How We Can (and Must) Be Bearers of Hope

Bearers of Hope presentation by Juliane Stanz - presentation cover image

How are you holding up? Let’s face it, this pandemic is really taking its toll on us in a variety of ways. We know already that the holidays can be a time of despair for some people—a situation that will be made even worse with shelter-at-home orders that will prevent holiday gatherings from happening. More than ever, we need some hope!

As catechists, we are called to be bearers of hope, bringing the hope-filled message of Jesus to those experiencing the darkness of despair. However, we can’t give what we don’t have! We, ourselves, must be filled with this gift of hope.

I can think of no one better to help us embrace hope than my friend Julianne Stanz—author, speaker, evangelist, wife, mother, and mystic. Julianne has gifted us with a recorded presentation titled “Bearers of Hope,” in which she explores the importance of the theme of hope and suggests three principles of renewal as the hinge-points of missionary creativity for all those called to proclaim the Good News. What a gift for us during this Advent season! Thank you, Julianne!

About Joe Paprocki 2736 Articles
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

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