In the Midst of Lent

We had a two day retreat this week. Tuesday and Wednesday nights at St Joseph Maronite Church.  I shared some thoughts about monastic prayer, Maronite History and Spirituality.  Fr Larry “Aboona” Jensen helped my presentation by filling in with his pastoral overview.  I was greatly appreciative of his contribution.  We all had a great time and I hope those who attended were spiritualy uplifted. Praise be to God always or PBTGA for short.

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Subdeacon Steve Crate

Raised in Trinitarian/Presbyterian/Quaker tradition, Steve converted to Maronite Catholic in 1978 when his first son was Baptised and Christened. Both faiths have a Trinitarian basis for explaining God and so fit with his lifetime faith. Steve also had developed a Contemplative Prayer practice which has monastic historical basis and is the foundation of the Maronite Church from St Maron forward. He was ordained a Lector, Cantor and Subdeacon in the Maronite Catholic Church on October 24, 2010. He continues to serve in a voluntary ministry at St Joseph Maronite Catholic Church in Waterville Maine. Steve is a retired Rehabilitation Counselor, teacher and writer. Steve recently was hired as part time Spiritual Care Coordinator at Northern Light Inland Hospital in Waterville.

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