Joan Victoria Kurkian with John-Roger at a Q&A Fundraiser in Philadelphia, May 2003
In May of 1979, Rita Pepe Benasutti repeatedly asked me to go to a seminar given by her spiritual teacher, John-Roger, at Rosemont College. I tried to the best of my ability to ward her off and said I wasn’t interested.
She finally captured me and dragged me to Rosemont (thank God). When I got there, I was taken back by all the hugging and felt very uncomfortable. Prior to starting, Rita mentioned that I could give a note to John-Roger’s staff if I had any questions. So…this is what I wrote….
This is my first visit to an MSIA seminar. I’m a little puzzled about the idolization of J-R. I know you teach the Light of Jesus Christ, but do you profess to be like Jesus or a disciple or what? I’m not being smart, just confused.”
I gave the note to Edgar and at the end of the seminar, he returned it to me with J-R’s response.
Where I wrote: “do you profess to be like Jesus” J-R wrote
Where I wrote: “or a disciple or what?” J-R put an arrow next to “disciple” and wrote
“more this, He is my personal Teacher and Savior.
The tears flooded me and, I knew at that moment, that that was my first initiation with our Beloved Traveler.
Thank you to Rita for caring enough to get me there. My life has been forever changed and the grace that has been extended has been an eternal blessing.
Note given to John-Roger at Joan Victoria's first J-R Seminar at Rosemont College, Rosemont PA, May 1979
Much Love to All,
Joan Victoria Kurkian