Matt began building friendship with our community and moved into our men's house, a guest house behind the prayer house, and became the first Roman Catholic to join our team. In fact, the impetus for this study came from Matt's willingness to let a group of mostly protestant evangelicals be confused by his sincere faith in Jesus. He endured many ignorant statements with a quiet grace and opened the door for us to more fully explore John 17 and Jesus' prayer for the unity of those who follow him.
I have personally enjoyed Matt's friendship over the years. One memorable occasion came when I was reading Pope Francis' apostolic exhortation, Evangelii Gaudium, in 2013, and recommended he read it as well. He was blown away to later go to his priest and share that a Baptist minister was encouraging him to read the exhortation, before his own priest had.
In 2015, Matt was able to join and participate in meetings related to the Wittenberg 2017 Initiative in Rome with a team from our community. We shared in powerful services of repentance and reconciliation at various locations, including St. Peter's Basilica and St. John's Lateran.
Matt is also a gifted and talented videographer and I am grateful that he desires to share stories of reconciliation and unity. It has been a joy to grow in friendship and fellowship with him, and to have my own journey shared by a good friend, and Catholic brother. Thank you, Matt.