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Men’s Spirituality

August 29, 2014

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Last week, I had the pleasure of sitting in on the Men’s Spirituality group at St. Barnabas parish. This initiative began as a follow up to the parish’s Men’s Christ Renews His Parish (CRHP) and meets once per month under the direction of the Associate Pastor, Fr. John Hetland. From what I’m told, different guys […]

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For Catechetical Leaders

August 25, 2014

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Here are some quality resources for catechetical leaders from my friend Tom Quinlan designed to help explore important aspects of catechetical ministry through the lens of evangelization. Equipping Catechetical Leaders to Deliver Evangelizing Faith Formation  

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Service, Adult Faith Formation, and the St. Vincent de Paul Society

August 20, 2014

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Let me start by emphasizing that service to others is a constituitive element of all faith formation, including adult faith formation (see the Six Tasks of Catechesis). With that in mind, I met last evening with 2 extraordinary gentlemen (both named Bill) from the St. Vincent de Paul Society at St. Barnabas parish in Chicago where […]

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A Little Help Brainstorming: Saints and Blesseds

August 19, 2014

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I could use your help! I am trying to think of saints and blesseds who fit the following 3 characteristics:   Saints and blesseds known for their undying enthusiasm and determination Saints and blesseds known for innovation in proclaiming God’s Word Saints and blesseds (especially lay people) who founded movements in the Church Please send […]

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Forming a “Sheen Squad” for I.T. Assistance in RE Programs

August 19, 2014

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The New Evangelization calls for presenting the Gospel with a new “ardor, methods, and expression.” I propose a new “expression” that would meet a pressing need in our faith formation programs: the “SHEEN SQUAD” to assist catechists with I.T. needs. It would be composed of teens/young adults who volunteer as aides for religious education programs to […]

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Adult Faith Formation: It’s About Relationships!

August 8, 2014

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I had the pleasure of chatting with a co-worker here at Loyola Press, Julie Berggren, about her role as a Minister of Care at her parish, St. Francis Xavier in Wilmette, and the ongoing formation that the ministers of care are involved in there. First a little background: SFX Parish has between 80-100 Ministers of […]

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Combatting the Drop-Off Mentality – Peoria Style

August 4, 2014

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I enjoyed a wonderful day in the Diocese of Peoria, IL, on Saturday (8/2) with about 175 catechetical ministers and was privileged to deliver the keynote and the closing talk for the day. In between, however, I enjoyed sitting in on some workshops delivered by local catechetical ministers. I really enjoyed participating in a breakout […]

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Adult Faith Formation – Laying the Foundation

August 1, 2014

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I met this morning with Maryellen, the staff liason for Adult Faith Formation at St. Barnabas, for our first meeting to begin laying out a vision for what we hope to accomplish in AFF this year. We both agreed that the place to begin is NOT with a program but with a VISION and a […]

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Happy Feast Day, St. Ignatius of Loyola!

July 31, 2014

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Today we celebrate the Feast Day of St. Ignatius of Loyola – a saint who has had a major impact on my life. I attended a Jesuit high school (St. Ignatius College Prep), a Jesuit college (Loyola University of Chicago), a Jesuit graduate school (Institute of Pastoral Studies, Loyola University of Chicago), and have now […]

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48-hour Special: Celebrate the Feast Day of St. Ignatius with $5 Books!

July 29, 2014

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  From the moment he exchanged his sword and fortune for a life devoted to Jesus, St. Ignatius has long been an example of forging one’s own path to God. St. Ignatius’s legacy continues to bring people in closer relationship to God and to their spiritual selves. In celebration of our patron saint’s feast day, […]

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