Leadership Council Statement about Saint Barnabas Mission

The St. Barnabas Mission
World Wide Outreach and Care
An Ecumenical, Apostolic Initiative, Bridge Building and Mediation Ministry
September 28, 2013 

 The St. Barnabas Mission was established on June 8, 1984 by Joseph Alphonsus Fradale and Peter Paul Brennan and other colleagues as an ecumenical family of laity and clergy whose main purpose is “to radiate Christ to the world” (Canonical Establishment Document). It was intended by its founders to be “an outreach to the needy of the world.” It was meant to be “an umbrella, under/within which various services/ministries are coordinated. An umbrella that provides spiritual strength for all concerned and provides a sense of cohesion to the many individual efforts…Whenever prayer or religious rite become part of the Mission’s function they are strictly ecumenical in nature.” (SBM Minutes January 25, 1986).

With this mandate in mind the Leadership Council of the St. Barnabas Mission agreed on September 28, 2013 that the SBM would serve as the hub of a variety of particular ministries responsive to the current needs of the Church and the World engaged in by its members according to their own vocations and charisms with each of these ministries being as spokes of a wheel with SBM at its center. This will be facilitated by discernment as each member determines with the help of others a path of service as they experience unity in diversity.

Currently recognized spokes include the House Churches Initiative, the Ecumenical Catholic Diocese of America; the St. Thomas Fund for Eastern Christians and Palestinians; The Vicariate of the Good Shepherd for Eastern and Western Christians; the International Society of the Apostles Sts. Peter, Thomas and Mary Magdalene; The African Orthodox Church Initiative; and the Emmaus Institute, Inc. Such recognized ministries may be of variable duration depending upon the needs and circumstances of any given time.

+William J. Manseau, SBM, D.Min.



Award for Archbishop Brennan’s Lifetime Work and Founding of St. Barnabas Mission


The FCM/RCFCC (Federation of Christian Ministries/Roman Catholic  Faith Community Council) award to Peter Paul Brennan reads: Making the Difference Awarded to Peter Paul Brennan In recognition of the outstanding early work and service in the Roman Catholic Renewal Movement and founding leadership of the Ecumenical Catholic Diocese of America and the Saint Barnabas Mission. Given this July 13, 2013, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania The Roman Catholic Faith Community Council of The Federation of Christian Ministries

Building Bridges of Faith, Hope and Love

Saint Barnabas Mission is a community of women and men committed to the gospel of Jesus Christ.  It serves as a bridge between catholic tradition and a vision for new interdenominational possibilities.

Saint Barnabas Mission is inclusive, embracing and ecumenical.  It strives to :

1, implement the vision and goals of Vatican II;

2. support and encourage the priestly ministries of men and women;

3. re-establish the married priesthood;

4. cultivate peace and justice for all, especially those who are marginalized by society;

5. promote a green earth and to sustain healthy life on our planet.

A New Pope Named Barnabas

Saint Barnabas Mission, an international community of men and women working towards peace and justice through ecumenism, extend prayers for good health and contentment to Pope Benedict XVI on his retirement.  We also pray for the 117 Cardinals entering the Conclave to choose a new Pope.   SBM proposes to the newly elected Pope to choose Barnabas for his name and patron.
Barnabas converted to Christianity in Jerusalem where he shared his wealth with the community.  The apostles, so impressed with the sincerity and openness of this follower of Jesus, they changed his name from Joses to Barnabas, “Son of Encouragement.”
It was Barnabas who encouraged and believed in Paul despite the fact that the community in Jerusalem didn’t trust Paul.  Barnabas chose Paul to partner with him in Antioch. As the Church in Antioch grew in faith and numbers, they commissioned Barnabas and Paul to set out on their first missionary journey.
Barnabas, the Bridge Builder was a strong advocate for the Gentile converts and bridged the divide between them and Jewish Christians.  The stumbling block  – whether the Gentiles needed to observe dietary laws and circumcision rites.  The Council of Jerusalem, through the persuasion and compassion of Barnabas and Paul, was encouraged to compromise.
Barnabas encouraged John Mark to take on a second missionary trip after he deserted Barnabas and Paul on the first trip.  That heartfelt outreach probably prompted the achievements of John Mark as gospel writer, leader in the Christian Church in Alexandria, Egypt, and important aid to Peter and to Paul.
Wouldn’t it be the time for a new Barnabas figure –  one who lives simply,  extends his heart to encourage people to believe in their own goodness,  speaks to power against unfair economic and social systems, and builds bridges towards peace in the world?  In this world of instant communication and dramatic innovation, we need a Pope immersed in the lives and concerns of God’s people to encourage and empower them.  Saint Barnabas Mission promises to help the newly elected pope search for a new ministerial paradigm of service and bridge building.
For more information you may contact Robert Graf, Saint Barnabas Mission, Director of Communications at 304-728-2829 or Bishop Peter Paul Brennan at 516-485-0616.  saintbarnabasmission.org
February 28, 2013

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