Fr. Mark Goring, CC

Become Fire. Ignite Lives.


“I have come to set the earth on fire, and how I wish it were already blazing!”



(Luke 12:49)

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“The Father Speaks to His Children”
by: Eugenia Ravasio

Fr. Mark’s Story

Fr. Mark Goring grew up in Pembroke, Ontario, Canada. He joined the Companions of the Cross, order of priests when he was 18 years old. He studied philosophy at the Dominican College and Theology at St. Paul’s University in Ottawa. He was ordained a priest in 2002.

Fr. Mark served as Associate Pastor of St. Mary’s Parish in Ottawa, Director of Admissions for the Companions of the Cross, Chaplain to the Catholic Students at York University in Toronto, Director of the Catholic Charismatic Center in Houston, Texas and now serves as Pastor of St. Mary’s Parish in Ottawa.

Fr. Mark contributes to Food for Life TV ministry and has a Youtube ministry. He has written a number of books and leads a School of Reading.

“I belong to a wonderful community of priests called the Companions of the Cross. My community is one of the great loves of my life… I might be a bit biased, but I think my community is the best community in the whole world.” (Fr. Mark Goring, CC)

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“Until I arrive, attend to the reading.” (1 Timothy 4:13)

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School of Reading - Book List - 2023
  • Apostolic Letter: “Totum Amoris Est” (“Everything Pertains to Love”)  – Pope Francis (January)
  • Saint John Bosco – F.A. Forbes (February)
  • Strength in Simplicity: The Busy Catholic’s Guide to Growing Closer to God. – Emmanuel de Gibergues (March)
  • Apostolic Letter: “Redemptoris Custos” (“Guardian of the Redeemer”) – St. Pope John Paul II (April)
  • Visits to the Blessed Sacrament and the Blessed Virgin Mary – St. Alphonsus Liguori (May)
  • Nordic Bishops Pastoral Letter – (June)
  • Holy Water and It’s Significance for Catholics – Rev. Henry Theiler (July)
  • The Father Speaks to His Children – Eugenia Ravasio (August)
School of Reading - Book List - 2022

2022 Book List 

  • Imagine Heaven – John Burke (January)
  • The Bishop of the Abandoned Tabernacle –Victoria Schneider (February)
  • The Amazing Secret of Purgatory – Sister Emmanuel (March)
  • You’re Not a Chicken – Fr. Mark Goring (April)
  • The World of Marian Apparitions – Wincenty Laszewski (May)
  • The Gospel of Mark (June)
  • The Narrow Gate – Edward Kleinguetl (July)
  • Always Near: Vol. 1 – Susan M. Werner (August)
  • The Father Speaks to His Children – Mother Eugenia E. Ravasio (September)
  • Icon of Trust: Mary in the Gospels of Luke and John – Fr. Slawomir Szkredka (October)
  • Dei Verbum (“Dogmatic Constitution on Divine Revelation”) (November)
  • Roses Among Thorns: Simple Advice for Renewing Your Spiritual Journey – St. Francis de Sales (Edited and Translated by Christopher O. Blum) (December) 
    School of Reading - Book List - Previous Recommendations

    Past Book Recommendations

    1. “Our Lady of Kibeho” – by: Immaculée Ilibagiza 
    2. Catechism of the Catholic Church – Part 4: Christian Prayer
    3. “Interior Castle” – by: St. Teresa of Avila (Translated and Edited by E. Allison Peers)
    4. Gospel of Matthew 
    5. “Searching for and Maintaining Peace: A Small Treatise on Peace of Heart” – by: Fr. Jacques Philippe 
    6. Book of Proverbs (Bible or “Proverbs: Douay Rheims Bible Version” – by: Fr. Mark Goring, CC
    7. “The Practice of the Presence of God” – by: Brother Lawrence 
    8. “St. Joseph the Protector: A Nine-Day Preparation for Entrustment to St. Joseph” – by: Fr. Mark Goring, CC
    9. “The Way of a Pilgrim” – Translated by Nina A. Toumanova
    10. “Eclipse of the Body” – by: Christopher West
    11. “A Church in Crisis: Pathways Forward” – by: Ralph Martin 
    12. “The Catholic Guide to Miracles” – by: Adam Blai
    13. “Maryam of Bethlehem: The Little Arab” – by: Sister Emmanuel Maillard 
    14. “Abandonment to Divine Providence” – by: Jean-Pierre de Caussade 
    15. “Story of a Soul: The Autobiography of St. Thérèse of Lisieux” – by: St. Thérèse of Lisieux 
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    You’re Not A Chicken

    An eagle egg falls into a chicken nest. A little eagle is born into a world of chickens. He thinks he’s a chicken and learns the ways of the chicken. Deep down he knows he was made to be free and to fly.

    Hold my Beer

    A routine airport drop-off turns into an escape to the wilderness. The world’s communications systems are down and Fr. Pedro’s five VIP passengers know exactly what’s going on – The Media Reset.

    The global elite are establishing a New World Order and silencing opposing voices. A remote island hunting camp becomes a place of refuge and surprises.

    St. Joseph the Protector: A Nine-Day Preparation for Entrustment to St. Joseph

    A nine-day preparation for entrustment to St. Joseph. This little book will help readers learn more about the foster father of Jesus. It is also a guide for preparing readers to entrust themselves to St. Joseph.

    My prayer is that through this booklet, you will find a friend in St. Joseph.

    Treasure in Heaven

    Treasure in Heaven is a prayer journal designed to help kick start your prayer life. It’s perfect for those who have never prayed before and those who have fallen out of the habit of daily prayer.

    Smaller pocket-sized versions of Treasure in Heaven are available by contacting the Companions of the Cross main office. Visit us at

    In His Zone: 7 Principles for Thriving in Solitude

    Solitude is a wonderful place to learn how to kindle this fire into flame.

    We go to solitude to be still so that the Holy Spirit will come to us and make His home in us. We go to solitude to learn to enjoy the delight of this Holy Fire; to be in His Zone. So, Fr. Mark decided to camp on a raft for eight days as he wanted to see if these seven principles for thriving in solitude were as effective as he thought them to be.