Pop-Up Prayer: Guest Julianne Stanz

We continue our summer series, Pop-Up Prayer—brief interviews on the topic of prayer with prominent people in pastoral ministry from all over the country! In this episode, Julianne Stanz talks about a simple strategy for praying with others and how this way of praying is a powerful evangelizing tool. Julianne is Director of Discipleship and Leadership Development for the Diocese of Green Bay, Wisconsin, a consultant to the USCCB Committee on Catechesis and Evangelization, a […]

Eucharistic Adoration Cards

Young people who are first being exposed to Eucharistic Adoration may wonder what to do during the silent time spent in front of the Most Holy Sacrament. Encourage them to have a conversation with Jesus with our downloadable Eucharistic Adoration Cards as a guide. The cards include prompts for conversation with Jesus, such as, “Tell Jesus what you are most excited about,” or, “Ask Jesus for the help you need in the days to come.” […]

Pop-Up Prayer: Guest Tom Quinlan

We continue our summer series, Pop-Up Prayer—brief interviews on the topic of prayer with prominent people in pastoral ministry from all over the country! In this episode, Tom Quinlan talks about the need to create a disposition of receptivity when it comes to our personal prayer. Tom is Ministry Director at the St. Joseph Educational Center for the Diocese of Des Moines, IA, and the author of Excellence in Ministry. Be sure to check out the many […]

Pop-Up Prayer: Guest Ana Barraza

We continue our summer series, Pop-Up Prayer—brief interviews on the topic of prayer with prominent people in pastoral ministry from all over the country! In this episode, Ana Barraza talks about strategies for leading prayer for those with disabilities. Ana currently serves in the Diocese of Sacramento, CA, and has been involved in ministry for over 25 years as a catechist, youth minister, parish catechetical leader, music minister, retreat director, and special education teacher. Be sure […]

Pop-Up Prayer: Guest David O’Brien

We continue our summer series, Pop-Up Prayer—brief interviews on the topic of prayer with people in pastoral ministry from all over the country! In this episode, we learn from David O’Brien, Regional Director of Project LIFT, a non-profit organization that helps at-risk young people struggling with mental health and substance abuse issues. The former Director of Adult Education and Lay Ministry Formation Director for the Archdiocese of Mobile, David talks about the importance of teaching […]

Pop-Up Prayer: Guest Jayne Ragasa-Mondoy

We continue our summer series, Pop-Up Prayer—brief interviews on the topic of prayer with prominent people in pastoral ministry from all over the country! In this episode, Jayne Ragasa-Mondoy, Director of the Office of Religious Education for the Diocese of Honolulu, talks about the need to stop, look, and listen when it comes to prayer. Jayne is the author of Cultivating Your Catechists: How to Recruit, Encourage, and Retain Successful Catechists. Be sure to check […]

Pop-Up Prayer: Guest Dr. Ansel Augustine

We continue our summer series, Pop-Up Prayer—brief interviews on the topic of prayer with prominent people in pastoral ministry from all over the country! In this episode, Dr. Ansel Augustine, Director of the Office of Black Catholic Ministries for the Archdiocese of New Orleans, talks about the need to see prayer as both an ongoing conversation with the Lord and something for which we need to carve out time. Be sure to check out the […]

Pop-Up Prayer: Guest Elsy Arévalo

Welcome to our new summer series, Pop-Up Prayer—brief interviews on the topic of prayer with prominent people in pastoral ministry from all over the country! We could all use some tips when it comes to prayer, especially during these very difficult and challenging times. In this episode, Elsy Arévalo, Instructor and Assistant Director of the Center for Religion and Spirituality at Loyola Marymount University, explains that prayer is not about us reaching out to God as […]

Pop-Up Catechesis: Speaking God’s Language Through Silence

When I was in high school, I remember being told by a Jesuit priest (one of my teachers) to listen for God in the silence. This was no easy task. First of all, it was not easy for me to find a quiet place in a home that I shared with my eight siblings! Second, when I did find some silence, I never heard God speaking to me. When I related this to the priest, […]

A Prayer to Listen to the Holy Spirit

The Scriptures remind us that the voice of God often comes in a still, small voice (1 Kings 19:11–13). Practice listening for God’s voice, and invite the Holy Spirit to speak to your group of Confirmation candidates, catechists, or other adults through a prayer service composed by Julianne Stanz. The prayer is inspired by Shhh…God Is in the Silence by Fiona Basile. A copy of the book is needed for the prayer service readings.

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