Team Orthodoxy, Where Art Thou?
Over the past year, the members of Team Orthodoxy have dealt with some significant changes in their lives. From death and loss, to birth and new life, betrayal to friendship, sorrow to joy. This past year has had it all in spades. While all of this happened in the lives of the members of the team, the ministry side of Team Orthodoxy, in essence, took a back seat. If you’re new to Team Orthodoxy, or are unaware of who we are, we are group of young, faithful, Catholics, who wish to proclaim the Gospel, and share the joy of being Catholic through social media. None of us are paid to do it. We just simply began doing it out of love for God, for other catholics, but also out of love for those who do not know the joy of what it means to be a catholic, and out of a desire that they come to know that joy and peace that comes from God in the Church. This did not necessarily stop, however, our personal lives took precedence, and rightfully so, as family always comes before ministry. Nevertheless, things changed for Team Orthodoxy.
One of the major changes was that, after much prayer, I stepped down from leadership of the team this past July. It had become apparent that I personally was not growing in the ways that I needed to, and that I needed to get myself refocused and centred on the Lord. While this happened, the members of the team found themselves at a crossroads. A group of us went to the Defending the Faith Conference in Steubenville, OH. It was there that I began to realize that we as a team had lost the vision we originally had. So I, along with Julie, spent a lot of time analyzing it, and we proposed to the team recently that we get back to our original vision and to question whether we can, individually, commit to that vision or not. Instead of adding a million and one things to our Team Orthodoxy to-do list, simply get back to the heart of what we did before, which was blogging about the faith, and the impact it has in our lives.
That brings us to today.
Since this proposal, after much prayer and consideration, Steve, Jen, and Tony have decided to step down from the ministry side of Team Orthodoxy. We are all still great friends, but at this time they have chosen to step down to better focus on their vocations and states of life. We all are in support of that. To update you on them:
Jen just had a beautiful baby boy named Benjamin. That brings their earthly family to five. They also just got a van. Stellar stuff. You’re just one registration away from being a soccer mom, Jen.
Tony recently got engaged and is getting married. Word on the street is that at the wedding, Tony will keep the rings in his mutton chops. No need for a ring bearer when you have sideburns. You handsome devil, you!
Steve is currently completing his studies at the seminary in preparation for ordination to the priesthood. Sadly, the food at the seminary is less than desirable, and so Steve suffers greatly. If you have extra coupons for KFC or A&W, we are starting a coupon drive for him. Sadly, they do not allow for hotplates in their rooms. If they did, we would send him all of the Chef Boyardi and Kraft Dinner (or for you Americans – Kraft Macaroni and Cheese).
In all seriousness, please pray for three of them. They will be greatly missed. Their departure leaves the original four members of Team Orthodoxy – Mike, Brooke, Julie, and I. After we recommitted to the work of Team Orthodoxy, the four of us have decided to begin blogging again on a weekly basis, and began on Wednesday. We look forward to hearing your thoughts and sharing with you what God is doing in our lives. We are not sure what God wants to do with Team Orthodoxy, but we know that He is calling us to preach via social media, and so we are going to be faithful to that insofar as we can. We are all in this together, and so I ask for your prayers, that God would use the work we offer to Him through the intercession of Our Lady. We hope that we can also hear from all of our readers more, and that, perhaps, we can work together to spread the message of the relentless love of God across the internet. Pray for us, and we’ll be praying for you too.