leave the old Temple, finding Jesus who is the New Temple, and made us all a holy temple through the Holy Spirit?
    It is the uncomfortable, the miserable No we still carry in our hearts, not wanting to face the cross, not feeling right to carry it, because it is a burden, because  the world again tells us otherwise, like you don't have to do this, leave it alone, live the high life that makes you happy, and do not care about the poor, do not feel for the suffering, and curse God when illness befalls you, or one in your family...and on and on...So we keep walking toward the earthly Jerusalem, and not toward the heavenly Jerusalem, we keep looking for other spiritual means of superstition, astrology, and so on, indulging ourselves with material means...
    It is only when we say yes to the Cross that Jesus carried, and died on it, that we can say yes to our own cross and walk with Him toward Easter! Again, only this Yes to Jesus, His life, suffering, and resurrection is the most precious word we can utter within our hearts, because it is God's Grace that will help us to live it! 
    What else is there to look forward in this short earthly life as to find this deep inner fulfillment in the Life of Jesus that lasts for eternity!
    "No one can come to the Father except through me", Jesus says this with the same breath to the sentence earlier, "I am the way, the truth and the life"...And Paul confirms it, "I have been crucified with Christ; yet I live, no longer I, but Christ lives in me".
    Through this awareness, we are leaving the old Jerusalem toward the Crucifixion of Christ, the Son of God, and not shying away from it through intellectual arguments, through the deceit of the modern world that wants us be trapped in disbelief...Again, the cross is indeed the only reality of Jesus not having died in vain, but being the Son of God, brutally murdered for our salvation! This is God's ultimate declaration of Love for each one of us! It is the sign of victory over death! Facing this Cross of Jesus and caring on our own cross, will bring us closer to the light of the resurrection and Life eternal. 


Third: Walking as Easter People
    
    Having worked as a chaplain for 11 years in hospitals and nursing homes, I always saw people who through their faith found themselves more under the cross of Jesus, seeing beyond their own suffering, and finding inner peace that the bystanders might not easy accept, especially in the suffering of a child. I would like to mention the little story of a 7 year old girl that was dying of brain cancer, and with enormous pain, there was one day that the parents came to visit her, and the girl was so calm, saying with a smiling face, "do not worry so much I am going to God"...The parents were outraged and could not understand such uttering, and asked me if I or a doctor told the girl she was dying, which we did not. Only after a while, the parents came to see that the girl was trying to comfort them through her love, feeling that God will welcome her...
    We find ourselves often as the disciples who walked to Emmaus, grieving, talking, and not understanding what happen outside the old city of Jerusalem...And there it was Jesus joined them, walking with them and open their eyes, and after the meal they realized their hearts were burning, because their love for Jesus just found the answer!  

    We enter with Jesus the old Jerusalem seeing the man made world as it is, driven by greed, deceit, false promises, and mayhem..., we finally realize, we need to take on our own cross with Jesus present, leaving the old temple of Jerusalem, walking with HIM toward Golgotha, encounter his crucifixion, death, and seeing the light of His glorious resurrection!
    We are strengthen in our faith for our earthly journey toward the heavenly Kingdom, the heavenly Jerusalem, because it is Him who opens our eyes, and by grace shows us the way, and in the Holy Spirit we find this deep joy that sings the Easter Alleluia. 
Yes, ‘We are an Easter people and alleluia is our song.’ (St Augustine)

    Let our hearts keep burning for Christ with the fire of love, because He walks with us, and if you still looking for him, let's remind us "But the angel said to the women, 'Do not be afraid; I know that you are looking for Jesus who was crucified. He is not here; for he has been raised, as he said. Come, see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples, 'He has been raised from the dead, and indeed he is going ahead of you to Galilee'...
    Indeed, we find Jesus within ourselves, everywhere we go, in our neighbor, in the peace we create, in the love for His creation, in the love for the poor, in working toward a just society, in our suffering, in our joys, and in our longing for seeing HIM in God's eternal Kingdom.

    Wishing you all a Blessed and Joyous Easter! May the Risen Lord shine through us, and lead us as we, the Easter People sing, Alleluia!

With my prayers and apostolic benedictions
yours in Christ
+Karl


ECCC Church World News:

Mexico: Bishop Rodolfo had a good meeting with the Roman Catholic Apostolic Nuncio for Mexico talking about our Church.

Asia:
India: Bishop Suny and his priests working hard to spread the good news of our Church with success !

Pakistan: our ministers working very hard for the poor!

The Philippines: Bishop Armando, and Bishop Manuel reaching out to more people, and the congregations are growing!

Latin America: 
Costa Rica: Peru: Colombia: PanamáOur Archbishop and Apostolic Nuncio for Latin America is spreading the ECCC deeper into Central and South America with our Presence in Peru and Colombia expanding!  Our Archbishop in Brazil, Dom Lucas will be the Contact person for the Catholic Church Reform international meeting in Brazil this year.

Europe: Thanks to our Apostolic Nuncio in Europe, Archbishop Hristo, in Bulgaria for his commitment to dialog with other churches.
Our Bishop Agostino from Italy had a good meeting with the Roman Catholic Reform movement, Catholic Church Reform International in Rome. 

Ukraine: and Russia: Our Orthodox Priests are spreading the good news and living a true ecumenical spirit among the Roman Catholic Church, the Lutheran Church and the major Orthodox Churches.

USA: Thanks to our tireless members of the new Seminary online, it is also going on the airwaves with a radio show. 

Please to all of you: 
Reach out and recommend to people: seminarians, men and women, young and old, anyone who is interested for going online to study in biblical or theological matters! Thank you! 
Here is the Seminary Website again where you can see the different study programs, and needed contacts:


We are still working on a Spanish Language for the seminary, hopefully more languages to come.
 


Pascua

Christus resurrexit vere! Alleluja!

(Por favor, comparta con todos, ¡Gracias!) 


¡La Paz de Cristo resucitado sea con todos Uds., queridos hermanos y hermanas en Cristo de nuestra comunión mundial de la iglesia! 

'Somos un pueblo de Pascua y nuestra canción es el aleluya' (San Agustín) 

Me gustaría compartir con ustedes tres maneras en que podemos caminar en nuestras vidas con Jesús: 



Primero: Hacia Jerusalén: descubra quiénes somos y a quién seguir. 
  
    Mientras caminábamos a través de la Temporada de Cuaresma de este año, buscamos nuestro compromiso con Cristo, nuestra historia de vida personal, viendo nuestras debilidades que necesitábamos corregir, pero además descubrimos nuestra fortaleza en la fe. Podríamos llegar a una nueva comprensión de cómo vemos a Cristo en nuestra vida, en nuestra familia de la iglesia, Él, nuestro Salvador y Luz Guía. 

    Nos encontramos en un viaje hacia la Nueva Jerusalén, nuestro destino. En el camino, necesitamos encontrar la respuesta: ¿cómo podemos declarar mejor nuestro amor por Jesús a través de las palabras y los hechos? ¿Cuál es, por lo tanto, el verdadero significado y propósito para nosotros, los cristianos en este mundo? 

    Una situación que enfrentamos todos los días es que estamos atraídos entre los asuntos inmanentes del mundo y una conciencia / despertar espiritual real. A menudo intercambiamos estos dos para recompensarse a nosotros mismos, ya que depende solo de nosotros, y no a Dios que está por encima de todo ... 

    ¿Cómo podemos reconciliar el mundo en el que vivimos con las demandas de nuestra fe en Dios? Nos parece que hay una lucha dentro de nosotros: no puedo dejar mi estilo de vida al que estoy tan acostumbrado, sin embargo, quiero estar más cerca de Dios con toda mi existencia ... Los primeros padres de la iglesia escribieron bastante de esta lucha y sabían que la respuesta es Cristo, que es todo en todos nosotros. 

    Para nosotros como cristianos, es el enfoque en la Vida, los misterios de Cristo Jesús, Su Sufrimiento y Resurrección lo que nos ayudará a conquistar a nuestros incrédulos, nuestro status quo, nuestras heridas autoinfligidas, nuestra propia miseria que clama a Dios. Si solo buscamos la respuesta por nuestra propia cuenta, no terminaremos en nada ... Si comenzamos a creer y entender a Cristo más profundo en nuestra vida, él nos proveerá, y nos uniremos a los millones y millones de cristianos que encontraron y experimentado a través de la historia, una alegría que está más allá de todo lo que este mundo puede ofrecer! 

    Debemos darnos cuenta de que Cristo Jesús no está en contra de este mundo, "Él entró en lo suyo ..." Este mundo es creación de Dios. Cristo, el Hijo de Dios, "tomó carne humana" para ser uno de nosotros y vivió entre nosotros, humano y divino. Las palabras de Jesús, "Yo soy el Camino, la Verdad y la Vida" es la respuesta definitiva sobre cómo vivir en SU ​​creación. Nos damos cuenta de que Cristo en su vida terrenal caminó hacia Jerusalén, el Templo, el lugar más santo en el judaísmo. Allí declaró que ÉL es el Nuevo Templo ... Al entrar en Jerusalén, sabía que la multitud gritaba "Hosanna" al Rey de Reyes, pero sabía que esto terminaría en una catástrofe humana porque no buscaban el reino celestial, pero para fomentar el reino terrenal de Israel. Entonces, era para la mayoría no sobre el Mesías, la Gracia espiritual y divina que estaba presente en Jesús, pero un camino egoísta para ellos. 

    Y aquí nos encontramos, amamos caminar hacia la Jerusalén celestial para encontrarnos con Cristo, el Rey eterno, pero somos fáciles de caer en la trampa de engañarnos, pensando que estamos en el camino correcto, pero perdiéndonos cuando viene a cambiar lo que algunos vieron necesario, como María, la madre de Jesús, Juan el amado, y María Magdalena, que estuvo con él hasta la muerte en la cruz ... Esta imagen tiene que entrar en nuestro corazón y mente para poder encontrarlo a él


Segundo: abandonar la antigua Jerusalén y caminar hacia el Gólgota.

    ¿Dónde nos encontramos ahora en nuestras vidas? ¿Todavía estamos caminando hacia la vieja Jerusalén, gritando "Hosanna", y sin saber que tenemos que abandonar el antiguo Templo, encontrar a Jesús, que es el Nuevo Templo, y hacernos a todos un templo santo a través del Espíritu Santo?

    Es lo incómodo, lo miserable que aún cargamos en nuestros corazones, no querer enfrentar la cruz, no sentirnos bien al cargarla, porque es una carga, porque el mundo nuevamente nos dice lo contrario, como si no tuviéramos que haz esto, déjalo en paz, vive la gran vida que te hace feliz, y no te preocupes por los pobres, no sientas por el sufrimiento, y maldigas a Dios cuando te sobreviene la enfermedad, o uno en tu familia ... y sigue y en ... Así que seguimos caminando hacia la Jerusalén terrenal, y no hacia la Jerusalén celestial, seguimos buscando otros medios espirituales de superstición, astrología, etc., entregándonos con medios materiales ...

    ¡Solo cuando decimos  a la Cruz que Jesús cargó, y morimos en ella, podemos decir sí a nuestra propia cruz y caminar con Él hacia la Pascua! De nuevo, solo este  a Jesús, Su vida, Sufrimiento y Resurrección es la palabra más preciosa que podemos pronunciar en nuestros corazones, ¡porque es la gracia de Dios la que nos ayudará a vivirla!

    ¡Qué más hay que esperar en esta corta vida terrenal para encontrar esta profunda realización interna en la Vida de Jesús que dura por la eternidad!

    "Nadie puede venir al Padre sino por mí", Jesús dice con el mismo aliento a la frase anterior, "Yo soy el camino, la verdad y la vida" ... Y Pablo lo confirma, "He sido crucificado con Cristo, pero yo vivo, ya no soy yo, sino que Cristo vive en mí ".

    A través de esta toma de conciencia, estamos dejando la vieja Jerusalén hacia la Crucifixión de Cristo, el Hijo de Dios, y no nos alejamos de ella mediante argumentos intelectuales, a través del engaño del mundo moderno que quiere que quedemos atrapados en la incredulidad ... De nuevo, ¡la cruz es de hecho la única realidad de que Jesús no murió en vano, sino que es el Hijo de Dios, brutalmente asesinado por nuestra salvación! ¡Esta es la máxima declaración de amor de Dios para cada uno de nosotros! ¡Es el signo de la victoria sobre la muerte! Enfrentar esta Cruz de Jesús y cuidar nuestra propia cruz nos acercará a la luz de la resurrección y la Vida eterna.


Tercero: caminar como gente de Pascua
    
    Después de haber trabajado como capellán durante 11 años en hospitales y hogares de ancianos, siempre vi personas que por su fe se encontraban más bajo la cruz de Jesús, viendo más allá de su propio sufrimiento y encontrando una paz interior que los espectadores no podían aceptar fácilmente, especialmente en el sufrimiento de un niño. Me gustaría mencionar la pequeña historia de una niña de 7 años que se estaba muriendo de cáncer cerebral, y con un dolor enorme, hubo un día que los padres vinieron a visitarla, y la niña estaba tan tranquila, diciendo con una cara sonriente "No te preocupes tanto, voy a ir a Dios" ... Los padres se indignaron y no podían entender tales expresiones, y me preguntaron si un médico o yo le dijimos a la niña que se estaba muriendo, cosa que no hicimos. Solo después de un tiempo, los padres llegaron a ver que la niña estaba tratando de consolarlos a través de su amor, sintiendo que Dios la recibiría ...
    Nos encontramos a menudo como los discípulos que caminaron hacia Emaús, afligidos, hablando y sin entender lo que sucede fuera de la ciudad vieja de Jerusalén ... Y allí estaba Jesús, se les unió, caminando con ellos y les abrió los ojos, y después de la comida se dieron cuenta de que sus corazones ardían, ¡porque su amor por Jesús acaba de encontrar la respuesta!

    Entramos con Jesús en la vieja Jerusalén viendo el mundo hecho por el hombre tal como es, impulsado por la avaricia, el engaño, las falsas promesas y el caos ..., finalmente nos damos cuenta, tenemos que tomar nuestra propia cruz con Jesús presente, dejando el viejo ¡templo de Jerusalén, caminando con ÉL hacia el Gólgota, encuentra su crucifixión, muerte y viendo la luz de Su gloriosa resurrección!

    Estamos fortalecidos en nuestra fe para nuestro viaje terrenal hacia el Reino celestial, la Jerusalén celestial, porque es Él quien abre nuestros ojos, y por gracia nos muestra el camino, y en el Espíritu Santo encontramos esta alegría profunda que canta la Pascua Aleluya.
Sí, 'Somos un pueblo de Pascua y el aleluya es nuestra canción' (San Agustín)

    Que nuestros corazones sigan ardiendo por Cristo con el fuego del amor, porque Él camina con nosotros, y si aún lo buscas, recordemos "Pero el ángel les dijo a las mujeres: 'No tengan miedo; yo sé que ustedes son buscando a Jesús que fue crucificado. Él no está aquí, porque él ha sido resucitado, como él dijo. Vengan, vean el lugar donde yació. Luego ve rápido y dile a sus discípulos: 'Él ha resucitado de los muertos, y de hecho él va delante de ti a Galilea '...

    De hecho, encontramos a Jesús dentro de nosotros mismos, dondequiera que vayamos, en nuestro prójimo, en la paz que creamos, en el amor por su creación, en el amor a los pobres, en el trabajo hacia una sociedad justa, en nuestro sufrimiento, en nuestras alegrías, y en nuestro anhelo de verlo en el Reino eterno de Dios.

    ¡Les deseo a todos una Pascua Bendita y Feliz! ¡Que el Señor Resucitado brille a través de nosotros y nos guíe mientras nosotros, la Gente de Pascua cantan, Aleluya!

Con mis oraciones y bendiciones apostólicas
tuyo en Cristo
+ Karl


ICEC: Noticias Mundial:

Pacífico Sur: ¡A medida que nuestra Unión de la Iglesia crece, tenemos nuestro primer Seminarista de la Iglesia, Rex en la isla de Vanuatu! ¡Bienvenido!

México: el Obispo Rodolfo tuvo una buena reunión con el Nuncio Apostólico Católico Romano para México hablando sobre nuestra Iglesia.

Asia:
India: ¡el Obispo Suny y sus sacerdotes están trabajando arduamente para difundir las buenas nuevas de nuestra Iglesia con éxito!

Pakistan: Nuestros ministros trabajan duro por los pobres.

Las Filipinas: Obispo Armando y obispo Manuel tienen nuevas misiones y más gente viene!

América Latina: 
Costa Rica: Peru: Colombia: Panama: ¡Nuestro Arzobispo y Nuncio Apostólico para América Latina está expandiendo el ICEC más profundamente hacia Centro y Sudamérica con nuestra Presencia en Perú y Colombia expandiéndose! 

Brazil: Nuestro lider para Brazil, arzobispo Dom Lucas será la persona de contacto para la reunión internacional de la Reforma de la Iglesia Católica en Brasil este año.

Europa: 
Bulgaria: Gracias a nuestro Nuncio Apostólico en Europa, el Arzobispo Hristo en Bulgaria por su compromiso de dialogar con otras iglesias.

Italy:Nuestro Obispo Agostino de Italia tuvo una buena reunión con el movimiento de Reforma Católica Romana, Catholic Church Reform International en Roma.

Ukaraine y Rusia: Nuestros sacerdotes ortodoxos están difundiendo las buenas nuevas y viviendo un verdadero espíritu ecuménico entre la Iglesia Católica Romana, la Iglesia Luterana y las principales Iglesias Ortodoxas.

EE.UU.: Gracias a nuestros incansables miembros del nuevo Seminario en línea, también se transmitirá por radio con un programa de radio.

Por favor a todos ustedes:
Llegue y recomiende a las personas: seminaristas, hombres y mujeres, jóvenes y ancianos, y laicos que tienen interés para conectarse para estudiar asuntos bíblicos o teológicos en el sitio web! ¡Gracias!
Aquí está nuevamente el sitio web del Seminario donde puede ver los diferentes programas de estudio y los contactos necesarios:



Todavía estamos trabajando en un idioma español para el seminario, ojalá haya más idiomas por venir.




Every year, groups of people from everywhere come to see Historic St. Anthony listening to her history.            

Come and see our beautiful Church!





Christmas 2017

Hodie, Christus Natus est, Hallelujah, Hallelujah

Pax Hominibus bonae voluntatis. 

Gloria in Exelsis Deo! 

  
Merry Christmas and a Blessed and Peaceful New Year!
  
 Afrikaans:
Geseënde Kersfees en 'n gelukkige nuwe jaar
Albanian: Gëzuar Krishlindjet Vitin e Ri!
                                                                     Arabic:  ميلاد مجيد 
Armenian:  Shenoraavor Nor Dari yev Soorp Janunt
Basque: Eguberri eta Urte Berri zoriontsua
Esturian:  Bones Navidaes & Gayoleru anu nuevu! 

Belgium:  Zalige Kertfeest  
Bulgaria:  Весела Коледа и Честита и благословена Нова година
Catalán:  Bon Nadal i feliç any nou!
Chinese: 聖誕快樂,新年快樂
Croatia:  Sretan Bozic
Danmark: Glædelig Jul og godt nytår
English:  Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year 
Esperanto:  Gajan Kristnaskon & Bonan Novjaron
Estonian: Rõõmsaid Jõulupühi ja Head uut aastat
Finland:  Hauskaa JouluaFrance: Joyeux Noël et Bonne Année! 
France: Joyeux Noël et bonne année
                                                                                 Galic: Nadolig Llawen
                                                                           Gallego: Bon Nadal e Bo Ani Novo
Georgian: გილოცავთ შობა-ახალ წელს 
                            Germany: Fröhliche und Gesegnete Weihnachten, ein Gesundes und Friedvolles Neues Jahr.       
The Netherlands:  Hartelijke Kerstroeten
Hawaiian: Mele Kalikimaka me ka Hauʻoli Makahiki Hou
Hebrew:  חג מולד שמח
               Hindi:   
क्रिसमस और नया साल मुबारक हो
Hungary: Kellemes karácsonyi ünnepeket és Boldog újévet!
Greek: Καλά Χριστούγεννα!
Indonesia: Selamat Hari Natal & Selamat Tahun Baru  
   Irland: (Gaelic)
Nollaig shona duit. Bliain úr faoi shéan is faoi mhaise duit 
Italy:  Buon Natale e Felice Anno Nuovo
Japan: メリークリスマス 
Latin: Pax Hominibus bonae voluntatis
 Lituania: Linksmu Kaledu ir laimingu Nauju metu
Luxemburg:  Schéi Krëschtdeeg an e Schéint Néi Joer
Malaysia:  Selamat Hari Natal dan Tahun Baru
Maori: Meri Kirihimete
Norway:  Gledelig Jul 
                                             Navajo:Yáʼátʼééh Késhmish dóó Baa Hózhǫ́ǫgo Nee Nínáadoohah
Pashto: کریسمس او نوی کال مو نیکمرغه

                                                                   Philippines: (Tagalog): Maligayang Pasko
Poland:  Wesołych Świąt Bożego Narodzenia i szczęśliwego Nowego Roku!
Portugal: Boas Festas e um Feliz Ano Novo
Romania:  Craciun fericit si un An Nou fericit! 
         Russian: веселого Рождества и счастливого Нового года s Rozjdyestvom i s Novym Godom!
Samoan: Manuia le Kerisimasi, ma le Tausaga Fou
Serbia: Hristos se rodi 
Slowenia: Vesel božič in srečno novo leto
Somalia: ciid wanaagsan iyo sanad cusub oo fiican. 
Spain: Feliz Navidadl! Feliz Año Nuevo! 
Que Cristo La Luz del Mundo sea presente in sus corazones por siempre!
Sri Lanka: Subha Nattalak Veva  

Swahili: Krismasi nzuri na Mwaka Mpya Mpya na Furaha
Sweden: God Jul och Gott Nytt År
Tahiti:  La ora i te Noere e ia ora na i te matahiti 'a
Tamil:Nathar Puthu Varuda Valthukkal
Turkey:  Noeliniz Ve Yeni Yiliniz Kutlu Olsun
Valencia: Bon Nadal i feliç any nou 
Thai - Suk san wan-krit-maat lae sa-wat-dee bpee mai 
Turkish - Noeliniz Ve Yeni Yiliniz Kutlu Olsun; Yeni Yilnizi Kutar, saadetler dilerim 
Ukrainian - Srozhdestvom Kristovym 
Vietnamese - Mung Le Giang Sinh. Cung Chuc Tan Nien 
Welsh - Nadolig Llawen a Blwyddyn Newydd Dda 



Dear brothers and sisters in Christ! 

 
On this Holy Feast of the Birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ, I wish 
you, your families, and all who are in your care, a very blessed Celebration, and our best Wishes for a Peaceful, and Healthy New Year!!

    We celebrate with deep Joy this solemn Season because we have reflected and meditated throughout Advent the meaning of Christ's entering in our World.  Every Year, we are waiting with a deep sense of longing for His coming among us. Christmas is not about having a good time and expecting our material gifts from each other  (they are rather just be a little sign of mutual appreciation for each other). Yet, a deeper happening is to celebrate: Christ is born for each one of us to save our lives and to lift up our souls to God! Christ's birth is not a far and past event we remember as we remember our own birthdays..., it is the greatest happening in our humanity, a new beginning in time, a new focus on our salvation history, heaven meets earth, the divine meets us, God declares HIS last and everlasting covenant for us!
    That's why this is not just a sweet "jingle bell", but the most serious and eye-opening Gift that God ever has shown for us in History!
    God's Love which we never can ever grasp in its entirety, comes to us in the Incarnation of HIS only begotten Son! What joy is this that we cannot describe, what Grace is this that our Souls encounter anew, what care does God show for us so everlasting.
    Today's world is driven by greed, injustice, the rise of new dictators, the grab of power by those who want to enrich themselves, and adding more to the rich, governing by deceit -using false pretense of helping the poor; furthermore thinking that the environment -God's creation- can be exploited, adding to the global warming at the cost of the health and safety of future generations; then the abandonment of providing everyone in society access to decent health care; the new oppression of people by fanatics, including a new way of slavery as humans being sold again (like in Libya) on the markets. 
    The threat of war that is ever more looming through the selfish behavior of leaders who have become blind to the value of the human dignity.

    Yes, in this world of ours, the Newborn King is rising above all the daily horror and madness that we facing throughout the world. It is Christ, the Savior, that also has to be born into our hearts and minds in order to live as children of God, and to give witness to the Good News of the Gospel heading His words: "The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, 
    And to those who are rich and oppress, exploit, deceit, and live by greed and selfish behavior, these words shall be said: 
     “But woe to you who are rich, for you have already received your comfort. Woe to you who are well fed now,  for you will go hungry. Woe to you who laugh now, for you will mourn and weep. Woe to you when everyone speaks well of you,  for that is how their ancestors treated the false prophets." Luke 6:24-26  
    "Your iniquities have turned these away, and your sins have kept good from you. For wicked men are found among my people; they lurk like fowlers lying in wait. They set a trap; they catch men. Like a cage full of birds, their houses are full of deceit; therefore they have become great and rich; they have grown fat and sleek. They know no bounds in deeds of evil; they judge not with justice the cause of the fatherless, to make it prosper, and they do not defend the rights of the needy. Shall I not punish them for these things? declares the Lord, and shall I not avenge myself on a nation such as this? Jeremiah 5:25-29  
    "May he defend the cause of the poor of the people, give deliverance to the children of the needy, and crush the oppressor!" PS 72:4

  Christmas is about true Love, and the encouraging Hope for Justice that God cares here and now for His people. Christmas is about Course correction of our Lives, turning our hearts back to God, "For God so loved the World that HE gave the only begotten Son, so that everyone believing in Him should not perish, but should have eternal life."  John 3:16

    May this, our true King, Christ Jesus, born in Bethlehem in a cold and poor stable, and who died as our Savior on the Cross, -condemned by a greedy and power hungry world, be your Lord for ever and ever! Hallelujah!
                                                   Thank you all for your service in Christ!

With my Prayers and Apostolic Benedictions,
+Karl


ECCC Church News:

-St. Anthony's Cathedral House of Liturgical Studies.
We welcome the Faculty members of our New Online Seminary, "St. Anthony's Cathedral House of Liturgical Studies"! We thank their tireless leaders, Fr. Tom Roberts, Ph.D., and Director, Sr. Gary A. Staszak, M.A., C.A.S., including all the Faculty members. The Website will be up and running soon.
We also have an advisory board who will be consulters to the House of Studies: so far we have Archbishop Godfrey, Kenya; Archbishop Kimo, USA; Bishop Marc, USA; Vicar General, Fr. Nicholas, Sri Lanka. I hope we can add a few more consulters to advise the Faculty.
The "St Anthony's Cathedral House of Liturgical Studies" is designed to help those who prepare themselves for the ministry around the world in the ECCC, and also from other church denominations. It also gives courses for people from the Laity who would like to advance in their biblical and theological education as teachers, and for private enrichment. 
We encourage you all to help those who are interested to be able to enroll in the student programs. At this moment we have the Seminary on line in English, but we hop that we will have it also in Spanish in the near future!

-Recent Consecration, Ordinations and Incardinations:
Congratulations to the consecration of our new Auxiliary Bishop, +Marc Angelo, Archdiocese ECCC of Los Angeles, California.
-Incardination: Archbishop Tony Scuderi, Ph. D., Fr. Tom Roberts, Ph. D. USA
-The Ordinations of our new Priests of the Archdiocese in Costa Rica, and our diocese in Colombia. Ordination to the Diaconate of Rev. Pedro, Hawaii. 

-India: Expansion of pastoral programs in India under the Leadership of Bishop Sunny and his priests! 
-Kenya: Expansion of the orphanage and schools in Kenya!

-Pakistan: increase work for the poor.

-The Philippines: Expansion of pastoral services, prayer groups, and construction of a local seminary of formation 

-Ukraine: Active Ecumenical dialogue and relations with the Lutheran Church and other denominations.

-Russia: Active Ecumenical relations with other Orthodox Churches.

-Brazil: Completion of the construction of the Cathedral of Dom Lucas, congratulations!


Mis queridos hermanos y hermanas en Cristo: 
 
En esta santa fiesta del nacimiento de Jesucristo, nuestro Salvador, quiero desearles a ustedes, a sus familiares y a todos aquellos bajo su protección y cuidado, una celebración rica en bendiciones.  ¡Les deseo lo mejor, paz y salud, en este Año Nuevo!

   Después de haber meditado y reflexionado sobre el significado de la entrada de Cristo al mundo, durante el adviento, celebramos con gran alegría esta solemnidad. Todos los años esperamos con grandes ansias su venida gloriosa entre nosotros. La navidad no esperar regalos y pasarla bien (aunque los regalos son signos de nuestro amor fraterno); sino que es celebrar su verdadero sentido: Cristo nace por ti y por mí, para salvar nuestras vidas y elevarnos a Dios.  El nacimiento de Cristo no es un evento distante en el pasado, como lo es celebrar nuestros cumpleaños, sino que su nacimiento es el mayor evento que acontece en nuestra humanidad; es un nuevo comienzo en nuestro tiempo; un nuevo enfoque en la historia de la salvación: el cielo y la tierra se encuentran, lo divino se hace uno con nosotros; Dios declara para siempre su último convenio. 
Es por eso que no se trata de un lindo “cascabel, cascabel, suena el cascabel”, sino del regalo más sagrado que Dios nos haya mostrado en nuestra historia, que nos abre los ojos a su realidad.  
    El amor de Dios, que no se puede entender en su totalidad, viene a nosotros en la encarnación de su hijo unigénito.  ¡Qué júbilo inefable! ¡Qué gracia tan virgen que nos toca el alma!  ¡Qué eterno y tierno cuidado el que nos da Dios!  
    El mundo de hoy es dominado por la codicia, la injusticia, el avenimiento de nuevos dictadores y el deseo de poder de aquellos que buscan enriquecerse y enriquecer a los ricos. Gobiernan con la mentira y se esconden bajo el pretexto de ayudar a los pobres; en realidad solo saben explotar el medio ambiente, la creación de Dios, y acelerar el calentamiento global; sin importarles la salud y la seguridad de las generaciones futuras.  Han abandonado la misión para el cuidado de la salud en nuestra sociedad.  Son fanáticos y buscan oprimir al pueblo. Han creado una nueva esclavitud en el mundo: la del ser humano que se vende en el mercado para ganancia de los ricos, como en Libia.  La amenaza de la guerra, que se escucha cada día más, es alimentada por el comportamiento de esos líderes egoístas y ciegos que ignoran el valor de la dignidad humana. 

    Así es este mundo nuestro, donde nace Cristo.  El Rey, recién nacido, se eleva por encima de todas esas locuras y circunstancias horribles en las que vivimos. Es Cristo, el salvador, quien tiene que nacer en nuestros corazones y en nuestras mentes, para así convertirnos en hijos de Dios y dar testimonio del anuncio de la buena noticia en la que el evangelio nos dice: “El Espíritu de Dios está sobre mí, porque me ha ungido para proclamar su palabra a los pobres.  Él me ha enviado a proclamar libertad a los cautivos, y dar la luz a los ciegos, y dejar libre a los que son oprimidos, y pregonar el año del favor del Señor” (Lucas 4:18-19)

    Para aquellos que son ricos y oprimen, explotan, engañan y viven bajo la codicia y el egoísmo, el Señor les dice: “Pero ¡ay de ustedes los ricos, porque ya han recibido su consuelo! ¡Ay de ustedes los que ahora están saciados, porque sabrán lo que es pasar hambre! ¡Ay de ustedes los que ahora ríen, porque sabrán lo que es derramar lágrimas! ¡Ay de ustedes cuando todos los elogien! Dense cuenta de que los antepasados de esta gente trataron así a los falsos profetas" (Lucas 6:24-26)

   “Las iniquidades de ustedes les han quitado estos beneficios; sus pecados los han privado de estas bendiciones. Sin duda en mi pueblo hay malvados, que están al acecho como cazadores de aves, que ponen trampas para atrapar a la gente. Como jaulas llenas de pájaros, llenas de engaño están sus casas; por eso se han vuelto poderosos y ricos, gordos y pedantes. Sus obras de maldad no tienen límite: no le hacen justicia al huérfano, para que su causa prospere; ni defienden tampoco el derecho de los menesterosos. ¿Y no los he de castigar por esto? ¿No he de vengarme de semejante nación?-afirma el Señor” (Jeremías 5:25-29). 

    "El rey hará justicia a los pobres del pueblo y salvará a los necesitados;¡él aplastará a los opresores! (PS 72:4)

    La navidad es el amor verdadero que nos anima a esperar en la justicia de Dios quien cuida hoy y siempre de su pueblo. La navidad es también el corregir nuestro rumbo y regresar en nuestros corazones a Dios. "Porque Dios amó tanto al mundo que dio a su hijo unigénito para que todo el que crea en él no se pierda y tenga vida eterna” (Juan 3:16).  

    ¡Qué el verdadero Rey, nuestro señor Jesucristo, nacido en Belén en un establo frío y pobre, y quien murió como nuestro Salvador en la cruz, -condenado por un mundo hambriento de poder y codicia- sea vuestro Señor siempre por toda la eternidad! ¡Aleluya!

Gracias a todos por su Servicio en Cristo!

Con mis oraciones y bendición apostólica, 
+Karl

Noticias ICEC 

- La Casa de los Estudios Litúrgicos de la Catedral de San Antonio:
Damos la bienvenida a los miembros de la Facultad de nuestro nuevo seminario en línea, "La Casa de los Estudios Litúrgicos de la Catedral de San Antonio! Agradecemos a sus líderes incansables, Padre Tom Roberts, PH. D., el Director, Sr. Gary A. Staszak, M.A., C.A.S.
Director  y todos los miembros de la Facultad. El sitio web estará en marcha pronto.
También contamos con una Junta Consultiva que será consultante de la casa de los estudios: hasta ahora tenemos: al Arzobispo Godfrey, Kenia; Arzobispo Kimo, Estados Unidos; Bishop Marc, Estados Unidos; Vicario General, Padre Nicholás, Sri Lanka. Espero que podamos añadir algunos consultantes más para asesorar a la Facultad.
La "Casa de la Catedral de San Antonio de los Estudios Litúrgicos" está diseñada para ayudar a los que se preparan para el Ministerio alrededor del mundo en la ICEC, y también de otras  Iglesias. También da cursos para personas de los laicos que desean avanzar en su educación bíblica y teológica como maestros, y para enriquecimiento privado.
Los animamos a todos a ayudar a aquellos que están interesados en poder inscribirse en los programas estudiantiles.
A esto momento es un Seminario enn Ingles. Esperamos que en el futuro tenemos también este Seminario para la idioma en Español! 

-Consagración reciente, ordenaciones e incardinaciones:
Felicitaciones a la consagración de nuestro nuevo Obispo Auxiliar, + Marc Angelo, archidiócesis ICEC de los Angeles, California.

-Incardinación: Arzobispo Tony Scuderi, Ph. D., Padre Tom Roberts, PH. D. EE.UU.

-Las ordenaciones de nuestros nuevos diáconos y sacerdotes de la Arquidiócesis en Costa Rica, y nuestra diócesis en Colombia. Ordenación diaconal para Hawai.


-La India: la expansión de los programas pastorales, bajo el liderazgo del obispo y a sus sacerdotes, soleado!

-Kenia: la expansión del orfanato y las escuelas de Kenya!

-Pakistan: la expansión de los programas pastorales.

-Filipinasla expansión de los programas pastorales en varias areas, y nuevo construcción de un seminario de la formación.

-Ucrania: activa el diálogo ecuménico y en las relaciones con la Iglesia luterana y otras denominaciones.

-Rusia: activo en las relaciones ecuménicas con otras iglesias ortodoxas.

-Brazil: Compleción de la Catedral del Arzobispo Dom Lucas, felicidades! 






December 17th, A. D. 2017

Thank you all who came today to the Christmas Concert! Thank you to the beautiful voices of "Singout Detroit"!    

It was a beautiful and uplifting concert to praise God for the coming of His beloved Son.










December 9th, A. D. 2017

Today we had Santa Clause for our Neighborhood Children. About a 100 children, age 1-12, received gifts. Everyone had fun. Special thanks to all our volunteers for their wonderful work!






















December 7th, A. D. 2017


Mr. Mitch Albom did the best fundraiser Radiothon ever to raise money to help Detroit in many ways, like children's organizations, the veterans, including churches. We were invited to give testimony for their help!     Thank you Mitch and all the volunteers!








Consecration of our new auxiliary bishop, +Marc Angelo Santiago in Los Angeles, CA,                       and Rev. Deacon Pedro Lemasa, Jr. for the ECCC in Hawaii, on November 18th,A. D. 2017                                             God's richest blessings to you all in your pastoral care!













Prayers for our Church Synod in Latin America, held in Costa Rica, starting November 17, A. D. 2017.









Thank you all for coming to celebrate the 160th Anniversary of our beloved St.Anthony Parish!
The weather was perfect. Everybody had a good time! Long live our historic St. Anthony Cathedral!




We thank God for the gift of Sr. Maria Fabiola who took her Franciscan Vows. Welcome Sister M. Fabiola to our Order! Blessings!



Many blessings to our newlyweds, John and Kimberly,on this special July 7th, 2017, it is indeed a special day!


June 13th

  Saint Anthony. Patron of the Cathedral Abbey of St. Anthony
Beloved Saint Anthony! Thank you for your love for Jesus! Thank you for helping so many people in need. May we follow Jesus more closely so to see God in the Glory of Heaven. Amen

Below St. Anthony's statue in the Sunday Morning Sun
June 11th, 2017

Intercede for us, Saint Anthony, our beloved Patron Saint! 
Today we were celebrating his day as on Tuesday it is hard for people to come to church.


Summer 2017

The Detroit Muscle Crew II from Mitch Albom's "Hole in the Roof Foundation" which granted us $5K to replace 18 windows that were over a hundred years old, and repairs on several doors.
We are so blessed and forever grateful!!
Thank you guys for your hard work!!
Thank you Mitch and Jo'Ann, many blessings to you all!!




Blessed Easter to you all. May the risen Christ lift up your faith, may you always walk with HIM toward our Heavenly Kingdom!





ECCLESIA CATOLICA ECUMENICA CHRISTI
Ecumenical Catholic Church of Christ
Iglesia Católica Ecuménica de Cristo
Ökumenische Katholische Kirche Christi
Ecumenical Kanisa Katoliki la Kristo
Œcuménique Église catholique du Christ
კონსტანტინეპოლის კათოლიკური ეკლესია ქრისტეს
Вселенската католическа църква на Христос
Вселенский католическая церковь Христа
 كنيسة المسيح الكاثوليكية المسكونية 
Igreja Catolica Ecumenica De Cristo
Chiesa Cattolica Ecumenica Di Cristo

Africa, Asia, Canada, Europe, Georgia, Hong Kong, India, 
Latin America New Zealand, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Russia, 
Ukraine, The Caribbean, The Philippines, USA       


Ecumenical Catholic Church of Christ
International Headquarters
5247 Sheridan Street
Detroit, MI 48213
USA

www.cathedralofstanthonydetroit.org

www.ecumenicalccc.org

Please share with all you know

Easter A. D. 2017

Christus resurexit vere, Hallelujah!

The Peace, Irene, Pace, Paix, Mir, Friede of the risen Lord be with you all
 in our worldwide missions of the Ecumenical Catholic Church of Christ!
       
  This year's Paschal celebrations are overshadowed by many evil forces seeking the destruction of the world in which we live, and that can lead inevitably to the annihilation of the human race. 

    But as Christians we are reminded that the death of Jesus, the Son of God and the Messiah brought salvation to all of humanity, and this is the solemn promise we have to carry on in our faith lives: to live with Jesus in our hearts, no matter what. 

    We shall not be frightened and succumb to new deceiving world powers who seek their own interests, but abandon the basic principles of humanity: the care and outreach for all in need, the poor, the hungry, the imprisoned, the suffering of millions living in famine, the widespread epidemics of illnesses that plague millions in this world. The threat of new wars, the massacres of so many civilians by brutal and corrupt regimes. The coldness of modern societies that are driven by egocentric and selfish behaviors that live as there is no God, the new wave of destruction of the environment only for the profiteering of a few...

    The powerlessness we feel is a sign that our faith needs to hear the message of Christ and that by following him, we are with him in the experience of his agony in Gethsemane, his torture and humiliation under Pilate, the abandonment by his followers, the suffering and dying on the Cross shedding his last drop of blood sealing the salvivic moment once and for all in History...
    Therefore we can never avoid to take on our own Cross, seeing in it Christ, and giving our assistance for so many to find HIM.
    Yet Salvation is not complete if the brutal experience of HIS death leaves no hope. And this is the difference we see in the light of Faith that we are called to eternal life because of the resurrection of Christ, the Firstborn. 
    The new and everlasting covenant that Christ sealed for us is once and for all. There will be no other covenant, there is only one life and one resurrection for each one of us. 

    Let us all live toward this goal of our faith in which God shows us the Love that surpasses all that the eye can see, of which we have heard, and of which our heart is filled with this deep joy that no one ever can take from us.

    Let us all live as a Christian people to seek always the best in everyone given into our care, to understand always with the eyes of faith, to see through the darkness of this world toward the Light that Christ is among us, to await the Glory of God that will be given to us one day as we walk in the Holy Spirit eagerly forward.

    Let us live as Church families encouraged by the Good News that HE is risen and alive, not only going ahead of us to Galilee, but moving us as a community of faith that will not cease to trust in God, and to do all the good work for all those given into our care.

    And let us not be silenced by the evil forces in this world, but to make our voices heard toward injustice, and inequality, for peace, and to resist the forces in society that discriminate and destroy the lives of minority families, to speak up against war, but to support the suffering everywhere...

    Be not afraid, God is with us as we love and care for each other!

May we also live more toward reforms in the Church and seek more Unity among the Christian Churches. 
Below is letter that was written to Kevin Cardinal Farrell.

I wish you an all your loved ones, a Blessed and Joyous Easter!
With my prayers and love for you all,
+Karl
   
Official Letter to:     
Cardinal Kevin Farrell
Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life
Palazzo San Calisto
00120Vatican City State
Hand-delivered by Sr. Filo Hirota

Your Eminence:
A very Happy St. Paddy’s Day to you! Since writing to you in September of last year (letters enclosed), we’d like to update you on our work and seek a way of collaborating with you and your office. We understand that you’ve hired some 75 people to staff your office and are encouraged by this step taken by you.

We are pleased by Pope Francis choice of you as one of the new Cardinals. We are gratified to know that you share the Holy Father’s pastoral vision for the church and have long pushed for a greater involvement of the laity in the life of the church. With the understanding that your dicastery will “have responsibility for lay associations and movements in the church,” we would like to begin by offering our support for the event you are planning.

We understand that your office will be organizing an international meeting from the 5th to the 8th of April of this year on the theme From Krakow to Panama: the Synod journeying with the young. We would like to offer support for this event through online technology thereby facilitating the participation of those who cannot be physically present in Rome. Being a global movement, we see our role as connecting people and events worldwide that support Pope Francis’s vision of a more welcoming, nurturing, inclusive church – whether lay or clergy initiated. By way of example, on the night of April 7 you plan to host a concert by GEN Rosso e Verde in the Sala Sinopoli of the “Parco della Musica” Auditorium in Rome. If your hope is for this to serve as a dialogue between young believers and all their peers, we could extend that dialogue by inviting more young people outside of Rome to participate through our online gathering. If you would be agreeable to allow us to broadcast your presentation online via Zoom technology, we could in turn invite other university students and young people from around the world to see, hear, and, if appropriate, share in the dialogue. 

In addition, a questionnaire is anticipated to be released by the Vatican as the first part of the Preparatory Document, “Young People in today’s world” and that a study seminar is planned for the month of September to which specialists will be invited from various countries. Not only do we plan to promote the questionnaire among young people but, if it is true that this meeting will be open to all those who wish to participate, again we could widen the participation by inviting online guests to join in the meeting. These are just two examples of possible ways that we could offer our support to you. 

There are some programs being organized by various Conferences of Bishops such as the National Gathering of Base Christian Communities (Intereclesial das Comunidades Eclesiais de Base) in Londrina Brazil in January 2018 and the Plenary Synod in Australia in 2020. We are currently exploring the possibility of increasing the attendance for these by adding online guests who cannot be physically present. One of our team members will be in Rio de Janeiro next week and plans to meet with the staff of Iser Assessoria, the planning office of this event. We understand that this NGO was created at the ISER - Institute for Religious Studies- in 1982 and is dedicated to supporting participative democracy in the political and ecclesial areas of society.

In addition, there are several lay-initiated conferences which we hope to support and add participants through online technology: 
  • April 1 – 6, 2017 in Jakarta, Indonesia: organized by the Asian Lay Leaders (ALL) Forum, an umbrella organization composed of five groups in Asia. We are working with Paul Hwang, director of All Forum, who will be hosting this Youth Forum with theologians addressing the International Movement of Catholic Students (IMCS) in Indonesian Ecological Sustainability, Genuine Human Development, Triple Dialogue of FABC, EvangelliGaudium and Laudato Si.
  • July 19-23, 2017 in Bangalore, India: a gathering of the International Network of Societies for Catholic Theology (INSeCT) who, for the last 3 years, have focused their discussion on Gender and Ecclesiology and will discuss here the future of INSeCT.
  • November 15 – 18, 2018 in Aparecida, Brazil: Forum of the People of God organized by Global Council Network to be structured in a synodal type format.
  • 2021 Africa: Forum of the People of God (time and place to be determined)
But, your Eminence, how much more successful such gatherings could be if your office and our organizations worked in collaboration with one another to promote all events of this kind – whether clergy or lay initiated.

Sr. Filo Hirota, co-director of Catholic Church Reform Int’l, has kindly agreed to hand-deliver this letter to your office. We look forward to hearing back from you and exploring possible ways that we can build the reign of God on earth through our joint effort.

Extending our prayers and support for the success of this newly established Dicastery of the Laity and looking forward to working with you, 
Catholic Church Reform International
Kochurani Abraham, Kerala, India
Clyde Christofferson, Virginia, U.S.
Barbara Dreher, CSJ, U.S.
Paul Hwang, Korea
Paschal Kearney CSSp, Australia  
Peter Mbuchi Methu, Kenya
Alloys Nyakundi, Kenya
Don Pribor, Mexico and Brazil
Rene Reid, Nevada, U.S.
Michael Redfearn, Canada
Christina Reymer, New Zealand
Virginia Saldanha, India
Ed Schreurs, Netherlands
Nessan Vaughan,  Ireland 
Ecumenical Catholic Church of Christ, International
Eastern Africa Small Christian Communities (SCCs) Training Team, Nairobi, Kenya
Indian Women’s Theological Forum, India
Church Citizen's Voice(CCV), India
Order of Franciscans Ecumenical, U.S.
Global Council Network, International
Tol Ardor, France

                                      

 Holy Week 2017

                              Cathdedral: Palm Sunday 11:00 AM

             

                                             Thursday Last Supper in Monastery Chapel 8:00 PM 


Cathedral: Good Friday at  2:30 PM Stations of the Cross 

followed by the Passion Liturgy. 


 Easter Night celebration in Monastery Chapel 8:00 PM


Cathedral: Easter Sunday Celebrations 11:00 AM




                                April 6th, A. D. 2017

We pray for the repose of our beloved church family member, Carl Fileman who went home to the Lord last night.  He will be missed greatly. He was our oldest church volunteer, just a couple weeks shy of his 86. Birthday.  May the good Lord reward you for all your love for St. Anthony and your work for the poor. 
Rest In Peace good brother!  May God's Angels receive you and may the Saints take you to the Holy City of The New Jerusalem.



March 25th, 2017

Welcome David Jonas to God's Family! May you grow more with Christ on your side, and see the beauty walking toward God's Kingdom. On this day of The Annunciation of Mary, may she protect you and your family! Be all blessed!



March 24th, 2017

Our Lauren and Joshua tied the knot. Wishing you God's richest blessings for your journey as husband and wife!
May you be blessed with children, health peace and always Love!




March 21st, 2017

We from the Cathedral of St. Anthony would like to thank Mr. Mitch Albom and Dr. Chad Audi for their great heart to help so many in need! Thank you for your donation to St. Anthony as we serve all of God's children! May you be very blessed and may all our work together bring our great and beloved city of Detroit to a brighter future! And Thank you so much to our tireless volunteers who are the backbone of our church family! Thank you to all the wonderful organizations we met today!




March 20th, 2017


Spring has arrived!
Wishing all a happy Spring Season!
Thanks to Dave for the big truck load of soil and dung for our Garden!
May God bless our garden to bring forth a good harvest!





Lenten Season 2017

Wishing you all a very blessed Season of Quaresma! May we find time to retreat and strengthen our faith!     May this Season fill your hearts with a deeper understanding of the Love of God toward us.  

1. Slimming your waistline

Lent is not a season for weight loss. Though Lent involves the taming of the physical, but the goal is to cultivate a spiritual hunger for God, not a slimmer physique.

2. To make God happy

Lent is not about controlling God, making him happy or less angry, simply by taking up classic Lenten disciplines of prayer, fasting and generosity towards others.
God does not play along with silly games.

3. Curing an addiction

Lent as a spiritual journey is not about curing addictions. If you feel powerless to break a dependence on alcohol, sexual activity, gambling, drugs, overeating or any other vice, seek professional help from a counselor and an addiction recovery program in your church or community.

4. Showcasing your spiritual virtue

“Beware of practicing your righteousness before other people in order to be seen by them,” Jesus warned, “for then you will have no reward from your Father who is heaven” (Matthew 6:1). Whether we are fasting, praying more regularly or giving money to the poor, Jesus warns us against showcasing it.

5. Being a cool trend

Increasing numbers of people from all walks of life are practicing Lent, because many seems to observe it in some way. We may feel distant from God, but vaguely desire a tangible way to reignite our spirituality or to reconnect with ancient practices. Lent is about our relationship with God: Being in His presence and becoming one with him (Theosis).



 December 18th, 2016


Christmas Concert at the Cathedral



December 18th, 2016

Blessings to our brothers and sisters Of the new Order of St. Francis and St. Clare who renewed their vows, and Deacon Albert who professed his solemn vows.

God loves you all! Imitate Christ more and more in your lives!



December 10th, 2016 

Children Santa Clause

We celebrated Santa Clause for our Children!

About 120 children received their gifts from Santa after singing, talking about

Christmas, and food.

God bless our children, and their families!

Thank you so much, our good volunteers who tirelessly helped to make this day happen!

Thank you to all the donors who gave and brought so much joy to the children!

Blessings to you all!



October 4th, A. D. 2016


St. Francis, Patron of our Order, St. Anthony and St. Clare, pray for us.

May your deep love for Christ and the Church inspire us to humble ourselves, so we can better serve God and His People, especially the poor and outcasts in society.                                                                                   May all our services lead therefore to more Peace in the World! Happy name day Pope Francis!
Below, our St. Francis Statue at St. Anthony's Cathedral celebration.




September 24th, 2016

Our annual outdoor Food drive went very well! After 3 hours, Over 300 people took home plenty of food and produces. We want to thank all our tireless volunteers, the great and generous support from the Stinson Group, and Gleaners! They really made it happen. Also Thanks to Walgreens who provided free Flu shots.

Be all very blessed.


August 14t, 2016

Thanks to all our good helpers for the church picnic! After a nice high Mass people enjoyed a great time with food and fun. The kids had a great time with the games. Be all blessed, Church Family of our Cathedral Abbey of St. Anthony.







August 11th, 2016

Despite a very hot and dry summer, God shows His Grace in nature. May we always be good stewards in His Creation. Thanks to our brothers and sisters of our Cathedral Abbey, and our tireless volunteers! Blessings!







St. Anthony’s in Detroit ministers to the neighborhood, attracts fallen-away Catholics and suburban volunteers

Kettering is a neighborhood most people don't know has a name. It’s a no-man's land on Detroit's east side between Gratiot and I-94. It's nowhere near Midtown. It's too far north to benefit from the blight abatement and foresting of Hantz Farms. It's not far enough north to get in on the burgeoning interest in Osborne.

Kettering is on its own.

Its best-known occupant is the crumbling Packard Plant. The high school it's named for sits empty and scrapped. The local grade school is dead as well. Even the Catholic K-12 school and convent that occupied nearly a full block was finally torn down two years ago after decades of neglect. The block it stood on is an empty field.

But over that field and the modest homes around it looms the solid red-brick rock of this neighborhood, the Cathedral Abbey of St. Anthony.

Closed by the Archdiocese of Detroit in 2006, the church was reborn in 2010 when Bishop Karl Rodig, Ph.D. and his Ecumenical Catholic Church of Christ purchased and reopened it as a Catholic church, independent of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese. Its aim is to minister to its neighborhood and provide a refuge for disaffected Roman Catholics -- or anyone of any other faith.

Scores of people line up outside its well-appointed clothing and food pantry every other Saturday. Sometimes as many as 40 people are waiting in line when volunteers open the doors.

Bishop Karl, as he’s known to his flock, greets every one of them and he says goodbye with the tagline "Come to church tomorrow." His mantra is dialogue, communication, inclusiveness, so, of course, the Sunday Mass is followed by a social hour.

"We used to have coffee and cookies, but we soon realized that what people needed was a hot meal," he said. So now that is what they provide every Sunday.

"Most of the feeding centers are closed on Sundays, so for some people this is the only meal they have that day," said Jim Penrod of Clinton Township, who heads the group of volunteers who run the parish pantry program.

Four core volunteers 

"The family story was my great-grandfather carved the altar in this church," he said. "So I came by one day and I saw that it was open. A week or two later I came back to Mass and I've never left." That was two years ago. As a church board member, Penrod drums up donations and finds tradesmen to maintain the century-old church and abbey.

He also coordinates the pantry volunteers. He hit up three of his classmates from Center Line's St. Clement High School class of 1967 to help out. Every Wednesday morning the four friends meet at a restaurant at Gratiot and 10 Mile for breakfast, then head down to St. Anthony's to sort donated clothes, food and personal hygiene products at the pantry.

Lorrayne DeFer of St. Clair Shores is one of those classmates. Her mother graduated from St. Anthony's in 1930, so, like Penrod, volunteering here has special meaning for her. Her son, an electrician, upgraded the pantry's system and got rid of the tangle of extension cords that powered the lights and coffee maker.

The St. Clement alums are joined by Eric Hester, 60, the former sacristan from the now-shuttered St. Patrick's, and Jean Parham, 75, who lives just blocks from St. Anthony’s. She's there every Wednesday and Saturday, but you'll never see her there for Mass because on Sundays she's at her church, which is Baptist. There are maybe 10 workers in all, including a brother-sister team in their 80s.

Why St. Anthony's?

What draws these folks and others in the congregation who come from Midtown, Indian Village and the suburbs to this no-man's-land parish is the philosophy of its leader, Bishop Rodig.

His message is simple and direct: "Christ loves you," and people of all faiths are welcome.

This Ecumenical church doesn't turn anyone away. It embraces married, female and LGBTQ clergy, and hopes to bring more "fallen away" Roman Catholics back to their religion. It's everything they grew up loving about the church's culture and rituals, with none of the rigidity.

"We have some people coming back to church after 40 years and they love to come back because they find a church that is not pointing a finger at you because you're sinful," Bishop Rodig said.

The church's informational postcard has a line that says, "All are welcome, and we mean it!" Carolyn George was surprised by that teaser but discovered it was true in short order. George, 66, of Warren is one of the cadre of high school friends who volunteer at the church.

"Everyone really is welcome," she said. "The poor, the hungry, the homeless, it doesn't matter. All are welcome -- black, white, female, gay, whatever.”

George said she left the Catholic Church the day she graduated from high school. Her reasons were myriad.

"We weren't allowed to question. We were forced to go to confession whether we had sins or not. So I found myself in confession making up sins.

"If you were divorced, you couldn't have communion. I'm divorced. This church was telling me that I'm not welcome here, I'm not welcome at the altar.

"Half of the population is second-class citizens to them. Women are not allowed to be priests. It was such a patriarchal thing."

Then Jim Penrod brought her to St. Anthony's.

"I found my religion again," said George. "Now I'm immersed in this church and the work that the bishop is trying to do."

Bishop founded his own church

Karl Rodig was born and raised in Bavaria, Germany and felt his call to the Catholic priesthood at just eight years old. He was ordained a Roman Catholic priest before becoming disillusioned and moving to the U.S. for an extended sabbatical. Without the support of the church he made ends meet selling perfume at Saks Fifth Avenue and the Lafayette department store in Trump Tower, and supplemented his income with modeling and television commercial work.

When you meet him that makes perfect sense. Even at 57 his chiseled good looks make you wonder why he's not spending his life before a camera.

But he left Manhattan and moved to Miami, where he ministered to AIDS patients and was chaplain at Miami Children's Hospital. While there he began to imagine a Catholic Church that would embrace the AIDs patients in his ministry and not deny priesthood to women nor marriage to its priests. He imagined a church like the original Catholic Church before centuries of consolidation of power resulted in what he saw as a very restrictive religion.

So he founded his own church and spread his message of inclusion of all Christian churches until he had churches in more than 20 countries under the umbrella of the Ecumenical Catholic Church of Christ. The humble seat of this religious movement is St. Anthony's. The international church has 36 bishops and more than 200 priests, 90 percent of whom are married former Roman Catholic priests. Rodig estimates the church has about 1.5 million adherents worldwide.

Although it has no women priests yet, Bishop Rodig has created a pathway for women who seek ordination through the Ecumenical Theological Seminary in Midtown Detroit.

He pointed out that for the first 1,000 years of its existence the Catholic Church had married clergy and 39 married popes. Eleven of the twelve apostles were married and women held positions of authority.

‘My second family’

At its peak in the 1950s St. Anthony’s served 2,800 families and housed 11 priests. Twenty nuns lived at the convent and taught in the elementary and high schools. Now a good-sized crowd might be 60 people on a Sunday when the weather isn't too hot or too wet or too cold for people who walk to get there. Many regulars are homeless and have their own challenges to attendance.

Bishop Rodig doesn't take a salary from the church, but lives on investments from the sale of a former home. Fr. Emanuel, the other resident priest who lives in the abbey with his wife and son, works as a parts inspector in an auto factory.

Keeping a 100-year-old building functioning is an expensive proposition and the meager Sunday collection doesn’t begin to cover it. Ancient galvanized pipes always need replacing, leaky shingles need repair. The bishop scaled the roof himself to rectify one disastrous "professional" roofing job.

It helps that the church doesn't owe any money to the archdiocese or to the church staff. Everyone at St. Anthony's is self-supporting, so any donations to the parish go directly to maintenance, stocking the pantry and making that Sunday meal.

But food and clothing are not all the congregation gets. Bishop Rodig and his team, including the pantry volunteers, also give all who want it an empathetic ear and the bishop's favorite word: "dialogue." Bishop Rodig teared up and his voice caught in his throat remembering a homeless man who told him, crying himself, "I'm so glad the food comes to me, but also that you come to me.”

Eric Stokes, who lives one block from the church, said, “Ever since I met the bishop he’s been treating me good. So I feel if I don’t come here and see him, I’m doing something wrong to myself.”

“We're not just filling the bodily needs here,” said Bishop Rodig. “It's also the need that we have a spiritual connnection.

"They have no family," he said, choking up again. "For me it's like they are my second family. You know, you have not many friends in the city, but you have the poor. They are your friends and they are your family.

"And when you give them love and food, they love you back, you know."

If you go

The Cathedral Abbey of St. Anthony is at 5247 Sheridan in Detroit. Mass is 11 a.m. every Sunday with a free meal afterward.

Sunday, August 14 is the third annual St. Anthony's parish picnic. All are invited: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., 5247 Sheridan, Detroit. There will be a raffle and games for kids.

Volunteers accept food donations on Wednesdays,                 10 a.m.-1 p.m. The pantry is open the second and fourth Saturday of the month. Monetary donations can be made by check to St. Anthony's, 5247 Sheridan St., Detroit, MI 48213 with "food pantry" as a notation.

Call 313-279-5561 with questions.




In Memoriam

Mr. Kevin Oberle

Music Director of the Cathedral Abbey of St. Anthony

R.I.P

In Memoriam

R.I.P

Our Cathedral Church Family of St. Anthony is mourning the passing of our beloved brother, Mr. Kevin Robert Oberle, 56 of Ferndale, Michigan.

He was born on February 26th, 1960 in Toledo, OH, and passed away Sunday, July 31, 2016 peacefully at home. He was born to Robert R. and Joan M. (Kellermeier) Oberle.

He graduated from college with a Bachelor’s degree in education, went on to teachelementary school for many years as well as working at Greenfield Village and most recently was working as a Logistics Specialist for Bradford Airport Logistics.

Kevin was very active with many different music endeavors.

He was our Music Director for the Cathedral Abbey of St. Anthony for over 4 years.

Kevin played also for Dignity Detroit, he was a member of Detroit Together Men’s Chorus for many years, and also a member of Motor City Theater Organ Society and Board member for We R Family USA in addition to being involved with Redford Theater. While living in Toledo he played the organ at both St. Clement and Christ the King Catholic church, a member of the Ohio Theater and drove a bus for Washington Local.

Left to cherish his memory are his mother Joan Oberle, sisters; Christine Kajfasz and Jennifer (Kevin) Lambdin, brothers; Allen (Rejeana) and Doug Oberle, alongwith many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father Robert.

We will keep him and his family in our prayers.






July 12, 2016

Our annual day trip for the volunteers of our St. Anthony Cathedral at the beautiful East Cost of our state of Michigan. Thanks for all the good work of our volunteers, you are a true blessing!!



December 12, 2015 

Our Lady of Guadalupe

 Santa Clause for our Children

Santa Clause came today to our Cathedral and brought joy to many children.

82 children from the age of 1 - 12 received gifts from Santa this year.

Thanks to all donors and our tireless volunteers who made it happen!

Bless you children and all your families





October 3rd, 2015

Special Food and Clothes outreach Day
supported by the Stinson Group and Gleaners at our Cathedral

180 people were served.

Thank you all for your help and especially our tireless volunteers who are always there!!


Church Picnic August 9th, 2015

Our annual church picnic turned out very nice, people had fun and good food. The weather was great, thanks St. Peter ! Kids had fun with the games, the raffle turned out to be a surprise as the winner of the grand price gave it to the Church!! Many more gifts were given away. Had a crowd of over a hundred in the end. Thanks to our tireless volunteers, and thanks to you our faithful coming to St. Anthony


June 25th, 2015

Bishop Dr. Karl Rodig with the honorable mayor of Detroit, Mike Duggan, at the monthly City clergy meeting.
I thanked the mayor for his good work for our neighborhood and the great changes that are happening in Detroit. The coalition of clergy addressing the issues of the City of Detroit with the political members are baring fruit! Blessings to all involved!


May 3rd, 2015 - 5th Easter Sunday, the Sun called us for a picture outside :o)

April 25th, 2015

We would like to thank Jim Penrod for his marvelous energy and good work as new Chair for our Clothes and Food panty. He bought, and re-organized the clothes pantry with new rugs, people love it! Little "Macy's".
Thanks also to our wonderful volunteers!!



April 24, 2015

Members of the Cathedral of St. Anthony took part in the commemoration of the Genocide of the Armenian Christian people by the Ottoman Turks in 1915 where 1.5 Million perished. It was a very moving service.


April 14, 2015

At the end of a long day, all were tired including myself. Here with Yelawolf. We had nice conversation. Wish you all the best. Life is precious.


Eminem, after a long day of video shooting already at night at St. Anthony Cathedral.

Thank you Yelawolf and Eminem coming to our St. Anthony Church for your video. In our church all are welcome, and we mean it . We were honored to hosting you! You are great guys! Had a nice talk with you Yelawolf, and saying hello to you Eminem! Wishing you both a lots of success in your careers, and the protection and blessings of God who is Love. Karl, bishop and Senior Pastor of St. Anthony. Greetings to you both from all in our Monastery.


April 12, 2015

Today on Divine Mercy Sunday we remember that God is mercy and mercy is justice.
Many many thanks to our dear friend Frank Martincic who worked on this wonderful painting and donated it to the Cathedral of St. Anthony, and many blessings to his family who bring so much food for our poor people. Be all very blessed!


January 2015

It's official now:

Since July 14 of 2012 when we started taking records for the clothes and food pantry,

we have served until January 3rd 2015   5300 people with clothes, food, and furniture.

If we include the first year and a half, the number is much higher.

God has been good to us.

Good old St. Anthony is moving all of us forward!

Our neighborhood has experienced also much more peace since we started reaching out.

A special thanks to all our wonderful volunteers who spend every week so many hours helping the poor!


If you would like to contribute to the clothes and Food Pantry with nonperishable food, clothes, or by monetary donations

Please bring it to:

Or mail donation checks and make them out to "St. Anthony"

St. Anthony

5247 Sheridan Street

Detroit, MI 48213

Thank you all for your help!






December 8th, 2014 Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception

Our Brothers and Sister from the New Order of St. Francis and St. Clare have renewed their vows yesterday on the day of the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception




December 7th, 2014

 Christmas Concert with the Detroit YMCA Deep River Choir




Advent is a special time for you!
5 things to remember:

-Times to reflect
-Conversion of your heart to Jesus.
-Good deeds
-Assist others finding Christ.
-Always love God and your Neighbor.



November 30th, 1. Advent 2014

4th Anniversary of the reopening of St. Anthony

We are happy to having hosted in the afternoon of the 1. Advent

The people who had their homes in foreclosure but now are save through the great efforts of Ms. Michelle Oberholzer and her team.

Let this be anew Advent for many families who are left in this horrible situations, and need to find a way out. Thanks for all your good work saving the homes of families! Be blessed!



November 30th, 2014

What a day after the big storm we had, the roofs on the monastery and the church needed to be repaired.  Thanks to the roof doctor team!


November 14th, 201

Our Church pastors were invited to an official breakfast with clergy from Detroit and metro. Then the all morning meeting of the new Regional transit authority planing for the Detroit and her metro area was convened.  A very transparent and enlightening effort that involves community churches, public institutions, and governmental representatives, including Washington. The need of improving the city transportation, and the expansion of regional transportation is in progress, and a lot of more work needs to be done.This is an exciting time for Detroit!!



November 6th, 2014

As Bishop of our Church I was invited to a special meeting for the future of the old Packard Car Plant. It was very promising, and in attendance of the new owner and developer, Mr. Fernando Palazuela, city council President Brenda Jones, state representative Robinson, district representative, clergy and many guests, we have witnessed the beginning of a new future for our neighborhood. May St. Anthony give his blessing to all of this!

October 19. 2014

Blessing and dedication
Of our Lourdes Grotto on October 19th
Special thanks to our good brother Lew who worked tireless hours building this beautiful Grotto!
May Holy Mary, Mother of God, be there for all people in need.
Thank you all who came!




October 2014

Dear brothers and sisters after a long week of discussions in Rome wit reform groups from around the world, Pope Francis opened the Synod with a Vigil on Saturday and a Mass today thousands in attendance. In St Peter the strong protocol was clear and they were sitting me next to the archbishops from countries around the world. I talked to various archbishops and had a good conversation with the archbishop from Florence, Monaco, Brazil and Moldavia as well. It was very cordial. I gave also a interview for Radio France and reiterated the wish of the Holy Father Francis that we all need to listen to the Faithful !! We hope that he is not alone in this and that the Cardinals and bishops are seeing the need for change that starts in the family that is so diverse but blessed.  Blessings to you all from the tomb of St. Peter!

Took picture with priest from Assyrian Catholic Church. Fr. Elian from Homes in Syria says Christians are fleeing in the thousands, they suffer and are being killed. Please let us keep them in our prayers.


At St. Peter people ask for blessings. I prayed on the tombs of St. Peter, Saints John Paul II, John XXIII, and at the tombs of John Paul I, and Pius X.



Inside Vatican City. The little street leads to the Apostolic Palace


September 8th, 2014

We had the health and food fair for the poor at our Cathedral. It was a great Success.
We also want to thank Molina Healthcare wholeheartedly for sponsoring the event.

Thanks to our brothers and all who helped!



September 8th, 2014

Baptism of our newest church member John Gauthier.
May you grow into God's loving Church Family



A cordial welcome to the class of St. Anthony High School from 1960 who attended Sunday Mass



Happy 97th Birthday Josefa!

We all from St. Anthony love you. Many more years. Blessings to you!





August 17th, 2014

Church picnic

After a solemn Mass in honor of the Assumption of Mary, and the wonderful Gospel Sermon that our Guest Preacher, Rev. Lillian Lewis gave us, the Church picnic was a very nice event. All had a great time, including our oldest member who is 97 years young :)  Our little ones enjoyed the games, and playing with the rose paddles we have drown for the procession of St. Mary. Thanks all for making it a wonderful celebration!!



August 9th, 2014

St. Anthony's Church rummage sale was a success. Thanks to all the volunteers for the hard work



July 7th, 2014

Wonderful celebration for the Baptism of our Cantor Tim and his Niece Eva.

May you both grow into the oneness with Christ. Blessings to you both and your family!



June 8th, 2014

Church Barbecue



Below Graduation Party at St. Anthony for Jaylyn and his twin sister Joithea. Graduations, many blessings, and may you have a bright future!!
Also Sunday School resumed.

  

 Ordination to the Diaconate of

 Rev. Albert Shamaly.

Congratulations to this beautiful and blessed day in your life!!


May 28th, 2014

Our beloved Maya Angelou. What a loss for all of us. We loved her wonderful spirit, her poetry, she had one of the greatest heart there ever lived!!! Will miss you!! May God who created all of Mankind equally be your eternal reward! May the struggle for social justice and equality be evermore successful in which you believed so much. Our Prayers for you and your loved ones. The congregation of the Cathedral Abbey of St. Anthony Detroit.


May 25th

Wedding of Amanda and Jake, be blessed for a long life in happiness and devotion to each other!


May 18th 

Welcome to our Church Family, baptized in water and the Holy Spirit, Emmett Joseph!! Congratulations to you, your family, and all your loved ones!


May 11th

Coronation Ceremony of Holy Mary, Queen of Heaven


May 10th 2014

Detroit City Makeover around St. Anthony Cathedral was a great success. Thanks to all the volunteers from Wayne State University, we love you guys. And to our own brothers and sisters who helped. We filled our huge dumpster!! close to a hundred bags of garbage. Thank you all and be blessed in the Name of our good Lord!! Thanks also to those who helped with the garden and beautification around the Church!!


Feliz Cinco de Mayo 2014

The kids had fun

We also celebrated the Sainthood of Pope John XXIII and John Paul II. It was a very moving moment as some of us met the popes in person. Pray for us you new Saints of the Universal Church.




Winter joys Bowling :o)


Holy Family Sunday, December 29th, 2013

What a beautiful celebration of the Baptism of our little Oscar at Holy Family Sunday
in our magnificent Cathedral Abbey Church.
Congratulations to Oscar Michael, and the entire families of Margaret and John.
So many came. In Jesus, Mary and Joseph. Be all blessed.




Christmas 2013

Oscar was our live Christmas Baby. Thank you Margaret and John.

He slept so peacefully throughout the Mass like in the song,

"...sleep in heavenly peace"



December 14th

Santa came to St. Anthony
What a joy to see so many happy faces God bless our children! Over a 100 received gifts!

Despite the heavy snow fall, they came, prayed and sang Christmas Carols.
Thanks to all the volunteers for their hard work!!
Be all blessed richly!



December 12th, 2013

We had our first Spanish Mass. With the celebration of our Lady of Guadalupe. Was very nice!

Thanks to the Detroit juvenile mariachis under their director Mr. Denis Newhouse! Thanks also for the visit of the Consul of Mexico attending Mass.
Que la Virgen protege nuestra Iglesia.



Christmas Concert

December 8th, 2013

Beautiful voices!


Advent 2013

Dear all beloved near and afar!
These are some of the highlights of accomplishments in 3 years since the re-opening of our magnificent Cathedral, because of our tireless volunteers, driven by faith and having found a Church family that cares for all of God's people.
Thank you all for your commitment to a Church that is serving God and HIS people through III Centuries!! May the blessings be always bestowed upon you all.
In 2014, we will finally built our long awaited Grotto for St. Mary who is watching over us all.
My prayers are with you all,
for ever grateful!



October 2013

Thanks to all our volunteers for our community garden fall cleanup. It was chilly, but fun after all. It was a great year, and God has us blessed richly!!



The pets liked the blessings in honor of St. Francis, they were peaceful :o)



September 2013

A blessed and happy 96th Birthday to Josefa, our oldest Church member. Many more years to come. Thank you for your kind and always smiling presence in our Church, +Karl and all from St. Anthony.


September 2013

What a nice day we had with the warm evening sun to complete the St. Anthony Catholic (and East Catholic) High school memorial.
And the Garden harvest continues as mother nature gives back plentiful...

Thanks be to God for a great Year!




September 24th, 2013

What a day. I prayed for our lovely 2 trees before sunrise, because I knew something was wrong inside them, and I dreamed about it that we needed to take them down. And what did we discover they were eaten up from the inside So rather having them falling on our fence and buildings, we took them down...Great job to our brothers. Growing up as a farmer boy it was fun too.


September 2013

Thank to all the hard workers who came to complete the Insulation Project at our Cathedral and Monastery. It was quite an achievement in two days work, one day 6 volunteers, the next 9.


We had a nice Saint Anthony Church picnic, and the kids had the best time. Thank you all the helpers who made it happen, especially Stacy who made so many kids smile with such artistic painted faces. They really loved it.

In our beloved St. Anthony, one of the greatest Saints ever lived!









 


June 7th, 2016

Meeting with Detroit Police Chief, James Craig, with "Drive", the biggest Detroit Clergy Organization.
It was a fruitful dialog. The future of the city will be great as we all work together for peace and the protection of our neighborhoods.


 Our newest Church member has been baptized. Welcome Mateo Ronaldo!! Christ shall be always your guiding light. May you grow into God's Church surrounded by Love and may Holy Mother of God protect you always. Your St. Anthony Church family welcomes you with great joy!


June  2013

We have been very blessed to welcome our good brother and friend, Archbishop Godfrey Siundu Wasike from Kitale, Kenya at our Cathedral. His sermon was moving, and the love he received from our congregation was a sincere experience for all to witness. Wishing his pioneering efforts in Kenya God's richest blessings, our prayers are with you and all whom you serve. He also took time to work in our Gardens.

 We finished our new St. Anthony's Classroom.

 First Communion of our children Emily and Margo. Thanks to God for this sacred moment in their lives, and thanks to all who made this a very special moment. Now they are joining the Faith Family receiving Jesus at Holy Mass. Be all blessed. Keep spreading the good news of our Cathedral Abbey of St. Anthony.
Thank you children for giving the roses to St. Mary and the Mothers and women in the congregation!



 Easter Night Celebration 2013

With the YMCA Detroit Deep River Choir 

At our Cathedral Abbey of St. Anthony


 Springtime, Garden work and cleanup is on the way, thank you all!



Thanks to our great neighborhood kids who give us a lending hand!


Special thanks to the Detroit Mower Gang who mowed the entire St. Anthony Playground.

Great Job, Guys!!