St. Martin’s Institute of Compassionate Presence

The Beatitudes
“And seeing the multitudes, he went up into a mountain:
and when he was set, his disciples came unto him:
And he opened his mouth, and taught them, saying,
Blessed are the poor in spirit:
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are they that mourn:
for they shall be comforted.
Blessed are the meek:
for they shall inherit the earth.
Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness:
for they shall be filled.
Blessed are the merciful:
for they shall obtain mercy.
Blessed are the pure in heart:
for they shall see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers:
for they shall be called the children of God.
Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake:
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you,
and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.
Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven:
for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.”

-Matthew 5: 1-12

St. Martin’s Institute of Compassionate Presence

Academic Leadership of St. Martin’s Institute of Compassionate Presence

Dean of St. Martin’s Institute of Compassionate Presence, The Rt. Rev. Brian Ernest Brown, OSH

Department Chair of Pastoral Studies, To Be Announced
Department Chair of Peace Studies, The Rt. Rev. Brian Ernest Brown, OSH
Department Chair of Queer Studies, The Rev. Reg Richburg, MSW,LSW

St. Martin’s Institute of Compassionate Presence (SMICP) is a program of Whithorn School of Theology. SMICP was chartered in an effort to deepen the living out of compassion in the students’ personal and professional lives and to fulfill a very important and intrinsic part of the Whithorn’s Mission Statement:

+To educate for spiritual renewal, global responsibility, and to mobilize people for ministry.

Through mentoring, alternative educational tracts, the group sharing of experiences, and the integration of community activities in the way of practicums, different facets of compassion and the ministry of presence are explored and integrated into the students educational experience.

It is hoped that SMICP programs will both enhance the students’ personal and ministerial lives and bring a deepened sense of the healing power of compassion and the courageous ministry of simple presence, which is often sorely missing within our broken world.

Objectives of St. Martin’s Institute of Compassionate Presence

+To educate for spiritual renewal, global responsibility, and to mobilize people for ministry
+To familiarize the minister practitioner with the traditions of the Church in the art of the Cure of the Soul
+To enhance the students’ personal and ministerial lives by challenging their perspectives
+To bring a deepened sense of the healing power of compassion and its transformative reality
+To bring an awareness of the courageous witness of the ministry of presence within our everyday lives
+To offer an experiential understanding of the Beatitudes and the Two Great Commandments as a model for living

Certificates offered through St. Martin’s Institute of Compassionate Presence