Welcome to God's Embrace Renewal Centers
God's Embrace Renewal Centers, an organization dedicated to the formation and development of Christian Disciples, was incorporated as a Non-Profit Ecclesial Corporation on August 8, 2006. The mission of God's Embrace is to encourage development and preparation of Christian disciples to serve in their parish and diocesan Catholic communities.
WHO WE ARE
As an entity, God’s Embrace Renewal Centers is both a vision and a school of formation. As a vision, God’s Embrace attempts to make the call to holiness an attractive and appealing invitation from God to us, in our burdened and confused lives. As a school of formation, God’s Embrace embodies the spiritual disciplines and wisdom of our Catholic saints, mystics, and theologians, thus striving to offer the best in our Catholic heritage.
Our main offering is a three phase formation program that is geared to facilitate the creation of ardent disciples who would glorify God through the witness of their lives and service of the Church. The formation program relies on a threefold source: Familiarity with the Bible so that our spiritual formation is steeped in God’s revelation of Himself through Jesus Christ, and the Trinity's glorious Plan of salvation for us. Secondly that we rely on the rich heritage of Catholic Spirituality offered to us through the desert Fathers and Mothers, the mystical writings of the Church Fathers on the Trinity and Church, the contemplative traditions of the great Monastic Orders, and the ineffable teachings of the likes of Saints Francis of Assisi, Ignatius of Loyola, Teresa of Avila and John of the Cross. Thirdly, that we know well the Catechism of the Catholic Church. The desired outcome is the living of our lives within the Trinitarian Embrace, inextricably linked to the divine life of the Trinity and to one another in Christ.
Along with our three phase program, we offer spiritual direction, directed retreats, days of prayer, and training in spiritual companionship to lead small groups in the three year program. There are plans to open an institute for the formation of spiritual directors for those commissioned in the three phase program. It will be a two year formation program.
- 1999 Living in God’s Embrace published by Ave Maria Press.
- 2003 Loving in the Master's Footsteps published by Ave Maria Press
- 2006 God's Embrace Renewal Centers formed as an official 501(c)(3) Non-Profit Ecclesial organization
- 2008 Program launched in the Diocese of Grand Rapids, Michigan
- 2010 Program launched in the Diocese of Victoria, Texas
- 2011 Understanding God in Our Lives published
- 2013 Foundations & Profiles of Discipleship published
- 2014 Lead Me into the Deep, Lord, Instruct Me in Your Ways, Lord, Mold Me as Your Disciple, Lord, Hallow Me as Your Disciple, Lord published
- 2015 Anoint Us in Your Covenant, Abba-Emmaunel and all accompanying Facilitator Notes published
Michael was a member of the Society of Jesus in India. At his request, Michael was laicized from the priesthood. Michael holds degrees in Philosophy, English Literature, Theology, and Counseling Psychology. He received a Doctorate in Ministry in 2009. From 1996-1999, Michael was the Coordinator for Spiritual Formation at Saint Luke Institute, Silver Spring, Maryland. He created and executed the program for the Institute’s patients. From October 1999 through July 2013, Michael served as the Director of Spiritual Formation for the Diocese of Gaylord, Michigan. From 1998 to the present, Michael continues to facilitate the spiritual formation of aspirants and candidates in the Diaconate Program for the Diocese of Victoria, Texas.