Rest in Peace, Victor Valdez: Master Catechist, Faithful Servant, Good Friend

I just learned that a friend of mine passed away last month, July 17, 2013, to be exact. I met Victor Valdez when I was doing a speaking engagement in San Francisco in 2008. Victor suffered from recurring brain tumors his entire life yet he dedicated himself tirelessly to the catechetical ministry. On that visit in 2008, he gave up an entire evening to show me around San Francisco since it was my first trip […]

Indulge Me, Please!

From the time I was 2 years old until I reached 50, my two favorite sports teams – the Chicago Cubs and the Chicago Blackhawks, combined for ZERO championships and a total of 150 years combined without winning. So when the Chicago Blackhawks won the Stanley Cup in 2010 and AGAIN last night, you can imagine that I have to do a little celebrating. So, thanks for indulging me. This is a pic of my […]

Pope Francis’ First 100 Days

As we mark the first 100 days of the pontificate of Pope Francis, here is a good analysis from the always reliable John Allen: http://ncronline.org/news/vatican/francis-100-days-worlds-parish-priest

Your Chance to Win an iPad!

Loyola Press is conducting a brief survey to find out more about the needs of your ministry and how we may best serve you. Complete the survey on or before February 1, 2013, to be entered into the raffle. One entry per person is allowed. One lucky winner will receive an iPad! The winner will be notified by e-mail on February 2, 2013. Start Loyola Press Survey

Abundant Blessings in the New Year!

A year is nothing but the amount of time it takes for the earth to go completely around the sun before it begins the trip all over again. The completion of a year, then, is not a sign that things are ending. It is more the realization that life repeats itself unendingly. We have a chance to do everything again: better this time, more comfortably this time, more joyfully this time. (Joan Chittister) Wishing you […]

Why the Title “Where Have You Gone, Thomas Groome?”

I had to chuckle at the follow-up email I received from Dr. Thomas Groome, asking why I chose to title my post, “Where Have You Gone, Thomas Groome?” I can understand why he might take exception to that title since he is still very much on the scene! The truth is, the title was intended to be provocative (you know how we bloggers are always trying to capture attention!) The question, “where have you gone, […]

Rest in Peace, Tom McLaughlin

Please join me in praying for the repose of the soul of Tom McLaughlin, one of the most brilliant catechetical minds I’ve ever known. I benefitted immensely from “sitting at his feet” over the years. Tom passed away this morning at the age of 64. I met Tom when I was a baby DRE in 1991. I attended sessions at the Office for Catechesis to learn about my new ministry as a catechetical leader. Tom was […]

Rest in Peace, Mi Hermano, Miguel Arias

I’m saddened to learn of the death of a good friend and one of the best catechists I have ever met, Miguel Arias. Miguel lost his battle with cancer last evening and leaves behind his beautiful wife Alma and their beautiful daughter Bethsaida. I had the privilege of working with Miguel at Loyola Press over these past 7 years or so before he recently returned to Liturgy Training Publications where he began his career. Miguel and […]

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