About CEMP

The story of how the Calumet Episcopal Ministry Partnership (CEMP) came to be is really a story of how the Spirit of God can work through the People of God. In 2010, the three parishes (St. Barnabas, St. Paul, and St. Timothy) each had their own priest. At about the same time two of their priests took calls to other parishes and one decided to retire. Given the troubling economic times, it did not seem likely that any one of the parishes could call their own priest.

Bishop Little invited the three parishes to come together in dialogue and discernment to see if there was some way for them to move forward. After much discussion and numerous meetings a new vision began to emerge-one church in three locations. This is not a merging or yoking of parishes, this is a new way in our times of being Church. This vision is very much like the early Church that we hear about in the Acts of the Apostles and Paul's Letters. Each town may have had several house Churches but together they formed one Church in various locations. With this vision in mind they began to search for a priest.

Not only did they find one full-time priest, but also three other part-time priests who would take part in the Partnership. CEMP came into being on March 3, 2012 at the Ordination of Fr. Michael Dwyer who would be the Priest-in-Charge.

The story of CEMP is just beginning, we are continually discovering new ways to become one Church in three Locations. In fact, we are pleased to share that in June of 2015 a fourth parish was added to our partnership, St. Christopher in Crown Point; in January of 2017, a fifth church was added, St. Stephen's in Hobart; and in January of 2018 a sixth church was added, St. Augustine's in Gary. Please explore the pages of this website to learn how we are now proclaiming the Gospel as One Church in Six Locations.

Peace and All Good,

The People of CEMP