3/10/2009

Sightings of Fr. Guido Sarducci wannabe, fans go wild.

According to the Diocese of Fort Worth (Episcopal Church) The Rev. Terry Martin, Program Officer for Evangelism for the Episcopal Church will be speaking in a Diocesan Lenten Series. According to the DoFW,

"The Rev. Terry Martin is best known to many Episcopalians as Fr. Jake from his wildly popular blog
Father Jake Stops the World. The blog was shut down when Martin went to work as the program officer for evangelism.

His road into the Church took many unusual turns. He left his family at age eleven, was homeless for a few years as a teen, and ended up in reform school. After serving for four years in the Navy, he attended night school for seven years to receive his undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin. He graduated, with honors from Nashotah House in 1990. He has served congregations in Fond du Lac, El Camino Real, Upper South Carolina and New Jersey.

In between church assignments, he has been the program director of a homeless shelter and a counselor at a chemical dependency hospital. Fr. Martin loves a well told tale, and is an
incurable bookworm. He believes that it is through developing the art of storytelling that we prepare ourselves for listening to the stories of others, telling our own faith story, while always looking for the places that God’s story touches them both. He and his wife Cherie live in Hammonton, New Jersey." Well, that's what THEY say. We know that Fr. Jake, AKA Fr. Terry, AKA Fr. Martin of the Evangelism Office of the Episcopal Church, etc., is really Fr Guido Sarducci or at least a Fr. Sarducci wannabe.

This has all been well exposed in a PRELUDIUM special in Advent 2006. The cat is out of the bag and it appears so in the case of Fr. whatever his name is.

There has been a new posting at Fr. Jake Stops The World, the source site for our elusive prodder in Christ (rhymes with father). The posting there is heartening, for it means that longing hearts and Friends of Jake will be filled with joy. Fr. Jake is back and there is wild rejoicing in the vineyards. His fans (me among them) are going nuts.

It appears he is coming to Fort Worth and has already been to San Joaquin
, a place where he is honored as the carrier of assurance when things were rough. The Grapevine carries a wonderful affirmation of his visit.

And we all remember, don't we dear friends, that Fr. whatever-his-name-is, where ever he blogs, is on a mission from God... Let us be glad and rejoice in it.

7 comments:

  1. Well, as you know, I am one of those nuts filled with joy at the rising of Fr. what'shisname...We're using his "Spiritual Journey" for Lent here, and I've never heard such holy chatter in my life!

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  2. On behalf of the fan base I offer the following:

    Welcome back,
    Your dreams were your ticket out.

    Welcome back,
    To that same old place that you laughed about.

    Well the names have all changed since you hung around,
    But those dreams have remained and they're turned around.

    Who'd have thought they'd lead ya (Who'd have thought they'd lead ya)
    Here where we need ya (Here where we need ya)

    Yeah we tease him a lot cause we've got him on the spot, welcome back,
    Welcome back, welcome back, welcome back.

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  3. Heh! a few art brushes, and it works:)

    Knew he would continue to pop back up... this is not a man that doesn't change the world.

    Great and fun post, Mark:)

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  4. Moses? The word verification is Moses? LOL

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  5. Fans all over the world (who are to be found in Latin America/Global South and beyond) salute the World and WORK of Father Jake...now, again, he's evangelizing from ALL SIDES of the human spirit...always with well directed SELF-QUESTIONING in mind...Fr. Jake and Fr. Terry face the REAL WORLD from a solid base
    heavily anchored in emotional/spiritual stability...
    and that is exactly what IS CALLED FOR...no more pretending that things, such as fear/hate mongering and thieving/deciving are acceptable, character core values at The Body of Christ...no pretending that REAL LIFE threatening Chirstian/other issues aren't dangerous to the health and well-being to humanity.

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  6. A very nice tribute - was thinking it would be fun to put Father Terry and Mr. Greg Griffith on tour together, visiting Episcopal and Anglican churches nationwide and giving talks. If we sold tickets to raise money for the MDGs, think of how much money we'd raise!! It would be a sell-out, standing room only.

    Always good to get both sides of the story, and it would be great for charity too. Imagine!

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  7. not bad, BB, not bad at all.

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