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In Christian Family Movement, Brian and Mary Ann learned to 'step out in faith and trust God'

In 1989, as parents of four (soon-to-be-five) young children, the busyness of their young family was taking its toll on the marriage of Brian and Mary Thelen. When a bulletin announcement from St. Thomas the Apostle in Ann Arbor invited interested families to learn about the Christian Family Movement (CFM), Brian and Mary Ann decided to give it a try.

From 'faith, family and football' to med student

Ethan Ruhland lost all four grandparents in a nine-month period while he was in college. While grieving, he began to doubt God’s love and presence. Yet from those days of questioning came a realization that God was, in fact, at work in his life. Ethan credits God’s grace through his grief, his then-girlfriend (now wife) Jacqueline’s prompting to go to Mass and his experience on the Michigan State football team for his renewed relationship with God.

After participating in a Called and Gifted workshop, Meghan’s work brings her “personal peace and joy”

Future Called and Gifted workshop dates include:

November 10-11, 2017: St. Patrick Parish, Brighton | Click here to register

Friday evening begins at 7:00 pm. Saturday runs until 4:00 pm

March 16-17: St. Joseph Parish, Dexter. Friday evening begins at 7:00 pm. Saturday runs until 4:00 pm

April 20-21: St. Mary’s, Flint. Friday evening begins at 7:00 pm. Saturday runs until 4:00 pm

For Brig and Fran, Legatus is an opportunity to 'really listen to God's voice'

Ever been invited somewhere and felt it was exactly what you were looking for? That happened to Brig Sorber, one of the founders of Two Men and a Truck, and his wife, Francine. Brig had been a member of the Young Presidents Organization, a group of young CEOs who gathered regularly in Detroit to exchange business ideas and learn from each other. At 49, he aged out and expressed to his wife, Fran, a desire for a similar experience, but one that was faith-based.

50 years as a priest

FAITH's founding editor, Father Charles Irvin

May 1, 2017 – This is Father Dwight Ezop, and I am joined by Father Charles Irvin, and we are sitting here at his dining room table in his condominium on the grounds of St. Francis Retreat Center. We are anticipating Father Charlie’s 50th anniversary and ordination as a priest of the Diocese of Lansing.


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