In This Issue

Welcome to the Advent/Christmas 2017 edition of The Call, the online magazine of the American National Catholic Church (ANCC)!

If you’re a regular reader, we’re glad to have you back. If you’re new to the quarterly, we’re delighted you’re visiting us. You can find out more information about the ANCC by clicking on the link at the bottom of this page.

A full listing of our contents this time around can be found below, and all news items and articles can be accessed by clicking on the Menu links under the home page’s banner. We draw your attention especially to Fr. Paul Gulya’s and Cheryl Smith’s features about the Come and See Vocational Weekend Retreat hosted by the ANCC in October. Happy reading!

As always, we welcome proposals for articles and book and film reviews. Our Submission Guidelines may be found on our Contact page.

And the editors of The Call wish each and every one of our readers a blessed Advent and Christmas season!


Contents of Volume 4, Number 4


Maureen Tauriello’s Liturgically Speaking Column: “I’m Pregnant and…”

Pat Kane’s Deacon’s Corner Column: “Many Are Called, Few Chosen”

Fr. Jason Lody’s Franciscan Corner Column: “Active, Intentional Waiting”



Bishop George Lucey’s Advent Message: “Be ‘Woke’!”

Mother Phyllis McHugh’s Advent Devotional: “Advent Life – Upside Down and Backwards”

“The Great O’s”

Gleanings: “Hope and the Silent Word”, with Thomas Merton and Meister Eckhart



Fr. Mike La Lone’s “Horton Hears a Who, and Other Interesting Feelings about the Hurricane”

Brother Caleb Oeming’s “Two Saints Meet: Finding a New Lens Through Which to See God and Each Other”

Fr. Paul Gulya’s “Free Blessings!”

Fr. Paul Gulya’s “They Came! They Saw!”

Cheryl Smith’s “Exploring the Call”

Barb Gimino’s “Lesson Learned”

“A Mid-Winter Summer Memory”


Book Review: James Alison’s Jesus the Forgiving Victim, reviewed by Juli Corrigan






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We are a people who embrace our Gospel calling to transform the world, build God’s Kingdom, and make disciples of all people.

Our Purpose

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  • to further the work of the Gospel of Jesus Christ,
  • to support, according to ability, the missionary enterprise of the church,
  • to be involved in the planting and strengthening of other local churches,
  • and through Christian fellowship, the seven sacraments, and the ministry of the Word of God, to edify and strengthen the believer.