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February 23th, 2008 - Fr. Larry Swink - Purgatory and Indulgences

Fr. Larry Swink speaks to the men of emmaus on the topics of Purgatory and Indulgences. The Catechism of the Catholic Church defines purgatory as a "purification, so as to achieve the holiness necessary to enter the joy of heaven," which is experienced by those "who die in God.s grace and friendship, but still imperfectly purified" (CCC 1030). It notes that "this final purification of the elect . . . is entirely different from the punishment of the damned" (CCC 1031).

The purification is necessary because, as Scripture teaches, nothing unclean will enter the presence of God in heaven (Rev. 21:27) and, while we may die with our mortal sins forgiven, there can still be many impurities in us, specifically venial sins and the temporal punishment due to sins already forgiven.

January 12th, 2008 - Fr. Mark Ervin - Faith Journey

Fr. Mark Ervin of Mother Seton parish in Germantown Maryland returns to the church where he became Catholic to tell the Men of Emmaus his personal story. In case you missed this meeting, you can still listen here as Fr. Mark describes his personal, inspiring faith journey, in which he started out Protestant before coming Catholic and then, ultimately on to the priesthood.

May 19th, 2007 - Searching for Masculine Spirituality

Talk by Fr. Phillip Chavez (SOLT) on Masculine Spirituality

There are many things in life a man needs to confront, and often conquer. The desires of his heart are many; yet confusion, unrest, and distraction (among other things) keep him from facing what he needs to and attaining what he is made for.

He seeks adventure outside of him, he seeks the Creator above him, and he seeks to unveil the mysteries within him. With some guidance given, he can unblock pathways to reach some of his hearts deepest desires. Let us discover this on Sugarloaf Mountain!

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February 10th, 2007 - Summoned to Walk on Water

The St. Martin's Men of Emmaus sponsored the 1st annual retreat for men, featuring Fr. Dan Leary and Fr. Phillip Chavez. Over 150 men from around the area met to learn how Christ summons a man to be a bold and courageous leader. Click here to listen to a brief audio clip from the retreat.

September 22, 2006 - Basketball Game for Vocations

One event sponsored by the Men of Emmaus recently was the DC Hood vs. the Terror of Tours basketball game, held at Gaithersburg High School Sept. 22. The event, attended by about 250 people, was designed to help increase vocations. The home team included 14 MoE and St. Martin’s youth group players. The Hood’s roster was made up of seven diocesan priests, including our former associate pastor, Fr. Javier Santaballa and former parishioner, Fr. Greg Shaffer. Fr. Rob Panke, head of the archdiocesan vocations office, worked the sidelines. The Terror took an early lead, but ended up being out-shot by the priests, who came back strong and won, 71-53. The crowd, which included Msgr. Mark Brennan, Fr. John Clark, Deacon Ken Barrett, and Sr. Sharon Mihm, cheered both sides, but it’s safe to say the hot-shot priests had God in their corner. Fr. John Caufield of St. Matthews in Washington, D.C.; Fr. Greg Coan of St. Peter’s in Olney; Fr. Santaballa of Our Lady of Lourdes in Bethesda; Fr. Shaffer of St. Andrew’s in Silver Spring; Fr. Larry Swink of St. Mary of the Mills in Laurel; and Fr. Larry Young all tore up the court.


At halftime, the children watching the game gathered in a circle at center court and Fr. Panke, Fr. Young, and our own Sr. Andrea Falconer, spoke about vocations to the priesthood and religious life.

The event included free pizza and drinks, sponsored by MoE, and served by representatives from the Women of Prayer.

The St. Martin’s youth and MoE – in true charity – say next year they may let the priests win … again.