Friday, November 28, 2008

Venerable Matt Talbot Resource Center Update

It was one year ago this month that the Venerable Matt Talbot Resource Center was launched online. As stated in that "welcome message" (see below), "our purpose is to provide available information about the life, times, and alcoholism recovery approach of Matt Talbot to all who might be interested."

Our major task during these past twelve months has been to search primarily the internet for information and resources about Matt Talbot. For the most part this task has been completed, although not every reference to Matt has been posted here. Since it is entirely possible that informative resources may not have been identified, we invite your help by sending us such links, references, or content as you identify them.

In the meantime we are currently reviewing the existing posted content and where appropriate will update or add-to the specific content or message without necessarily creating a new post. Therefore, the frequently of newly posted messages each month will likely be reduced. Also, it might be advantageous to revisit previously read topics or messages for newer information.

Whereas the Venerable Matt Talbot is viewed by many today as the patron of alcoholics (and other addictions), there are a few canonized saints who have been historically identified "secondarily" as patrons of alcoholics and addicts, although the connection is not always apparent. Therefore, we will identify these saints in future postings.

As we have previously stated, we certainly invite your original articles and personal reflections on Matt Talbot. You can send your contribution to the email address via the profile section link at the bottom right of your screen.

Whereas we have provided topical links to the resource center's content to the right of your screen, it would be to your benefit to do an expanded search of this site, via the search box, to identify other resources and content that are not specifically linked.

We are currently attempting to re-establish contact with the Vice-Postulator of the Cause of Matt Talbot so as to update all on new developments as they occur.

Lastly, we are especially grateful for the support and encouragement of those who have thus far contacted with about the value of this resource center.

Sunday, November 18, 2007

Welcome to the Matt Talbot Resource Center

Welcome to the Venerable Matt Talbot Resource Center. Our purpose is to provide available information about the life, times, and alcoholism recovery approach of Matt Talbot to all who might be interested. There are many people around the world who pray for his canonization as a saint and as official patron of alcoholics and/or pray for his intercession for their own recovery from alcoholism or the recovery of others.

Matt's journey of continuous sobriety was based on the resources that were available in Dublin during the late 1800s and early 1900s. Matt died ten years before the founding of Alcoholics Anonymous by Bill Wilson and Dr. Bob Smith in Akron, Ohio, USA, in 1935 and 21 years before the first AA meeting was held in Dublin on November 18, 1946.

Perhaps the best place to begin his story is to go to the official website, "The Matt Talbot Story" at Basic information about him is presented but note that the "News" section has not been updated in recent years.