Welcome to our New Companions!

Six new Companions presented their first covenants at liturgy during the Kansas City Province Assembly on April 30, 2019.  Please welcome Turf and Joann Martin who will be part of the Central Missouri Group and Evelyn Moreira, Jessica Reyes, Luis Lainez and Nestor Brizuela who have formed a new Companion group in Los Angeles at Saint Agnes Church.

Companions Calendar

Aug 15                        Florida Companions celebrate Covenant Rite
Aug 17                        Companion Council Teleconference
Aug 19 – 20               Convener/Sponsor Training, Saint Charles Center, Ohio
Aug 22                       Companion Directors Team meets with Putnam County Companions
April 31 – Sept 2      Companion Directors Team meets with North and South Dakota Companions
Sept 11                       Companion Directors Team meets with Dayton Companions
Sept 15                      Companion Directors Team meets with Saint Henry Companions
Sept 18                      Companion Directors Team meets with Carthagena Companions
Sept 21                      Companion Council Teleconference
Sept 26                     Companion Directors Team meets with Centerville Companions
Oct 1 – Oct 2            Companion Retreat, Marillac Center, Leavenworth Kansas
Oct 21 – 23               Companion Council gathering at Precious Blood Center, Liberty
Oct 29 – 30              Companion Retreat, Saint Charles Center, Carthagena, Ohio
Nov 5                        Companion Day of Reflection, Saint Mary’s Church, Albia
 

New Directors' Team

New Director's TeamOn November 1st the new directors’ team began working for the Companion Movement. Fr. David Matz, Kathy Keary and Vicky Otto are excited to begin their ministry with the Companions throughout the United States. As we move forward into our future and our vision statement, Gather, Send, we ask for your prayers and support. The central office for the Companions Movement remains in Berkeley for now but will soon move to Precious Blood Center in Liberty, MO. We will advise you as to the change in contact information for the office when all has been settled.

California Companions gather with Members in San Francisco

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Muriel Gallegos Mary Ann Anas Dollie Ruth Brooks Judy Pino Anthony Pino Trudy Schultz Miller Mary Elizabeth David Byron Vicky Otto Gerry Downs and many others, with Fr. Jack McClure, CPPS and Fr. Matt Link, CPPS for a most gracious and hospitable celebration of the Feast of St. Gaspar, our founder. — at Most Holy Redeemer Church.

California Companions Gather with Fr. Jack McClure, CPPS and Fr. Matt Link, CPPS for a most gracious and hospitable celebration of the Feast of St. Gaspar, our founder. — at Most Holy Redeemer Church.

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Young Adult Gathering at Sonnino House, August 1-3, 2014

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From left to right: Fr. David Matz, CPPS, Fr. Timothy Armbruster, CPPS, Vicky Otto, Fr. Vince Wirtner, CPPS, Katie Staniskewski, Francisco Ortiz, Pat Large, Nathan Hess, Carolyn Wynk

From left to right: Fr. David Matz, CPPS, Fr. Timothy Armbruster, CPPS, Vicky Otto, Fr. Vince Wirtner, CPPS, Katie Staniskewski, Francisco Ortiz, Pat Large, Nathan Hess, Carolyn Wynk


On Aug. 1-3, 2014, 9 persons: young adult companions, 2 vocation directors, a companion council member, and a companion inquirer gathered with Fr. David Matz, CPPS for a weekend of prayer and discernment.  The hope was to develop objectives helping current companions to invite young adults to consider a call to become companions. The following objectives were discerned and suggested to the Companions Council.
1. Recognizing the value of intergenerational relationships, we recommend journey partners as a part of formation for Companions, so that both inquirer and journey partner may experience a deeper understanding of Precious Blood spirituality, community and mission.
2. Recognizing that we want to increase involvement of your adults and that the nature of invitation according to our guidelines has evolved, we recommend that we cast our nets widely and are overly generous in our invitation to young adults by:
a. Allowing new companion groups to be formed by a Companions without a community sponsor.
b. Offering more frequent information meetings and follow-up activities.
c. Collaborate with existing Precious Blood ministries to be more intentionally inclusive of young adults ( i.e. community,     companions discernment retreats, volunteer program, etc.).
3. Valuing intergenerational relationships, young adults long for connecting and belonging especially as part of their ongoing faith journey. Young adults find purpose and strength through sharing their gifts. Companions, committed to ever-widening circles, must include people of all generations. Over the next year, we ask the Companion Council and Co-directors to:
a. Educate themselves regarding the culture of young adults.
b. Foster dialogue among the conveners and groups regarding how to educated themselves about the culture of young adults.
c. Develop and encourage a “wide net” invitational process for use.

 Fr. David Matz, CPPS

 
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