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Mike Humphrey wrote:

Hi, guys —

I've met a new friend and he has a strong interest in an organization called the Shepherds of Christ out of Morrow, Ohio; it was lead by a Father Carter.

I believe it was started by a recent apparition, still not approved by the Church, through an image of Our Blessed Mother appearing on a building.

  • Are you guys aware of this organization or any related events?

Mike

  { Does anyone have any knowledge of Fr. Carter and the Shepherds of Christ out of Morrow, Ohio? }

Richard replied:

Hi, Mike —

In 1993, a Cincinnati homemaker, Mrs. Rita Ring, started getting alleged locutions. Her spiritual director, theology professor Fr. Edward Carter, SJ, started to get some too, and formed
"Servants of Christ" to promote the messages of them both.

In an unrelated matter, a bank office building in Clearwater, Florida, became the site of attention in 1996 after a colored swirl pattern appeared on the windows which onlookers considered to be an image of our Lady. Later that year, Mrs. Ring said that Our Lady had described the Clearwater event as another place where she was visiting the faithful. Shepherds of Christ leased the bank building and started conducting prayer meetings there. That's in the diocese of St. Petersburg.

As far as I can tell from what is on the Internet, the archbishop of Cincinnati has not made any statement, except to say that he didn't think Fr. Carter needed his permission to start "Servants of Christ". Some of Mrs. Ring's events took place at a farm in the neighboring diocese of Covington, Kentucky, and the bishop there did forbid priests from attending those. I don't know whether the bishop of St. Petersburg has taken any position on the claims of Mrs. Ring — she's probably had some of her locutions down there too by now. Fr. Carter died in 2000.

Rick Salbato has a blog — where he watches out for cults and phony apparitions, while also listing approved apparitions. One entry was written by a former participant in Mrs. Ring's group. She says that Mrs. Ring is an abusive person who basically started her own cult. While some of the accusations she makes against Mrs. Ring are wild and probably exaggerated, I'd urge anybody to steer clear of her movement.

— RC

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