About Me!

Fr. Jos Tharakan was born in Kerala, India into a Roman Catholic Family. He went to a Capuchin Seminary at the age of 15 and was ordained a priest at 30. He served in many congregations in Kerala and northern India before he was called to serve in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Little Rock, AR in 1997. He served in Fort Smith until 2001.

Jos came into the Episcopal Church in 2004 after he completed two years of Clinical Pastoral Education in San Antonio, TX and Pine Bluff, AR. After he was received into the Episcopal Church, Bishop Larry Maze appointed him as Missionary Chaplain to Christ Church, Mena. Later on, he was called as the Rector of All Saints’ Episcopal Church in Russellville, AR. He served All Saints’ for ten years.

While he was at All Saints’, he founded the House Of Blessings Foundation, a retreat, and renewal center in Eureka Springs, AR. He also founded the Clergy Vacation Home, for pastors in active ministry so that they can take a few days of rest and renew themselves and their families. It is free of charge for any priest/pastor in active ministry.

He loves art, music, and design. Jos has developed several educational programs, composed music, and designed websites. His educational program called, CAMPaM: A Complimentary Alternative Method for Pastoral Ministry is approved for continuing education for chaplains, pastors and other healthcare professionals through the Association of Clinical Pastoral Education. Jos also presented this innovative program to the National Conference of the National Association of Catholic Chaplains in Kansas City, Kansas.

Episcopal Daily, is an aggregate of news and articles, stories and videos suggested by Episcopal bishops, clergy, and laity from across the world. Jos publishes this newspaper every morning and is available by email for free to anyone with interest in knowing what Episcopalians are doing around the world or read it online by going to www.episcopaldaily.net. You can contribute to this newspaper by following Jos on Twitter handler: episcopalians.

Jos believes ‘God in all things, and people of all kinds,’ a Thomistic Theological conviction he coined as a slogan for the Episcopal Church attitude towards the world when Rt. Rev. Katherine Schori visited Little Rock after she was elected the Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church. Several Episcopal Churches use this slogan as their tagline on their websites and publications. He has granted permission to use this if it is meaningful to churches.

Jos has two children. Asha and Amrit. They attend school in Springfield and are involved in youth programs in Southern Deanery and children’s ministries at St. James.

His motto in ministry is “Passionate personal Love for Jesus and His people.”


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Catherine Crews, PhD

Catherine has practiced Centering Prayer since 2005 and is commissioned by Contemplative Outreach to teach Centering Prayer.  She is a Clinical Psychologist, now retired from practice and teaching. For spiritual renewal she practices Centering Prayer, Healing Prayer, and attends the Holy Eucharist.  She has attended retreats at St. Benedict Monastery in Snowmass, CO and St. Scholastica Monastery in Fort Smith, AR, and made spiritual pilgrimages to India. She serves on the board of the House Of Blessings.

Catherine Crews, PhD

Catherine has practiced Centering Prayer since 2005 and is commissioned by Contemplative Outreach to teach Centering Prayer.  She is a Clinical Psychologist, now retired from practice and teaching. For spiritual renewal she practices Centering Prayer, Healing Prayer, and attends the Holy Eucharist.  She has attended retreats at St. Benedict Monastery in Snowmass, CO and St. Scholastica Monastery in Fort Smith, AR, and made spiritual pilgrimages to India.    She serves as a member of the House of Blessings board.

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The Community of Saint Francis is an ecumenical community whose members follow the spirituality of St. Francis of Assisi in their personal lives. It is open to people of all walks of life from anywhere in the world, united by their commitment to living Franciscan spirituality. Faculty for this program is members of the Community of St. Francis who bring their knowledge and experience of living Franciscan spirituality to helping others seeking to make this commitment.

CSF Faculty

The Community of Saint Francis is an ecumenical community whose members follow the spirituality of St. Francis of Assisi in their personal lives. It is open to people of all walks of life from anywhere in the world, united by their commitment to living Franciscan spirituality. Faculty for this program is members of the Community of St. Francis who bring their knowledge and experience of living Franciscan spirituality to helping others seeking to make this commitment.

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Deacon Kaye Staggs

Deacon Kaye is ordained in the Episcopal Church. She serves at All Saints Episcopal Church in Russellville, AR. Kaye is a member of the board of the House Of Blessings.

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Dr. Jeff Algur

Dr. Jeff Algur, a member of Community Of Saint Francis is the Department ChairDepartmentof Professional Studies at Lake Point Center of the Arkansas Tech University, (ATU.EDU). Dr. Algur is committed to living the spiritual vision of St. Francis of Assisi in his personal life.

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Dr. Nicholas G. Cole, MD

Nicholas G. Cole, MD, has been practicing Centering Prayer since attending his first ten-day retreat at St. Benedict’s Monastery in Snowmass, Colorado in May, 1990. The following year he was commissioned to teach Centering Prayer, and has been facilitating retreats ever since. He regularly serves retreats at St. Benedict’s Monastery in Snowmass, and at St. Scholastica Monastery in Fort Smith, Arkansas. He also serves on the board of Contemplative Outreach, the organization dedicated to fostering the process 
of transformation in Christ in one another 
through the practice of Centering Prayer. Nick is retired from the active practice of medicine. He…

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Fr. Jos Tharakan

Fr. Jos is a priest and a teacher. He practices Franciscan Spirituality that welcomes everyone and respects and supports the dignity of all people. He has lead retreats all over the world for over 32 years and practiced Contemplative Prayer for over 35 years. He is commissioned by Contemplative Outreach as a Centering Prayer Presenter. Fr. Jos currently serves as Rector of St. James Episcopal Church in Springfield and serves also as the President of the House Of Blessings. You can read more about Fr. Jos and his works on his website.

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Jeannie Stone

Jeannie Stone is an accomplished artist and a spiritual guide. Born on a Navy base in Maryland, Jeannie has lived most of her life in Arkansas although she travels frequently to Hawaii and Puerto Rico to visit family.She loved art as a child and was influenced by her mother’s love of art at her hometown Museo de Arte de Ponce. She is also passionate about writing and is an award winning freelance writer and photographer for various newspapers and magazines. Read more about Jeannie Stone on her website. http://www.jeanniestone.com/

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Michael Card

Michael Card is an accomplished musician, author and retreat provider. He has over 35 albums, 25 books, radio programs and several articles to his credit.  Michale leads the group in prayer, reflection, singing, praising God and studying the scriptures. He is with the group through out the entire program for personal conversation and study. He engages people in listening as well as teaching. His method of teaching is celebratory and enjoyable studying the scriptures through his interesting and personal experiences. He makes the program fun and spiritual.

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Minda Cox

Minda Cox is an author, painter, leader in the community, a teacher, ministering the people of Boliver, MO through her paintings, teachings. Minda likes to work in watercolor, pen and ink, pencil, and colored pencils. She is also an author who has written many articles and the book, “Ordinary”, the story of her struggles and victories, which may be purchased at the Art Sync Gallery. Minda says her art dances when she cannot, her paint runs for her when she is bound to her wheelchair, and her colors jump and clap for joy although she cannot do either of those…

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Victoria Tai

Victoria Tai had a Christian upbringing in Los Angeles, CA. When she was in her twenties, following a hopeless period saturated with disappointment in God, she plead at rock-bottom despair, “If You are real, I give You one year before I am 30 to reveal Yourself. Otherwise, You cannot blame me if I go atheist.” As life resumed, Victoria forgot this prayer, but God did not. Precisely 30 years from the day of her conception, things in her life began to change. At first her body felt considerable strain as her nervous system began to handle more energy than it…

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