Because we all have one Father, we are all brothers and sisters. Therefore, we are a family,
a community. God loves each of His children very deeply, and very personally.
“What should be done then, my friends? When you come together, each one has a hymn,
a lesson, a revelation, a tongue, or an interpretation. Let all things be done for building up.”
I Corin. 14:26
A strong community has the following characteristics:
There must be a basis for the life of the community which is enough to hold everyone
together. The basis must include Jesus Christ. It does not need to be based on programs
It is to be concerned with all that is involved in being a Christian.
The top priority of the Community is personal spiritual renewal - the renewal of one’s
relationship with Christ. This involves helping each other discover our True Selves,
thereby diminishing the power of the ego. This is a primary concern, because it is only
through spiritual renewal that a community draws together and personal growth happens.
Secondly, the Community becomes a model for Service. What do we do with this
True Self that we have become?
A Christian Community is simply a network of care-givers and care-receivers of the soul.
The organizational aspect of the community is organic – it is developed to meet needs
of the community, both individually and communally as it strives to respond to the Great
There must be enough organization for its members to be able to grow together in service.
But not so much organization that the organization becomes the focus and overshadows the
personal, spiritual renewal.
There is a common misconception that the only real personal relationships are the kind
that are formed individually or in small groups where people can “get to know each other
well.” In real communities there is a bond that comes from having something in common,
belonging to the same body, that has a single purpose, such as personal, spiritual renewal.
Every member of the community needs to be an active participant. This means that each
member is actively pursuing a personal relationship with Christ and is on a path of spiritual
renewal. This journey is different for each person, but it always leads to the same thing –
total emptying of oneself and unifying with God.
Members are strongly encouraged to be in regular contact with each other. This is a
unique challenge of a dispersed community. We do this through email, teleconference
calls, cell phones, text messaging, regional and national meetings (Convocations). The
interaction between the people must be relationship-oriented, and not just task-oriented.
It is a proper blend of both.
“Though they be divided in their dwelling, yet do they abide bound and inseparable in
spirit and faith and loving-kindness.” - Historia Monachorum
Here are some of our members in order of their admission into the Community:
Br. Daniel-Joseph is the founder of our Community. Brother, like all of us, continues his spiritual
journey one step at a time; he falls and gets up, falls and gets up, falls and gets up... He has served
the Episcopal Church as an adult Bible study facilitator, lector, chalice bearer, Eucharistic Minister
and Stephen Minister. Brother was trained as a Benedictine, and holds an undergraduate degree in
Hebrew Studies from the University of Wisconsin, a MBA in finance from Concordia University, and a
MS in Adult Educational Psychology from Northern Illinois U. His favorite hobbies are gardening,
raising Monarch butterflies, beekeeping, writing, and hiking.
Br. Daniel-Chad calls Indianapolis his home, living in the inner city, often sharing his home with guests.
Union Theological Seminary (NYC). He is a member of Episcopal Church of All Saints.
From 2009-2014 Brother served on the Board of Directors of the National Episcopal AIDS Coalition.
His main focus of service are those living with HIV and AIDS and has been a spiritual director several
years at the Province IV HIV and AIDS conference held at the Kanuga Retreat Center in Asheville, NC.
He has concluded spiritual direction certification at the Benedict Inn, Beech Grove, IN associated with
Our Lady of Grace Benedictine Monastery, and is providing spiritual direction as a member of Spiritual
Directors International to both individuals and groups. He enjoys genealogy, gardening and travel.
Brother is also a grandfather!
Sr. Margaret is a psychotherapist in the Indianapolis area. She holds a BA degree from Union College
and an MSW from the University of Kentucky. She enjoys reading, playing with her grandchildren, and
serving others through her church, Christ Church Cathedral, as a Stephen Minister Leader, caregiver,
and as a Eucharist Lay Visitor.
Br. John Charles attends St. Paul in the Desert Episcopal Church, Palm Springs, CA. where he has been
called by their mission statement to serve Christ in others as a front office worker, liturgical service bulletin
editor and Chair of their parish's Abundant Living Action Team which is responsible for stewardship
development which explores gifts of time, talent and finances. He is also a regular attendee of their Tuesday
Night Bible Studies. John is a retired Information Technology Manager. He has also served as a Volunteer,
Bi-lingual Supervisor and Telephone Health Educator for the California AIDS Hotline based at the San
Francisco AIDS Foundation. John has a BA in Spanish and Education from Miami University, Oxford, Ohio,
and holds an MBA in Marketing and Management from the University of Cincinnati. He lives with his Chihuahua,
Br. Juan Charles finally calls the Los Angeles area home after years of globe trekking and wandering.
He is a parishioner at St. Mark's Episcopal Church in Downey, California, where he serves as Treasurer
and Bookkeeper, a Lay Eucharistic Minister, lector, usher, and anywhere else help is needed. Juan holds
a B.A. in linguistics from the University of California, Berkeley, an M.B.A. in Management from Loyola
Marymount University, an M.A. in the Humanities from Mount St. Mary's College, and a J.D. from Fordham
University School of Law. After several years of working in higher education, Juan now works with foster
care youth in the care of Los Angeles County as a staff attorney at the Children's Law Center of Los Angeles.
In his free time, Juan enjoys spending time with family and friends, gardening, cooking, and reading.
Br. John is in psychiatric and mental health nursing. He has spent his secular career providing administrative
a member of the Episcopal Church. Brother is seeking a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ through the
guidance and support of the Community of the Gospel.
Sr. Kathryn Elizabeth is a retired college professor (Eastern Kentucky University) where she taught
for fourteen years. She has authored numerous journal articles, encyclopedia articles, and book chapters,
as well as co-authoring three books on women in public and private law enforcement, police administration
and workplace violence. She holds a B.S. and a Ph.D. in Criminal Justice, and a M.A. in Applied Sociology.
As a member of St. Michael the Archangel Episcopal Church in Lexington, KY, Sister serves as Lay Eucharistic
Minister, Lector, Prayer Partner, and Sunday School Leader. She is also a member of Daughters of the King,
and is a Benedictine Oblate.
Sr. Catherine Thomas is from Evanston, Illinois. She currently is a Grant and Contract Officer/Coordinator of
Training for the Illinois Institute of Technology. Annie was a Fellow at the Ecumenical Institute at St. John's
Abbey in Minnesota. During that time, she became a Benedictine Oblate at St. John's. She has a Master's
Degree in International Studies and a ABD (All But Dissertation) in Higher Education. She loves to study
languages and translation (Hebrew, Greek, Latin) and reads voraciously in the Humanities. She also is an
Adjunct Faculty member at Northwestern University and Minnesota State University, mainly teaching online.
Annie is also a United States Coast Guard AUX volunteer in Marine Safety and Operations for the Chicago
Br. Maximos graduated from Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis with a Master’s of Arts in Mental
Health Counseling. Formerly, Derek was a student at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis where
he received his Bachelor’s in Religious Studies and Philosophy. Derek enjoys spending time with his toddler,
Bryce, and loves to read or go on walks along the Indianapolis downtown Canal. He is a practicing Counselor.
Sr. Rebecca Anne lives in Annville, Kentucky, on the edge of the Daniel Boone National Forest.
Semi-retired, she is a Touch Therapist and Reflexologist for family, friends, and a small business
in Jackson County. Sister Becky is on the Episcopal Church Women (ECW) Board for the Diocese
of Lexington and past Officer for Daughters of the King. Her favorite thing to do is spend time with
her daughters and grandchildren. Healer, Mystic, Gardener, Pilgrim and aspiring comedienne.
Sr. Julian Sky lives "down on the farm" outside of Paris, Ky, after retiring from local government. Many
hats are in her closet; surgical technologist, secondary education teacher, medical studies instructor,
stained glass artist, Traffic Information Specialist, writer, and presently a dog trainer and photographer.
She is a member of the Episcopal Church and has been a member of the Altar Guild, a Eucharistic minister,
and volunteer church secretary. She is a member of the Daughters of the King. Sister has a Benedictine
background. Along with staying close to nature, she volunteers at a local food pantry and animal shelter.
Br. John resides in Western North Carolina. A highlight of his discernment to becoming a religious
brother was the year he spent as a co-worker with Mother Teresa's Missionaries of Charity. He is active
in ministry at the Episcopal Church of the Advocate, a mission to the homeless and marginalized in
Asheville, NC. His home parish is Calvary Episcopal Church. Br. John is an avid hiker and enjoys cooking.
Sr. Charity lives in Oregon with her spouse. They raised two adopted children, and Deborah was involved
in international and domestic adoption for about 40 years. She now spends some time assisting families
with difficult adoption issues. She serves as a Eucharistic Visitor and Lector.
Doug is an Oblate in central Illinois. After several years of searching for something more deeply spiritual,
Doug was inspired by the Holy One to look into the monastic life. He came across the Community of the
Gospel website after perusing several others and soon realized that this was where he was to be. Doug
has served as an associate pastor and has worked with the homeless. In addition, he has also worked with
individuals with developmental disabilities. He presently works with teenage boys at a Christian ranch and
boarding school where they are mentored and encouraged to make positive healthy life decisions. Doug
holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education and has taken courses in the field of
mergency services chaplaincy and hospice palliative care chaplaincy. He is an ISFJ. Doug lives in a small
rural community in central Illinois and has 2 sons who enjoy learning to pray the daily office with their Dad.
Sr Mary-Katherine comes to us from CT, where she is active in Calvary Episcopal
Church, Stonington, as Minister of Communion, Eucharistic Visitor, Lector, fill in Acolyte, and sometimes
musician. She also likes to play early music, dance (English Country, Contra) and is learning sign language.
Through the support and companionship of this community, she is seeking to hear Christ more clearly and
respond with faith. She is excited to begin this leg of her journey. Sister lives with her husband, Mike, who
suffered a stroke April of 2013 and praises God that he has recovered as much as he has. Sign Language
was undertaken to help Mike express himself more (speech is problematic for him). She has now developed
a real desire to learn sign now and use it in service to others. During a working day, you can find her at
Electric Boat where she is a Detail Planner (think Project Manager with a little Engineer and Data Manager
A former airline pilot by trade, Br Michael Emmaus is now a stay at home Dad caring for twin boys
(Emmett & Wyatt) and a preteen daughter (Landrie). He and his wife Catherine live in a
beautiful home built in 1896 that they are (slowly) returning to its original grandeur. His hobbies include
flying RC aircraft, brewing beer, gardening, playing guitar and bagpipes, enjoying nature, reading, cooking
and beekeeping. A cradle Episcopalian, he is a member of St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Plymouth,
Indiana where he serves as Junior Warden, Lay Eucharistic Minister, Lay Eucharistic Visitor and is working
on becoming licensed to preach. He is responding to God’s continuous and unrelenting call to walk more
closely with him.
Br Thanasi lives in the Columbus, OH area. Thanasi is the familiar for Athanasios in Greek like Tom is to
Thomas. Brother is originally from the New York City area. He has a BS in Horticulture from Auburn University.
He has spent large blocks of time both in San Francisco and the rural coast of Maine. In San Francisco he
was part of the initial response to the AIDS epidemic. In Maine, he began the deconstruction of the secular for
a life's quest in prayer. Beginning in 2004, he has been on a formal monastic journey starting in Orthodoxy
and arriving at the doors of the Episcopal Church.
Sr. Dawna Clare is from Santa Maria, California where she was born and currently lives. She entered the
Benedictine Sisters of Perpetual Adoration in 1969. Her first monastic profession as a Benedictine was in
1973 where she received her initial Benedictine monastic training which has become her spiritual path.
She left her monastic community to take of her mother when she became ill. She wanted to live a monastic
life style that fit her current living situation. She has a BS in Transformational Psychology and 3 years of
training in Psychosynthesis and spiritual direction from the Institute of Psychosynthesis and the Redland’s
(CA) Transformational Arts Institute. She goes to St Louis de Montfort parish to sing in the choir and St
Peter’s Church in Santa Maria where she is an occasional lector, and is a Daughter of the King. She is a
trained vocal musician, liturgist and Cantor. She works as a medical transcriptionist at home 4 hrs a day
and recently retired from a receptionist position. She also does occasional private respite care for one
client having worked as a Caregiver for five years.
Rachel is our Novice from Michigan. She has worked as a performing arts production manager,
a union organizer, a development director, and a waitress, among other jobs. Her degrees are in
English (BA) and Gender and Diversity Studies (MA). Semi-retired, Rachel recently moved to Detroit
to be closer to her daughter, son-in-law, and grandchildren. She feels happily at home in her new
neighborhood, making connections through the neighborhood association and the community garden.
Living in Detroit will give Rachel plenty of opportunities to live out her baptismal vows in the context of
racial and economic justice. Bishop Curry's leadership of the Episcopal Church through this period of
her life is a great joy to her. As Bishop Curry preached in Detroit recently, “The way of love will set us free.”
Donald is our Novice from New Hampshire. He graduated from the University of Mass. in Lowell
in 2011 with a BA in Philosophy and was the baseball manager his senior year. He was baptized in
Saint Anne’s in North Billerica by Rev. Peggy Howell and confirmed by Bishop Br.Thomas Shaw, SSJE.
He attends the Church of The Good Shepherd and is a bell ringer and an LEM. He enjoys doing these
ministries but is also looking into joining the outreach committee. When he was in the Boy Scouts, he
enjoyed camping, and may do more camping again. Donald works at a Dunkin' Donuts and is planning
on becoming a shift leader there.
Anita is our Oblate from California. She was a Religious of the Good Shepherd in Los Angeles and San
Francisco, CA, for 12 years. There she worked with girls from the Juvenile Courts as an English tudor,
Religious Studies teacher and a house mother. She was a member of the Third Order of St. Francis at St.
Francis House of Peace in Chertsey, Quebec, Canada, where she with her community worked with
Recovering Alcoholics, Drug Addicts and for a few individuals providing temporary shelter.
She was chief cook and bottle washer, on the logging crew, the building crew and the prayer team and
was sacristan. She was a Licensed Vocational Nurse for 30 years specializing in rehabilitation, geriatrics
and Hospice. Currently, she is a member of St. Peter's Episcopal Church in Santa Maria, CA, where she
is a Lay Eucharistic Minister, Lector, Daughter of the King, and past president of the DOK. Her housemate,
Sister Dawna Clare Sutton was influential in leading her to the Community of the Gospel.
Bob is our Novice from Stafford, Virginia, where he and his wife, Carol, live. Bob is retired from a career
in the California Superior Court system and as a medical speech-language pathologist, but still maintains
self-employment on a limited scale as a legal text editor. He is originally from California, where he completed
work in religious studies, but then later graduated from California State University Northridge with both a
Bachelor of Arts and Master of Science in Communicative Disorders. His religious studies and experience
have included a number of traditions, most notably Orthodox Christianity, Native American, Zen Buddhism,
Hinduism, and Islam, and include residency in a Zen meditation center for a period of approximately two
and a half years. He and his wife are parishioners at St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church in Woodbridge, VA,
where he serves as a Eucharistic Minister and as lector, cantor and choir member, having served also as
a parish visitor, Eucharistic Minister, lector, acolyte, subdeacon and deacon, cantor and tenor soloist. He has
also formed a weekly retirement home worship service over a period of years. He likes gardening, music,
photography, and woodworking and musical instrument making.
Catherine is our Novice from Indianapolis where she has worked in long-range transportation planning for
15 years. She holds a BS from the University of Tennessee, and an MA from Indiana State University,
both of her degrees are in Political/Social Geography. When not in the office she loves hiking, practicing
Tai Chi, reading, journaling, and good music. While her spiritual journey and interest in monasticism
began in the Orthodox Church, she currently is a member of the Episcopal Church of All Saints where she
serves in the Altar Guild, as an Acolyte, and as the unofficial Parish Librarian.
Scott is our Oblate from Roanoke, Virginia, where he lives with his wife Amy and two children.
Scott is a family therapist specializing in working with children, adolescents and their families. He
serves as Clinical Manager in a therapeutic group home for adolescent males with serious behavior
issues. He has a bachelor’s degree in Religion and two graduate degrees- Human services and
Marriage and Family Therapy. Scott was raised a Methodist and schooled by fundamentalist Baptists.
He discovered the Episcopal Church in college and attended a Methodist seminary, but began
exploring the various monastic orders. He now attends St. Elizabeth’s Episcopal Church where he
has been helping out with altar serving and will be on the discernment commitment for a fellow
parishioner who is discerning for the priesthood. Scott is particularly fond of Taize chant, praying before
Icons and the Blessed Sacrament. As for hobbies, he likes walking, reading mysteries (especially British
Murder), binge watching TV shows which feature complex families, and trying to get his toddler son’s
nursery songs out of his head.
Greg is our Novice from Belfast, Maine. He grew up in Georgia but has called Maine his home since
2004. He resides in the mid-coast area with his wife and daughter. When in Georgia, he worked in retail
and as a social worker. In his off hours he volunteered his time with the local deaf community and with
Special Olympics. Once in Maine, he worked in banking. Currently Greg is pursuing a Bachelor's of
Divinity degree and enjoys reading, fishing, and crocheting.
Brandon is our Postulant from Indiana. He was born in Ohio, moved to Indiana at the age of six, and
considers himself a native Hoosier. He is currently earning my BA in Theological Studies from
St. Joseph’s College of Maine. He felt a call by God at a young age, tried to ignore him during his teenage
years, but committed myself to him in his late teens. He became a Roman Catholic at age 20, and finally
ended up an Episcopalian a short time ago. He'd love to get involved in a ministry that serves the really
disadvantaged. He enjoys reading, especially science fiction, and even writes some short science fiction
stories for fun. He also likes to fish, though he says he never catches much.
Lew is our Postulant from California. As Reverend Deacon, Lewis (Sitting Panther) is the Indigenous
Ministries Missioner for the Diocese of Northern California. In that capacity, he travels to parishes within
the diocese sharing information about the role of Indigenous Peoples (Native American) Ministries in
the Episcopal Church. He is a past member of the Episcopal Executive Council Committee for
Indigenous Ministries. He has been an advocate for addressing the effects of the Doctrine of Discovery
in the Church for over a decade. He co-developed and co-taught “The Church’s Response to the Doctrine
of Discovery” offered by The Episcopal Divinity School at Harvard in 2013 and 2014 via electronic media.
Lew is a graduate of the Episcopal School for Deacons, Berkeley, CA. Ordained in Grace Cathedral, San
Francisco, in 1999. He is the former Convener of the Community of Deacon (Archdeacon) of the Diocese
of the Rio Grande. He serves on the Commission for Intercultural Ministries in the Diocese of Northern
California, and he recently represented the Episcopal Church at the Anglican Indigenous Network Meeting
on The Six Nations Reserve, Ontario, Canada as an Elder.
Lew is a founding member of a Nevada County human relations group, Beyond Bias, which is dedicated
to addressing bias and bullying issues in Nevada County, CA.
George is our Postulant from Texas. He is a parishioner of St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church in
Dallas. He is a retired high-school teacher, teaching French for 41 years. He has a Master of
Education in Counseling Psychology and a Master of Arts in French.
He often gave workshops at district and state-wide education conventions on specific aspects
of the teaching of foreign languages, and once was campus Teacher of the Year. He really enjoyed
teaching, and has stayed in touch with some of his former students.
Since retiring, he has enjoyed reading (mainly non-fiction) and doing some art work, exhibiting
some pieces annually in local art galleries. Also, he does ikebana, Japanese flower-arranging
learned in Japan. He continues to do large Japanese floral exhibitions in local museums and
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