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Father Maurice H. Cummings, OCarm. (Carmelite)

‘...Helping God do the miraculous’

Father Cummings is pastor at Saint Joseph Parish in Ashland with Holy Spirit Station in Coldwater.

SKR: Why did you enter religious life (instead of becoming a diocesan priest)?

Father Maurice Cummings: Deep down, I don’t know. It’s like asking a man why he married a blonde instead of a redhead. The real question is why God chose me for this life. My only answer is that He wants me to be happy because He loves me. SKR: What have been your greatest challenges as a religious?

Father Cummings: Living in a world turned away from God. In a civilization, it means a culture regressing to pre-Christian, pagan thinking and acting. Among people, it means spirits atrophied from lack of exercise. “Use it or lose it” is as true for the soul as for the body. Individually, it means that I must first face the challenge within myself.

SKR: What have been your greatest joys?

Father Cummings: I used to believe it was doing the impossible with God’s help. Now I think it’s helping God do the miraculous. I hope to see God doing everything.

SKR: What kind of ministries have you been involved in?

Father Cummings: Primary: high school teacher, campus minister, college professor, seminary formator, retreat master and administrator, parish pastor. Secondary: hospital chaplain; football, track, and basketball coach; Knights of Columbus chaplain; reader for radio service for the blind; GED tutor for migrant workers; giver of parish missions, days of recollection, and workshops; academic and religious writer.

SKR: Please give a quote that makes a statement about the value of religious life to you.

Father Cummings: “What profit does a man gain in acquiring the whole world if it costs him his own soul?”  (Mark 8:36)

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