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Why Are We Kitchen Table Disciples?

Why Are We Kitchen Table Disciples?
12/09/2015 No comments Virgil Tipton, Publisher

Welcome to our new blog. Have a seat and let me explain the name.

If you’re involved in any kind of lay ministry, if you’re a DRE or a liturgical music minister or if you run a VBS program or if you teach marriage prep programs, you probably already get the name.

Those of us in any kind of lay ministry bring our work home with us. We work on it early in the morning or late at night, more often than not at the kitchen table. Our ministries bloom in the big moments, but they are cultivated in the small, where we sit at the kitchen table working out the details.

This blog honors and supports the folks who make Catholic ministry happen. The blog is named for you.

If you are a priest, especially a Redemptorist priest, you probably already get the name. It comes from the charism demonstrated by Redemptorist priest St. John Neumann. His parish in 1830s frontier America had so few churches, he celebrated Mass in people’s homes around the kitchen table. There’s a special warmth, a special kindness in kitchen table priests, those who minister to people starting from where they are. One doesn’t have to be a saint or a rich parishioner to have the full attention of a kitchen table priest. Kitchen table priests give people their full attention because people are children of God.

If you are a kitchen table priest, this blog is named for you.

If you are new to the faith, or curious about it, or distant from it, you may not yet get the name. But we welcome you to the table. If you are here to learn, you are exercising a discipline, and you are doing so among friends, who are casual and welcoming. This blog is named for you.

Virgil Tipton, Publisher
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