Mary has requested that the daily message be given each day to the world. It is read nightly at the prayer service from her Image Building in Clearwater, Florida, U.S.A. This is according to her request. All attempts will be made to publish this daily message to the world at 11p.m. Eastern time, U.S.A.


We acknowledge that the final authority regarding these messages rests with the Holy See of Rome.


I appear my children on this former bank building in Florida, Our Lady Clothed with the Sun.

December 27, 2001

December 28th Holy Spirit Novena
Scripture selection is Day 3 Period II.
The Novena Rosary Mystery
for December 28th is Glorious.

       

December 27, 2001

Messenger:   Our dear friend Rose died. I quote from the November 4 daily message
                    this follows:

  


  

Excerpt from November 4, 2001 message

Messenger:        Yesterday John and I went to visit Rose.
                                She is a Shepherd of Christ Apostle
                                in her eighties. She has been in
                                Shepherds of Christ since the
                                beginning. She led me to the place
                                where Fr. Smith and Fr. Carter were
                                talking in March, 1993. I think it
                                was the 3rd Monday. It was Immaculate
                                Heart Church.

                            She had her second treatment of chemo
                                the day before.
                            She had all her prayers on her table
                                at the nursing home:
                                the Morning Offering, the jiffy sheet,
                                the prayer manual and the Holy 
                                Spirit Novena book.

                            She seemed peaceful and relying heavily
                                on the Lord.
                            I showed her the Nursing Home Tape #3
                                and she sang to the songs and was
                                at peace.
                                She said how beautiful it was.

                            When we turned on the Mass video, she
                                prayed intently with the Mass video.

                            It was very powerful. I heard Fr. Mike
                                give his beautiful homily and tell the
                                people to offer up their sufferings
                                united to the Mass for the priests, the
                                Church and the world.
                            It was such a powerful experience.
                            She was so focused on the Mass video.
                                It gave her so much comfort.

end of excerpt from November 4, 2001

  


  

December 27, 2001 message continues  

Messenger:         Rose was intent on me going to Immaculate Heart Church
                    that Monday in March 1993. She was second in line and I was third in line in
                    the back of the Church where Fr. Carter was signing his Book Pain and the
                        Joy. I had him sign two books, one for me and one for my  
                    mom. I told him I taught at Xavier University (that is where he taught)
                    he was very nice. The line behind me was very long.

                            Rose was so intent on my going, she wouldn't take no for an
                    answer. We were to meet her friend in All Saints Parking lot and I
                    was to drive. I felt I was supposed to go, but I felt edgy because it
                    was early and I wasn't home for my family's dinner.
                    Rose's friend had the day mixed up so we went alone.

                            This was a very important meeting for me and Fr. Carter and being
                    at the Mass said by Father Smith. So much happened after that.

                            Rose liked Fr. Carter a lot. She would call him and talk to him.
                    Here is a picture of Fr. Carter and Rose on the Anniversary of when
                    he entered the priesthood June 10, 1997. We gave Fr. Carter a large statue of
                    St. Michael the Archangel. We had a beautiful celebration, so many
                    Shepherds of Christ people were there.

     

June 10, 1997

 

June 10, 1997

  

June 10, 1997

  

December 27, 2001 daily message continues  

Messenger:         Rose took care of the flowers at the Morrow Center, she tried
                    to work there most Tuesday's and would stay for the 6:20 prayers
                    on Tuesday's. Her friend Ed who answers the phones
                    picked her up and took her lots of places, to the Morrow Center
                    and to China on the 13ths.

                            Rose and Ellen and I were in the Cornerstone Prayer Group in
                    the early nineties, maybe before. That is when I met a very good friend
                    who told me seeing the Heart of Jesus as I did December 17, 1991 was not an
                    ordinary thing! It had been a long time after the vision when I told
                    her. I had shared it with another friend the day it happened.

                            Those early days in the nineties were important to the development of
                    my mission. I really only read the Psalms and Isaiah a lot, I would open
                    the Bible at the Cornerstone Prayer Group at All Saints because they used it there and
                    I didn't know much about the books in the Bible and where to find them.

                            I met Ellen there, she typed all the Blue Books for me. Now she is an apostle 
                    in Florida.

                            The Lord gave me a lot of knowledge about Himself in 1994-1996 and
                   on December 7, 1996, the scriptures were opened up to me in a way as never
                    before. Father Carter said he never saw the scriptures as he did after that.
                    From the end of December 96 to the end of 1999, I received insights into the 
                    scriptures every Sunday at Fr. Carter's Masses. I would discuss them with
                    him and then do the 3 hour rosary on those Sunday afternoons Our Lord 
                        called Rosaries from the Hearts of Jesus and Mary.

                            Our Lord was teaching all those in the Shepherds of Christ Core Prayer
                    Chapter as we did the rosary on those Sunday's. I then met with
                    Fr. Carter again in the evening and told him what happened at the 
                    rosary meetings. Rose went to a lot of these rosary gatherings.

                            We had 3 years of Rosary gatherings on Sunday at the Morrow Center
                    as we went through the Three Cycles. On the last Sunday
                    of 1999 Jesus told me that the Sunday Rosaries from the Hearts of Jesus 
                    and Mary were to stop. These rosaries were teachings for all of us
                    and they were all taped. Many have been used as teaching tools 
                    in China for the Servants and Handmaids that were being trained 
                    there. They were used at the 6:20 prayer gatherings before the 
                    Blessed Sacrament. Jesus intended them to be used to help teach
                    the people there.

                            The movement was formed this way. Fr. Carter was given the
                    vision. He knew there would be 3 sets of people running
                    the movement. The priests are yet to come, but he said there 
                    would be servants and handmaids and apostles and people
                    all over the world called associates would pray and support the
                    Newsletter.

                            It isn't the number of people that have made this movement work,
                    it is by His might. God has called the people. He has given us tremendous
                    grace and fervor to answer our calling.

                            Here are the first messages of Fr. Carter in 1994.

    


             

~ July 31, 1994 ~
Feast of St. Ignatius

Words of Jesus to Members of Shepherds of Christ Associates:

"My beloved priest-companion, I intend to use the priestly newsletter, Shepherds of Christ, and the movement, Shepherds of Christ Associates, in a powerful way for the renewal of My Church and the world.

"I will use the newsletter and the chapters of Shepherds of Christ Associates as a powerful instrument for spreading devotion to My Heart and My Mother's Heart.

"I am calling many to become members of Shepherds of Christ Associates. To all of them I will give great blessings. I will use them as instruments to help bring about the triumph of the Immaculate Heart and the reign of My Sacred Heart. I will give great graces to the members of Shepherds of Christ Associates. I will call them to be deeply united to My Heart and to Mary's Heart as I lead them ever closer to My Father in the Holy Spirit."

- Message from Jesus to Father Edward J. Carter, S.J., Founder, as given on July 31, 1994,
feast of Saint Ignatius Loyola, Founder of the Society of Jesus (The Jesuits)

end of July 31, 1994 message given to Fr. Carter

            


    

~ October 13, 1994 ~ 

The Birth of the Full Ministries
of the Shepherds of Christ

    "I wish to share with you part of a message which Jesus gave us on October 13, 1994. The message tells us about the expansion of the Shepherds of Christ movement:

    'My beloved priest-companion, today I come to you with another mission. I am asking you to establish Shepherds of Christ Ministries. At My request you have already begun the priestly newsletter, "Shepherds of Christ", and the prayer chapters, Shepherds of Christ Associates...

    'I am giving you this message on this day, the 77th Anniversary of the Great Apparition at Fatima, because of the close connection between the Shepherds of Christ movement and the Fatima message. The Fatima message is centered in devotion to My Heart and My Mother's Heart, especially in consecration to Our Hearts. Shepherds of Christ Ministries is also centered in devotion to Our Hearts. I will use Shepherds of Christ Ministries as a great instrument in helping to bring about the triumph of the Immaculate Heart and the reign of My Sacred Heart. When this occurs, My Church and the world will be experiencing the great era of peace promised by My Mother at Fatima.

    'Today, then, October 13, 1994, the 77th Anniversary of the Great Apparition at Fatima, marks the birth of Shepherds of Christ Ministries. I pour forth the great love of My Sacred Heart to all. I am Jesus, Chief Shepherd of the flock.'

    "Jesus has told us that Shepherds of Christ Ministries includes: the priestly newsletter, Shepherds of Christ, Shepherds of Christ Associates prayer chapters, various publications, including books, whatever else Our Lord directs us to undertake.

    "As members of Shepherds of Christ Associates, you are an extremely important part of Shepherds of Christ Ministries. You have given great joy to the Heart of Jesus by responding to His invitation to become members of Shepherds of Christ Associates. As He draws you closer to His Heart and to His Mother's Heart as Associates members, He will fill you with an ever-increasing experience of His love, peace, and joy."

- From In the Hearts of Jesus and Mary, Newsletter of Shepherds of Christ Associates
by Fr. Edward J. Carter S.J., Volume 1, No. 1, 1995. p. 2.

end of October 13, 1994 message given to Fr. Carter

 


    

December 27, 2001 message continues

Messenger:        Here is the message we received from Jesus to Fr. Carter
                     about the Apostles of the Eucharistic Heart of Jesus.

     


  

Apostles of the Eucharistic Heart of Jesus

My dear fellow Associate Members,

Jesus is calling special apostles to join a new division of the Shepherds of Christ Movement. Here is a message from Jesus given to Father Carter:

My beloved priest-companion, I am requesting that a new prayer movement be started under the direction of Shepherds of Christ Ministries. I am asking for volunteers who are willing to pray before the Blessed Sacrament for one hour, twice-weekly. Members of the Shepherds of Christ prayer chapters, as well as others, are to be invited to join this movement.

These apostles are to pray for the intentions I am giving you. For part of the hour they are to use the prayers of the Shepherds of Christ Associates Handbook. They may spend the rest of the hour as they so choose.

I will use this new prayer movement within My Shepherds of Christ Ministries in a powerful way to help in the renewal of My Church and the world. I will give great graces to those who join this movement. The name, Apostles of the Eucharistic Heart of Jesus, is to be given to this movement.

I am inviting My beloved Rita Ring to be coordinator for this activity.

I pour out the great love of My Sacred Heart to all. I am Jesus, Chief Shepherd of the flock.

    This is indeed a special calling for us to unite in one heart with His Eucharistic Heart and pray for the following intentions:

  1. For the spread of the devotion to the Hearts of Jesus and Mary culminating in the reign of the Sacred Heart and the triumph of the Immaculate Heart.
  2. For the Pope.
  3. For all bishops of the world.
  4. For all priests.
  5. For all sisters and brothers in the religious life.
  6. For all members of the Shepherds of Christ Movement, and for the spread of this movement to the world.
  7. For all members of the Catholic Church.
  8. For all members of the human family.
  9. For all souls in purgatory.

end of Apostles of the Eucharistic Heart message

    


  

                                         Bishop's House
                                         S_____

                                            INDIA

                                          December ? 2001

My dear President,

                    Thank you, thank you.
Time is very ripe! Renewal, Renewal!!!
I read your appeal and invitation! I
could not but weep, shed tears. I could
not but mail this letter of mine.
                    Priests and Religious--wake up,
take courage, time is fleeing very fast.
Time cannot wait, neither can we wait.
                    Dear President--I do not miss
Eucharistic Adoration--praying before the
Blessed Sacrament--
                    Thank you... my courage
saying and reminding--praying devoutedly
before the Blessed Sacrament.
                    I have heard priests saying--I have
no time, my hands are full with this and that.
What a pity....
                    I do realize, I see very very
few 1 to 100, come for a visit to the
Blessed Sacrament.
                    Where is hunger and thirst--for
Christ!!!...
                    I shall soon speak with my bishop,
about this "Apostleship of the Eucharistic
Heart of Jesus" Movement which is a "must".
                    I myself am praying for priests from
my own leaflet--everyday.
                    I shall mention this to our Religious
Sisters' Superior, locally near our Cathedral.
                    My letters (other) will reach you.
I request your prayers, furthering this information.
                                                    Fr. ______  

 


 

                                                                Archbishop's House
                                                                Pakistan
                                                                6 August 2001

Dear Rev. _____

        I am not sure if you are a priest or a layman, but for safety's
sake I addressing you as Rev. _____

        It is my task to expose the Blessed Sacrament every afternoon
for adoration in the St. _____ Cathedral, so I spend at least half
an hour in adoration every weekday quite regularly. I do not know
if this entitles me to obtain membership of the Apostles of the
Eucharistic Heart of Jesus, but that is not necessary.

        On Sundays, we do not expose the Blessed Sacrament, as there
are 5 regular Masses, and as a priest I myself have about three Masses
each Sunday. If I get time, I make my meditation in the afternoon in
the private Chapel.

        Some other Parishes too have regular adoration in their
churches, and I will ask them if they wish to be enrolled as Apostles
of the Eucharistic Heart of Jesus.

                                With kind regards,

                                                Yours sincerely in Christ,
   
                                                Archbishop of _____

  

 


 

                                                Diocese of ______
                                                2 August 2001

Dear John,

Loving greetings and prayerful wishes to you from Bishop _____ of
the diocese of _____, A.P. India. Received your membership form to
join the Apostles of the Eucharistic Heart of Jesus. Thank you for the
same and herewith I am filling the form and sending to you for the 
membership. Please send more forms for my priests and religious. Happy
also to hear that you are getting ready with the Newsletter Book II. I
wish all success for the same. Let us all learn to love the Eucharistic 
Heart of Jesus and draw more graces from it.

With blessings,

+ _______
  
Bishop of ______

   


 

                                                Diocese of ______
                                                2 August 2001

Dear John,

Loving greetings and prayerful wishes to you from Bishop _____ of
the diocese of _____, A.P. India. 

I received a parcel of the Audio Cassettes of the Shepherds of Christ
Ministries. But they are only enough for some of my priests only.
Therefore I request you to send me another parcel of 30 sets of cassettes
more for my priests and religious in the diocese. You can send them
directly to my address and I shall make it available for the priests.

Wishing you all the best and prayers, I remain
Yours in the Eucharistic Heart of Jesus,

+ _______

 


 

 Diocese of _______                

Catholic Bishop's House                  
INDIA                        

 

Mr. John Weickert,                                    August 12, 2001
President, Shepherds of Christ Ministries,
P.O. Box 193, Morrow,
OH 45152-0193,
U.S.A.
 

Dear Mr. John Weickert,

Thank you for your letter. I am sending you the filled-up Membership Form. Thank you for sending me 'Shepherds of Christ' regularly.

Yours sincerely,

+___________

Bishop in India

    


 

To: info@SofC.org
Sent: Saturday, August 11, 2001 2:49 AM
Subject: Membership Form 

Dear John,  Thank you for the Newsletter, July 18, 2001, which I received a few days ago, and I want to submit with all my heart my application for Membership to the "Apostles of the Eucharistic Heart of Jesus". The particulars, as asked by the form, are as follows: 

Fr. M. C.
India.

       

 

To: info@SofC.org
Sent: Tuesday, August 07, 2001 8:29 AM
Subject: Apostles of the Eucharistic Heart of Jesus

Dear John, 

Greetings of peace and Joy in the Lord from New Delhi - INDIA.
Thank you for the membership form which I am also sending by post.
Congratulations for spreading the devotion and Love for the Eucharistic
Lord. His presence in our Life makes all the difference.

I certainly would count it a privilege to be a member of the
Apostles of the Eucharistic Heart of Jesus.

Kindly include my name too.

Please note my new address:

  

Wishing you a very happy feast of the Assumption of our Blessed Mother,

In our Eucharistic Lord,

Fr. M.V.  S.D.B.

     


  

To: info@SofC.org
Sent: Tuesday, August 07, 2001 5:07 AM
Subject: Membership Form

Dear Rev. Fr. ___

I am from Sri Lanka and I receive your Shepherds of Christ continuously. I
gain so much of valuable blessings by them and I give copies of the
newsletter to priests in Sri Lanka too.

I am so happy to be part of the movement of the Eucharistic Heart of Jesus.
I make it a point to daily visit the Blessed Sacrament and pray before Jesus
who is alive. I am so glad now I can pray the chaplet of the Shepherds of
Christ as a volunteer. I will get more members enrolled from our local
church who would volunteer to pray before the Blessed Sacrament and fax you
details.

I strongly believe that prayers said before the Blessed Sacrament never go
unanswered. Please do let me know if you need any help from Sri Lanka and
with God's help I will do all I could to spread this devotion amongst the
local people.

May God bless all the wonderful work you are doing.

Yours faithfully,

Mrs. A. E.

  


         

December 27, 2001 message continues

Messenger:    Mary said how important it is the Bishops consecrate
                    their dioceses to the Sacred Heart and the Immaculate Heart.
                            The Apostles of the Eucharistic Heart of Jesus Movement can
                    help bring this about.

The Father Speaks:

                            My children, the Plan will unfold. The message I gave to you
                    January 5, 1995 is this "My Plan will unfold despite the willfulness
                    of anyone there."

Messenger:

                            Many times people have blocked the work God has tried to 
                    accomplish through the Shepherds of Christ Movement.
                            I remember, God the Father saying this in the
                    front of the Rosary Chapel at the Holy Spirit Center.
                   
"My Plan will unfold despite the willfulness
                    of anyone there."

Messenger:        On January 5, 1999, it was bitter cold and Melanie and I and the others
                    were before Mary's image for the evening gathering. The window seemed
                    black as usual during the evening Prayers. God the Father gave me
                    this message and I wrote it in my Bible.

  


  

From January 5, 1999

God the Father speaks:  It is because of your fervor to pray here, that you have helped to hold back the hand of My Son from punishing the earth with just punishment for the crimes committed against God.

end of January 5, 1999 message

      


  

December 27, 2001 message continues

Messenger:    We have followed the Plan, God has given to us.
                    On January 5, 1997 I received the Bare Baby message 
                    after I had been given the all night message of December 29, 1996.

  


  

Excerpt from January 5, 1999 Daily Message

Messenger:  On January 5, 1997, I was wakened by Our Lord and He was mumbling as He was around my bed as He did on October 8, 1997, when He delivered the "Seedless, Barren, No Fruit on the Vine" message.

    I heard Him and He repeated the words over and over again. I had a copy of the all-night message on the floor, I jumped from the bed and began to write around the message, for it was the only paper available and He was speaking very plainly and direct. I wrote this message in the margins of the paper. He kept repeating "BABY, BARE BABY, LAID BARE".

 


     

Message of January 5, 1997

Jesus speaks:  Open yourself, Oh Jerusalem, your time is come you will be a light to the people in darkness, many will walk whence you come and the earth will be shakened and the light will come across a dark sky and enlighten their minds.

    Oh stiff-necked people, you are so stiff in your ways, let the spirit envelope you and lead you on your way.

    A country of stiffs, a people of planning and prodding, of deliberating and wondering—you lack faith, Jerusalem, you lack faith in God.

    Oh walk naked into the cold night, you are cold in your hearts and naked in your clothing—I cloth you with glory, I light your face with light, but you turn your cheeks to the darkness and stay stiff-necked in your hearts. Oh cold and dark hearts, reach for the light that you may know the glory that awaits the sinners and enlightens their minds.

end of excerpt January 5, 1999 Daily Message

  


  

December 27, 2001 message continues

Messenger:    We do not know how God has worked in so many hearts
                    all over the globe because of the Newsletter and the Shepherds of Christ
                    Movement.

  

  

   

  

December 27, 2001 message continues

Messenger:    Here is a note from Father Carter, written on August 8th, 43 years
                    after he entered the Jesuits.

                            In this message we find the vision given to him by Our Lord.

  

  

  

December 27, 2001 message continues

Messenger:    Fr. Carter was called home last year at Christmas time.

  


     

December 18, 2000, 3:00 a.m. Jesus said:

Would you wish to deprive Me of giving a holy soul their reward?

That is what they lived for, that some day they would be with Me in heaven.

end of December 18, 2000 message

 


 

Excerpt from July 21, 2001 message

Messenger: I saw Father Carter dressed in white and I saw
                        how much I have to struggle here below
                        doing God's work and I wanted 
                        Fr. Carter to be in heaven.

end of excerpt

  


    

Excerpt from December 23, 2000 Message

Jesus speaks:  Father Carter will intercede for you at 
    the throne of God.
...
   
Rejoice, your brother has returned home, 
    now he intercedes for you at the throne of God.

end of December 23, 2000 Message

  


  

Excerpt from April 5, 2001 Daily Message

Jesus speaks:  

                    My priest, Father Carter pleads for you

                             at the throne of God.

end of excerpt from April 5, 2001 

  


        

December 27, 2001 message continues

Messenger:    Well Rose was called home on Christmas Eve. She prayed
                 her prayers at 6:20 in the hospital. Our Lord told
                me to give her a little tape recorder. She played them
                 and her batteries would wear out.

                        Rose lived the Shepherds of Christ Prayer life. She loved to pray.
                She loved to attend Mass. She loved to be before the
                Blessed Sacrament in Adoration. Rose loved Jesus.
                She wrote her love letter to Him as her spouse. She
                was so connected to Him and she loved Him so much.
                Her union with Him deepened in those last days of
                suffering.

                        She really worked the Shepherds of Christ program. She lived the 
                Shepherds of Christ way of life for a Shepherds of Christ Apostle. She 
                prayed so fervently for the priests, the Church and the world.
                She answered the call to do this. She loved the priests so deeply in her heart-
                She spent her life at the end praying for the priests,
                the Church and the world.

                        We do not even know the grace that could have
                been released for our Church and our world because
                of her suffering.

                        She is not dead, she lives and she is deeply
                connected with us in this mission.
                        She and Fr. Carter have passed on. There are other
                Shepherds of Christ Members who have passed on, Don and Mary Ann.
                Some people have been laid out holding the image rosary in their hands.
                        We are one, we are united in love, praying for the
                priests, the Church and the world. We pray united to the Mass.
                We want to pray so fervently.
                        Rose had peace. She did her morning offering. She
                prayed for the Movement Jesus began. Rose is united
                to us forever in deep love.

                        Fr. Carter's words at the end were "Our hearts are
                merged."

                            "Our Hearts are merged."

                        Oh God we praise you and love you and thank

                                                    you for your gifts.

        

  

  

  

THROUGH HIM, WITH HIM AND IN HIM

    

July 5, 2000

       

December 27, 2001 message continues

Messenger:    Rose loved Mary.

  

   

December 27, 2001 message continues

Messenger:    Funeral Saturday 10-11 am.

                        Mass 11:00 at All Saints.

  


       

To: info@SofC.org
Sent: Monday, August 06, 2001 7:41 AM
Subject: greetings from ______


I am regular reader of your booklet. Yours is a wonderful site in the web

Fr. M. K.
Secretary to the bishop


   


   

India
                                                                                  4-10-2001

Rev. Fr. Edward Carter
Shepherds of Christ Ministers
PO Box 193 Morrow,
Ohio 45152-0193
USA

Dear Rev. Fr. Carter,

Let me begin with wishing you a very happy Easter. This letter may reach you only after Easter. But  you will be remembered during the Easter liturgy. And I shall distribute the newsletter to my priests. I am confident that the priests will like the articles and that it would help their spiritual life very much. May the Good Shepherd who loves his priests bless your ministry.

Sincerely yours,

+____________
  
Bishop of _____

  


  

                                                    Zimbabwe
  

Re: Subscription by        Diocese to Shepherds of Christ Newsletter

It came to my attention recently some issues of the above Newsletter that I consider quite helpful for our priests. Therefore, I would be very grateful if you could send us a copy for each of the priests in the Diocese, we are 25. I understand they are distributed free of charge.

In order to avoid the cost of postage you could send them by surface and in one parcel addressed to:

 

With many thanks and best prayerful wishes on this great apostolate you are doing.

Yours sincerely

Bishop of ______

    


                                                     

To: Shepherds of Christ
Date: Wednesday, November 28, 2001 2:49 PM
Subject: Thanks!

Dear Mr. Weickert,

 
This is a very belated acknowledgement of your letter dated July 18, 2001.  When it arrived here I was on leave in my native country, ______.  When I came back to South Africa, two days after the 11th September tragedy, it took time to catch up with matters.
 
I was sad to learn from your letter about the death of Father Edward Carter.  May his soul rest in peace with the Lord. 
 
Since the arrival of your letter we have also received the 2nd issue of the Shepherds of Christ Newsletter, together with a large consignment of Prayer Manuals for the Shepherds of Christ Associates. 
 
 As usual, the Newsletter will go to all priests and houses of religious in our diocese. 
 
As regards the prayer manuals, I will discuss with our diocesan vocations co-ordinator the possibility of bringing together the idea of your movement's prayer chapters with our effort to establish the Living Rosary.  The aim of the latter is prayer for vocations and for seminarians and priests.
 
Many of our people are still only semi literate, but they have a great love for the Church and realize that the times when they could rely on getting priests from elsewhere are gone.
 
May the Lord bless your wonderful work!
 
Wishing you a fruitful Advent and holy Christmas,
 
Sincerely yours in the Lord,     + _______, Bishop of ______, S. Africa

    


    

            Most Reverend Bishop ________, D.D.                CUDDAPAH
            Bishop Emeritus of Cuddapah                             A.P.S India

                                                                                        DATE 23-1-2001

                             Dear Fr. Carter,

                   Let me start this letter wishing you a Very Happy New Year with all its blessings of peace, joy and happiness and success. May God bless you.

     I received the Shepherds of Christ - Issue 4, 2000 only yesterday. I have not gone through it. I hope that you get enough and more funds to continue. My special prayers for you for this purpose. It is a surprise for me to know that you print in Spanish and are going to do it also in French. I cannot but admire your courage and hard work.

Congratulations. You will have enough funds. No good work will suffer by lack of funds. That's my experience.

     How are you? Please keep up your health and joy.

     I came back to Cuddapah and remain at my old address given above. Neck pain affects me to sit and work. Otherwise I keep well and happy.

     Once more I congratulate you and wish you every success.  Please pray for me. My love to all those there.

With much love, wishes, prayers and blessings.

 

                                Yours in Jesus, Mary, Joseph

                                                       _______________

   


  

1998 - ISSUE TWO

Dear Fr. Carter,
    I would like to thank you for the first issue of 1998 of Shepherds of Christ which you have sent me.
    I have found your newsletter thought-provoking and spiritually enriching. I have handed four of the five copies you sent me to the two Rectors of our Minor and Philosophy seminaries, to the priest in contact with our young priests and with vocations, and to our cloister at Carmel. I am sure that they will appreciate it as much as I do.
    I shall be grateful if you could send me 75 copies. You can be sure they will be read avidly and greatly appreciated. Also, I shall be extremely grateful if you send me 3 copies of the first 12 letters that have appeared in book form.
    Congratulations on this excellent apostolate. Keep up the good work you are doing. May Mary, our blessed Mother, bless this spiritual apostolate of yours. I have appreciated very much the quotations you put from Fr. Angelo Amato, S.D.B. and from Cardinal Newman regarding our blessed Mother.

Thanking you once again,
In caritate Christi
Armando Trinidad
Archbishop of Lahore, Pakistan

   


   

1998 - ISSUE TWO

Dear Father,
    I have been asked by His Excellency Bishop Frances Gerard Brooks, D.D., to thank you for your recent letter.
    At a recent diocesan conference our bishop informed the priests of the diocese of your recent letter and provided for their perusal the samples of your newsletter. The response was very positive, with many priests indicating a desire to receive your newsletter on a regular basis.
    His Excellency has asked me to confirm with you the possibility of ordering 60 copies of your newsletter. This will allow for a copy to be given to every priest, deacon and seminarian of the diocese. It will also facilitate "sample" copies to be distributed further afield.

Rev. Niall Sheehan
Cathedral Presbytery
Newry, Northern Ireland

    


   

1998 - ISSUE FOUR

Dear Father,
This date two copies of your Catholic newsletter reached my desk. I put other mail aside and read your publication.

It sold itself. Therefore I would ask for 60 copies that can be spread among our priests, brothers, sisters, deacons and catechists.

I am sure they will appreciate what you send.

Blessings and best wishes.
Your servant in Christ,
Cardinal Pio Taofinu'u
Archbishop of Samoa-Apia

  


   

1998 - ISSUE FOUR

Dear Fr. Edward:
Thank you for the Shepherds of Christ Newsletter. You are putting in the hands of our priests timely materials for spiritual reading and for allocutions and homilies. I myself will find this helpful for my apostolate of giving recollections and retreats to seminarians and priests.

I will be glad to have 60 copies of each issue of the Newsletter starting with the forthcoming newsletter.

Permit me to extend to you and your companions in the apostolate my appreciation and gratitude for extending your help to your fellow priests in the ministry.

God bless you.
Sincerely yours,
Angel N. Lagdameo
Bishop of Dumaguete, Philippines

   


  

1998 - ISSUE FIVE

Dear Father,
Yesterday I received your letters and the book, Spirituality Newsletters.

I am delighted because there is so much material coming on to my desk it is well-nigh impossible to read much of it. However, your gift looks to me as if it will fill a great need for us here. We simply do not have the time to read a great deal and have often thought it would be a great thing if one of us could digest a great deal of the writings we receive, summarize them and send them to the rest of us. However, that too is quite impractical we find. And I rather think that what you have sent is the very thing we need, and because it is on spirituality it will be the greatest help and inspiration. I have to tell you that all the priests here are great workers, and all of them work long hours manually in travel by boat, in caring for light plants, boat engines, buildings, etc., just to support their stations, (most on pretty lonely islands) so that they have little money to buy good books, and little time to read them if they get them. What you have sent seems to really fill a bill for us. It seems at first sight to be the essence of the great need we have, for the development of the priest himself in spirituality.

Thank you very much indeed. I am really grateful.

Yours very sincerely and fraternally in Our Lord
Bishop D.C. Morre
Diocese of Alotau
Papua new Guinea

   


    

1999 - ISSUE THREE

Dear Fr. Carter,
I am writing to ask you to please send me ten copies of the Spiritual Newsletter for Priests, Shepherds of Christ, and a copy of the book which includes the first 12 issues of your newsletter.

I have received two issues of 1998, and I have found them very useful to enhance our priestly on-going formation, and I wish to give one to my nine diocesan priests and keep one for myself.

Sincerely yours in Christ

Bishop Ambrose Ravasi, IMC
Diocese of Marsabit, Kenya

   


   

1999 - ISSUE FOUR

30 June 1999

Reverend and dear Father Carter,
Warmest Greetings to you from Plentong, Malaysia.

I write to thank you for your kindness and thoughtfulness in sending us several copies of your "Spirituality Newsletter for Priests". We have received Issues One & Two, 1999.

There is no doubt that our priests will benefit from the articles of your Newsletter and hopefully they will inspire and encourage them to seek holiness in their pastoral work.

With renewed gratitude and warm regards.

    Yours sincerely in the Lord,
    Bishop James Chan
    Melaka-Johor Diocese

  


  

2000 - ISSUE ONE

Dear Fr. Carter,
I received the parcel you so kindly sent me. Thank you for the book "Shepherds of Christ" and the set of audio cassettes.

May I request of you this favour. There are more than 100 priests in the dioceses of Cuddapah and also Kurnool where I served as Apostolic Administrator for three years. They love me also and visit me when they come this side. I want to give them all the book, "Shepherds of Christ" and ask them to study and meditate on it.

I admire this great work that you are doing for the priestly holiness. The holiness of the Church depends on the holiness of its priests. It is a great pity that many fail to be "Christ". Only prayer and love can bring them around. My congratulations to you once again. With love and blessings,

Rev. S. A. Aruliah D.D.
Bishop Emeritus of Cuddapah
India

  


    

2000 - ISSUE ONE


I received the parcel you so kindly sent me. Thank you for the book "Shepherds of Christ" and the set of audio cassettes.

May I request of you this favour. There are more than 100 priests in the dioceses of Cuddapah and also Kurnool where I served as Apostolic Administrator for three years. They love me also and visit me when they come this side. I want to give them all the book, "Shepherds of Christ" and ask them to study and meditate on it.

I admire this great work that you are doing for the priestly holiness. The holiness of the Church depends on the holiness of its priests. It is a great pity that many fail to be "Christ". Only prayer and love can bring them around. My congratulations to you once again. With love and blessings,

Rev. S. A. Aruliah D.D.
Bishop Emeritus of Cuddapah
India

   


  

2000 - ISSUE TWO

Dear and Rev. Edward,
Loving and cordial greetings to you from Most Rev. G. Johannes, Bishop of Kurnool.

I am glad to learn that you are publishing a magazine by name Shepherds of Christ. Recently, I was given some magazines to be distributed to our priests by Most Rev. Bishop S. A. Aruliah of Cuddapah and the magazines are very good and worth reading.

As the magazines are useful to our priests, I would like to get them for our priests too. Presently there are 70 priests in our diocese and distribution of these magazines to our priests will surely help their spiritual life. As your magazine covers so may theological, pastoral themes, it helps our priests in their pastoral life.

Hence, I request you to send at least 70 Shepherds of Christ magazines to us so that we may distribute to our priests. I also request you to send some audio-video tapes which can help our priests pastorally.

With Blessings,

GORANTLA Johannes D. D.
Bishop of Kurnool, India

  


  

2000 - ISSUE THREE

Dear Fr. Carter,
I have been reading the newsletter book Shepherds of Christ meditatively since it came. All the articles are deep theology and spirituality. If only priests read it properly and prayerfully, a change towards Christ cannot but come. All my Diocesan priests got the book and are reading it. I have sent a few copies to the seminary rector in South India whom I know, asking him to read it and also order the newsletter. I am sure they will profit by it.

Bishop S.A. Aruliah
Cuddapah
India

    


  

                          THE ARCHBISHOP'S OFFICE
                                                    

MALAYSIA

The Editor
Shepherds of Christ Ministries
P. O. Box 193
Morrow, Ohio 45152-0193.
U.S.A.
                                                                     2-5-2001

 

Dear Editor,

                    Thank you for sending me your magazine 2001 - Issue 1. From the

notice given on page 5, I have learned of the death of Fr. Edward J. Carter S.J. on

18, 2000. He founded the Shepherds of Christ Movement and published the

quarterly magazine of which I and my priests are the regular receivers and readers.

While I am mourning his death, I am also praying for the repose of his soul. May

the merciful and loving Lord grant him eternal rest for the good he contributed to

many priests through his service.

 

                    Thank you for sending me 5 copies continuously your magazine.

Please continue to do so.

 

                    With best wishes.

                                                        Yours in the Lord,

                                                         Archbishop ___________

      


    

Archbishop's Curia

                                                Secretariat for the Clergy
                                                9th November 2001

Dear Fr. Carter,

        I would like thank you for receiving regularly your newsletters these
past 2 years.

        For the last three issues we have been receiving far more copies than
our requirements. Kindly note that we need only 340 copies to be able to
distribute to each individual priest in our diocese.

        I take the opportunity of this letter to congratulate you on the very
interesting and informative articles.

        In union of prayers.

                                                        Fr. ____
                                                        Delegate

      


     

                                                     5 November 2001

Bishop ________
India

Dear Director,

        Greetings and Blessings in the Lord Jesus.

        I received Shepherds of Christ Magazine, No 2, 2001 issue
safely. I thank you sincerely for it. May God bless your ministry for priests. I sent that together to all priests and convents.
I am sure that they profit by the beautiful articles especially the
long articles Sacraments and Mass. It is deep, clear and concise.
Thank you.

        May I request you a favour. Can you send me a few of
the best books of Carter on spiritual life. I asked him for these
two years back. But he died without answering my letter. 
Thank you. I am a retired bishop with some time to read. I
would like to read only such books to prepare myself to heaven.

        I know the wonderful work you are doing in publishing
and sending this magazine. I am sure you will not need funds.
God sees to his work.

        All my sympathy to U.S.A. I pray that will help it to
recover. All for good - materialism and too much confidence
on oneself must die.

                    With much love -
                        _____
  

  


  

Letters from Priests

         

January/February 1995

    I read with deep interest your edition of Shepherds of Christ. It is spiritually based, neatly organized, and very readable. Again, congratulations on a beautiful ministry.

Rev. Joseph F. Brennan Pastor, St. Genevieve Church LaFayette, Louisiana

  


  

    Thank you for sending me the newsletter, Shepherds of Christ. I loved it. I need all the help you can give during these confusing times. I must not lose sight of my objective—a true salesman for Our Lord. I must be sold first to love Him before I bring others to Him.

Fr. Sabbas R. Christ the King Rectory Commack, L.I., New York

  


  

March/April 1995

    A blessed New Year—and a quick note of thanks for the excellent bulletin, Shepherds of Christ.

Eamon Carroll, O. Carm. Chicago, Illinois

  


  

    I just wanted to drop you a note to tell you how much I enjoyed reading Shepherds of Christ. I found it good spiritual reading—and refreshing. Keep up the good work.

Sincerely in Christ,

Rev. Eugene P. Hruska, V.G. Great Falls, Montana

 


 

May/June 1995

Dear Ed,
    I just wanted to take this chance to thank you for sending to me the Shepherds of Christ Newsletter. I have appreciated it very much, both to keep in touch with what you are doing and to enjoy the rich variety of topics needed for priestly reflection today—topics like friendship, prayer, and the Holy Spirit (a subject close to a Paulist’s heart) in recent issues.

Sincerely,
Larry Boadt, CSP Paulist Press, Mahwah, NJ

  


  

    I like your newsletter very much. Shepherds of Christ gave me plenty of food for prayer!

Fr. Michael A. Becker St. Rose of Lima, Altoona, PA.

  


   

July/August 1995

Dear Fr. Ed,
    From nowhere I received a copy of your newsletter. Reading it was a source of simple delight as is anything buoying up our priesthood these days. The folksy “Joys of Being a Priest” (by Fr. Philip Hamilton, March-April issue) brought a smile. I think of these fifty-one years with their ups and downs as something very special. As life moves quickly and relentlessly on I am sure of this: It Is Great To Be a Priest. To have spent this one life on anything less would appear to this simple soul as a great waste. Please keep the newsletter coming—and thank you for the lift!

Fraternally in Christ,
Rev. Charles Mallen, C.SS.R. Venice, Florida

  


  

Dear Ed,
    It is slow in coming, but I want to add my voice to the praise your newsletter for priests must be getting. I find the material good for reflective, meditative reading and praying. Heaven knows we priests need that.

In the Heart of Christ,
Bob Harvanek, S.J. Loyola University, Chicago

 


  

Dear Fr. Ed,
    Of all the stuff that comes cascading into my mailbox every day, “Shepherds of Christ” really stands out. To me it exemplifies one of the great strengths of Catholicism—its spirituality. I use the newsletter for my prayer after Mass. It has brought me closer to God through Christ by focusing on the basics of Catholic-Christian spirituality in a way that enlightens and inspires.

Fr. Bill Zimmer Chicago, Illinois

  


 

September/October 1995

    It gives me special pleasure to share the following letter. It comes from my doctoral dissertation director, Fr. Ernie Larkin, O. Carm. He is one of the leading experts on the spiritual teaching of St. John of the Cross and St. Teresa of Avila. He has also been one of my most influential teachers, and for this I am most grateful to him.—Editor

Dear Ed,
I am embarrassed not to have been one of the first to congratulate you on your obviously successful newsletter for priests. It is…solid, inspirational, and founded in the best of our tradition. I am very proud of you. May the Lord touch many of our hearts through this ministry. All the best to you!

Ernie Larkin, O Carm. Phoenix, Arizona

 


  

Dear Father Ed,
Prayer is truly the food of faith and faith is the foundation of our priestly lives. Through your Shepherds of Christ newsletter you remind us through your insights and prayers that emotion does indeed feed devotion and that we are all only a heartbeat away from the face-to-face presence of the Father through the Son in the Spirit! Thanks for all your letter means to all of us.

Fraternally,
Msgr. Jeremiah F. Kenney Baltimore, Maryland

 


  

Dear Father Ed,
The enclosed is a small way of thanking you for the articles in Shepherds of Christ.

The article “Thoughts on the Eucharist” (July-August) reminds me of the overwhelming love of Christ for me, fellow Catholics and the world. I pray in the vein of St. Peter Eymard that I might return my all and answer Christ with “this is me for you”.

In Christ,
Fr. Joe Kenlon, O.F.M.Cap New Paltz, New York

  


  

Dear Father Ed,
I must sincerely tell you how enjoyable your newsletter is. I find it spiritually uplifting. Many times in our earnestness to be of help we forget our own spiritual needs.

You are doing a great service to the American priesthood. May God bless you and sustain you in your endeavors. My prayers are with you, because I (and I am sure many other priests) feel enriched every time I read your newsletter. Thanks.

In Jesus’ love,
Rev. William Bonnici Clinton Township, MI

  


 

November/December 1995 Issue

Dear Fr. Ed,
Thanks for the Shepherds of Christ newsletter. I enjoyed the July-August one. 'Twas very good and uplifting. May the Holy Spirit pierce your mind with ways to encourage your brother priests. Fraternally in Christ,

Rev. John Turk
Warren, Ohio

  


  

Dear Father Ed,
With all the misquotes and the twisted interpretations of the Catholic Teachings in our daily Press, it is enjoyable to pick up Shepherds of Christ and read some solid Catholic Teaching. Keep up the good work. Thank you for the Newsletter.

Fr. Werner Verhoff, C.PP.S.

  


  

Dear Fr. Carter,
I appreciated very much that you wrote to me. I can imagine the amount of work you have in publishing a newsletter for 45,000 priests and preparing to send it to priests in other countries. I congratulate you that you send it free of charge…

I received only two issues. I would love to get every issue. Your newsletter is a mine of thoughts and inspirations…

…in my humble opinion, encouragement is what priests need the most today. Everybody should show them their appreciation…for bearing the burdens of those who left or are not coming. I admire the great majority of young priests for their beautiful spirituality. Yours respectfully in the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary,

Fr. Leonard Currieri, M.SS.CC.
Linwood, New Jersey

  


  

Dear Ed,
In the true spirit of St. Ignio you have captured the essence of some very great saints in the Church. I found your selections truly inspiring and reinforcing of the beliefs that must be at the center of every priest's life. Thank you and keep up this long needed newsletter.

Father Jim Wysocki,
Marine City, Michigan

 


        

January/February 1996 Issue

Dear Father,
Your publication is most welcome; a breath of fresh air and wisdom.
All the best in Christ,

Don Derivaux
St. Alphonsus Church
McComb, Mississippi

  


 

Dear Ed,
Your current Newsletter, December issue, is simply exceptional. Very solid food. I'm reading it very slowly. I especially liked Basil Pennington's image of the Christic self.
In Christ Jesus

John Wetmore
Church of St. Stephen, Protomartyr
St. Louis, Missouri

  


  

(Dear Father Ed,)
Thank you for the great newsletter. I use it for spiritual reading. It's a great help.

Fr. John Le Voir
Church of the Holy Trinity
South St. Paul, Minnesota

  


 

Dear Fr. Ed,
I always enjoy the newsletter. It is always full of such a broad range of solid spiritual and doctrinal authors and topics. Very inspiring! As someone rather newly ordained (Oct., 1993), I'll take all the support and inspiration I can get!
In Christ,

Glenn Eftink
Cathedral of St. Mary of the Annunciation
Cape Girardeau, Missouri

 


  

March/April 1996 Issue

Dear Fr. Carter,

Thank you for your valuable newsletter of spirituality for priests.

Fraternally,
Msgr. Walter Schroeder
Church of the Magdalene
North Tarrytown, New York

 


  

Dear Ed,
I've read every issue of Shepherds of Christ, which is rather rare, because I've received a ton of junk mail every day. Thanks for taking time out to share your inspiring reflections with us who are "too busy."

Just a token to defray some of your costs.

In Christ,
Msgr. Domenic M. Luong
Mary Queen of Vietnam Church
New Orleans, Louisiana

  


 

Dear Father Ed,
Thank you for your Nov/Dec Newsletter. Some paragraphs are clearly gifts of the Holy Spirit for me. Keep up the great work for Jesus Christ.

In JMJ,
Gus Biehl, S.M.
East St. Louis, Illinois

 


  

Dear Fr. Carter,
Thank you for your most welcome newsletter. I read it gradually, one section at a time, so I can sit with and let sink in the penetrating thoughts you have gleaned from a wonderful variety of sources. If it weren't for this well-chosen digest I would not meet some of the spiritual writers you feature. Yours is an excellent resource for contemplatives on a tight schedule.

In Christ's peace,
Frank Desiderio, C.S.P.
St. Paul's College
Washington, D.C. 

 


 

Greetings!

I am enclosing a donation for Shepherds of Christ which I find uplifting and inspiring.

Rev. Gino Dalpiaz, C.S.
Scalabrini Mission Center
Stone Park, Illinois

 


   

May/June 1996

 

Dear Fr. Carter,
I just received my first newsletter, Shepherds of Christ. I am very grateful for this publication. It provides some wonderful reflections and it is possible to read them even with a busy parish schedule.

Thank you for providing this wonderful service. Please accept the enclosed donation as a token of my appreciation.

Gratefully,
Rev. Gregory F. Hoppough, C.S.S.
Sacred Heart Church
Waltham, Massachusetts

 


 

    As we are establishing the newsletter in an increasing number of countries, we are beginning to receive letters from our brother priests in different parts of the world. This helps all of us to be more aware of our fraternal union with all priests throughout the Universal Church. Here is a letter from a priest in Uganda, Africa:

Dear Father,
I am writing you to thank you for a well-done job for the renewal and growth of priests through the spirituality newsletter, Shepherds of Christ. I am also grateful for the copy I received recently, the Nov/Dec 1995 issue. How I wish I had received all issues. The articles are nourishing, supportive, informative and challenging. Thank you very much for your work and generosity.

I am wondering whether it is possible for me to continue receiving a copy of Shepherds of Christ regularly. As a person involved in giving renewal courses for priests, seminarians, and religious men and women, I have found it helpful.

Fr. Albert Gavamukulyo
Kisubi, Uganda

 


  

September/October 1996

Dear Fr. Carter,
    Deo Gratias and also to you for your Shepherds of Christ newsletter-a gem. Your articles always have solid meditation material and an inviting way of leading us priests on that path of holiness to which we are called.
    May your work be graced by the Lord.

Sincerely in Jesus and Mary,
Fr. Eugene Golas,
Grand Rapids, Michigan

  


 

My dear Fr. Carter:
    Many thanks for the March-April issue of Shepherds of Christ. That is the first issue I ever saw or received. May the good Lord bless you. It is a wonderful newsletter. I am enclosing a small donation. May God love you.

Sincerely,
Fr. Charles Jirik,
Minneapolis MN

 


   

Dear Ed,
    I recently ran across your publication. As a newly ordained priest, I found it most refreshing and affirming. Please subscribe me at the above address. We are all grateful to people like you who help people like us.

Gratefully,
Fr. John Kennedy,
Monroe, Louisiana

 


 

November/December 1996

Dear Fr. Carter,
Thanks so much for the spirituality newsletter. I'll be using the Sept.-Oct. issue for meditations for the rest of the year and beyond.

I was a little down due to the fact that there are four terminal cancer patients in the parish and it is hard to cope-with them, their families, and oneself. Then your lovely newsletter came and truly lifted my spirits.

Please accept the enclosed to support your grace-filled ministry.

In Christ,
Fr. Walter E. Heinz
Pomeroy, Ohio

 


 

Dear Father,
Using your reflections is like making a retreat-great for reviewing.
God bless you,

Fr. Edmund Schreiber
Franklin Park, Illinois

 


 

Dear Friend,
I want to thank you for publishing Shepherds of Christ. I really do appreciate your thoughtfulness of helping us pastors to keep our mind's focus on Jesus.

Thank you,
Rev. Gerald Cernoch
Shiver, Texas

 


 

March/April 1997

Dear Fr. Carter,
I want to thank you for sending me a copy of Shepherds of Christ. This Spirituality Newsletter for Priests contains very nourishing food for priests. Reading through it lifted up my "drooping spirit." May you be blessed in this ministry.
And I have a request: There are 78 Diocesan priests in the Diocese of Darjeeling, India, in the foothills of the Himalayas, working in the remote missions. A copy of Shepherds of Christ to each one of them would be very enriching. May I request you to send to me about 80 copies of Shepherds of Christ regularly so that I can send each priest in the Diocese a copy.

Thanking you in advance,
Yours fraternally in the Lord,
Fr. Thomas DiSouza
Diocesan Administrator
Darjeeling, India

 


 

My dear Fr. Carter:
Just a short note and a small donation to support the wonderful work you are doing for the Lord. May He bless you and your spiritual ministry to His priests throughout the world. I read all that you have been writing with care and prayer.
In your charity, please remember me and the Church in China.

Fr. Bernard Hwang
Oregon City, Oregon

 


  

July/August 1997

Dear Rev. Fr. Ed Carter, S.J.,
        Thank you very much for providing us with rich spiritual literature.
        The Shepherds of Christ Newsletter has been very useful to us and I have received positive response from a good number of priests. Thank you for the good work and we shall be happy if you continue sending them to us.

Fr. John Bazimenyera, St. Augustine's Institute, Kampala, Uganda.

 


 

Dear Fr. Carter,
        It took me such a long time to answer your letter of over a month ago. I am sorry for this delay. I have just received your issue of SHEPHERDS OF CHRIST for March/April 1997 for which I heartily thank you. I have already distributed quite a lot to our Gozitan priests, and they want to thank you as they find your newsletter very enriching spiritually. I am sending some copies to the Seminarians in Malta and to other priests there.
        By the way, I have some good news for you, I think. A little over a month ago His Lordship, the bishop of Baton Rouge was our guest at Manresa Retreat House. He came over to visit the families of three Gozitan priests who work in his diocese. I have introduced the SHEPHERDS OF CHRIST newsletter to him, which he appreciated greatly. I also passed over some copies to the Spiritual Father of the American College in Rome who was accompanying His Lordship.

God bless you with His love and peace. Rev. Joseph M. Galdes, S.J., Gozo, Malta.

 


 

1998 - ISSUE ONE

Dear Fr. Ed Carter,
    Thank you very much for your kind letter and for the enclosures. Congratulations for the wonderful work that is being done to animate the Shepherds. I believe such material is very essential these days to nourish and strengthen the Ministers of the Word and the Sacraments.
    I would like to give a copy each to every Priest working in the diocese and to the seminarians in their final stages of formation. I will be happy to receive 100 copies of Shepherds of Christ for that purpose.

Yours in Christ Jesus,
Robert Kerkerketla, SDB DD
Bishop of Tezpur, India

 


 

Dear Fr. Ed Carter,
    Peace be with you!
    My name is Joseph Grima and I am a seminarian studying theology at the Sacred Heart Seminary in Victoria, Gozo-Malta. I was handed a copy of your Newsletter not long ago and was very impressed with the spiritual information you provide for priests.
    I would like to ask you, if it is not too much trouble, if you could send some copies for us here at the seminary. At the moment we are 15. Also, in that issue there was a note for those interested in obtaining the first 12 issues in book form. I am very interested in your spirituality and would like very much to have it.
    Continue the good work. The modern world is in much need of spiritually prepared priests.
God Bless and may the New Year be for you a year full of joy, blessings and service in the Lord.

Yours in Christ,
Sem. Joseph Grima

 


     

1998 - ISSUE THREE

Dear Fr. Carter,
    A priest friend of mine has introduced me to your excellent publication, Shepherds of Christ.
    I would be pleased if you could include me in your mailing list.
    With every blessing on your special work,

Yours Sincerely,
Rev. Daniel Barr
Lifford, Ireland

 


  

Dear Fr. Carter,
    I got your newsletter, Shepherds of Christ from a Jesuit friend in Kampala. It has been a service of inspiration, not only to me, but also to those with whom I shared it. I would appreciate it if you could avail me of some of the issues.

God Bless,
Yours,
Fr. Michael Canuroma Opoki
Awasa, Ethiopia

 


 

Dear Fr. Carter,
    God Bless you for your kindness in sending me the 1998, Issue Two, of your Newsletter.
    How I love to receive those copies. The priests to whom I distribute them want to thank you too as they find in your newsletter a useful spiritual guide. Even the Seminarians are appreciating your kindness. We have all to thank you prayerfully, especially at mass.
    Please thank also your Shepherds of Christ Associates for their prayers and good work. I am offering a Mass for all your intentions. God bless you all.

Sincerely in Christ,
Rev. Joseph, M. Galdes, S.J.
Victoria, Gozo-Malta

 


 

1998 - ISSUE FOUR

Dear Fr. Carter,
I have just finished reading issue Two, 1998 of Shepherds of Christ.

I really enjoyed it. It had real spiritual depth. I especially enjoyed the piece on Spiritual Freedom and John of the Cross. Really all the pieces were worthwhile. I liked the mix of traditional pieces (the two consecration prayers and Anima Christi) and your quoting of contemporary writers like Henri Nouwen and Robert Schwartz.

It was an act of the Holy Spirit--divine intervention--that I even read the newsletter. Like all priests, I receive so much unsolicited mail that I automatically toss out a lot of it without looking at it. Somehow, I looked at your newsletter on May 21, my birthday. Your newsletter was my best birthday gift. Keep up the good work.

In Christ,
Fr. Eamon Tobin, Cocoa Beach, Florida

  


  

Dear Fr. Carter,
Thank you for your newsletter of priestly spirituality, "Shepherds of Christ". It is both informative and inspirational.

In the peace of Christ,
Fr. Austin Green, O.P. University of Dallas

  


 

1998 - ISSUE FIVE

Dear Fr. Carter,
I look forward to receiving my Shepheds of Christ newsletter. Each issue is truly an uplifting experience.

Would it be possible to take articles from the newsletter for publication in my parish bulletin? I would like to share such inspiring information with my parishioners.

Sincerely in Christ,
Rev. W. Paysse
Slidell, Louisiana

 


 

1999 - ISSUE ONE

Dear Ed,
Thank you for Shepherds of Christ which I treasure and read as spiritual reading. It contains a volume of practical recommendations.

Let's pray for each other...

Rev. Msgr. James J. Rugel
Oak Ridge, New Jersey

 


 

Dear Fr. Edward,
The peace of the Lord be always with you. Recently I received your newsletter, Shepherds of Christ from my Bishop. It is very interesting for me and the priests who are working with me in this parish.

I would like to ask you for the cassettes (Newsletters on cassettes).

Could you please supply me with these cassettes, which will be of great help to priests and the thirty catechists working in the same parish.

Thank you very much for your cooperation.

Yours in Christ,
Fr. Hilary Abela
Mpiketoni
Kenya

 


 

1999 - ISSUE TWO

Dear Fr. Carter,
We priests get so many things in the mail for the parish and all its ministries and ministers. I was dumfounded that there was something for the pastor, and what a good thing it is, "Shepherds of Christ"! It is like geting a mini-retreat in the mail. How good of you to do this for us! Bless you.

Sincerely in Christ and the Blessed Mother,

Fr. Guilbert Manaric
Skidmore, Texas

 


 

Dear Fr. Carter,
Thank you. I have just got your Shepherds of Christ Newsletter for l998, Issue Five. I was eagerly waiting for it so that I could distribute it among our clergy and seminarians. Every issue is a precious little mine of spiritual insights which helps us priests, always on the go, to stop and cherish the Spirit.

Sincerely in Christ, the Good Shepherd

Fr. Joseph M. Galdes, S.J.
Victoria, Gozo - Malta

 


 

1999 - ISSUE THREE

Dear Ed,
Thank you for sending us copies of the Shepherds of Christ Newsletter. We appreciate your good efforts to support the clergy in their vocations--an excellent apostolate, especially in these "difficult" days for the clergy.

Keep up the good work.

Sincerely,

Tom Radloff, S.J.
North American College, Rome

 


 

Dear Father,
Pax Christi! Recently a colleague placed a copy of your newsletter on my desk in order that I may partake of its richness. I was very pleased at the various articles found within. On occasion I find myself looking for just the right article that will spark my attention, but one short enough to not require much time. I am pleased to say that your newsletter is a very good source that falls under my guidelines. If you would please place me on your mailing list, I would be most appreciative.

In Christ,

Rev. Mark A. Mc Anally
St. Mary's Seminary & University
Baltimore, Maryland

 


 

1999 - ISSUE FOUR

Dear Father Edward J. Carter, S.J.:
Greetings and prayerful good wishes!

I am edified etc., etc., by my reading "Shepherds of Christ"...

Congratulations on publishing and editing such an excellent "diamond of spirituality".

Oremus pro invicem.

Sincerely,
in Jesus our Good Shepherd and High Priest,
Father Bruce Riski, Capuchin
Appleton, Wisconsin

 


 

Dear Rev. Fr. Edward Carter,
I am Am Nguyen, a Salesian priest. I am a full-time student in the S.T.D. program at the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley. My desire is that after the completion of studies, I will be back in Vietnam.

I have usually received "Shepherds of Christ." I highly appreciate what you have been doing. It promotes a new awareness of the gift of the priesthood.

I wonder whether I can have a free copy of Newsletters both in cassette form and in book form. Burned with a zeal to serve the Body of Christ more effectively through an ongoing spiritual renewal, I think that these Newsletters will be useful. At the same time, I wish I can share them with my other companion priests in Vietnam.

Thanks for your consideration. May God bless your ministry and make it fruitful for the sake of his Church.

With gratitude and prayers in Christ the Lord,
Am Nguyen, S.D.B

 


 

1999 - ISSUE FIVE

Dear Ed,
Just want to tell you I liked your 1999, Issue Three, with its two articles on "Personal Uniqueness" and "Jesus". I’ll be looking for a chance to use them in my retreats and liturgies. Thanks a lot.

In Christ,
Bob Thul, S.J.
Chicago, Illinois

 


  

Dear Father,
Please receive my cordial greetings.

It was really an opportune moment and a gracious one to come in touch with a "Shepherds of Christ" issue. I was nearly overjoyed by the spiritual nourishment it contained. As a parish priest, I would find it highly useful if I could regularly receive it.

Also, please send me the newsletter in book form and the newsletter audio cassettes. Yours in Christ,

Fr. Felix Rashid
Tanzania, East Africa

 


  

Dear Fr. Carter,
I have come to know that your newsletter, "Shepherds of Christ", so rich in spiritual resources and so useful, are now available on audio-cassettes.

I would be very grateful if I could have them, since I can no longer read.

Would you kindly place me on your mailing list and send also 10 copies of "Shepherds of Christ", together with some copies of the prayer manual for distribution?

May the good Shepherd bless your precious work and keep you in His loving care.

Sincerely yours in Christ,

Fr. Luigi Gerardi
Contemplative Evangelizers
Pongai, Kenya

 


 

2000 - ISSUE ONE

Dear Father Carter,
For years I have received Shepherds of Christ Newsletter; I do not know who put me on your mailing list, but I’m grateful to you both. Since I first began to receive the newsletter I have been assigned as the Director of Formation Advising for the Pontifical North American College in Rome.

I would like to know if it would be possible to make a bulk order so that our seminarians could benefit from the newsletter as well. I will make sure they are distributed to our seminarians. At present we have about 200 seminarians and student priests on our campus, all eager for good spiritual reading!

Please let me know if we can make an arrangement for the delivery of the newsletter here at the college.

Please keep our faculty and seminarians in your prayers.

Sincerely yours in Christ,

Rev. J. Mark Williams
Director of Formation Advising
Pontifical North American College
00120 Vatican City State

 


 

Dear Rev. Father,
Greetings to you from Dimapur. During the past year I have been receiving Shepherds of Christ newsletters from the diocese. Having found it very fruitful and enriching I thought that I would offer it to all my priests of this Province. Will it be possible for you to send me 140 books of your newsletters? I would like to offer it as a Millenium gift to all my priests. From the year 2000 I would like to get regularly the newsletters for our priests. I am sure the contents of the newsletters will inspire my priests to a life of renewal.

Congratulations for the wonderful work you are doing. Yours in Christ, The Good Shepherd

Fr. Varghese Palathingal, sdb.
Provincial
Don Bosco Provincial House
Nagaland, India

 


 

Dear Father Carter,
I am praying for your work and I have asked all other priest beneficiaries to pray for you and all who are working with you.

I am receiving Shepherds of Christ regularly and I distribute them among some of our priests who are interested. I need not say how useful they are for personal reflection and for homilies and other talks.

If possible kindly send us some audio cassettes.

Thank you. Yours sincerely,

Fr. V. Savarimuthu
Tamilnadu, India

 


  

Dear Father Carter,
I have thoroughly enjoyed your compiled newsletters in "Shepherds of Christ". Please continue to send your letters to me as I use them for morning meditations. Thank you for providing these wonderful letters! Please accept the enclosed donation as a small token of my appreciation!

Sincerely in Him,

Rev. Salvatore Piazza
Ransomville, NY

 


  

Dear Revd. Edward,
May peace of God which transcends all understanding guard your heart and your mind in the name of Jesus the Lord. Amen.

Thank you for Shepherds of Christ which I so much admire, love, value and treasure. In this connection, I humbly request a free copy of cassettes so as to more fully acquaint myself with the Spirituality it teaches to priests in its practicality.

Praying always that the good Lord should imbue you with His Spirit. Amen.

Sincerely yours in Christ,

Revd. Fr. Williams Adeforth
St. Gregory’s Catholic Church
Nigeria

 


 

Dear Fr. Edward J. Carter,
I have followed with keen interest your publication titled "Shepherds of Christ" newsletter. I write from the Diocese of Little Rock, Arkansas, here in States to encourage you, Father.

Spirituality is an on-going process in the life of every man and woman. Hence, do not relent in your publications. Everybody needs it, for many lives have been enriched spiritually via your publications.

May Christ the Good Shepherd invigorate you.

Prayerfully yours,

Rev. Fr. Oliver Ochieze
St. Mary’s Church
North Little Rock, Arkansas

 


 

Dear Father,
Greetings from Kenya - Africa. I am grateful that you have continued to send me your most edifying Newsletter which supports my spiritual journey.

May I also request you to send me the newsletter in book form and the audio-cassettes.

With best wishes for your apostolate, I remain,

Yours sincerely in the Lord,

Fr. Francis Gichia Mwaniki
Our Lady of Victory
Nakuru - Kenya

 


 

2000 - ISSUE TWO

Dear Father Edward J. Carter, S. J.
Greetings and good wishes for Christmas and happy New Year 2000!

I am a diocesan priest. I am working in Mbinga Diocese. I, by good chance, came across your Shepherds of Christ, A Spirituality Newsletter for Priests.

After having read it, I decided to ask for a free copy of the newsletter both in cassette form and in book form. I believe that this book and the cassette will continue helping me to fervently renew my spirituality. I hope that this will be useful too to my fellow priests who are engaged in the pastoral activities.

Thanking you in advance, and May God bless your work too,

Yours sincerely,

Father Andrew J. Ndimbo, CARITAS Director
MBINGA DIOCESE
TANZANIA

 


 

2000 - ISSUE THREE

Congratulations on a first-class publication.

Gerard Joubert, O.P.
Houston, Texas

 


  

Rev. and Dear Fr. Carter,
Compliments of the Easter Season to you! After reading your recent newsletter Shepherds of Christ, I found it very profitable and thought of making a request for subsequent copies as the one I read was given to me by one of our priests.

I shall, therefore, be very thankful if you do me the favour of sending me copies of the newsletter in the future. May God bless your apostolate most abundantly.

In union of prayers in the Lord’s Vineyard, I remain,

Sincerely yours in the Lord
Rev. Fr. Charles Anemelu
Berkeley Heights, New Jersey

 


 

2000 - ISSUE FOUR

Dear Ed,
The latest special issue of Shepherds of Christ is very good (Issue 3, 2000). I like the idea that you are expanding it so that although aimed for the needs of priests it is an available resource for lay people as well. It will keep it more viable in the long run. But the choice of articles and topics in the issue are an excellent thematic list of the major spiritual topics of today.

My best,

Lawrence Boadt, CSP
Paulist Press
Mahwah, NJ

 


  

Dear Father Carter,
Please let me tell you how much I am grateful for your "Shepherds of Christ" newsletter. I received the Issue 3, 2000, manual from a long-time family friend and monk who handed it along to my family. The articles are interesting and inspirational!

I am a 20-year old college student and I attend a private, secular school. The prayers and articles in "Shepherds of Christ" help me understand the Eucharist and live a life focused on Jesus. I especially like the Act of Consecration prayer. It is so beautiful! I say it daily.

Thank you again and may God bless all those involved in the "Shepherds of Christ" ministry.

Sincerely,

Bonnie Deignan
Farmingdale, New Jersey

 


 

Dear Fr. Carter,

I just finished reading the Special Issue "Overview of the Spiritual Life" Excellent! Please send me the book form of the 1st 12 issues.

Thank you.

In Christ

Fr. Gerald Sherer
Hermosa, SD

 


 

Reverend and dear Fr. Ed,
Mabuhay! Greetings from the Philippines! Please allow me to congratulate you for the expansion of your readership. It is indeed true that even the laity would benefit from your spiritual publication. As for my case, I am not yet a priest yet I found your notes to be helpful in my personal spiritual journey. Thus, I am asking for a personal copy of Shepherds of Christ. The ones that I had been reading were given by a fellow seminarian. May I also request the audiocasette recording of your previous issues. Thank you very much for your dedication. May Mary’s protection never leave you in your life.

In Christ

Sem. Nono Acompanado
Holy Rosary Major Seminary
Concepcion Heights, Naga City
Philippines

 


 

Dear Father Carter,
Greetings in the name of the Risen Lord! I hope you had a good Lent and a joyful celebration of Easter. Here at St. Anne the Vigil and the Easter Sunday celebrations were memorable.

Father, since the time I started receiving these spiritual newsletters through my Vicar General Mons. Joseph Kimu of St. John the Baptist Major Seminary in the diocese of Mangochi here in Malawi, I feel my spiritual life has been enriched tremendously.

On the other side, I would like to welcome most gratefully the idea of extending the readership to the laity. I think there could be some food for them too. We as priests, and they as the flock need each other’s assistance.

Sincerely in the Risen Christ

Rev. Fr. Lucious Kamwana
St. Anne Catholic Parish
Balaka - Malawi - AFRICA 

 


 

Dear Father Ed,
I have been receiving your newsletters for over a year now and have enjoyed it immensely. Every issue I read from front to back. I am now 48 years ordained and each newsletter renews me spiritually.

Enclosed is a little donation. I enjoy each issue very much.

Yours in Christ and Mary,

Father John Graham, C. SS. R
St. Cecilia’s Rectory
New York, NY

    


  

Ghana
July 24, 2001

Dear Rev. Ed. Carter,

APPRECIATION

I am most grateful for the additional materials. I have been away
for some time now. The external assignment is virtually over, at
least for now.

I am glad to inform you that some of the groups to which I first
introduced this spiritual exercise have become conversant with the
procedure. They are now at home with the prayers and have 
willingly accepted the program. Here we are with the list of three
Chapters; 1. ______ chapter with (11) eleven members: _____
Chapter with (5) five, and _________ with (4) four. I
hope every indication here is satisfactory.

There are some other groups that I need to observe and assist
for some time. In due course their would be sent accordingly;
and again I am still looking for more avenues for the expansion
of the program. It is my prayer that these will work hard and that
we will be able to win more Associates to pray these intentions.

Thanks and May the Lord bless you.
Fraternally Yours
Rev. S.A.

        


     

To: info@SofC.org
Sent: Monday, August 06, 2001 1:39 PM
Subject: Change of Address

Medjugorje
Mon Aug 6, 2001

Dear Mr., Peace!

I am an American born Franciscan of Croatian descent. I served here for
confessions etc 13 years during which time I used to receive your mailings
under the name:
Rev. P., O.F.M.

 
While visiting here recently, your mailing of July 18, 2001 arrived. However,
since last October I am back in the USA, so would like to inform you about my
change of address. But if you would like to continue sending your mailings to
Medjugorje, put in the name of this priest instead and make the corresponding
corrections.

Rev S. K., O.F.M.

I was surprised and sorry to learn of Fr Carter's death last December.
May the Eternal Shepherd now fully reveal himself to Fr. Carter and bring all
the rest of us home safely forever too. May He reward you and bless your work
on behalf of his priests.

Sincerely yours in Christ,

Fr. P. OFM

    


 

Our Lady of ________

Roman Catholic Church.   South Africa

                                                                          8th August 2001.

THE EDITOR OF
SHEPHERDS OF CHRIST
P.O. BOX 193,
MORROW, OHIO     45152-0193
U.S.A.

DEAR SIR/MADAM,

    RE : REQUEST FOR COPIES OF SHEPHERDS OF CHRIST NEWSLETTER
    May the peace and love of Christ always be with you.

    I am a religious missionary priest of the congregation of the
_______ working in the Diocese of _______ in a mission
called _______ mission in the republic of South Africa. I am
a Ugandan by nationality.
    The congregation of the _____ was started in 1968 by
the two ______ missionaries in Uganda. At present, ________
are working in; Uganda, Jebya, Sudan, Ethiopia, Tanzania, U.S.A.
and South Africa.
    I was appointed to start this mission in South Africa by my
superiors and hence, I came last year in may and I am working in
______ desert. This place being a desert, the people are very poor
and most of them depend on the government donations and church support
    I was working in Uganda before I came here in _____ Diocese and 
that is where I used to get the copies of your news letter through
my Bishop. Since I came here, I could not get the copies again. The
last copy I got was issue 1 2000. Your news letter was so enriching
and refreshing my mind in terms of faith and in deeper understanding
of Jesus Christ.
    I would wish that may be if it is possible to send me the news
letter in form of a book and the cassette. If you still have the
copies of the issues that I missed, you may send them to me too.

    All my hope is in you that you will be able to help me with
those copies so that I may continue enriching my self with the word
of Jesus Christ.
                  I am hoping to hear from you soon.
                  I remain yours faithfully,

                    Father A

  


  

Rev. Father Edward Carter, S.J.

Dear Rev. Father Edward,

This is to express my sincere thanks for responding to my e-mail with the Spirituality News Letter  and other material..

I will be approaching the Women's Sodality tomorrow urging them to be Associates of Shepherds of Christ Ministries and pray for their priests. The Archdiocese of _________ has organized a Lenten Recollection where the Newsletter will be
given to the priests. Thank you once again for you kind and generous co-operation.

Please whisper a THANK YOU to Kathleen-Handmaid of the Good Shepherd  for her kind help

God bless & love you

sincerely yours

Fr. _______ S.J.
Pakistan

  


  

                                                              Nigeria

Dear in Christ,

                Many thanks to your effort. I have received
your envelope packages. I thank you very much to you
endeavors. I don't have much to write rather to express
my sincere love to you and your association for the good
work you are doing to make more and more Our Lord
Jesus Christ and His blessed Mother "Mary" to be known
to the world today. The fruits of your apostolate ministry
is tremendous. Please, keep it up.

                I have watched the disc with members of Shepherds
of Christ Chapter in my parish. It was very exciting.
My parishioners are showing a great interest to be a
member including other parishes. Please, I will like to have
more luminous rubber rosaries, 15 video cassettes and
disc each. Please, make efforts to send them as many
people are showing interest.

                Lastly, I have given out the one you sent to me
to members of Shepherds of Christ Chapter and they
were asking for more. Till you reply. I wish you the
best and God's blessing on all of you.

                                            Sincerely in Christ,
                                            Rev. Fr. _____

                                                      


 

                                                        June 26, 2001

Dear Sirs,

            Enclosed check in support of Newsletter.
Money transferred from an item not really needed.

            Of separate concern, I want the
94-95 Newsletter book and interested in purchasing
the other Newsletter books. Also Rosary Book and
Meditations on Rosary mysteries. Please advise
cost of same.

            I am retired but will try to
continue supporting Shepherds of Christ
Ministries. By the grace of God I have
been able to keep up the program to date.

                                    Sincerely in Christ,

                                    Rev. A. T.
                                    Maryland

  


 

                                ______ Mission
  
                                Zimbabwe 

Dear Fr. 

A request for the book form of Shepherds of Christ Newsletters

I am a religious priest of the order of the _____ Congregation and doing my missionary work in Zimbabwe. And having read the 4th issue of the Shepherds of Christ newsletter, I was very much enriched and nourished that I found it very useful to make a request for the book form of its previous edition.

Please, I would be very happy if you can kindly send across to me the booklet so as to enhance my missionary work and personal spiritual growth.

Wishing you the very best in your efforts to make the good news of Christ reach the doorsteps of all and sundry. Be rest assured of my incessant prayers. 

Bye and God bless.
Yours in Jesus and Mary

 Fr. E

  


  

                                                                 Don Bosco
                                                                India
Dear Rev. Father,

I am a Missionary working in _______
mission of _______, India, the Bishop _____
the Bishop Emeritus of Cuddapah Diocese had sent me
a copy of Shepherds of Christ. I will be happy to get a copy
regularly as I am in a poor mission, I am not in a position to 
pay the subscription. However I am prepared to celebrate mass
for your intention by way of subscription as I do for P.M.U. for
Omnu Terra. Kindly pray for this mission, specially the new
Christians that they may be strengthened in their faith.
With thanks and best wishes,
 

                                                Yours fraternally
                                                In the Sacred Heart of Jesus
                                                Fr. Thomas 
          

  


  

                                        19 April 2001

Ghana, West Africa

Dear Rita,

                      I have joyfully received the
Shepherds of Christ Ministries materials. I have
received the cassette and the disc, and I
am very grateful to you. I am certainly
going to make the materials available to
many priests and the faithful of Christ. I am
praying that the good Lord opens more
avenues to you to continue to assist us.

    The Sacred Heart is shining well here at
Our Lady ______ Cathedral. We 
also have a Grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes
here in Our Diocese. It has been neglected
for long time but now I am trying
to develop the place, but with difficulty.
continue to pray for me.

    Your priest.     Fr. Francis

  


  

A Parish

USA

March 21, 2001 

To Whom It May Concern:

I would like to start praying for priests in a more formal way.
We have a Holy Hour at the end of each month. I would like
To dedicate part of that time praying for our priests.
Please send me 24-30 copies of the Associates Prayer Manual.
It would be wonderful if I can have them for Holy Thursday!!

Sincerely yours,

Fr. ______

  


    

A Retirement Home For Priests
                            USA

                                                          JMJ
                                                        3/22/01

Dear Father –

           If free, please send me 100 copies
    of the Prayer Manual I received in
    the mail. If not, please bill me.

           The pamphlet is just what I
    need to spread this devotion.

                                 Thank you

                                    God Bless –

                                    Fr. ______

  


   

ZIMBABWE                              26 April 2001

Cathedral of the _________

Dear "Shepherds of Christ" Publishers,

        I received your Issue 4/2000 just yesterday. 
You offer the first 12 issues in book form. I am
interested and ask for it.

        Know I am here in Zimbabwe and have not 
much foreign currency I send you by mail all what 
I have: 

        May God bless you in your efforts and may 
he bless us all in his loving care.

Yours sincerely,
Fr. H

  


 

St. _______ Parish                            20 April 2001
Ghana

Dear Director,

        It is a pleasure to introduce myself to you.
I am a priest working in the above parish.

        I would like to appeal to you if you could
send me some rosaries for the parishioners.

        I hope to hear from you. I remain,

                Sincerely yours,

                Fr. Anthony

  


 

                              Parroquia Nuestra Señora de Fátima
                                               
Puerto Rico

                                                                                         February 12, 2001

Dear Father Carter:

I am very grateful for the the Letter: Shepherds of Christ, which you so generously send me. I have read them and am re-reading most of them.

I am sending a small donation to help pay the expenses of sending some of them. I wish I could send more. I am in a Rural Parish in the hills of Puerto Rico where work is scarce.

If possible and available, I would like to have the last four copies in Spanish. I am stationed with a Puerto Rican Confrere and his English is limited. Having the copies in Spanish, we both can enjoy reading them. In the future, please send me the Spanish copy instead of the English copy.

Gratefully yours,

Rev. ________, O.S.S.P.

P.S. Keep up the fine work-The letters are spiritually uplifting.

   


   

       Church of ___     
New Jersey

                                                                                                    2-9-01

Dear Rev. Ed. Carter,

     Thank you very much for the materials from the Shepherds of Christ which you sent to me last year:  Newsletters and Cassettes. They are well appreciated. Enclosed you will find a little sum of $50 in support of what you are doing for the Church and for us all.

     May God bless and keep you.

                  Sincerely yours in the Lord,

                  Rev. ______________

  


   

 


    

February 12, 2001

Dear Fr. Edward,

Greetings of Peace from _______ community!
I wish to thank you for granting me my request by sending some of your recent newsletters to me. I did appreciate that. More importantly, thanks for including me as one of your readers and for sending to me the book that contains the first 12 issues of your newsletter. I pray that the good Lord will reward you for your generosity.
As for some of the newsletters, I shared them with my companions, who were very appreciative of the contents.

Thanks for everything, praying that God will always bless you in all your endeavors.
Peace!

Yours

_____________ S.J.

   


   

Arch-Diocese of Jos 
Sacred Heart Church,
________________    
      
   Nigeria              

12th December, 2000

Dear Fr. Carter,

     Warmest greetings from Shendam, I by chance received a copy of your Newsletter and some beautiful prayer cards.

     Reading them was a source of delight, they gave me all the inspiration, faith and zeal, the type of things we need to nourish our priesthood these days, it has brought me closer to God by focusing on your faith-filled and highly spiritual articles and writings. How I wish I had received most of the issues, I must be a long way behind.

     I hereby wish to sincerely ask your favor, if it will be possible for me to receive more of 'Shepherds of Christ' Newsletters, books and other articles of faith. As a person involved in training Catechists, Seminarians and the general Laity in my Parish, I find it very supportive and helpful.

     Thank you very much for your work and generosity in spreading the Good News.

     Good bye and God bless, I hope my request will be favored.

                         Yours in Christ,

                          Rev. Fr._________

 


   

    

Philippines

                                                November 3, 2001

Dear John Weickert
President Shepherds of Christ Ministries,

    My brother, Fr. ___, S.J. died in May 2000. Only now
am I able to follow up on his membership in SCM.
(Shepherds of Christ Ministries) - i.e. to ask if I can 
take his place.

    I do not know membership requirements, having come
across only a few notices in his things (I went to Guam to
attend to him; when he died I stayed for wake and Mass).
But these 'looked good'. And in fact I am acquainted with
Fr. Carter, having met him along the way.

    I hope to hear from you.

                                Yours in the Good Shepherd
                                ___________, S.J.

    


 

INDIA                                        April 25, 2001

Dear Rev. Father,

            Thank you very much for sending the 
Newsletter, the Video cassette and the C.D. I 
need not say how much we enjoyed reading and 
listening and watching the videos. It is very kind 
of you to continue the work of Fr. Carter.

            It was a real shock to hear of the demise of
Fr. Carter. His last words, his great effort to renew 
the spirit of priest and the religious, his conviction 
that these changes will really bring people and the 
world near to Jesus were all inspiring. Our prayer 
group offered mass for the repose of his soul.

            We are also in receipt of the appeal for
donation. You really need it. We cannot send money
from India. If there is any other way of helping your
cause, kindly let us know. We can offer mass for 
your intention.

            Please continue the work of Fr. Carter. We 
do always keep you in prayers. The second Newsletter
book may be sent, when they are ready.

                   With kind regards,
                                Yours Sincerely,
                                Fr. V. S.

   


 

From:    ____________
To:       Info@SofC.org
Sent:     Friday, May 11, 2001 12:44 AM
Subject: Thanks

Dear  and Rev. Fr Edward S.J.
Hullo!
I am writing these few lines of appreciation
and confirmation that I have received a number
of your publication (Newsletter) Shepherds Of
Christ. With these, I  have also received the
audio cassettes you sent me. All these facilities
will be a great appeal in spiritual formation
of our your priests (seminarians)
Please  Fr. You are of abundant help to us keep
supporting and encouraging us in numerous ways.

Yours In the Risen Lord.
Fr. James of St. Mary's School. 

 


  

Sri Lanka

11 April 2001

Dear Rev. Father,

Greeting from Sri Lanka,

These days a Missionary of Charity sister passed on to me a copy of Shepherds of Christ. I was preaching a retreat to these sisters. I went through the Spirituality newsletter for priests and I was very much impressed by the insights given in it for priests.

My desire is to secure all the copies of these newsletters. I will be glad to offer Mass intentions if necessary. Please do me the favour of mailing the past, present and future copies of this publication. I like preaching and I do preach much here in the Island so it will stand me in a good stead in my priestly ministry.

My Address:

I take this opportunity to wish you a very Happy Easter. Wishing you all the best.

Fr. ___________
Provincial Delegate

  


  

Cameroon

From ____________
To:    Shepherds of Christ
Sent: Tuesday, April 17, 2001 6:05 AM
Subject: Message to Rev EDWARD CARTER

Rev Father,
I am a student in the major Seminary here in
CAMEROON; I came across your Shepherds of Christ, this newsletter is very interested with good theological
and pastoral themes that can help me to renew my
spiritual and pastoral life. For these reasons, I would
like you to send me free copy of your newsletter both
in book form and in cassette form. I request you to
send at least 20 Shepherds of Christ and at least 10
cassettes that will help others students in our
seminary to renew their spiritual life.
I thank you in advance, may God bless you, your
relatives and your work
Sincerely yours

This is my address: 

Abbé J

 


  

Malawi, Central Africa


From ____________
To:    Shepherds of Christ
Sent: Monday, April 9, 2001 10:39 PM
Subject: Attention: Editor

Dear Editor,

I am a Catholic Priest belonging to _____ Missionaries born and working in Malawi. I just come across the newsletter, "Shepherds of Christ". I have liked it very much. Will you please include my name on your mailing list? I also ask you to send me a book for the Shepherd of Christ. My address is below:

I look forward to hearing from you soon.

God bless you always,

Fr. ______

  


 

Bengal, India

From ____________
To:    Shepherds of Christ
Sent: Tuesday, April 10, 2001 9:06 AM
Subject: Prayer for Fr. Carter S.J.

Dear Father, 

I was sad to learn of the demise of Father Carter S.J. May the Lord welcome his good and faithful servant to share his eternal happiness. Great indeed was his dedication and hard work to help his fellow-priests and others towards the growth of spiritual life, through his mission of writing Spirituality Newsletters and several books. Even his last days of sickness and suffering were spent to provide us with such a richly inspiring Newsletter! He was truly a holy and generous soul imbued with genuine spirituality. I pray for him and ask him to intercede for me. I request you to send me the Second Newsletter book  when published. Could you also send me Father Carter's book Response in Christ. I would very grateful to you for this favour.   

Yours gratefully,
Fr. ______

   


  

India

From ____________
To:    Shepherds of Christ
Sent: Friday, April 6, 2001 9:21 AM
Subject: Received 2001, Issue 1, SHEPHERDS OF CHRIST 

Dear Father, 

This is to thank you sincerely for the many copies of SHEPHERDS OF CHRIST, 2001, Issue 1, which I had received a few days ago and already distributed to all the staff members of this major seminary; the few remaining I have placed on the table of the Periodical Room where the students can sit and read at their leisure.  The material is so good and edifying that no one reading it can resist the call to a holier life. I am deeply saddened to read of the death of Fr. Edward J. Carter, S.J., a truly holy and learned man, who could not rest till he communicated his depth and wisdom to others like me. Gone to his eternal reward for doing so much for Jesus and fellow priests all over the world, I pray for his repose as I pray for his intercession on my behalf. Wishing you all the austere joy of Holy Week, and freshness and fullness of joy at Easter. 

Sincerely yours, 
FR. M

    



China

From ____________
To:    Shepherds of Christ
Sent: Monday, April 2, 2001 1:55 AM
Subject: Thank you very much for newsletter.

I just get your (Shepherd of Christ) I am very happy,
please continue sent newsletter for me.
I am new China priest, my name is Fr. P. 

  


  

KARNATAKA

INDIA            

1 May 2001

 

Dear Father,

        I have received the copies of the "Shepherds of Christ" sent by
you and the books "Shepherds of Christ Associates". The articles
on The Christian Life of Grace, His relationship with the Holy
Trinity, church and the world are enlightening. The holy
priesthood is a special gift from God. According to Karl
Rahner true devotion to Mary strengthens the spiritual life.

        It is my privilege to know that the Shepherds of Christ
Newsletter is translated to Spanish, French and Portuguese.
Many faithful and religious draw spiritual fruit from this literature.
The Christian theology and spirituality is a way of life that
leads to love, friendship, charity, compassion, justice and concern.

        I am very happy that you printed my letter in the
magazine "Shepherds of Christ". I hope that you continue do so
in the future publications. There is need to renew the
world with the values of Christ.

    Please send the existing free materials to me.
    Craving your blessings
                                            Yours sincerely,

                                     REV. FR  ____________

   


    

                                                India
                                                August 4, 2001

Dear _____,

        "Shepherds of Christ" helps the spirituality of a
priest. We need to be in constant touch with Jesus.
We are invited to live a life of grace. The newsletter
provides spiritual and theological truths to the life
of a priest and christian so that our life becomes fruitful.

        It gave me immense joy to receive your letter.
Thank you for sending me "Shepherds of Christ" book
by Rev. Edward J. Carter S.J.  I acknowledge your letter
dated May 28, 2001. Thank you for sending me the tapes
They are a source of spiritual inspiration and strength.
You are fondly remembered in my Eucharistic celebration
and prayers.

            With best luck                    Yours sincerely
                                                      Rev. Fr. V. M.

    


   

From: ______________
To: info@sofc.org
Sent: Wednesday, March 21, 2001 4:17 PM
Subject: Prayer Manuals by Father Carter

I would appreciate it very much if you could send me (25) copies of Father Carter's Prayer Manual. Wish to get these in the amount in English, and in Portuguese. Thanking you for your kindness in this matter, I remain.

         Fraternally,
         Fr. Michael _________
         MA

  


  

                                Ghana, West Africa 

                                    6-23-01

 

              LETTER OF APPRECIATION

  This is to express my sincere heart-
felt gratitude and appreciation to you
and your organization for the copies of
the spiritual Newsletter for priests sent
to me; cassettes, three booklets of newsletter.

     I must say they are enriching.
Thank God for this gift of Wisdom and
Inspiration in your newsletters. I pray
He continue to bless and enrich you
more abundantly with wisdom and
strength to continue in your good
work.

     I am more happy as you now
decides to extend the newsletter to
the Lay people, too. That's a wise
decision.

     P.S.    I hope I will henceforth
be looking forward to receive the more
of (your) the Newsletter; present ones.
I want to remain as a member and 
a reader.

     They are happy whom I shared the
Newsletter to.

     God richly bless you in your
apostolate.

                  Yours in Christ, Fr. ______

  


                                

                                            Nigeria
                                            February 26, 2001

Dear Fr. Carter,

    Compliments of the season and peace of the moment.
I am a seminarian in the above seminary. I was
delighted and in fact have gained more spiritually from
reading a copy of the Shepherds of Christ Newsletter.

    I request to be a beneficiary of this 'Spiritual food'.
Would you be kind to send me a copy of the book
on Shepherds of Christ Newsletter: Selected writings
in spirituality for all people.

    Thanks in advance while I look forward to including
my name in your mailing list. Wish you God's
choicest blessing.

                                                In Fido
                                                _______ GSSP

  


   

Father ______
Commonwealth of Dominica
February 28, 2001

Dear Associates:

I am truly blessed by my association with you and your ministry. 
You have contributed a lot of spiritual upliftment to my parish 
through the literature and pictures you sent me last
year for Lent and I wish to thank you for that.

As we embark on another Lenten journey I am requesting from 
you again any form of assistance in terms of books, booklets, 
pamphlets, pictures, prayer cards or audio and video cassettes.

Be assured of our continued prayer for you and the ministry. 
We may not be able to contribute any finance of substance to 
you because of our low economic income, but spiritual we will 
assist through prayer.

May the Lord make his face shine upon you and all the members.

Peace and love in Jesus' name.

Sincerely yours in Christ.
Rev. Fr. _______

   


  

                                                                                                       Thailand

Dear Rev. Fr.

                I would like to thank you from the bottom of my heart for all you have done for us here in _____ _____ Diocese, Myanmar. You have sent regularly the Shepherds of Christ which I distributed with much care and reverence. It is a great privilege and pride to receive them for the  articles in it are spiritually motivating and pastorally stimulating. I used some articles and ideas from them for my sharing and giving sermon.

                I am sorry for being unable to give you financial support but I assure you of our prayers. May the good Lord bless you and Our Mother protect you and all your dear ones.

                                                                    Yours Sincerely,

                                                                     Fr. M. A

  


 

                                                         Assam – India

Dear Brother in Christ,

                                  Greetings from
Assam-India.

I have received Your Magazine:
                   2000
                  Issue 4..

Congratulations for the beautiful matter
that You give us.

You have written that
NEWSLETTERS NOW AVAILABLE in BOOK FORM..
NEWSLETTERS NOW AVAILABLE IN CASSETTE FORM,

I am a missionary in India since last 62
years...now I am 84, still working...full
time...I would appreciate very much if I
could get a copy of each..in return I
promise to pray for You...that Jesus may
render Your Apostolate fruitful.

           THANK YOU SO MUCH.

           I wish You a Holy Season of Lent.
                           In union of prayers,
                                       Fr. ______
                                       3-3-2001

  


 

                                                              Nigeria

Dear in Christ,

                Many thanks to your effort. I have received
your envelope packages. I thank you very much to you
endeavors. I don't have much to write rather to express
my sincere love to you and your association for the good
work you are doing to make more and more Our Lord
Jesus Christ and His blessed Mother "Mary" to be known
to the world today. The fruits of your apostolate ministry
is tremendous. Please, keep it up.

                I have watched the disc with members of Shepherds
of Christ Chapter in my parish. It was very exciting.
My parishioners are showing a great interest to be a
member including other parishes. Please, I will like to have
more luminous rubber rosaries, 15 video cassettes and
disc each. Please, make efforts to send them as many
people are showing interest.

                Lastly, I have given out the one you sent to me
to members of Shepherds of Christ Chapter and they
were asking for more. Till you reply. I wish you the
best and God's blessing on all of you.

                                            Sincerely in Christ,
                                            Rev. Fr. _____

  


 

                                                        June 26, 2001

Dear Sirs,

            Enclosed check in support of Newsletter.
Money transferred from an item not really needed.

            Of separate concern, I want the
94-95 Newsletter book and interested in purchasing
the other Newsletter books. Also Rosary Book and
Meditations on Rosary mysteries. Please advise
cost of same.

            I am retired but will try to
continue supporting Shepherds of Christ
Ministries. By the grace of God I have
been able to keep up the program to date.

                                    Sincerely in Christ,

                                    Rev. A. T.
                                    Maryland

   


  

 

                                                        Sri Lanka
                                                        November 8, 2001

    Dear Sirs,

    Let me introduce myself firstly. I am a mother of two children. 
    Son and a daughter. I received 'God's BLUE BOOK from my 
    husband's aunt. She wanted me to take time and read this book.
    She told me after I finished to return the book.

    I must tell you, from the time I started reading this my life has
    changed. I keep a set time for prayer and during office hours
    too I keep on praising the Lord. My husband said a few days
    ago that it's going to be Christmas and we do not have money.
    He said he was all day worrying about this. I said leave it at the
    feet of Jesus. Surrender it.

    Please let me know whether I could have a copy of this book
    if it is possible.

    I love this book. I would love to have this.

    God Bless

    Mrs. ____

   


     

                                                                November 4, 2001
                                                                Nigeria

                Dear Associate,

                        I write to express my deep thanks for the pamphlets
                you mailed to us and to add that the copy of Issue #2, 2001
                of Priestly Newsletter had not reached me.

                        I will appreciate both Issues 1 & 2 as the Issue No 1
                you sent before has been given to Fr. ___ for use.

                        Find attached here with is a copy of the Spiritual Bouquet
                offered by members at one of the branches for Fr. Edward
                Carter, S.J. of the blessed memory. It has been on and may 
                his soul rest in peace.

                        What ever books you mail will be useful to our growing
                communities.

                        Renewed thanks, and God bless.

                                                    Sincerely yours,
                                                    ___________

     

       


   

From: Philippines
To:
info@Shepherds-of-Christ.org  
Sent:
Tuesday, March 27, 2001 1:26 PM 
Subject:
prayers and God's Blue Book

hi, wanted to tell you that your God's Blue Book  has greatly changed my life and belief in God, I have been beset with problems and had been an unbeliever for 12 years, now have been daily reading it at a prayer room for the Blessed Sacrament here in Manila and has been a constant source of consolation and Belief.....thanks.  
I want to know where I can get the prayer of Union with God, and also a copy of the God's Blue Book all three volumes and the prayers for the Holy Spirit.; Please inform me on how to avail of this because I want to share it with others.....thank you and hope also to know more about this organization and how to join it.....thank you again for propagating the Faith and will also do so in my own humble way....thank you again.....alex  

 

From: Philippines
To:  info@Shepherds-of-Christ.org  
Sent:
Wednesday, March 28, 2001 2:28 PM 
Subject:
Re: prayers and God's Blue Book

thank you for the response, yesterday was a trying time for me, I was losing faith in what I believed in that I questioned why despite loving God, I am having this trying time, and when I was alone with Him, I broke down and cried to Him, Questioning Him, and when I opened the page of the Blue Books only copy in the prayer room, I was amazed to read the message of May 13.......Cling to Me....every word, every detail was the answer to all my questions, and when I went home I tried locating your shepherds for christ organization and I just tried it and here you are with the answer of my mail........thank you so much and may you continue with your wonderful work and I hope I can also spread it to others in my life....thank you and thank you again.......... ciao, alex

 

From: Philippines
To:  info@Shepherds-of-Christ.org  
Sent:
Tuesday, April 10, 2001 1:33 PM 
Subject:
Re: prayers and God's Blue Book

Hi.....thanks for your reply........I also forwarded this to several of my friends and you might get some mail from them...........will be writing a longer note on how your shepherds have come to show me so much about being in Union with the Heart of Jesus and Mary.........a wonderful experience and will be emailing on how to be a part of this........thank you again and hope to be in Union with Christ not only in Joy but also in the Suffering, thank you for your prayers..............alex 

 

From: Philippines
To:  info@Shepherds-of-Christ.org  
Sent:
Wednesday, May 30, 2001 11:23 AM 
Subject:
Re: prayers and God's Blue Book

hi, just received your books and prayers......thank you so much, donation will be fedex to your address in the envelope, thank you again, and hope to propagate Gods love to all..........ciao, alex 

    


 

                                               Society of Christian Doctrine
                                                        KENYA - East Africa


                                                                  28th January, 2001

Dear Rev. Edward Carter,

We are members of a Lay Movement Called Society 
of Christian Doctrine founded in Malta by Father George Preca who is to be declared a Blessed by our Church very soon. Enclosed you find a short history of our Society.

We have been working in Kenya as Lay Missioners for this last 12 years. Our new Bishop passed to us a copy of issue 3 and 4 year 2000 of your Newsletter Shepherds of Christ which we have found very useful for our spiritual nourishment.

We kindly request you to be sending us a copy of this publication. Please send us also some information about Lay Apostles.

We thank you for providing a very much needed Newsletter. We also promise you our prayers. 

Yours in Christ,

Bro. _______ s.d.c.

  KENYA

   

  

 

       

To: info@SofC.org
Sent: Tuesday, August 07, 2001 10:58 PM
Subject: Request from Philippines 

Dear Rev. Edward Carter, S.J. Editor
Shepherds of Christ Ministries


Greetings of peace & joy!

I am Sr. _______, a Novice Directress from the congregation of the __________, Philippines. I have read one of the copies of your Shepherds of Christ, a spirituality newsletter for Priests and others interested in the spiritual life (Issue 3) 2000. I borrowed it from a friend. I was very much impressed & nourished with this Special Issue, so I shared it to my formandees and they like it very much. It is really a great help in building up spiritual knowledge & life. In connection to this I would like to ask your generous heart if you could send us a copy of your next issues & so on in the future. I'd like also to know more information about this newsletters, books & cassettes.

Thank you & God bless!

In Christ,
Sr. ___, 
Philippines

   


    

To: info@SofC.org
Sent: Tuesday, August 07, 2001 7:11 PM
Subject: Permission to Print Article 

Dear Shepherds of Christ 

Last evening when reading God's Blue Book I came across the message February 18, 1994 "Come to My Tabernacle" that I would like to receive permission to publish. 

I am the Chairman of the Society of __________ in New Zealand which is a body that has been running for two years now and which was set up with the approval of the NZ Catholic Bishops Conference to whom we are annually accountable. This year we will be publishing four newsletters that are photocopied onto two A3 size sheets or alternatively fold into eight A4 pages. We tend to run articles from overseas Eucharistic Adoration Society newsletters, the Internet, local stories and general interest items. We only have about 250 members and ran off about 1000 copies of our last issue. 

We would be happy to post you a copy of our last issue so you can see the quality of our presentation. 

If you give your consent, we would be happy to list out the source and any other particulars you may wish. 

Yesterday we ordered a draft for $95 for the initial order that has been placed. 

May the Holy Spirit help you to spread these messages. Pat    

  


  

To: info@SofC.org
Sent: Tuesday, August 07, 2001 10:43 AM
Subject: letter

Dear Father,

I am ____ ____, a graduate of philosophy from
the University of _____, I am Baptized and confirmed
in the catholic church, I love to be a catholic priest
and I have been trying to get in touch with any
diocese that will accept me until a friend of mine
came to visit me and I saw a copy of the shepherds of
christ newsletter.
In that newsletter, I saw a letter where Fr. ___________
of ______ in Sri Lanka said he has 72 seminarians and 
he has received 60 applications out of which he will select 
30 students. I also know that his Bishop is His Lordship, 
Bishop F. _____. Fr. ____ also requested that some 
copies of the newsletter be sent to him for his seminarians 
and that gives me the confidence that you have his address.
Please, I sincerely want to apply to that diocese and I
want you to please, kindly help me to get in touch
with him. I also want to sincerely appeal to you, If
you can not get in touch, please, kindly send me their
e-mail address and postal address too, but preferably
their e-mail address, please.
I want to sincerely state that I am not requesting for
any financial assistance and if I am accepted, I can
come over on my own. Apart from the zeal to work
outside my country as a priest, I have strong family
opposition to my vocation.
Please father, apart from the diocese of Sir Lanka, if
there is any other diocese that can accept me,
please, kindly send me their e-mail and postal
addresses. I want to thank you for the newsletter. It
has totally renew my spirituality. May God continue to
assist you people. I hope I am not asking too much. I
would have love to get a copy of the newsletter.
I am anxiously expecting your favourable reply, I
strongly appeal to you to please help me out. Looking
forward to hearing from you soon.
Bye,
Yours in christ
Tony.

Nigeria.

  


  

To: info@SofC.org
Sent: Tuesday, August 07, 2001 5:07 AM
Subject: Membership Form

Dear Rev. Fr. ___

I am from Sri Lanka and I receive your Shepherds of Christ continuously. I
gain so much of valuable blessings by them and I give copies of the
newsletter to priests in Sri Lanka too.

I am so happy to be part of the movement of the Eucharistic Heart of Jesus.
I make it a point to daily visit the Blessed Sacrament and pray before Jesus
who is alive. I am so glad now I can pray the chaplet of the Shepherds of
Christ as a volunteer. I will get more members enrolled from our local
church who would volunteer to pray before the Blessed Sacrament and fax you
details.

I strongly believe that prayers said before the Blessed Sacrament never go
unanswered. Please do let me know if you need any help from Sri Lanka and
with God's help I will do all I could to spread this devotion amongst the
local people.

May God bless all the wonderful work you are doing.

Yours faithfully,

Mrs. A. E.

   


 

                                                                                      Nigeria

Dear Mrs._____

    I hope all is well with you, your family and the entire Shepherds of Christ associates as I always pray. Warmest greetings from _____, I am well and doing fine.

    I sincerely apologize for having not replied your last two letters, it was due to some setbacks which I will explain.

    For the past eight months now I have been on apostolic work in ____, a very remote village in my diocese, there is no main road, clean water nor access to electric light. So you can guess that a post office will be a luxury very difficult to come by, there are no provisions for sleeping mattresses or toiletries, we cook using firewood. In all this we give thank to God, as this is still part of our priestly training. It is a scheme our Bishops set in order to know their seminarians better. I will be here till January next year before I continue my Theology studies in the seminary.

    I have on the course of my staying here fallen ill and sometimes felt greatly depressed but thanks to Shepherds of Christ publications, my zeal to serve God has always been enkindled whenever I go through the articles of faith you send to us. Words cannot express the joy and spiritual satisfaction we have received from the association, most especially our brothers in the seminary. Thank you for your kindness and generosity, I believe only God can pay you for this benevolence.

    We are preaching to the people here even though most are illiterate and speak only the local language, however we still pray the holy rosary and pray for priest and religious by Gods grace we will continue the mission.

    Please Mrs. ____, continue to pray for us and assist us in any way you can so we can in turn be of better help to the people. We have elected a brother seminarian to cater and help the chapter in St. ________ Major Seminary, he will write you soonest. Since we don't have a post box here, you can mail us using the above address that is more reliable for now.

    Thank You and God bless, extend my heartfelt regards to your husband, _____ and _____.

 

Yours in Christ,

Bro. Leo

 


 

 

NIGERIA                                 26 April 2001

Dear Father,

            Greeting in the Lord. I thank you once again 
for your good work in spreading the word of God 
and enlightenment among the clergy and the laity as 
well. More so, I immensely say a Big THANK YOU 
for granting my request of including my name 
among those you will be sending your materials. 
May God replenish and strengthen you for the 
undertaking.

            In the parcel was included the Shepherds of 
Christ Membership Form. I obviously understood 
its contents and I have tried my best to seeing the 
association established but it yielded little fruit. Many 
accepted it but do not consent about coming together 
for the prayer meeting on any base. They prefer 
doing it individually without coming together at all. 
So, I do not think that in addition to my academic 
pursuit I should combine coordinating it with the 
studies. Please, do bear with me.

            On another note, as I value much from your 
Newsletter, may I request that more copies of it be 
send to me so that I may extend its distribution to 
numerous friends and priests. May it also please you 
to send me the newsletters in audio cassettes form. I 
as well plead that you be sending me materials you 
feel that I may need even if I do write for that, 
especially material for creating a prayerful environment.

            Thanks and God bless you.

                                    Yours in Jesus and Mary,
                                    John

 


 

GHANA

Dear Fr.

            Thank you very much for your books and 
well-done for the renewal and growth of me through 
the Spirituality books of Shepherds of Christ. I am 
also grateful for the copy I received recently.

            I am wondering whether it is possible for me 
to continue receiving a copy of your book like 
Meditating on the Rosary Aves. This copy have been 
a helpful for all my family and friend as well.

            You said I should contact for more rosaries, 
kindly sent me some of them. I like to be a member 
of the Shepherds of Christ. Let me know the 
conditions.

            Thank you
            Your In Christ,
            Nang

 


 

NIGERIA                            15 April 2001

Dear Rev.,

                   REMARK/REQUEST

            I received one of the series of your newsletter
precisely, the one dated '2000 Issue 4; from a fellow
Seminarian. After going through that copy I was 
touched, what struck me most was the article with the 
caption "THE VALUE OF WORK". It really gave 
me insight, in seeing the love of God in my work 
and inspired me in doing ordinary duties of mine in 
extra-ordinary way for the Love of God.

            I humbly hereby request you to include me
among the thousands who enjoy this spiritual benefit
from you, that is whom you send your letters.

            I wish to obey all your rules in so far they are
in accordance with the will of the Holy Spirit and the
mind of the Church.

            Thanks,

                                        Yours sincerely,
                                        Ude


  

SOUTH INDIA

Dear Reverend Father Editor,

            Thank you very much Father for sending
the books, newsletters, cassettes and other materials 
of Shepherds of Christ Ministries. They are very 
useful and we are happy to receive them. We have 
distributed the prayer manuals and newsletters to 
our seminary friends. They are also very happy to 
receive such a nice gift.

            May we take this opportunity to WISH YOU
ALL A VERY HAPPY EASTER. May the blessings
of Risen Lord be with you. May he always guide 
you in this wonderful ministry of helping priests.

            As token of our gratitude we would like to 
pray 10 Rosaries for the repose of the soul of Fr. 
Edward Carter S. J. and for the fruitful ministry 
of Shepherds of Christ.

            Kindly continue to send us the newsletter and
2 sets of the audio cassettes of the first 12 issues of
the newsletter. If it is not too much to ask you kindly
send us some prayer manuals, medals and rosaries.

            Thanking you once again for this valuable
newsletter.

                                We remain
                                Yours sincerely in the Lord
                                P. Joseph

 


  

Reverend and dear Fr. Ed,

    Mabuhay! Greetings from the Philippines! Please allow me to congratulate you for the expansion of your readership. It is indeed true that even the laity would benefit from your spiritual publication. As for my case, I am not yet a priest yet I found your notes to be helpful in my personal spiritual journey. Thus, I am asking for a personal copy of Shepherds of Christ. The ones that I had been reading were given by a fellow seminarian. May I also request the audiocasette recording of your previous issues. Thank you very much for your dedication. May Mary’s protection never leave you in your life.

        In Christ

Sem. ______
Philippines

  


 

Dear Father Carter,

    Please let me tell you how much I am grateful for your "Shepherds of Christ" newsletter. I received the Issue 3, 2000, manual from a long-time family friend and monk who handed it along to my family. The articles are interesting and inspirational!

    I am a 20-year old college student and I attend a private, secular school. The prayers and articles in "Shepherds of Christ" help me understand the Eucharist and live a life focused on Jesus. I especially like the Act of Consecration prayer. It is so beautiful! I say it daily.

    Thank you again and may God bless all those involved in the "Shepherds of Christ" ministry.

Sincerely,

B. D.
New Jersey

   


 

To: info@SofC.org
Sent: Friday, July 13, 2001 7:34 AM
Subject: ....

Hi...
I just wanted to say that I love your site (www.sofc.org
My name is Judy and I live in Sweden..but I was born in Syria.
My parents are Christian..so I got to know Jesus that way..but since then I have grown in deeper love of him in every day that walks by..
But for a while i didn´t know what to do..I felt this feeling of losing something big..I didn´t have any contact with God..I was lost. Think of how hard it is to live without our Savior..
 
Then my father diceded to go for a trip to Florida to visit his brother. It was also there he visited the bank were Mary appeared..
He brought some pictures and when I saw the address to the internet site i dicided to take a look..and since then I read the messages every day! They are beautiful!!
God bless you for doing such a good job-spreading the word of Jesus to the world..
I have told a lot of priests and a lot of people about this site.
Everytime I read something here I start to cry..the tears of joy..It was through you I relly got back to Jesus..I needed/need those beautiful words you said/say...Thank you very much.
Im sorry about Father Carters death..I was really looking forward to see him but Im sure he is united with Jesus in heaven right now.
 
Its true what Jesus said...it will always be Good people on earth...maybe not many but there will always be...And he is soo right..
I thank you 1 more time for lighten up my life..And I hope God will give you strength to carry on..Im sure he will..
love you /Your sister Judy

    


         

Mary G.

 
How has being a member of Shepherds of Christ has changed my life?

When I was a baby, we lived next door to a convent and I had 12 years of Catholic education. I married and lived in Cincinnati eventually. After my civil divorce, my three younger children and I moved back to Price Hill in Cincinnati where I grew up. This time brought me the Catholic Charismatic experience.

Dad died in '86, and I moved away to a small town. Though I tried, I thought no Catholic church or prayer group met my needs so I attended Protestant prayer meetings and services. I found ministers and prayer groups that deeply love the Lord Jesus, and I would still be in these circles except that I went back to Cincinnati to visit. I hadn't told my old friends that I was no longer a practicing Catholic so I joined them when they attended charismatic functions. At one of these I was given Blue Book I.

Actually, someone tried to give it to me and I wouldn't take it saying, I had too much to read , so it was given to the friend I was staying with. When we got home and she was out of the room, I opened the book so I could congratulate myself for not accepting it.

That's Jesus! Jesus is speaking in this book! I read almost the whole book that night, then I ate humble pie and phoned the lady who had pressed me to accept it. I received it in a few days.

Back home I read and reread it. Jesus was speaking loud and clear and I went to the nearest church and made a confession and resumed my long neglected practice of daily Mass. I also began to go to the Shepherds of Christ chapter meetings in Morrow, Ohio, where I heard the call for volunteers to come to the Virgin Mary Site in Clearwater, Florida.

How well I understand God's words, "Your thoughts are not My thoughts!".

Changing my thoughts and my ways comes more slowly than changing my address, which is now Clearwater, Florida.

Though retirement isn't at all what I thought it would be, I wouldn't trade places with anyone at all.

     


   

Sue H.


How has being a member of Shepherds of Christ changed my life?

It seems that I have been searching for a good part of my adult life for a fulfillment I didn't know existed. I guess I always thought that raising my five children and providing a good home for them and my husband was where I was supposed to be.

A friend came back from Medjugorje in 1988 and told me that Our Lady requested that we pray the rosary everyday. And so this is where it all started. I started praying the rosary daily and my life started to change. It was as though from that point Our Lord was leading me on a journey-- prayer groups, St. Louis de Montfort consecration, more prayer groups, grasping for any knowledge I could.

Then in August of 1994 I was led to Falmouth, Kentucky, for Our Lady's apparitions after finding out Our Lady was no longer appearing in Conyers monthly. I continued to visit Our Lady's farm on the 8th's for the next 11 months, the last being Oct. 8, 1995. I remember saying monthly that I felt as if I was being prepared for something but didn't know what. If I'm to be honest, I would have to say that I felt somewhat guilty always praying to Mary and not feeling a deeper relationship with God. I knew she took our prayers to her Son, Jesus, but I felt an emptiness that wasn't being fulfilled.

Then on June 8th, 1995, we went to the Holy Spirit Center after the Falmouth apparition and Rita came up to us and asked us if we would like to pray the rosary with her. We declined because of the long and hot day and returned home. We then went down to the Holy Spirit Center for the Miracle of the lights on Aug. 31st, 1995. The next day we stopped at the Center again and Rita again asked us to say the rosary with her. And so we did this time. It was truly beautiful (Sept. 1, 1995). In June when we met with Rita she gave me a Blue Book. I honestly didn't open it right away because I had so much other material to read. My sister-in-law said that I really should open it. I did.

This was what would finally fulfill my longing. This is what I had been looking for, a relationship with my Lord. I learned so much through these Blue Books. I started to talk to Rita weekly and started to learn more and more. I then began writing up rosaries for her and continued the learning. I learned of Our Lord's great love and how He is always with us. I learned of His presence in the Eucharist, something I always knew but it never really sank in. My life changed dramatically and I had this craving more and more to be with Jesus in front of the tabernacle. I attended the 13th's at Tom's Farm and the Holy Spirit Center and couldn't wait until the following month.

Sometimes I feel I'll explode if I can't say what I know and I feel. But it also brings such sadness to know of His great love and not have the whole world be able to experience it.

This is why I feel Our Lord is teaching us to pray. It does help to know we are helping to save souls and it helps me to deal with the lack of faith that surrounds me in today's world.

When He gives me a gift or grace and my heart feels so full of love I never want to leave the tabernacle.

God has so graced my soul to have allowed me to become a Shepherd of Christ apostle leader, for I have done nothing to earn this gift. And yet He allows me to love and know so many wonderful people in the Movement.

I accept this gift and pray that I will spend the rest of my life doing the Father's will and dwelling in the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

  


  

Ellen S.


Looking back on my life, I see how our Blessed Lord has been preparing me for Shepherds of Christ. My childhood revolved around prayer and involvement in Church activities. I am eternally grateful for the influence of my parents who taught me to love the Mass, and to respect priests and religious. My father would not tolerate prejudice of any kind, setting the background for the career I would have serving abroad in many countries.

When I retired and returned home I wondered what I would do, as I looked immediately for a Charismatic Prayer Group, studied the Bible and attended daily Mass. I decided to continue working as a secretary, but something kept gnawing at me that there was more. One evening at a Baptism of the Spirit Seminar I was participating in, I met Rita and her son. I was taken with this young boy as I prayed with him and smiled at his mother, inviting them to come to our prayer group.

One day I arrived at work and went immediately to my computer to write a resignation letter. I had not thought of this at all and when I read it, I smiled and thanked the Holy Spirit because it was a most loving note. My boss was taken back in unbelief but was convinced I was serious. That weekend I had a knock on my door and "enter Rita." She said, "I receive letters from Jesus and wondered if you would type for me. I’ll bring over my computer." I said I would be glad to (not even a blink of the eye or questioning her receiving letters from Jesus!) This began our friendship and my privilege for the next seven years as together we recorded love letters from Jesus and Mary and from the Father. The Blue Books were born.

I could write volumes about my experiences, but will share one: I had a large Sacred Heart of Jesus picture before me as I worked and from day one as I began I heard, "I bless the work of your hands." and knew it was from Him because my hands would fly across the keys and I knew He was doing the work for me. Every message I typed went straight to my heart. I began to attend Mass and daily adoration with a love I never thought was possible. I now know Him as my personal friend and constant companion. I love Him with my whole soul and my whole being. From the very first rosary I attended with Rita and the founder, I knew, believed and can witness to the love that exists in Shepherds of Christ.

Presently I am living in Clearwater, Florida, working as a volunteer at Mary’s Image Site along with the handmaids, servants and apostles our Lord has chosen to be here. I am amazed how our Movement has spread world wide. I love greeting people from all over the world and listening to their testimonies, especially the many who come to tell us how Shepherds of Christ has changed their lives.

Thank you, Lord, thank you, Father, and thank you, Mary, our Mother who blesses us each day. Amen.

  


  

Rosie R.


How has Shepherds of Christ changed my life?

The first time I opened God's Blue Book, I knew that Jesus was speaking to me! The message was just what I needed that day!

I had not attended daily Mass since Catholic High School, approximately 30 years previous. MY PRAYER LIFE had been practically non-existent -- attending Sunday Mass and calling on God during trials. In fact, the threat of my husband dying of cancer took me back to praying the rosary and praying novenas to the Blessed Mother. After he died I was at a loss, for I considered him my "rock". For the first time ever in my life, I began praying to do God's will. I had a career, but I felt in my heart that I didn't want to do that for the rest of my working life.

I was invited by a friend to make a Cursillo weekend and without hesitation, said yes. Following the grace-filled weekend, I entered the chapel for adoration and picked up the Blue Book, which I had ignored for weeks. I immediately fell in love with Jesus and my life began to change! With the help of Jesus through the Blue Book, along with daily Mass and Holy Communion and spending time after Communion with Jesus and time in prayer, I was able to work through my depression, which I had even denied existed.

After giving out many Blue Books to relatives and friends, I received an invitation to attend the first monthly Shepherds of Christ national prayer meeting at Tom A's farm held on October 13, 1996, with Rita leading a Live Rosary. I felt drawn to every meeting after that, and soon found myself in the core group at Morrow, Ohio, attending weekly prayer meetings with Live Rosaries. Through the use of the Blue Books, mostly in front of the tabernacle, weekly prayer meetings, and rosaries at Morrow, I have grown closer to Jesus than I ever thought possible.

I thank Jesus every day for His many graces and the deep love that He gives me to draw me closer and closer to Him. I also thank my spiritual Mother, Mary, with all my heart for her help when I turned to her in desperation and for the help she's given me throughout my life.

As an apostle working in Florida at Our Lady's Image Site, I have a great opportunity to spread the light and love of Christ to all I meet!!!

   


  

  

This is from the president

Newsletter Book II update:

We received $45,000 for the Newsletter Book II.

We need at least another additional $30,000 for postage.

The donor has already matched the first $40,000.

Please help us with the postage so the priests can receive the Newsletter Book as soon as it is printed. 

Thank you so much for all who have given. We really want to please God the Father this Christmas.

   

Messenger: We have a Donor that will match the funds for the Newsletter so for every $1 you give, the donor will match the money for the Newsletter until we get $150,000 for the Newsletter Book II.

Jesus wants it out —

Please we need the money urgently because God the Father wants the Newsletter Book II out by Christmas. 


Excerpt from July 14, 2001 message

Mary speaks:

     ...The Father wishes the Priestly Newsletter Book II
    to reach all the 75,000 Priests. Pray Hourly for
    funds for this.
..Please if you can help, help
    me.
        Sending the Priestly Newsletter Book II to the
    75,000 Priests will help to change the face of the
    earth.

end of excerpt from July 14, 2001 message


Excerpt from August 18, 2001 message 

Messenger:     ... We need to send the Priestly Newsletter Book II
   
                             to the priests of this earth.

                             This is God's plan. God the Father said
                                "The Priestly Newsletter Book II would
                                    help to change the face of the earth."

end of excerpt from August 18, 2001 message 


Excerpt from October 19, 2001 message

Mary speaks:  ... Please I ask you to get my Son's priestly
                            Newsletter Book II, with the
                            prayer manual to my priest sons
                            by Christmas.

                        These writings were directed by my Son Jesus and given
                            to Father Carter to circulate for the renewal
                            of the Church and the world.

                        The Father has said this book will help to
                            change the face of the earth.

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   During the Rosary and 6:20 Prayers
November 5, 2001

December 17, 2001
5 years since Mary appeared
Prayers 6:20 PM & Procession

    

(Right next to each other #19 & #20
on the roll)

     Mary speaks:            

      My dear children,
          I have appeared now for five years from
        my image site in Clearwater, Florida.
        Special graces will be given for all those
        coming on this anniversary of my five year
        appearance and praying devoutly.
        My Son Jesus has appeared here. We call you
        to come and to pray for the priests, the Church
        and the world.
          A special prayer vigil with procession
        will begin at  6:20. Other prayers are prayed
        all through the day beneath Mary's image.
        The 6:20 prayers have been prayed beneath
        my image since July 5, 1998 and throughout
        the world. My Son Jesus wants you to come
        and to sing praise to your God. He wishes
        you to come and gather on this day.
        Oh my children, I love you so much. There
        is so much evil in the world. My children my
        Son Jesus wants you to come and pray.
                                   I am Mary your Mother

Mary appeared in Clearwater
on December 17, 1996

     Jesus speaks:       

      Oh My beloved children,
          Come to Me. Bring the little ones. Prayers
       are held daily at 6:20. I want the little ones to
       come and see the gifts God has given you here.
       My little ones must pray. You must pray. There
       will be prayers throughout the days as usual. Have
       rosary meditation books and rosaries available.
       Pictures for all who come.
           Bring your petitions to Me. I will grant you
       special graces for your heartfelt prayers.
           Oh I love you so much. Please come. Pray -
       help make reparation to Our Hearts. Have prayer
       sheets and coloring books available. Morning
       Offering cards (Say daily). Have videos of the
       Mass and Nursing home videos available.
           Encourage all to pray the prayers, to pray the
       rosary and to consecrate their hearts.
           Have cards "I give my heart to Jesus and Mary
       available."
      This is a special day to heaven. This is a special
  place. Come and pray for the days before and after
  also if you wish. The big celebration is December 17,
  2001 at 6:20 call for details. I ask you to come to Me.
  I love you so much. Please pray for your world.
                                             I am Jesus your Savior.
  

November 5, 2001
Jesus' face

   
  

I love you, I love you, I love you,
                     Jesus
  

                   


              

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