About

Community of the Holy Spirit is a Catholic, Eucharistic community. We celebrate the Catholic sacraments of Baptism, Eucharist, Confirmation, Marriage, Reconciliation and Anointing of the Sick.

Ecumenical Catholic Communion

Holy Spirit was established in Coeur d’ Alene, Idaho in January 2018 with the support of the St. Clare Ecumenical Catholic Community in Spokane, Washington.
Rev. Terese Fandel: presider and celebrant.
Fr. Jim Murphy: presider, celebrant and mentor.

Community of the Holy Spirit is a non-profit entity, any donation is tax deductible.

Community of the Holy Spirit is most grateful to the Lutheran Church of the Master community for making their sanctuary available for our Eucharistic celebrations.

Founding Members

Rev. Terese Fandel

Terese and her family have lived in the Coeur d’Alene area for almost 30 years. After retiring from the practice of medicine, she pursued a degree in Theology and Leadership from Gonzaga University. She is a Benedictine oblate. Terese was ordained to the priesthood on October 2, 2021.

Bonnie Parden

Originally from Minnesota, Bonnie and her husband have lived in Coeur d’Alene for 35 years, raising their family here.  In addition to being a Benedictine oblate, Bonnie has been involved in various non-profit, spiritual, and community activities, is a retired physical therapist, and appreciates being a part of and helping to grow the ECC community.

James Anderson Murphy

Jim’s journey to being a priest in the ECC has been long. After serving with the USMC in VietNam he completed his undergraduate studies at Santa Clara University. He joined a monastic community where he was formed in Benedictine spirituality. After leaving the community he served as a hospital chaplain for 36 years. Jim was ordained a priest of the Ecumenical Catholic Communion in 2015. He has been married for 43 years and is father to three adult children and grandfather to three young girls.

Ev Thoms

Originally from Iowa, Ev has lived in Coeur d’Alene for 35 years, raising her family here. Ev is also a Benedictine oblate.  She has been involved in various non-profit, spiritual, and community activities, is a physical therapist, and appreciates being a part of and helping to grow the ECC community.

Phyllis Rossi

Phyllis was born and raised in Northern Idaho and graduated from the University of Idaho. She has lived in Hayden, Idaho, for 48 years, where she raised three daughters with her husband, Dr. Vincent Rossi. She has been involved with many church volunteer positions over the years and is a Benedictine Oblate. She was attracted to the ECC by opportunities for women to be priests and the ECC openly welcoming all to the Eucharistic table.

Christ

We affirm the faith of the ancient Christian Church that the person of Jesus of Nazareth is the Messiah, the Christ, the hope of Israel, who has been revealed to us as the Son of God who, through his life, death and resurrection, brings salvation to the whole world.

Church

We affirm that Christianity includes all who follow Jesus. All Christians are joined in an indissoluble union with Christ and one another through baptism, becoming the people of God. This Body of Christ is one, holy, catholic, and apostolic and is entrusted with continuing the saving work of Christ in the world through the proclamation of the Gospel and the celebration of the Sacred Mysteries, which are commonly called the Sacraments.

Scripture

We affirm the Sacred Scriptures that have been handed on to us through the Apostolic Tradition and are held in common with the historic Catholic Church. These Sacred Writings are truly inspired by the human encounter with the divine in history and are both reliable and authoritative in matters of faith and practice.

Sacraments

We affirm that the church, in her very nature, is sacramental. Therefore, the work of the church is essentially understood as a sacramental ministry. The sacraments are grace-filled moments of encounter with the divine. Through our participation in the celebration of these divine mysteries, we are renewed by the saving presence of the Resurrected Christ.

Creed

We affirm the Nicene Creed as the foundational profession of catholic faith, as it was originally promulgated by the Ecumenical Councils of Nicea in 325 and Constantinople in 381. We realize that this profession does not preclude further development in our theological understanding and expression.

The Declaration of Utrecht

We affirm that the Declaration of Utrecht (September 24, 1889) is consistent with the ancient tradition of the Catholic Church in its rejection of both universal papal jurisdiction and the infallibility of the papal office.

Our Catholic Culture

We affirm that each baptized person is an equal member of the Catholic Church and that in the ECC this equality must be evident in synodal and local governance and ministry; that all the baptized, irrespective of gender identity, marital status, or sexual orientation and relationship, are welcome to join in celebrating the Sacraments; that the ministerial priesthood in the ECC is open to all the baptized, regardless of gender identity, sexual orientation and relationship, or marital status; and that in moral and ethical decision-making, the ECC supports the primacy of an individual’s conscience.