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In his encounter with Christ, every man discovers the mystery of his own life. (Msgr Morris) - Pearls of Wisdom - CMC 2020
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“Discipleship is at the heart of Mark’s Gospel. What will we do as disciples?”
 Msgr Morris - 2020 CMC
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As disciples, we will study the Gospel of MARK and be strengthened and encouraged just like the early followers of Christ❣️ The Cornerstone may look differently this year but God’s Word never changes. Meeting online can be fun!! The Shepherding Board has been meeting online and many Branches plan to meet online this year as a way to:  STUDY ~ CONNECT ~ TRANSFORM.
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Memorial Tribute to Father Bill Kester
by Mary Ann Rice

Fr. Bill Kester, the first spiritual advisor of The Cornerstone, died May 20, 2020. He was a dear friend, an enormous asset and a steadfast support to us, at the very beginning of what is now known as The Cornerstone Scripture Study.

Our path was not smooth at first. We encountered significant interference because several priests with whom we spoke, implied that we were not qualified to do this. Each of them had reasons why they were not able to help us. Then we discussed our ideas with Fr. Bill Kester. There were five of us at that time. Maleen Corrigan, Judy Gallaher, Peggy Kerckhoff, Helen Pennington, and Maryann Rice. Not only did Fr. Bill think our ideas were sound, he was thrilled that a group of lay people was willing to take this on. He suggested we meet to pray regularly about our “calling.” He also offered to meet with us at his home, the rectory, at St. Peter in Kirkwood.

And so we began. Fr. Bill joined us as often as he could, but parish commitments kept him from being with us from time to time. However, when he was there, without fail, Fr. Bill was full to overflowing with thoughts that we five knew the Lord had given to him just for us.

These weekly meetings went on for about a year. We bonded beautifully, and made decisions in one accord, through prayer and discernment. The Holy Spirit was definitely forming something through us, and that something needed a name. As with everything we needed to know, we prayed about the name. We wanted it to come from Scripture, and we wanted our study to be named after Jesus. Those two ideas fit perfectly with Psalm 118:22. “The stone rejected by the builders has become the cornerstone.” The Cornerstone referred to in that scripture is Jesus. He was rejected and we too had been rejected, but he is indeed the stone that supports each of us and all of us. The Cornerstone became our name – not just Cornerstone. Jesus is not just Cornerstone, he is The Cornerstone. Fr. Bill loved that name, with all its depth of meaning – it came right out of scripture and was named after Jesus.

Others became interested in joining us, and our number began to grow. With growth comes challenge. And, whenever challenge came our way, Fr. Bill was there to bring clarity and love to the situation. His wisdom and leadership were essential to us, and it is undeniably true that The Cornerstone would not be what it is today had we not had his early guidance and discernment.

Father Bill was ordained on June 13, 1970. This year is the fiftieth anniversary of his priesthood. We thank God for the gifts his priesthood brought to us. May his soul and all the souls of the faithful departed rest in peace, and may Fr. Bill continue to pray for The Cornerstone he loved so well.

We give thanks for Fr. Bill Kester and all he did for The Cornerstone. May he rest, eternally, in the peace and the presence of Christ.

Thank you, Mary Ann, for helping The Cornerstone preserve our past.
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Memorial Tribute to Father Bill Kester
by Mary Ann Rice

Fr. Bill Kester, the first spiritual advisor of The Cornerstone, died May 20, 2020. He was a dear friend, an enormous asset and a steadfast support to us, at the very beginning of what is now known as The Cornerstone Scripture Study. 

Our path was not smooth at first. We encountered significant interference because several priests with whom we spoke, implied that we were not qualified to do this. Each of them had reasons why they were not able to help us.  Then we discussed our ideas with Fr. Bill Kester.  There were five of us at that time. Maleen Corrigan, Judy Gallaher, Peggy Kerckhoff, Helen Pennington, and Maryann Rice.  Not only did Fr. Bill think our ideas were sound, he was thrilled that a group of lay people was willing to take this on. He suggested we meet to pray regularly about our “calling.” He also offered to meet with us at his home, the rectory, at St. Peter in Kirkwood. 

And so we began. Fr. Bill joined us as often as he could, but parish commitments kept him from being with us from time to time. However, when he was there, without fail, Fr. Bill was full to overflowing with thoughts that we five knew the Lord had given to him just for us.
 
These weekly meetings went on for about a year. We bonded beautifully, and made decisions in one accord, through prayer and discernment. The Holy Spirit was definitely forming something through us, and that something needed a name. As with everything we needed to know, we prayed about the name. We wanted it to come from Scripture, and we wanted our study to be named after Jesus. Those two ideas fit perfectly with Psalm 118:22. “The stone rejected by the builders has become the cornerstone.”  The Cornerstone referred to in that scripture is Jesus. He was rejected and we too had been rejected, but he is indeed the stone that supports each of us and all of us.   The Cornerstone became our name – not just Cornerstone. Jesus is not just Cornerstone, he is The Cornerstone.  Fr. Bill loved that name, with all its depth of meaning – it came right out of scripture and was named after Jesus.

Others became interested in joining us, and our number began to grow. With growth comes challenge. And, whenever challenge came our way, Fr. Bill was there to bring clarity and love to the situation. His wisdom and leadership were essential to us, and it is undeniably true that The Cornerstone would not be what it is today had we not had his early guidance and discernment.

Father Bill was ordained on June 13, 1970. This year is the fiftieth anniversary of his priesthood.  We thank God for the gifts his priesthood brought to us. May his soul and all the souls of the faithful departed rest in peace, and may Fr. Bill continue to pray for The Cornerstone he loved so well.  

We give thanks for Fr. Bill Kester and all he did for The Cornerstone. May he rest, eternally, in the peace and the presence of Christ.

Thank you, Mary Ann, for helping The Cornerstone preserve our past.Image attachment
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