Summer Vocation

SummerVocationMemorial Day, of course, signals the official start of summer. As we look forward to the coming summer months, we find that we have many plans: trips, to-do lists, a little down-time.

I suggest you grow that list to include some ideas for what you plan to do to enhance your spiritual life, advance your ministry, and grow closer to God.

Tell us what you plan to do this summer to renew your faith!

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Joe Paprocki, DMin, is National Consultant for Faith Formation at Loyola Press, where, in addition to his traveling/speaking responsibilities, he works on the development team for faith formation curriculum resources including Finding God: Our Response to God’s Gifts and God’s Gift: Reconciliation and Eucharist. Joe has more than 35 years of experience in ministry and has presented keynotes, presentations, and workshops in more than 100 dioceses in North America. Joe is a frequent presenter at national conferences including the Los Angeles Religious Education Congress, the Mid-Atlantic Congress, and the National Conference for Catechetical Leadership. He is the author of numerous books, including the best seller The Catechist’s Toolbox, A Church on the Move, Under the Influence of Jesus, and Called to Be Catholic—a bilingual, foundational supplemental program that helps young people know their faith and grow in their relationship with God. Joe is also the series editor for the Effective Catechetical Leader and blogs about his experiences in faith formation at


  1. The recent celebration of Holy Trinity Sunday has prompted me to read some more about the “filioque” problem. I was baptized (and confirmed) in the Ukrainian Catholic Church, but raised participating in the Roman Catholic Church. I always want to learn more about the Eastern Catholic Rites as well as the Orthodox Churches. And I am an iconophile! So I have started reading articles, but I also want to read what the Church Fathers (of the East & West) have to say about the Trinity. It is rather frustrating to me that there as been so much discussion and debate on this issue – since none of us can fully understand who God is! But we can always learn more about Him and His love for us, so I’m hoping I can at least come to understand the issue from both sides.
    May the Spirit re-fresh you this summer as you enjoy some re-creat-ion.

  2. Each summer our Bible Study group takes time off from the Bible but reads a thought provoking book and meets to discuss in a member’s home with refreshments and fellowship. This year we are reading “Tattoos on the Heart” by Gregory Boyle. It tells of this priest’s experiences working with gangs in LA. Great book!

  3. I have begun reading the Catechism of the Catholic Church. I read Rediscovering Catholicism by Matthew Kelly during Lent and it has inspired me to go further and read the Catechism page by page. This will help me to be a better catechist.

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