Maggie Ross in Maine — March 1 through 9, 2008

Maggie Ross, a solemnly professed solitary directly responsible to the Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, will visit the Diocese of Maine in the fourth week in Lent, 2008. Maggie Ross will lead a day of contemplation and worship called Bread and Silence in Hulls Cove and Portland:

Saturday March 1 10 am at the Church of Our Father in Hulls Cove.
Saturday March 8 10 am at St. Luke’s Cathedral in Portland.
“Bread and Silence” is an extended meditation on the Eucharist that emphasizes the priesthood of our baptism. The process takes from three to five hours, depending on the number of participants. This is an opportunity to go deeply into the heart of Christianity; the rite draws on the most ancient Christian traditions. There is nothing else like it available in the church, and many people have found it to be a life-changing experience.

Clergy and religious are asked to please wear ordinary clothes so as not to distract from the focus of this event.

Attendance is strictly limited to 45 persons. Everyone is welcome (up to a total of 45.) To reserve a place − please register in advance by email to George Swanson at In your email please mention which day you wish to attend − March 1 or March 8. The cost is $35. Checks may be made out to Katrina’s Fund and mailed to George Swanson at 349 Seawall Road, Manset, ME 04679. Scholarships are available.

Sunday March 2 Ross will preach at the 7:30 and 10 a.m. Eucharists at St. Saviour’s Parish in Bar Harbor.

Sunday March 9 Ross will lead the Adult Forum at 9 a.m. and preach at the 10 a.m. Eucharist at St. Luke’s Cathedral in Portland.

Ross Compares the Church to the Gospel

Seabury Press has just republished Ross’s Pillars of Flame: Power, Priesthood, and Spiritual Maturity. The Archbishop of Canterbury recommends the book as “a passionate and searching book which unsparingly sets the Gospel in judgment over the popular Christian idolatries of our time.”

The National Catholic Reporter comments, “The questions the author raises come from scriptural and patristic thought.”

In the foreword, Nobel Laureate Archbishop Desmond Tutu says, “Maggie Ross argues cogently and persuasively that we should provide the world with the paradigm of the self-emptying leadership of Christ – not self-serving, not self-aggrandizing, but poured out in selfless service of others.”

According to Seabury Press, Maggie Ross “…minces no words in her critique of the contemporary Church, and goes on to propose changes so sweeping and fundamental that we sense what a truly Christian Church would be.”

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