Fr CHRIS THOMAS Chris has a fondness for antiques, - not just his fellow organisers - he often visits whatever antiques fair might be close by after a meeting.
"I admit that I am rugby-mad. I heard the call to follow Jesus in 1993 as, in a drunken stupor, I finally recognised that only one thing could save me from the pit that I had descended into – I cried out to God for help, and God answered my call.
"I married Maureen in 1983, and have two daughters: Sarah born in 1987, and Rachel who was born in 1995 after intercessory prayer kicked in following secondary infertility problems when I was 40 yrs old.
"My principal contribution to CaFE (Catholic Faith Exploration) and to others in renewal is the design and print of materials through my contacts in the printing world, making the costs very low – and on occasions free! 2004 saw me publish a book with XT3.com entitled ‘A Guide to the Passion of the Christ’ as an outreach project. 180,000 copies of the book were given away free of charge mostly outside of cinemas.
"I do not claim or aspire to be a scholar or a theologian but seek to be a man of prayer who desires to be available whenever the Lord calls me."
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Gerry joined the core group at the end of 2013. A talented musician with a well known hymn to his credit "Do not be afraid" based on Isaiah 43:1-4. We look forward to finding out more about him.
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"I was born in Luton and have lived there all my life. I have been married to Toni for a very long time: longer than either of us will own up to. We have two children and five grandchildren and together we run Goodnews Books (mail order Christian books).
Always a Catholic, I was active in the Legion of Mary for ten years. I joined a charismatic prayer group in 1988 and since then much of my time has been spent in the healing ministry and helping other prayer groups to run Life in the Spirit Seminars.
"I have enjoyed every men’s weekend and I am involved with a local group in Luton. It has been a blessing to me to see men’s lives changed during the weekends and most especially one of my life-long friends at Woldingham in recent years. I am also blessed to have been able to travel to East Africa with the Harvesters team. I never fail to be amazed at the power of God working in the lives of His people, especially those who have so little material wealth.
"Together with Toni, I am involved at local parish level with other Christian denominations organising ecumenical services and various events: our Sunday Mass has been celebrated in St. Luke’s Anglican Church for the past 25 years. I have been known to play an odd round of golf here and there."
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Fr Chris is a priest of the Liverpool Archdiocese. He is based in Formby and was released from parish duties several years ago to undertake a new venture in growth and spirituality called The Iraneus Project of which he is the director. Instead of expecting people to make their way to a specific retreat centre, Fr Chris goes out to meet them. He has led many retreats and spoken at conferences in recent years using a blend of story and reflection to proclaim the Gospel message. More than anything else Chris loves reflecting on the Scriptures and encouraging others to do the same.
He is also a member of the National Service Committee for Catholic Charismatic Renewal in England and Wales and is a member of the Emmaus Family of Prayer in Southport.
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Vincent is a retired National Trade Union Officer. A cradle Catholic, he has experienced both famine and feast during the 60 years of his faith journey. During his adult life Vincent has served others as a youth leader, local politician, trade union activist and a member of his parish Justice and Peace group.
Vincent first received the Holy Spirit in to his life in 1989. Domestic, employment and other pressures restricted his rate of growth in this new found grace. It was the sudden death of Vincent’s first wife that led to his coming to the Catholic Charismatic Renewal movement. As part of his Parish’s adult formation team he came in to contact with CaFE, whose Director, David Payne, introduced Vincent to the Harvester’s Men’s weekend. During his first weekend he experienced the fellowship and prayer of compassionate and understanding brothers which contributed significantly to the healing of his, then still raw, grief. Happily Vincent met a new love in his life and married again in 2012.
Vincent now serves the movement as a Trustee of the Crew Trust, Secretary of the Westminster Diocese Service Team and as a member of the St Albans Celebrate Weekend team. He serves his Parish as a Reader and Extraordinary Minister of the Eucharist and the Church as Chair of the Board of Governors of a Catholic Primary School. He is also a member of the Employment Tribunal.
"Please pray for me that I may continue to grow in love for, and the service of, the Lord. "
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After a career in the paper industry, Charles now does full-time Christian work. For over 20 years he was the Chairman of the English National Service Committee for Catholic Charismatic Renewal, and was for 10 years the President of ICCRS, International Catholic Charismatic Renewal Services - the principal co-ordinating body for Charismatic Renewal in the Catholic Church with an office in Vatican premises in Rome. He is currently Chairman of ICC, the International Charismatic Consultation on World Evangelisation - an ecumenical body promoting Baptism in the Holy Spirit, co-operation and unity between churches, and evangelisation. He is co-chairman of the English Pentecostal and Charismatic Leaders Conference. In 2004 he was invited to serve as the only non-Pentecostal member of the Azusa Street Centennial Cabinet.
Charles travels extensively, speaking at local, national, and international conferences, and his first book Pentecost Is For Living is in 10 languages. He writes regularly for a variety of publications, and on the Editorial Board for Good News. He is an Editorial Consultant to Christianity magazine.
In addition to being an active member of St. Joseph’s Church, Gerrards Cross, he sits on a number of local, diocesan, and national church and special ministry committees, including the Catholic Bible School, the Christian Healing Mission, The Pilgrims, the Antioch Community, the Committee of the Isles, ALPHA, and with Sue works to promote greater understanding and co-operation among Christians everywhere. His local bishop has given him pastoral responsibility for the diocesan team of youth workers, and he is an advisor to Catholic Youth Services and to the Evangelisation Agency of the Bishop‘s Conference. Since 2000 he has been a Director of Premier Christian Radio, and since 1996 the Chairman of Catholic Evangelisation Services, a body producing CaFE audio visual materials for parish and small group use. He is a founder and the Chairman of Harvesters - a men’s network encouraging and equipping men in their Christian faith.
In 1993 he was made a Freeman of the City of London, and admitted to the Worshipful Company of Stationers. He is a Fellow of both the Institute of Paper and of the Institute of Company Directors, and in 2003 Pope John Paul II appointed him a Knight of the Order of St. Gregory the Great (KSG), in recognition of his spiritual service to the Church.
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RUSS FAIRMAN details and pics to follow but you can see him on his bike in the gallery page!
Fr CHRIS THOMAS
Chris has a fondness for antiques, - not just his fellow organisers - he often visits whatever antiques fair might be close by after a meeting.
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