The Crises In Our Self-Images

Carol was raised on a farm and as a young woman cared for her mother at home during her mother’s later stages of cancer.  Through her critical reflection on this she first experienced God.  She became deeply involved in Inter-Varsity Christian Fellowship in university and came out of university with a deep desire to nurture and serve others.  She holds joint bachelors degrees in zoology, education, and mathematics, a masters degree in applied linguistics, and a post-baccalaureate in education.  She teaches mathematics in our regional high school and serves on provincial test writing committees.

Craig’s background is in agriculture.  He became deeply aware of the fullness of God’s compassion for him early in high school.  First discipled by Navigators for two years in university he simultaneously began reading Thomas Merton in earnest.  During that time he worked for his first time in SE Asia doing development work.  It was there that he came to a critical understanding of himself through the critique of another culture.  At that time he also made his first retreats at Cistercian monasteries.  He came to strongly desire to serve people in the name of Christ.  He holds a bachelors degree in animal science, a master of divinity degree, a masters degree in education, an extended certificate in clinical pastoral work, his doctorate in educational epistemology with a component of supervised clinical therapy, and is certified to treat compassion fatigue through the Toronto Traumatology Institute.

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Tautra Mariakloster Cistersian Monastery, Tautra, Norway

As a married couple Carol and Craig worked in SE Asia doing agricultural development and relief work during the 1980’s.  As Protestant clergy Craig served a total of ten churches over the course of thirty years of ordained ministry.  In 2000 they were sponsored to start a retreat in the northern parkland region of northwest Manitoba.  In 2005 Craig became an Oblate at St. Peter’s Abbey in Muenster, Saskatchewan.  In 2010 he resigned his ordination and entered the Roman Catholic Church where he plays liturgy and is a lay worship leader in his local parish.  Carol became an Oblate in 2015 and remains Protestant.

Together they committed to become a part of the Catholic Worker Movement as the Parkland Worker Farm.  This reflects their exclusive desire to serve others through taking personal responsibility for radical hospitality, carrying out of the Works of Mercy through an extended community that works together in order to enable these to happen, through the redemption inherent in manual labour, and in voluntary poverty in solidarity with the poor are parts of the foundation of faith, endeavouring to holistically live out the justice and charity found in God’s radical love and compassion for people in Jesus Christ.