Eighty percent of all acts of religious persecution in the world today are directed against Christians, but in the West it is often difficult to conceive of Christianity as a persecuted minority. Yet, every day in the Middle East, the Indian subcontinent and parts of sub-Saharan Africa, Christians pay in blood for their faith in a rising tide of legal oppression, social harassment and direct physi..
The racial divide in the United States was drawn from the dramatic events in cities around the country. It was intended to open minds and hearts as we try to deal with such tragedies that include deaths of young men of color during confrontations with local white police officers or neighborhood watch persons; unprecedented unrest (including not only peaceful demonstrations, but also violence and s..
The images from the world’s global crises rarely feature those at the heart of them: Women. Join Caroline Brennan as she shines a spotlight on the issues facing women in today’s most pressing humanitarian crises, and the unique needs and the impact of the Church’s work on behalf of women and girls.Caroline BrennanCaroline Brennan is Senior Communications Officer, Global Emergency Response Team for..
A God of boundless mercy always invites us to life! How do you go about discovering which paths will lead you to more life? Our Catholic tradition provides us with a discernment process and tools that help us align our lives with God’s will. Explore some ideas for yourself (or others) to experience God’s incredible mercy as your life unfolds.Sr. Kathleen Bryant, RSCSr. Kathy Bryant, a Religious Si..
Discover ideas of how to turn your children’s choir into the next generation of pastoral musicians in our Church. There will also be ideas of good repertoire for children and how to encourage some voices to become leaders of song in the Mass.Jaime CortezJaime Cortez has been a full-time pastoral musician in the Phoenix Diocese for 29 years. He is a teacher and clinician, a recording and concert ar..
How can someone be Catholic and lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT)? Many of us try to repress our sexuality in order to be perfect Catholics. When that doesn’t work, we seek community outside the Church. We tend either to choose one and reject the other or to compartmentalize these parts of our lives. This does not work! We cannot truly be ourselves until we begin the journey to integrat..
If it’s time for new life and new ideas for effective sacrament preparation in your parish or school, don’t miss this energizing workshop! Focus will be on key strategies and engaging activities that will bring sacrament preparation to the next level with children!Steven EllairSteven Ellair is a Senior Editor and National Presenter, Content Passioneer and Curriculum Manager with Saint Mary’s Press..
According to a 2015 study, when asked about religion affiliation, 36 percent of young adults age 1REC16-8-24 claim “none,” giving rise to the nickname “the nones.” More than 90 percent of Catholic high school seniors attend non-Catholic colleges, which means that even non-Catholic schools play a pivotal role in the future vitality of the Church in America. How do we empower high school students to..
Facts: 1) In 70 percent of deaths, decisions must be made for treatment/non-treatment; 2) if you want to donate your organs, it isn’t enough to sign your driver’s license; and 3) most people would rather pass on a legacy of life lessons rather than possessions. So what documents must be in place for you to remain in control of decisions that affect your end-of-life treatment? What’s a binding way ..
“Irascible” Paul was also “integrated” Paul. At the birth of Christianity, St. Paul understood that following Jesus could not be reduced to engaging in the Jesus rituals; rather, it required living the Jesus life in communion. This exploration of the Corinthian challenges that Paul faced allows us to consider how this same “challenge” confronts contemporary worshiping communities.Edward Foley, OFM..
Both the General Directory and the National Directory for Catechesis reflect the Church’s directive and vision that the Catechumenate (the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) inspires all of the Church’s catechetical activity. This is a powerful and potentially revolutionary vision when put into practice. Discover the theory behind the principle and what it means to put the vision into practic..
In the community of believers, leaders are expected to have two fundamental objectives: obedience to the Will of God, and service to the People of God. Because of these fundamentals, the models of leadership in the Church appear to be restrictive and demanding. After a brief review of her 2015 session on servant leadership, Dr. Greer Gordon will present a concrete discussion of the inherent tensio..
Can man live without God? Yes, in a physical sense, but is it reasonable? No, because you cannot build a coherent ethical foundation without first establishing the purpose and destiny of human life. If life is meaningless and absurd, why should ethics serve any purpose except my own? Why should I subject myself to anyone else’s moral convictions? In our search for morality and happiness outside of..
We so often pray, “Kyrie eleison” or “Lord, have mercy.” But what does the Bible really say about the mercy of God? How does Jesus show God’s mercy, through his life, his teachings and his actions? And how do the Sacred Scriptures challenge us to put mercy into practice concretely today? This workshop will explore the biblical themes of mercy, compassion, pity, forgiveness and kindness. It will he..
What’s new in youth ministry? Its leaders must be future-oriented because pastoral ministry to, with, for and by young people is changing – rapidly. This workshop will describe the shifting societal and Church landscape, identify ministerial trends and provide a blueprint for our ministry. We need to assess the territory and develop new ministry maps if we are to build foundations under our dreams..