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 or activities.
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 is a primary concern, because it is only through spiritual renewal that a community draws together and
personal growth happens.
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 Commandments.
There must be enough organization for its members to be able to grow together in service. But not too 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.
“Though they be divided in their dwelling, yet do they abide bound and inseparable in spirit and faith and
loving-kindness.” - Historia Monachorum
Our Community is a way to demonstrate our faith and to build a closer relationship with Christ. 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.
He has completed studies at Phillips U., Christian Theological Seminary, Iliff School of Theology, and
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!
Br. Gregory Thomas has worked with students with disabilities K-12 for 26 years. Presently, he is a job
training specialist for an inner-city school system in Ohio. Brother transitions special needs students from
the school environment to the work place. He has a M.Ed. in Educational Administration, a license in school
counseling and is continuing his education to obtain a Transition to Work endorsement. In his free time he
enjoys yoga (as a students as well as a teacher), sculling, biking, & swimming. He is presently registered,
as a yoga teacher, via the Yoga Alliance at the Experienced-200 level and is working towards his 500 level
registration. Brother Greg is presently a member of St. Paul's Episcopal, Akron, OH.
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
oversight and management for inpatient psychiatric programs in both the public and private sectors. He is
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 rural Fletcher, NC. He is a retired elementary school teacher and spent the past
year as a co-worker with the Missionaries of Charity. He attends Calvary Episcopal Church in Fletcher
where he is active in the food pantry, the healing prayer team, and as a Eucharistic Visitor. Br. John is
a volunteer at The BeLoved House- an intentional Christian community offering housing, food, clothing,
and love to the homeless. He is a student in the Education for Ministry program through Sewanee
School of Theology.
Sr. Laurie started her Community of the Gospel journey on Our Lady of Guadalupe Day (12/08) in 2013
and now welcomes 4-legged animals and their families at Banfield Pet Hospital, Asheville NC (hospital
#1208). She will happily discuss with anyone who wonders about God speaking in numbers as well as
words. You won't believe what her new address is in Swannanoa. Her three adult children have been
known to call her a gypsy. Sister Laurie prefers if possible "pilgrim, wayfarer, or peregrini." She is now
celebrating God's Presence in Pisgah National Forest, on the Blue Ridge Parkway, at St James Episcopal
Church in Black Mountain, and throughout each and every new and extraordinary day. She extends an open
invitation for all sojourners to enjoy a retreat day in these mountains. Come hike, read, pray, explore, and
play some cribbage.
Sr. Charity lives in Chico, CA. Having spent more than 30 years in the Portland, OR, area, she and
her spouse moved to Chico. 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 attends St. John the Evangelist Episcopal Church in Chico, serving as a Delegate,
Eucharistic Visitor, and Lector.
Garth is our Novice in Euclid, OH. More info coming soon!
Martha is our Oblate from Scottsdale, AZ. Martha is a Physical Therapist and volunteers her
time at "Circle the City Respite Center for the Homeless" in Phoenix. She also started a Christian Meditation
group there to help the patients heal through the practice of silence. Martha belongs to Palo Cristi
Presbyterian church in Phoenix where she serves as a Deacon and sings in the choir. Photographing and
observing birds bring her great joy. She delights in encouraging others to discover the present moment
awareness that bird watching brings to life. She spends her summers at her cabin retreat in the ponderosa
pines of Northern Arizona and hosts an informal bed and breakfast for many "heat weary" Phoenix friends.
She has two grown daughters whom she visits regularly in southern California.
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 is from Groton, CT. Sister 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
Michael is our Novice in Plymouth, IN. A former airline pilot by trade, he 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.
Darryl is our Novice from the Chicago area who spent eight years in Vietnam teaching students in
middle school, high school, and university; business managers, lawyers, and teachers. Before Darryl
left the US, he taught in Chicago's community colleges for six years. He has two Master's degrees: an
Education degree in TESOL from Seattle University and an MBA in Finance from Roosevelt University.
His Bachelor's degree, in Religious Studies, is from DePaul University. Since repatriating to the States,
Darryl has returned to St. Martin's Episcopal Church where he serves as a chalice bearer, regularly
attends Bible Study, Adult Formation, Men's Group, and is an all-around church helper. He also does
various volunteer projects with Chicago Cares. Finally, Darryl is grateful to the Holy Spirit for guiding
him to the Community of the Gospel and hopes he will both learn from the other members and help
others to deepen their religious faith.
Br Thanasi is from the Columbus, OH area. 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. For over a decade now, he has
been on a formal monastic journey starting in Orthodoxy and now 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 Oblate 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.
Bill is our Postulant from Oklahoma. More info coming soon!
Anita is our Oblate from California. More info coming soon!
Isaias is a priest of the Episcopal Church currently residing in New York City and working with the Episcopal
Diocese of Long Island. He is the chaplain of the Protestant Campus Ministry in Stony Brook. He is an
indigenous Filipino coming from the Philippines. He is a graduate of the Seminary of the Southwest in
Austin, Texas. He has served as priest in Texas, Micronesia and now Long Island diocese. He is married
to Christie, a lifelong educator teaching Math to both college and university students. In his spare time, he
practices, Tai Chi, yoga and Filipino martial arts and loves running.
Joanne is our Postulant from Indiana. More info coming soon!