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Making the Good News Great – for RCIA

August 9, 2014


I’ve been invited by my friends Nick Wagner and Diana Macalintal over at TeamRCIA to participate in a Webinar on Thursday, August 14, 2014, (2:00p to 3:00p Eastern / 11:00a to 12:00p Pacific) titled An RCIA Guide to Making the Good News Great! I’ll be drawing heavily from my book, Under the Influence of Jesus […]

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Combatting the Drop-Off Mentality – Peoria Style

August 4, 2014


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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Nice Book Review for Under the Influence of Jesus!

July 21, 2014


Under the Influence of Jesus

While on vacation, I caught wind of this very nice review of my book, Under the Influence of Jesus. The review was written for  by Eugene J. Fisher, a professor of theology at St. Leo University in Florida. I was honored to be reviewed alongside of Fr. Jim Martin’s most recent book, Jesus: A […]

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Under the Influence of Jesus in Brownsville, TX!

June 23, 2014


Here’s a great big shout out to all the wonderful folks who attended the catechetical conference in the Diocese of Brownsville, TX, this past Saturday. The conference was organized by Mr. Luis Espinoza, the Director of the Office of Catechesis, who chose to use the title of my book, Under the Influence of Jesus, as the […]

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Lovin’ Louisville!

June 17, 2014


I enjoyed a couple of wonderful days in the Archdiocese of Louisville, KY, with over 100 Catholic school teachers, catechists, and catechetical leaders. We spent Monday looking at catechesis that not only informs  but also transforms (Beyond the Catechist’s Toolbox) and our Catholic identity (Practice Make Catholic). Thanks to all for participating in this summer […]

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One Question with Joe Paprocki AND Another Book Review

June 9, 2014


Several weeks ago, the Publisher of Loyola Press, Fr. Paul Brian Campbell, SJ, sat down with me to ask his “One Question” and he chose to ask about the title of my book, Under the Influence of Jesus. Here’s my reply. Speaking of my book, Under the Influence of Jesus, here’s another wonderful review by […]

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Last Stop on My Blog Tour: Joliet Joyce!

June 6, 2014


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You’ve heard of “Joliet Jake” from the Blues Brothers, but have you heard of “Joliet Joyce?” Joyce Donahue is the last stop on my blog tour for my book, Under the Influence of Jesus: The Transforming Experience of Encountering Christ. Joyce, a Catechetical Associate in the Diocese of Joliet Religious Education Office, writes a wonderful […]

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My Blog Tour Heads to Downstate Illinois: Jonathan Sullivan

June 5, 2014



Ah, there’s nothing like traveling through the cornfields of Illinois on my way downstate! My blog tour today takes me to the state capitol of Springfield where Jonathan Sullivan serves as the Diocesan Director of Catechetical Services. Anyone know who the bishop is down there? I’ve spoken of Jonathan before on my blog and continue […]

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Blog Tour 3rd Stop: Marc Cardaronella

June 4, 2014


Marc Cardaronella

Today, the blog tour for my book, Under the Influence of Jesus: The Transforming Experience of Encountering Christ, visits catechist extraordinaire, Marc Cardaronella, who aptly describes himself as a “passionate Catholic; evangelical catechist; experimental evangelist; former naval aviator; revert; and wannabe changemaker!” Here is more of how Marc describes himself and his blog: I’m Marc. […]

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Blog Tour 2nd Stop: Ignitum Today!

June 3, 2014



I had to put up with some weather yesterday but other than than, my blog tour is going smoothly! Today, we arrive at Ignitum Today! and a review of my book Under the Influence of Jesus by Editor-in-Chief, J.R. Baldwin. Here is a bit more about J.R. Baldwin: J.R. Baldwin is the Editor-in-chief at Ignitum […]

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