Filming for Adaptive Finding God Video – A Star Is Born (And It’s Not Me!)

Last weekend, I had the distinct privilege of spending the day filming for a training DVD for the new Adaptive Finding God Program which will be available in January, 2015! This resource is the foremost program of its kind, offering faith formation for children with special needs, adaptable to a variety of settings and situations. […]

Celebrating 50 Years of my Alma Mater, the Institute for Pastoral Studies

Last Saturday, my wife and I enjoyed a wonderful celebration at Loyola University’s Water Tower Campus here in Chicago as we celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Institute of Pastoral Studies. I graduated from the IPS in 1984 with a Masters in Pastoral Studies (I’m featured here on their alumni page and I’m also featured on […]

A Week on the East Coast

I enjoyed a wonderful week on the east coast last week, spending Monday and Tuesday in the Diocese of Wilmington, DE, and Wednesday through Friday on the Jersey Shore with the parish catechetical leaders of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia! Thanks to all for a wonderful time and for your great energy, creativity, and dedication to […]

For Those Who Can’t Get Enough of Pope Francis!

For those of you who can’t get enough of our Holy Father, Pope Francis, Loyola Press is proud to offer Pope Francis: Life and Revolution, a biography of Jorge Bergoglio, written by his good friend and internationally respected journalist, Elisabetta Piqué. Over 75 individuals were interviewed for Pope Francis: Life and Revolution, including lay people, […]

Hurray for Harrisburg, PA!

Although I forgot to take a picture of the lovely crowd of 100+ catechists and catechetical leaders who gathered in Lancaster, PA (Diocese of Harrisburg) last Saturday, I did want to take a moment to send along this shout-out and express my gratitude for such a wonderful day as we explored what it means to live […]

On the Road Again

With catechetical programs revving up all over the country, it’s my busy traveling time once again! This past weekend, I had the pleasure of spending Saturday with about 200 catechists in the Archdiocese of Santa Fe, NM, and Sunday with about 200 catechists in the Diocese of Gary, IN. At both locations, we explored what […]

Discussion Questions for Under the Influence of Jesus!

I am very excited to share this news with you: discussion questions for my book, Under the Influence of Jesus: The Transforming Experience of Encountering Christ, ARE NOW AVAILABLE! Thanks to my good friend and co-worker, Carrie Freyer, and to the Marketing Department at Loyola Press for designing this resource and making it available for […]

Making the Good News Great – for RCIA

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 […]

Combatting the Drop-Off Mentality – Peoria Style

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 […]

Nice Book Review for 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 CatholicPhilly.com  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 […]