Finding God at the Circus

Sr. Dorothy Fabritze, MSC

Several days ago, I received an e-mail from my friend, former colleague, and fellow blogger Sr. Julie Vieira, IHM, over at A Nun’s Life, in which she reached out for help to assist a sister who is doing catechesis for people in the circus. Yes, the circus! I, in turn, reached out to my colleague […]

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Connecting with Christ: Fostering Relationships in Catechesis

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This post is by Eric Gurash. Eric is a former radio personality and 17-year convert to the Catholic faith who holds a B.Th from Newman Theological College in Edmonton, AB. He has been involved in full-time parish ministry for more than a decade. He is a certified spiritual director as well as a popular speaker, […]

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Skyping with a Seminarian

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This article is by Barb Gilman. Barb  is a wife, mother, and third-grade Catholic school teacher. She is the winner of the 2014 NCEA Distinguished Teacher Award for the Plains States. Active on social media, @BarbinNebraska is the co-organizer of the #CatholicEdChat on Twitter. As I work through my third-grade religion curriculum each year, I […]

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Three Bits of Advice for Catechists I Need to Follow Myself

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This post is by Darcy Osby. Darcy is Director of Religious Education at St. Bernard Parish in Pittsburgh, PA. She has been involved in a variety of parish catechetical programs for over 12 years and loves working in ministry professionally. Darcy holds bachelor’s degrees in elementary education and theology from Carlow University in Pittsburgh, as […]

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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. […]

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

With the recipient of the Aggiornamento Award, Dr. Peter Gilmour.

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 […]

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The Spiritual Life of Catechists, Part 4: Dedication to the Evangelizing Mission of the Church

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Editor’s Note: Several of our new Catechist’s Journey contributors will be familiar to those of you who read DRE Connect. Today, we share with you one article in a series by Joyce Donahue. This post originally appeared on DRE Connect. This is the fourth article in a series about the spiritual life of catechists, inspired […]

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Promoting Catholic Identity, Part 1: A Sense of Sacramentality

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Editor’s Note: Several of our new Catechist’s Journey contributors will be familiar to those of you who read DRE Connect. Today, we share with you one article in a series by Darcy Osby. This post originally appeared on DRE Connect. The purpose of our catechesis is not simply to teach facts about the Catholic faith, […]

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Recording of Webinar Now Available: A New Catechesis for a New Evangelization

Thanks to the quick work of my colleagues Nick Yonto and Rosemary Lane, the recording of last week’s webinar, A New Catechesis for a New Evangelization is now available!      

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Getting Ready for All Saints and All Souls


This coming weekend is shaping up to be a saintly one with lots of soul! This Saturday, November 1, is All Saints Day. Normally, All Saints Day is a holy day of obligation, however, since it falls on a Saturday this year, that obligation is lifted in the United States and some other countries. This Sunday, […]

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