About | Paul Paiva

Ordained to Roman Catholic Priesthood

Born and raised a Roman Catholic, Paul was rather apathetic toward his faith and church affiliation as a youth. This changed when at the age of 22 he experienced God speaking to him in his heart in a profound way which led him to sell his furniture and other possessions, quit his job, and enroll in a Roman Catholic diocesan seminary where he lived and studied for five years until his ordination to the priesthood.

Leaves Catholic Church to Pursue other Growth Opportunities

After some wonderful and fulfilling years of priestly ministry in two parishes, Paul realized that his commitment to grow as a person was leading him to formally leave active ministry as a Roman Catholic priest so that he could be free to pursue avenues of growth that were not available to him before.

Still a Priest, Many Traditions

Although no longer involved in active priestly ministry in the Roman Catholic Church, Paul recognizes that, as Catholic theology teaches, he is still a priest in all of his life's endeavors in the sense that he is ordained to bring about unity, encouragement, and growth, helping people to reach their fullest God-given potential. The classic definition of a priest is a mediator between God and humanity. In these years hence, Paul has been actively a member in various churches including six years in the Episcopal Church, three years in Unity, one year in a pagan community, involvement in a Congregational parish and others.

Creation Spirituality

Presently, Paul is not formally affiliated with any denomination. He calls himself Spiritual and Post-Denominational and is active in his practice of Creation Spirituality which is the inspiration for the name of this web site, CoCreative Journeys. Creation Spirituality is a term coined by Matthew Fox that has its theological origins from the teachings of the late French theologian and paleontologist Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, S.J. This spirituality does espouse to varying degrees the essence of the teachings of the catholic churches (Roman, Eastern, Anglican, Orthodox and others), most Protestant denominations, Judaism, Buddhism, Hinduism, Tantra, paganism, native American, Taoism, and Sufi traditions.

Knowledgeable in Mysticism and the Lives of the Saints

Paul has a strong interest in Christian mysticism and contemplation as revealed in the tradition of saints especially John of the Cross, Teresa of Avila, Theresa of Lisieux (the Little Flower), John Vianney (the Cure of Ars), and the author of the Cloud of Unknowing.

Devotion to Mary, the Mother of Jesus

Another special interest is that of mariology, the theology of the life and events of Mary, the mother of Jesus, the relevance of this theology to us today, and the true meaning of the various Marian doctrines as promulgated by the Catholic Church. Paul co-led a pilgrimage to Medjugorge, Yugoslavia, where Mary had been allegedly appearing to a group of young adults with a message of peace, and communal and personal growth. Paul has also visited the site of the Marian apparitions in Lourdes, France and Mexico City (Our Lady of Guadalupe).

Bridging Spiritual Traditions

Today, Paul has a passion for bridging the theology of the Catholic Churches with that of the other main religions of the world, and also the New Age movements. He recognizes that the charismatic gifts that were given to the apostles on the day of Pentecost for the purpose of replenishing the human spirit and physical body are the same gifts that are given to people today, under the auspices of Reiki, channeling, astrology, chanting, tarot, medical science, and other healing arts.

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