Online Catechist's Retreat: Off to a Great Start!!!

We’re off to a great start with our Online Catechist’s Retreat on the Spirituality of the Catechist!!! Thank you to all of you who have joined in thus far. On the first day, our retreat was visited by 433 people from 13 countries! 129 people viewed the introductory video Over 40 of you posted personal introductions (comments), sharing information about yourself, your ministry, and your spirituality (I’ve read them all…so inspiring!). A growing number of […]

Welcome to the Online Retreat for Catechists: The Spirituality of the Catechist

Welcome to this “little getaway!” This Online Retreat for Catechists – The Spirituality of the Catechist – is an opportunity for those of us in the catechetical ministry to be renewed in spirit and to deepen our bonds with the Lord and with one another. There’s no need to register. There’s no fee. You’ve arrived at this virtual retreat house, so come on in and find out what it’s all about! Start by clicking on and […]

Online Catechist's Retreat: "See You" on Monday!

I’ll “see you” on Monday for the beginning of our Online Catechist’s Retreat: The Spirituality of the Catechist! Remember, no need to register and it’s free! Just meet me here on my blog, Catechist’s Journey, and “enter” the retreat. I’ll have a brief video welcome/overview, a post for you to read, and then an engaging opening activity for all of us to “get to know” one another! Have a great weekend and I’ll “see you” Monday!

5 Days Until Our Online Retreat for Catechists – Questions

Just 5 more days until we begin our Online Retreat for Catechists – The Spirituality of the Catechist – right here at Catechist’s Journey! I went over most of the particulars in my last post and have received such great feedback from so many people…thanks! Included, there have been 2 questions that have come up repeatedly, so permit me to address them here: Q: Do I need to register for the retreat? A: No…no need to […]

Online Retreat for Catechists: The Spirituality of the Catechist

Beginning on Monday, June 8, 2009, I invite you to join in an Online Retreat for Catechists that I will be hosting right here at Catechist’s Journey! This will be an opportunity for you to spend some time this summer, reflecting (at your own convenience and in the comfort of your own home) on the spirituality of the catechist. It will be an opportunity for you to share thoughts and join in online discussion with […]

What She Said

I was getting set to organize my thoughts to say something intelligent about Richard Rohr’s article (actually taken from his Web site) on Eckhart Tolle (Oprah’s current co-teacher on “spirituality”) when lo and behold, a comment came in from a reader who says precisely what I had hoped to say! I thought I would post her comment here in additon to its place with last Friday’s post. Thanks, Maura! Joe After reading both your article […]

Discussing Oprah and Tolle

Here is my initial e-mail response to the contributor who raised questions about my article on Oprah and Tolle. Following that is the contributor’s e-mail response. Isn’t it wonderful when people can truly dialogue?! I intend to comment on Richard Rohr’s essay on Tolle in the days to come. Happy Mother’s Day to all mothers who provide us with God’s compassionate and steadfast love!  -N-, thanks for your e-mail and for engaging in discussion about […]

Let's Talk More Oprah and Tolle

I received the following e-mail which challenges my stance on Oprah and Tolle which I wrote about in my blog and also in a published article in The Catholic New World (joe-article-on-oprah-for-new-world.pdf), the Chicago archdiocesan newspaper. I believe this e-mail was sent in good faith with a desire for dialogue and I am happy to further converse about the Oprah/Tolle phenomenon. Be sure to read the attachment referred to in the e-mail. Hi Joe,   […]

More On Oprah's "Spirituality" Classes

Oprah Winfrey is hosting a 10-week course (online, free of charge) titled A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose, based on the book of the same name by Eckhart Tolle. Over 700,000 people enrolled for the class with over 500,000 attempting to participate live on Monday, March 3 for the first session. Some had trouble viewing because of the overload. Tolle describes himself as a contemporary spiritual teacher who is not aligned with any […]

Let's See What Oprah's Up To

I hear that Oprah Winfrey is boasting that nearly 3/4 of a million people are signed up for a free online course that she is offering on “spirituality.” It’s titled A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose (based on a book of the same name by Eckhart Tolle). It invites participants to “connect with others who are seeking to become more aware of themselves-and the world around them.” 750,000 participants is nothing to sneeze […]

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