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Events
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Online Learning
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Webinars
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Books
Click here to go to the complete list of this month's books. The following are a few of the titles of particular interest.

A Pastor’s Toolbox 2
More Management Skills for Parish Leadership
Paul A. Holmes

I Have Learned From the Least
My Life, My Hopes
Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle

Written Out of History
The Forgotten Founders Who Fought Big Government
Mike Lee

Out of the Blue
A History of Lightning: Science, Superstition, and Amazing Stories of Survival
John S. Friedman

Christian Preaching and Worship in Multicultural Contexts
A Practical Theological Approach
Eunjoo Mary Kim


... plus Merton, Chesterton, Belloc,
O'Murchu and
more
 

Datebook Plus listings are for informational purposes. Efforts are made to ensure the appropriateness and relevancy of each listing. However, being listed does not imply that this Office or the Society of the Divine Word endorses the event, speaker, agenda, topic, sponsor, or author.

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New Listing
Amazing Parish Online
Features video modules on the most popular Amazing Parish conference content, featuring Patrick Lencioni and focusing on teamwork. AP Online is designed to walk parish leaders and teams through videos and exercises, giving them the tools they need to build an amazing parish. Each module takes 45-60 minutes and is accompanied by a study guide. AP Online is made available to you free of charge thanks to the generosity of our donors who believe your parish can and should be amazing.
https://amazingparish.org/aponline/

 

Ave Maria Press: Professional Development Webinar Series
Join Ave Maria Press online for a series of free, professional development webinars for parish ministers. Enjoy access to free presentations by experts in every area of parish ministry from the comfort of your home or office. Log in to the live webinars to participate in our question-and-answer sessions or watch the free recordings at your convenience.
https://www.avemariapress.com/webinars/parish

 

Boston College: STM Online: Crossroads
Offers non-credit online courses and workshops for for adult spiritual enrichment and faith formation. With a focus on shared reflection in an online learning community. Courses run four to six weeks with a fee of $85; workshops run for two-weeks for $40.
www.bc.edu/schools/stm/crossroads/

 

Center for Ministry Development
The Center for Ministry Development (CMD) works to provide dynamic resources for comprehensive youth ministry and is committed to helping parishes, dioceses, and campuses implement the vision for ministry with young adults as articulated by the U.S. Catholic Bishops in Sons and Daughters of the Light--A Pastoral Plan for Ministry with Young Adults. The webinars are leader/ministry/staff focused and are priced at $25 per participant with group discounts available.
www.cmdnet.org/cmd-store/category/24-webinars

 

CLINIC (Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc.)
CLINIC regularly offers webinars on a variety of immigration law, advocacy, and program management issues. Each webinar lasts approximately 90 minutes and covers a specific topic. CLINIC schedules at least one webinar per month on discrete immigration law issues. Participants receive a certificate of attendance and a copy of the presentation. Fees vary from no-charge to $25.
https://cliniclegal.org/webinars

 

Coursera
Every course on Coursera is taught by top instructors from the world’s best universities and educational institutions. Courses include recorded video lectures, auto-graded and peer-reviewed assignments, and community discussion forums. When you complete a course, you’ll receive a sharable electronic Course Certificate. Highlights: Online and open to everyone; Learn a new skill in 4-6 weeks; Priced at about $29-$99.
https://www.coursera.org

 

Johnson Institute / Senior Adult Ministry
Offers self-study courses covering four separate categories which provide enrichment, training, and inspirational curriculums. Course fees average $250. The site also provides additional resources and professional certification.
www.senioradultministry.com

 

Religious Formation Conference (RFC)
Offers periodic webinars to RFC members--the Chicago Province is a member--free of charge. Check the website and if you (as an SVD) are interested in a particular webinar, contact this office educsvd@uscsvd.org for registration instructions.
https://www.relforcon.org/programs/webinars

 

Religious Law and Consultation
Offers previous, recorded webcasts concerning religious law. Webcasts are available on-demand for $65 or as a CD-rom for $75.
http://www.ahereford.org/recordings

 

Spirituality & Practice
Offers a variety of online e-courses focusing on spirituality and its practice. Numerous religious traditions are represented: the Dalai Lama, Thomas Merton, Henri Nouwen, Eknath Easwaran to name a few. Among the courses offered, there are also online retreats. Prices start at $39.95.
http://www.spiritualityandpractice.com/ecourses/

 

St. Luke Institute: SLIconnect
One-hour, live presentations by experts in psychological and spiritual health. Participants may "chat" questions to the facilitator during the presentation. All webinars are recorded an can be accessed on SLIconnect after the live presentation. Webinars are offered for approximately $25-$60; registration includes access to the presentation slides, associated learning materials, and on-demand access to the webinar recording for six months.
www.SLIconnect.org/browse
 

Successfully Speaking
Offers online accent modification classes to improve your communication skills and pronunciation of the English language as well as offerings in public speaking and communication skills. Typical cost for a class is $2,200 to $2,500. Note that they also have no-charge online videos available.
http://successfully-speaking.com

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September 12, 2017
3:00pm CDT

New Listing
The State of Catholic Education
National Catholic Educational Association

Join the National Catholic Educational Association for an overview of the current state of Catholic school education and learn about highlights from NCEA’s Annual Statistical Report from the 2016-2017 academic year. Gain a national perspective on issues related to Catholic education and take advantage of this unique opportunity for Q&A with NCEA President/CEO, Dr. Thomas Burnford.

Site: Online
Registration: Free but registration is required
https://register.gotowebinar.com/rt/2071471495226142467

 

September 21, 2017
1:00pm ET

Prayerful Discernment in Pastoral Change
St. Luke Institute

Dioceses, parishes and religious communities face a variety of major changes: bishop and pastor transitions, aging members, personnel issues and other challenges. Our instinct is to tackle difficult transitions with a “fix-it” approach, but engaging in a collaborative process of listening, dialogue and prayerful discernment can ease the pain of change and generate more positive outcomes for all involved. Rev. Paul Scaglione, M.Div., presents a model for navigating major transition in faith communities.

Site: Online
Registration: $25
https://www.sliconnect.org/product/prayerful-discernment-pastoral-change/

 

September 28, 2017
1:00pm CDT

New Listing
Formation to Transformation: The Mass Exodus
National Catholic Educational Association

Thirteen. It’s not just reputed to be an unlucky number. According to CARA, it’s also the median age that Catholic youth “disaffiliate” with their faith and join the rising tide of “nones” in the country. It is also often the age at which many young people are Confirmed. What’s the connection and what critical role does the family play in this entire dynamic? More importantly, what can leaders and parents do to transform thirteen into a memorable year for the entire family?

Site: Online
Registration: Free but registration is required
https://register.gotowebinar.com/rt/4449730538806934274

 

October 4, 2017
10:00am PT

New Listing
Preventing Senior Scams
American Society on Aging

The way con games are played may change over time, but the practice of defrauding consumers is nothing new. When the target is an older adult, however, the stakes have never been higher. Senior scams can cost older adults everything from their life savings, to their homes, to even their lives. The growing incidence of senior fraud is putting many older adults in harm’s way, threatening to strip them of their assets, independence and trust. This web seminar will examine the ins and outs of senior scams, as well as explaining the most common scams. It will also offer real-world advice on preventing and reporting scams against older adults.

Site: Online
Registration: Free but registration required
http://asaging.org/web-seminars/preventing-senior-scams

 

October 19, 2017
1:00pm ET

Sleep 101: Getting Better Rest
St. Luke Institute

Sleep is one of our body’s most basic physiological needs, but it is easy to forget its importance in the rush of everyday life. Too often, sleep becomes disturbed, leading to decline in our physical, mental, social and spiritual health. Sarah Wahl, Ph.D., identifies common sleep problems and offers strategies for improved sleep quality.

Site: Online
Registration: $25
https://www.sliconnect.org/product/sleep-101-getting-better-rest/

 

December 6, 2017
10:00am PT

New Listing
Loss of Independence and Isolation
American Society on Aging

There are common warning signs for when an older adult needs assistance, and ignoring these can result in dependencies that can be avoided. This web seminar focuses on easily identifiable signs that someone needs help, including physical symptoms, mental or emotional changes, attention-deficit signals and environmental clues.

Site: Online
Registration: Free but registration required
http://asaging.org/web-seminars/loss-independence-and-isolation

 

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September 1-3, 2017

Let Your ‘Yes’ Mean ‘Yes’ and Your ‘No’ Mean ‘No’
Christ the King Priory

In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus calls upon us to be authentic. Sometimes it is not easy for us to say a clear YES or a clear NO. Standing with what is important to us and what we feel can be challenging if those around us don’t share our values. We will look to Jesus for guidance, share our experiences, and discover through practical exercises how our body language can be in sync with or contradict what we mean to express.

Site: Schuyler, Nebraska
Registration: $201.84 (includes program fee, guest room, meals and taxes)
https://christthekingpriory.com/retreats-schedule/2017/9/1/let-your-yes-mean-yes-and-your-no-mean-no-father-mauritius-wilde-osb-phd

 

September 4-8, 2017

Green Hearts and Souls: Ecology and Wise Holy Women
Maryknoll Mission Institute

Presenter: Bro. Mickey McGrath, OSFS. During this program, we will take a look at contemporary issues and concerns in our Church and in the world through the lives of women—and a few good men too!—throughout church history. Using his own paintings and the stories that inspired them, Bro. Mickey will highlight the many ways in which women have been living and preaching the Joyful Good News from Bethlehem and Calvary through the homes of the four women Doctors of the Church to the Lower East side of Manhattan. Pope Francis will be highlighted through Laudato Si' and other prominent letters, as will contemporary women such as Dorothy Day and Sr. Thea Bowman. In addition, each day will include a creative activity, such as the creation of a mandala, designed to lead us to contemplative space and the present moment.

Site: Monrovia, California
Registration: $60 deposit (non-refundable) plus $150 tuition fee; $40 per day room and board

https://maryknollsisters.org/maryknoll-mission-institute-2/

 

September 5, 2017

Lecture and Panel: Land O’Lakes and Its Legacy
Department of Theology, University of Notre Dame

At 4:00 p.m., John T. McGreevy, dean of the College of Arts and Letters and professor of history at the University of Notre Dame, will deliver a lecture on the history of the Land O’Lakes Statement. In July 1967, Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C., president of the University of Notre Dame and the president of the International Federation of Catholic Universities, invited a group consisting of Catholic university administrators, leaders of religious communities, bishops, and scholars to a retreat center in Land O’Lakes, Wisconsin, to discuss the past, present, and future of Catholic higher education. The statement they produced, now marking its 50th anniversary, charted a course for intellectual excellence and spiritual development in American Catholic education. Vowing to integrate the theological dialogue with “modern culture” into every aspect of the university, they also committed to becoming the “critical reflected intelligence of the Church” and to developing “true modern universit[ies] but specifically Catholic in profound and creative ways for the service of society and the people of God.” At 7:00 p.m., a panel of five presidents of Catholic universities will consider the statement’s lessons and relevance for today:

Site: Notre Dame, Indiana
Registration: Open to public
http://theology.nd.edu/events/2017/09/05/land-olakes-and-its-legacy/

 

September 8, 2017

Living Every Day with Passion & Purpose
Dynamic Catholic

Living Everyday with Passion & Purpose led by Matthew Kelly, invites us all to identify God's voice in our lives and the specific purpose for which we've been created. Matthew inspires attendees to apply the genius of Catholicism to every aspect of our lives including prayer and spirituality, work, dating and marriage, personal finances, health and wellbeing, parenting, and community involvement. Matthew Kelly, and musician, Eliot Morris, prepares a unique message inspired by God and the teachings of the Church that promises to radiate in your life. Consider this: Most people take more time to plan their annual vacation than they do to discover the voice of God and His plan for their life.

Site: Saint Pius X Catholic Church, Granger, Indiana
Registration: $39
https://cart.dynamiccatholic.com/Passion-and-Purpose-Granger-IN-p/ppl090817.htm

 

September 9, 2017

Living Every Day with Passion & Purpose
Dynamic Catholic

Living Everyday with Passion & Purpose led by Matthew Kelly, invites us all to identify God's voice in our lives and the specific purpose for which we've been created. Matthew inspires attendees to apply the genius of Catholicism to every aspect of our lives including prayer and spirituality, work, dating and marriage, personal finances, health and wellbeing, parenting, and community involvement. Matthew Kelly, and musician, Eliot Morris, prepares a unique message inspired by God and the teachings of the Church that promises to radiate in your life. Consider this: Most people take more time to plan their annual vacation than they do to discover the voice of God and His plan for their life.

Site: St. Vincent De Paul Catholic Church, Fort Wayne, Indiana
Registration: $39
https://cart.dynamiccatholic.com/Passion-and-Purpose-Fort-Wayne-IN-p/ppl090917.htm

 

September 9, 2017

10th Annual CALL Conference
Catholic Association of Latino Leaders

The Catholic Association of Latino Leaders (CALL) is a national organization dedicated to the growth and spiritual formation of the Latino leaders of this country in their knowledge and understanding of the Catholic faith. This year’s conference theme is Fatima & Family: Living Discipleship at Home, Work and in Society.

Site: Los Angeles, California
Registration: $640 member / $720 non-member
http://www.call-usa.org/

 

September 11, 2017

New Listing
Religious Life for the 21st Century: Introduction (2017 Fall Lecture Series)
Catholic Theological Union

As we ‘read the signs of the times’ and seek to respond to them, we will engage key areas of religious life through lenses of scripture, tradition, interdisciplinary studies, and the arts. We will explore our theological and religious imagination; discern key elements of community longed for and needed in the world today; consider hope as it is vital for our time; and examine ethical issues to which consecrated life is called to witness. This is the first in a series of 12 lectures; each held on a Monday evening at 7:00-8:00 pm starting September 11 and ending on December 4.

Site: CTU Campus, Chicago, Illinois
Registration: $15 per lecture; $150 for the whole 12-lecture series
http://www.ctu.edu/lecturefall_2017

 

September 11-13, 2017

Korean Christianity: As Seen From Global, Christian, Historical, and Missiological Perspectives
Overseas Ministry Study Center

Dr. James Jinhong Kim, associate professor of missiology and religion and director of the Horace G. Underwood Center for Global Christianity at New Brunswick Theological Seminary in New Jersey, will consider evidence of possible Christian contacts in the very early centuries and their impact on subsequent intellectual crosscurrents, the unusual historical circumstances surrounding the introduction of Catholicism in 18th-century Korea, the interests of neo-Confucian learning particular to Korea at the time, and the global socio-political contexts, approach to church-state relations, and long-term missiological vision that affected the dynamics of the first Protestant missions to reach Korea in the late 19th century.

Site: New Haven, Connecticut
Registration: $150
http://www.omsc.org/event-schedule/2017/9/11/korean-christianity-as-seen-from-global-christian-historical-and-missiological-perspectives

 

September 14, 2017

Spirituality, Health Care Reforms, and the Happy Death
Dominican University

Join Charles Bouchard, OP as he presents "Spirituality, Health Care Reform, and the Happy Death". Advances in medical technology have brought many blessings, but they have also led to soaring costs and a health care system that sometimes seems beyond our control, especially for the frail and elderly. How can we use technology effectively while honoring death as a spiritual event and part of our journey back to God? How can the traditional Catholic notion of the happy death influence debates about health care reform? A discussion of these topics will be led by Rev. Charles Bouchard, Senior Director of Theology and Ethics at the Catholic Health Association of the United States.

Site: Martin Recital Hall, Dominican University Campus, River Forest, Illinois
Registration: $10
http://events.dom.edu/spirituality-health-care-reform

 

September 11-14, 2017

The Newly Appointed Pastor
Saint Meinrad Seminary & School of Theology

This four-day workshop addresses the duties of pastors: teaching, sanctifying and governing. Effective pastoring requires skills in leading and managing, planning and communicating, organizing and stewarding. Understanding and implementing the practices necessary for working well with fellow clergy, staff and volunteers both within his own parish and larger circles of the Church are all key to pastoring successfully. Registration includes overnight accommodations, scheduled meals from Monday dinner through Thursday dinner, program fees and printed materials. The course is also being offered on November 6-9, 2017.

Site: St. Meinrad, Indiana
Registration: $600

http://www.saintmeinrad.edu/priests-ongoing-formation/effective-pastoring-workshops/the-newly-appointed-pastor/

 

September 17-20, 2017

ICSC 55th Annual Conference
International Catholic Stewardship Council

Join the ICSC family and connect with hundreds of parishes and church leaders who share in the mission of nurturing disciples of Jesus Christ through stewardship.

Site: Atlanta, Georgia
Registration: Member $499 / Nonmember $1,199
http://catholicstewardship.com/programs-a-events/annual-conference/2017-annual-conference-information

 

September 18,  2017

New Listing
What Religious Life Looks Like Today (2017 Fall Lecture Series)
Catholic Theological Union

As we ‘read the signs of the times’ and seek to respond to them, we will engage key areas of religious life through lenses of scripture, tradition, interdisciplinary studies, and the arts. We will explore our theological and religious imagination; discern key elements of community longed for and needed in the world today; consider hope as it is vital for our time; and examine ethical issues to which consecrated life is called to witness. The Fall Lecture Series is held each Monday (starting September 11 and running through December 4) from 7:00pm to 8:00pm.

Site: CTU Campus, Chicago, Illinois
Registration: $15 per lecture
http://www.ctu.edu/lecturefall_2017

 

September 18-21, 2017

ANSH Convention 2017
National Association of Hispanic Priests

Site: Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Registration: (See website)
http://www.ansh.org/calendario.php

 

September 21-22, 2017

Partner Conference
Catholics on Call

Every fall, Catholics on Call offers the Partners Conference. Campus ministers, vocation directors, volunteer directors, and anyone who ministers to young adults have the opportunity to come together to learn and discuss best practices for supporting young adult men and women in their vocational discernment.

Site: Catholic Theological Union Campus, Chicago, Illinois
Registration: $200
http://www.catholicsoncall.org/partner-conference

 

September 24-27, 2018

DFMC Annual Meeting
Diocesan Fiscal Management Conference

Highlights include keynote address by Reverend Thomas Gaunt, SJ; time to pray with daily liturgy; presentations by Allen Hunt from Dynamic Catholic; Mark Germano from the University of Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business; Mr. Michael White and Tom Cororan authors of Rebuilt; one-on-one interaction with the most important diocesan service providers; more.

Site: Baltimore, Maryland
Registration: See website for details
http://dfmconf.org/programs-and-events/dfmc-2017-annual-meeting-baltimore

 

September 25,  2017

New Listing
From the Crucible to the Peripheries (2017 Fall Lecture Series)
Catholic Theological Union

As we ‘read the signs of the times’ and seek to respond to them, we will engage key areas of religious life through lenses of scripture, tradition, interdisciplinary studies, and the arts. We will explore our theological and religious imagination; discern key elements of community longed for and needed in the world today; consider hope as it is vital for our time; and examine ethical issues to which consecrated life is called to witness. The Fall Lecture Series is held each Monday (starting September 11 and running through December 4) from 7:00pm to 8:00pm.

Site: CTU Campus, Chicago, Illinois
Registration: $15 per lecture
http://www.ctu.edu/lecturefall_2017

 

September 25, 2017

 

14th Annual Immigration Law and Policy Conference
Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Migration Policy Institute, and Georgetown University Law Center

With immigration one of the most dynamic policy areas in the Trump administration, this year’s Immigration Law and Policy Conference offers an excellent opportunity to go beyond the headlines. The 14th annual conference, organized by the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc., the Migration Policy Institute, and Georgetown University Law Center, will offer timely policy and legal analysis and discussion on immigration. Our experts will examine sweeping changes to enforcement at the border and in the U.S. interior, legal challenges to executive orders, changes to refugee resettlement, and possible reform of the legal immigration system, among other topics. Join us for a day of expert analysis from leading government officials, attorneys, researchers, advocates, and others.

Site: Georgetown University Campus, Washington, D.C.
Registration: $75 (includes lunch); $85 onsite
http://www.migrationpolicy.org/events/14th-annual-immigration-law-and-policy-conference

 

September 27-30, 2017

NCDC 49th Annual Conference and Exposition
National Catholic Development Conference

This is the one place where you can hear from the top names in the nonprofit world, find professional service providers specializing in Catholic fundraising, all while connecting with others who view what you do as part of your organization’s mission. Highlights in the schedule include two general sessions, two sessions of round tables, and new Diocese/Parish and Hispanic tracks. Find out the latest trends in fundraising and what is going on in the greater nonprofit world. But not every technique, practice, regulation, or statistic applies in a Catholic context. This Conference takes that information and applies it to your mission.

Site: San Diego, California
Registration: Member $695 / Nonmember $795 / Registration “bundles” which include conference fees and hotel are available. See website for details.
https://ncdcconference.org/blog/category/news/2017-news/

 

September 28-30, 2017

Society for Catholic Liturgy 2017 Annual Conference
Society for Catholic Liturgy

The Society for Catholic Liturgy is a multidisciplinary association of Catholic scholars, teachers, pastors, and professionals – including architects and musicians – in the Anglophone world. Founded in 1995, the non-profit Society is committed to promoting scholarly study and practical renewal of the Church’s liturgy. the theme of this year’s conference is “The Liturgy and Post-Modernity.” With post-modernity, reality and truth, beyond individual preference, do not have a defining source. In fact, relativism and individualism are radicalized to the point of enshrining plurality, diversity and tolerance. The celebration of the sacred liturgy as the primary expression of God’s truth and revelation for reflection and living the Christian life must negotiate post-modernity without forfeiting its nature and purpose. The 2017 Conference of the Society for Catholic Liturgy will occasion academic and pastoral presentations on the topic of the liturgy and post-modernity. The Conference is open to any interested person.

Site: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Registration: Member $225 / Nonmember $300
http://liturgysociety.org/conference/

 

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October 2, 2017

New Listing
The Good News About Celibacy (2017 Fall Lecture Series)
Catholic Theological Union

As we ‘read the signs of the times’ and seek to respond to them, we will engage key areas of religious life through lenses of scripture, tradition, interdisciplinary studies, and the arts. We will explore our theological and religious imagination; discern key elements of community longed for and needed in the world today; consider hope as it is vital for our time; and examine ethical issues to which consecrated life is called to witness. The Fall Lecture Series is held each Monday (starting September 11 and running through December 4) from 7:00pm to 8:00pm.

Site: CTU Campus, Chicago, Illinois
Registration: $15 per lecture
http://www.ctu.edu/lecturefall_2017

 

October 5-8, 2017

2017 National Black Catholic Men’s Conference
Society of the Divine Word, National Black Catholic Clergy Caucus, The Josephites

We are committed Black men, principally Catholic, who recognize our need for God’s help! We gather in Christ’s presence in an atmosphere of trust, equality and anonymity, to share personal feelings and experiences. We unconditionally accept one another and prayerfully support one another. We feel encouraged by the Holy Spirit to share with one another…Men to Men! I have come so that you may have life, and have it abundantly (John 10:10).

Site: Miami, Florida
Registration: $150
http://bowmanfrancisministry.com/men_s_conference

 

October 6-8, 2017

National Storytelling Festival
International Storytelling Center

The power of storytelling is unquestionable. We are all storytellers and we live our lives through a network of stories. Make plans now to attend the 45th annual National Storytelling Festival, October 6-8, 2017 in historic Jonesborough, Tennessee! Beginning on the first Friday in October each year, this world renowned, 3-day event celebrates storytelling at its most magical. In addition to main stage performances, other special events will be presented during the Festival weekend and before - don’t miss them!

Site: Jonesborough, Tennessee
Registration: $165 adult; $150 senior (65 and over)
http://www.storytellingcenter.net/festival/

 

October 7, 2017

Holiness Revolution
Dynamic Catholic

The world is in dire need of change. People are hurting. People are turning to empty promises searching for answers. All along, we have the answer: Jesus. This event will open your eyes to the need for change in the world and the role you can play. Will you join the holiness revolution? Presenter Dan DeMatte challenges men and women of today to live a life of radical holiness—a holiness that produces saints, not mere mediocre Catholics. He is one of the great emerging Catholic voices of our time. He starred in A&E’s reality TV show, God or the Girl, he defended the Church and the priesthood on Larry King Live and The View, and he has shared his testimony on the Today Show.

Site: St. James Catholic Church, Amherst, Wisconsin
Registration: $20
https://cart.dynamiccatholic.com/Holiness-Revolution-Amherst-WI-p/hrv100717.htm

 

October 9, 2017

New Listing
Community: Doors and Destinations (2017 Fall Lecture Series)
Catholic Theological Union

As we ‘read the signs of the times’ and seek to respond to them, we will engage key areas of religious life through lenses of scripture, tradition, interdisciplinary studies, and the arts. We will explore our theological and religious imagination; discern key elements of community longed for and needed in the world today; consider hope as it is vital for our time; and examine ethical issues to which consecrated life is called to witness. The Fall Lecture Series is held each Monday (starting September 11 and running through December 4) from 7:00pm to 8:00pm.

Site: CTU Campus, Chicago, Illinois
Registration: $15 per lecture
http://www.ctu.edu/lecturefall_2017

 

October 11-15, 2017

Orientation Program for New Vocation Directors (NRVC Fall Institute)
National Religious Vocation Conference

This workshop is intended for new and recently appointed vocation directors. Its goal is to provide participants with the skills, context, theory, challenges and practicalities of contemporary vocation ministry. Topics will include: theology of call; candidate issues; discernment, assessment and the application process; the role of membership and religious leadership; advertising and education; ethics and boundaries; and self-care of the vocation director.

Site: DePaul University Campus, Chicago, Illinois
Registration: Member $1,250 (Resident), $675 (Commuter) / Nonmember $1,590 (Resident), $1,015 (Commuter)
https://nrvc.net/274/article/orientation-program-for-new-vocation-directors-oct-11-15-2017-13202

 

October 14, 2017

Ministry Enrichment Gathering
Liturgy Training Publications and the Diocese of Gaylord, Michigan

The Ministry Enrichment Gathering® offers (arch)dioceses, regions, vicariates, and parish clusters the opportunity to collaborate with LTP in providing formation, prayer, and training for those involved in the Church’s liturgical ministries. The theme of the gathering will be reinforced throughout the day in a series of breakout sessions specially designed to assist in the spiritual, intellectual, and pastoral formation of the liturgical minister. Participants will also join in fellowship throughout the day: over lunch, at midday prayer, and at a concluding mystagogical reflection. Anyone involved in liturgical ministry will find the Ministry Enrichment Gathering® valuable. Liturgy coordinators, liturgy committee members, music ministers, ministry coordinators, teen and adult altar servers, ushers and greeters, extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion, liturgical environment ministers, lectors, sacristans, priests, deacons, seminarians, pastoral associates, directors of catechesis, and other members of the parish staff are all welcome to participate in the Ministry Enrichment Gathering®.

Site: Gaylord, Michigan
Registration: $25
http://ministryenrichmentgathering.org/events/gaylord17

 

October 14, 2017

Find Your Greatness
Dynamic Catholic

What are your habits? Are they helping you become the-best-version-of-yourself or some second-rate-version-of-yourself? Our lives change when our habits change. Join us for Find Your Greatness to discover the four habits that will help you reach your full potential . . . and re-energize your parish. Speaker Dominick Albano travels the country to minister at parish missions, conferences, men’s groups, school events, youth groups, and retreats. He loves to share Saint John Paul II’s message, “We are not the sum of our weaknesses and failures; we are the sum of the Father’s love for us!”

Site: Church of the Holy Angels, Dayton, Ohio
Registration: $25
https://cart.dynamiccatholic.com/Dayton-OH-p/fyg101417.htm

 

October 16, 2017

New Listing
Poverty in a World of Plenty (2017 Fall Lecture Series)
Catholic Theological Union

As we ‘read the signs of the times’ and seek to respond to them, we will engage key areas of religious life through lenses of scripture, tradition, interdisciplinary studies, and the arts. We will explore our theological and religious imagination; discern key elements of community longed for and needed in the world today; consider hope as it is vital for our time; and examine ethical issues to which consecrated life is called to witness. The Fall Lecture Series is held each Monday (starting September 11 and running through December 4) from 7:00pm to 8:00pm.

Site: CTU Campus, Chicago, Illinois
Registration: $15 per lecture
http://www.ctu.edu/lecturefall_2017

 

October 16-18, 2017

Behavioral Assessment I (NRVC Fall Institute)
National Religious Vocation Conference

This workshop presents practical interviewing techniques housed in a theoretical framework of behavioral assessment. While the focus of the workshop is on initial assessment of candidates, the methodology easily applies to assessing candidates in other stages of formation as well. Workshop participants study sample case reports, and learn skills for interviewing as well as guidelines for organizing the information into useful reports. Interview topics include: family background, educational and occupational histories, psychosexual histories and intimacy skills, faith history, and other pertinent issues related to comprehensive vocational assessment.

Site: DePaul University Campus, Chicago, Illinois
Registration: Member $910 (Resident), $450 (Commuter) / Nonmember $1,135 (Resident), $675 (Commuter)
https://nrvc.net/274/article/behavioral-assessment-i-oct-16-18-2017-13293

 

October 16-19, 2017

2017 CLSA Convention
Canon Law Society of America

The theme for the 2017 convention is Mercy, Justice, and the Law: In the Spirit of the Jubilee Year of Mercy. Reverend Robert Geisinger, S.J., Promoter of Justice for the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, will offer the keynote address. A major address will be delivered by Massimo Faggioli, Ph.D., Professor of Theology and Religious Studies at Villanova University, and a panel presentation will review the practical implementation of motu proprii Mitis Iudex and Mitis et Misericors Iesus, as well as the processus brevior.

Site: Indianapolis, Indiana
Registration: Member $450 / Nonmember $500
http://www.clsa.org/events/EventDetails.aspx?id=382768&group=

 

October 17-20, 2017

Healing the Wounds of Trauma: Help for Ourselves and Others
Overseas Ministries Study Center

Dr. Harriet Hill, Trauma Healing Institute of the American Bible Society, helps participants use Scripture and basic mental health principles to find healing of emotional pain and equips them to help others.

Site: New Haven, Connecticut
Registration: $150
http://www.omsc.org/event-schedule/2017/10/17/healing-the-wounds-of-trauma-help-for-ourselves-and-others

 

October 20-21, 2017

Behavioral Assessment II (NRVC Fall Institute)
National Religious Vocation Conference

Prerequisite: Behavioral Assessment I must be taken at least nine months before taking for this workshop. This workshop is a follow-up to Behavioral Assessment I and builds upon those skills. It is directed to those who have had experience in conducting assessment interviews. Workshop participants are invited to come prepared with topics, discussion questions or case studies to consider during the workshop.

Site: DePaul University Campus, Chicago, Illinois
Registration: Member $645 (Resident), $300 (Commuter) / Nonmember $795 (Resident), $450 (Commuter)
https://nrvc.net/274/article/behavioral-assessment-ii-oct-20-21-2017-13194

 

October 24, 2017

To Redeem the Soul of America: Martin Luther King’s Vision and Its Challenge to American Catholics
St. Catherine of Siena Center

Presenter: Rev. Bryan Massingale. Martin Luther King declared that the goal of the Civil Rights Movement was not just to achieve racial desegregation. Its deepest aspirations were not only political but spiritual, in his words, to "redeem the soul of America." This address revisits King's vision and explores its challenges for the U.S. Catholic Church today. Rev. Bryan Massingale is a professor of theological and social ethics at Fordham University and a leading Catholic social ethicist and scholar of African-American theological ethics, racial justice and liberation theology.

Site: Priory Auditorium, Dominican University Campus, River Forest, Illinois
Registration: $10
http://events.dom.edu/mlks-vision

 

October 27-29, 2017

Save the Date
USCMA 2017 Conference
United States Catholic Mission Association

Site: San Antonio, Texas
http://www.uscatholicmission.org/

 

October 30, 2017

New Listing
Compelling Obedience (2017 Fall Lecture Series)
Catholic Theological Union

As we ‘read the signs of the times’ and seek to respond to them, we will engage key areas of religious life through lenses of scripture, tradition, interdisciplinary studies, and the arts. We will explore our theological and religious imagination; discern key elements of community longed for and needed in the world today; consider hope as it is vital for our time; and examine ethical issues to which consecrated life is called to witness. The Fall Lecture Series is held each Monday (starting September 11 and running through December 4) from 7:00pm to 8:00pm.

Site: CTU Campus, Chicago, Illinois
Registration: $15 per lecture
http://www.ctu.edu/lecturefall_2017

 

October 31 – November 3, 2017

2017 RCRI National Conference
The Resource Center for Religious Institutes

At the national conference we have 35 to 40 separate sessions for attendees, covering a range of topics of interest to leadership, attorneys, and business office personnel. The four days of workshops and activities provide a unique opportunity to network with others who work in and for religious institutes and their sponsored ministries. Exhibitors from dozens of organizations attend each year to provide a chance for the attendees to meet with them, ask questions, and learn about the services, products, or expertise that the exhibitors can offer to religious institutes. Breaks are usually held in the exhibit hall to provide additional time for mingling and consulting. Many of our exhibitors attended NATRI and/or LRCR conferences from the time that those organizations began holding their gatherings.

Site: St. Louis, Missouri
Registration: $600 Member / $850 Nonmember
http://www.trcri.org/events/EventDetails.aspx?id=794750&group=

 

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November 1-4, 2017

40th Annual National Conference on Faith-Based Service
Catholic Volunteer Network

Each fall, over 150 staff members of faith-based volunteer programs, campus personnel, and other partners gather for the National Conference on Faith-Based Service. Hosted in a different location each year, the National Conference is an opportunity for those involved in faith-based service to come together to learn new skills, share their experience and expertise, and network with their colleagues. Each year we feature a series of keynote speakers and offer participants the opportunity to attend valuable workshops on all aspects of program management and operation.

Site: St. Louis, Missouri
Registration: Members $325 by October 1; $345 after / Nonmembers $390 by October 1; $410 after
https://www.catholicvolunteernetwork.org/national-conference

 

November 5-10, 2017

New Listing
New Pastors Program
St. Mary’s Seminary & University

This five-day workshop is designed exclusively for new pastors. Sessions cover: The Pastor as a Person, The Catholic Community and Pastoral Leadership, The Pastor as Steward, The Pastor as Administrator, and The Pastor as Priest. Registration includes fees, materials and room and board.

Site: Baltimore, Maryland
Registration: $895
http://www.stmarys.edu/the-center-for-continuing-formation/clergy-programs/new-pastors-program/

 

November 6, 2017

New Listing
Diversity is not Enough (2017 Fall Lecture Series)
Catholic Theological Union

As we ‘read the signs of the times’ and seek to respond to them, we will engage key areas of religious life through lenses of scripture, tradition, interdisciplinary studies, and the arts. We will explore our theological and religious imagination; discern key elements of community longed for and needed in the world today; consider hope as it is vital for our time; and examine ethical issues to which consecrated life is called to witness. The Fall Lecture Series is held each Monday (starting September 11 and running through December 4) from 7:00pm to 8:00pm.

Site: CTU Campus, Chicago, Illinois
Registration: $15 per lecture
http://www.ctu.edu/lecturefall_2017

 

November 6-9, 2017

The Newly Appointed Pastor
Saint Meinrad Seminary & School of Theology

This four-day workshop addresses the duties of pastors: teaching, sanctifying and governing. Effective pastoring requires skills in leading and managing, planning and communicating, organizing and stewarding. Understanding and implementing the practices necessary for working well with fellow clergy, staff and volunteers both within his own parish and larger circles of the Church are all key to pastoring successfully. Registration includes overnight accommodations, scheduled meals from Monday dinner through Thursday dinner, program fees and printed materials. The course is also being offered on September  11-14, 2017.

Site: St. Meinrad, Indiana
Registration: $600

http://www.saintmeinrad.edu/priests-ongoing-formation/effective-pastoring-workshops/the-newly-appointed-pastor/

 

November 10, 2017

Profound Preaching: Wisdom from the Cloister
Liturgical Institute

Presenter is Fr. Aquinas Guilbeau, OP. Topics include: Preaching and Prayer, Preaching and Study, Preaching and the Common Life, and Preaching and Obedience.

Site: University of St. Mary of the Lake Conference Center, Mundelein, Illinois
Registration: $75
http://www.liturgicalinstitute.org/conferences

 

November 10-12, 2017

How to Live With a Prickly Porcupine: Letting the Difficult Person Heal Us
Galilee Centre

Each of us often rub shoulders with a porcupine, a difficult person we wish lived in Antarctica: the pessimist who believes every silver lining has a cloud, the passive aggressive (the dog who licks your hand before biting it), the depressive who depresses us, and the others that we thank God we are not married to. We will explore the two hands that heal us: the right hand that sets boundaries so we can care for ourselves and find inner peace and the left hand that reaches out to create peace without becoming another prickly porcupine that blames or tries to fix another. Even if the difficult person never changes, that person becomes a source of new life and healing for us.

Site: Arnprior, Ont. Canada
Registration: $290 by October 10; $310 after
http://www.galileecentre.com/how-to-live-with-a-prickly-porcupine-letting-the-difficult-person-heal-us-november-10-12-2017/

 

November 13, 2017

New Listing
Transformation and Communal Discernment (2017 Fall Lecture Series)
Catholic Theological Union

As we ‘read the signs of the times’ and seek to respond to them, we will engage key areas of religious life through lenses of scripture, tradition, interdisciplinary studies, and the arts. We will explore our theological and religious imagination; discern key elements of community longed for and needed in the world today; consider hope as it is vital for our time; and examine ethical issues to which consecrated life is called to witness. The Fall Lecture Series is held each Monday (starting September 11 and running through December 4) from 7:00pm to 8:00pm.

Site: CTU Campus, Chicago, Illinois
Registration: $15 per lecture
http://www.ctu.edu/lecturefall_2017

 

November 15-16, 2017

Intercultural Theology
Overseas Ministries Study Center

Intercultural Theology regards visual arts, literature, film etc. as equivalent sources to theological texts. The course will give an introduction in how to interpret Christian art from Asia and Africa. It reconstructs historical developments and introduces contemporary local artists and their works. How does the Christian faith interact with the cultural-religious dimension of a particular context? We want to decipher the exchanges between at least two iconographic systems. Sometimes we will also come across an expressionism that calls for justice and liberation for the poor and oppressed and allows a glimpse of the socio-economic and political realities of the country.

Site: New Haven, Connecticut
Registration: $150
http://www.omsc.org/event-schedule/2017/11/15/intercultural-theology

 

November 16-18, 2017

 

20th RFC National Congress
Religious Formation Conference

The Religious Formation Conference (RFC) is a national Roman Catholic organization serving religious institutes of women and men with programs and services for those in the ministry of initial and lifelong formation, and general congregational membership. The theme for this year’s congress is “Grace in the Now: The Gospel of Encounter” and will feature a keynote address by Steve Bevans, SVD.

Site: Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Registration: Members $425 before October 6; $460 after / Nonmembers $450 before October 6; $485 after

https://www.relforcon.org/congress-2017

 

November 16-18, 2017

2017 NCYC
National Catholic Youth Conference

Every other year, Catholic young people and their chaperones—youth ministers, campus ministers, parents, catechists, priests, coaches, and scout leaders—come together to pray, learn, and grow in their faith. In addition to opportunities to receive the sacraments of the Eucharist and penance, NCYC participants attend general and breakout sessions on topics relevant to living as a disciple of Christ in today's world, visit with organizations that provide resources and other support to youth and youth ministry, spend time in personal and communal prayer, and engage in service to others. NFCYM accepts and processes registrations by delegation which are most often diocesan and consist of smaller parish and school groups. See the website for full details on registration, schedule, accommodations, etc.

Site: Indianapolis, Indiana
Registration: $225 member by September 30; $265 by October 31 / $265 non-member by September 30; $305 by October 31
http://www.ncyc.info/

 

November 17, 2017

Find Your Greatness (New Jersey)
Dynamic Catholic

What are your habits? Are they helping you become the-best-version-of-yourself or some second-rate-version-of-yourself? Our lives change when our habits change. Join us for Find Your Greatness to discover the four habits that will help you reach your full potential . . . and re-energize your parish. Speaker Dominick Albano travels the country to minister at parish missions, conferences, men’s groups, school events, youth groups, and retreats. He loves to share Saint John Paul II’s message, “We are not the sum of our weaknesses and failures; we are the sum of the Father’s love for us!”

Site: Parish Community of Saint Helen, Westfield, New Jersey
Registration: $25
https://cart.dynamiccatholic.com/Westfield-NJ-p/fyg111717.htm

 

November 18, 2017

Find Your Greatness (Pennsylvania)
Dynamic Catholic

What are your habits? Are they helping you become the-best-version-of-yourself or some second-rate-version-of-yourself? Our lives change when our habits change. Join us for Find Your Greatness to discover the four habits that will help you reach your full potential . . . and re-energize your parish. Speaker Dominick Albano travels the country to minister at parish missions, conferences, men’s groups, school events, youth groups, and retreats. He loves to share Saint John Paul II’s message, “We are not the sum of our weaknesses and failures; we are the sum of the Father’s love for us!”

Site: St. Frances Cabrini Parish, Alquippa, Pennsylvania
Registration: $25
https://cart.dynamiccatholic.com/Alquippa-PA-p/fyg111817.htm

 

November 18-21, 2017

AAR Annual Meeting 2017
American Academy of Religion

The American Academy of Religion brings thousands of professors and students, authors and publishers, religious leaders and interested laypersons to its Annual Meeting each year. Co-hosted with the Society of Biblical Literature, the Annual Meetings are the largest events of the year in the fields of religious studies and theology. More than 1,200 events—academic sessions, additional meetings, receptions, tours, and workshops—will be offered.

Site: Boston, Massachusetts
Registration: Member $325 by November 16; $375 after / Non-member $495 by November 16; $545 after
https://www.aarweb.org/annual-meeting/general-information

 

November 20, 2017

New Listing
Peace-Building (2017 Fall Lecture Series)
Catholic Theological Union

As we ‘read the signs of the times’ and seek to respond to them, we will engage key areas of religious life through lenses of scripture, tradition, interdisciplinary studies, and the arts. We will explore our theological and religious imagination; discern key elements of community longed for and needed in the world today; consider hope as it is vital for our time; and examine ethical issues to which consecrated life is called to witness. The Fall Lecture Series is held each Monday (starting September 11 and running through December 4) from 7:00pm to 8:00pm.

Site: CTU Campus, Chicago, Illinois
Registration: $15 per lecture
http://www.ctu.edu/lecturefall_2017

 

November 27, 2017

New Listing
Cries of the Earth, Cries of the People (2017 Fall Lecture Series)
Catholic Theological Union

As we ‘read the signs of the times’ and seek to respond to them, we will engage key areas of religious life through lenses of scripture, tradition, interdisciplinary studies, and the arts. We will explore our theological and religious imagination; discern key elements of community longed for and needed in the world today; consider hope as it is vital for our time; and examine ethical issues to which consecrated life is called to witness. The Fall Lecture Series is held each Monday (starting September 11 and running through December 4) from 7:00pm to 8:00pm.

Site: CTU Campus, Chicago, Illinois
Registration: $15 per lecture
http://www.ctu.edu/lecturefall_2017

 

November 27-30, 2017

Encore Priests: Pre-Retirement Workshop for Priests
Saint Meinrad Seminary & School of Theology

This workshop is designed for priests in their 60s or approaching retirement. Encore Priests prepares priests for their transition into retirement. Of course, priests never fully retire. By the very nature of the sacrament of Holy Orders, priests always have some form of priestly ministry. But how can a mature priest transition into a retirement that is meaningful and vital? If you're a priest nearing retirement age, this workshop is designed to help you: plan for the transition into retirement; make your retirement meaningful and purposeful; discover your strengths and your likely challenges, and how to best engage both; discover the 15 spiritual growth factors that can transform retirement into an energizing time of personal and spiritual development; and learn the steps to make the most of your retirement.

Site: Saint Meinrad Seminary, Saint Meinrad, Indiana
Registration: $600 fee; $75 per night room and board
http://www.saintmeinrad.edu/priests-ongoing-formation/encore-priests/pre-retirement-preparation/

 

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December 4, 2017

New Listing
Creating Communities (2017 Fall Lecture Series)
Catholic Theological Union

As we ‘read the signs of the times’ and seek to respond to them, we will engage key areas of religious life through lenses of scripture, tradition, interdisciplinary studies, and the arts. We will explore our theological and religious imagination; discern key elements of community longed for and needed in the world today; consider hope as it is vital for our time; and examine ethical issues to which consecrated life is called to witness. This is the last lecture of the 2017 Fall Lecture Series.

Site: CTU Campus, Chicago, Illinois
Registration: $15 per lecture
http://www.ctu.edu/lecturefall_2017

 

December 7, 2017

The World Will Be Saved by Beauty: Reflections from Dorothy Day’s Granddaughter
Dominican University

Join Kate Hennessy for "The World Will Be Saved by Beauty: Reflections from Dorothy Day's Granddaughter". Kate Hennessy presents with illuminating detail the biographical story of her grandmother, Dorothy Day, and her mother, Tamar Hennessy. She draws from memories, diaries, and family letters as she explores the themes of love, suffering, voluntary poverty, pacifism, and what it means to perform the works of mercy. Like her grandmother, Kate Hennessey, is a prolific writer, most recently the author of Dorothy Day: The World Will Be Saved By Beauty: An Intimate Portrait of My Grandmother.

Site: Dominican University Campus, River Forest, Illinois
Registration: $10
http://events.dom.edu/world-saved-by-beauty

 

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January 9-12, 2018

The Gospel of Peace in Dynamic Engagement with the World of Islam
Overseas Ministries Study Center

This seminar explores the [Christian] church bearing witness to the Gospel of peace in dynamic engagement with Muslims whether in contexts of militancy or in settings of moderation. We also study the mission of Muslims to extend the peace of Islam as well as examine Islamic and Christian theologies that have nurtured militancy. Accounts of faithful witness to the peace of Christ will be presented with presented practical insights on cultivating peacemaking commitments.

Site: New Haven, Connecticut
Registration: $150
http://www.omsc.org/event-schedule/2018/1/9/the-gospel-of-peace-in-dynamic-engagement-with-the-world-of-islam

 

January 18-22, 2018

Save the Date
NCOD Pastoral Week 2018
National Catholic Office for the Deaf

Site: Seattle, Washington
http://ncod.org/

 

January 26-27, 2018

Save the Date
Thomas Aquinas and the Greek Fathers
Aquinas Center for Theological Renewal at Ave Maria University and the Thomistic Institute

Site: Ave Maria, Florida
https://www.aveconferences.com/aquinas-greekfathers

 

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February 5-8, 2018

New Listing
Save the Date
NOCERCC Convention 2018
National Organization for Continuing Education of Roman Catholic Clergy

Site: Orange, California
http://www.nocercc.org/

 

February 23, 2018

New Listing
Living Every Day with Passion & Purpose
Dynamic Catholic

Living Everyday with Passion & Purpose led by Matthew Kelly, invites us all to identify God's voice in our lives and the specific purpose for which we've been created. Matthew inspires attendees to apply the genius of Catholicism to every aspect of our lives including prayer and spirituality, work, dating and marriage, personal finances, health and wellbeing, parenting, and community involvement. Matthew Kelly, and musician, Eliot Morris, prepares a unique message inspired by God and the teachings of the Church that promises to radiate in your life. Consider this: Most people take more time to plan their annual vacation than they do to discover the voice of God and His plan for their life.

Site: Holy Family Catholic Church, Brentwood, Tennessee
Registration: $39
https://cart.dynamiccatholic.com/Passion-and-Purpose-Nashville-TN-p/ppl022318.htm

 

February 24, 2018

New Listing
Living Every Day with Passion & Purpose
Dynamic Catholic

Living Everyday with Passion & Purpose led by Matthew Kelly, invites us all to identify God's voice in our lives and the specific purpose for which we've been created. Matthew inspires attendees to apply the genius of Catholicism to every aspect of our lives including prayer and spirituality, work, dating and marriage, personal finances, health and wellbeing, parenting, and community involvement. Matthew Kelly, and musician, Eliot Morris, prepares a unique message inspired by God and the teachings of the Church that promises to radiate in your life. Consider this: Most people take more time to plan their annual vacation than they do to discover the voice of God and His plan for their life.

Site: Catholic Church of the Incarnation, Collierville, Tennessee
Registration: $39
https://cart.dynamiccatholic.com/Passion-and-Purpose-Memphis-TN-p/ppl022418.htm

 

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Benedict Backwards
Reading the Rule in the 21st Century
Terrence G. Kardong

In Benedict Backwards, Terrence Kardong builds the case that the Rule of Benedict is best read "backwards," that is, with emphasis on the last chapters, not the first ones. Benedict starts out dependent on the Rule of the Master, but he ends on a much more self-assured note, revealing more about his own thoughts on matters of monastic life. Kardong shows the final chapters of the Rule are primarily about community, and they provide insight into Benedict's vision for his monks.
ISBN: 978-0-8146-4618-2, 142 pages, $17.95 paperback
Liturgical Press

 

Characters of the Reformation
Hilaire Belloc

In one of his most fascinating books, Anglo-French writer Hilaire Belloc presents in bold colors the twenty-three principal characters of the Protestant Reformation. He focuses primarily on those figures who changed the course of English history, analyzing their strengths, mistakes, motives and deeds. Belloc, who served in Parliament from 1906 to 1910, underscores his study of these powerful personalities with the fact that Christendom was once a single entity under the authority of the Catholic Church. Until the Reformation, he argues, each country viewed itself as a part of the whole. Many European princes, however, resented the power of the Pope. The Reformation, aided by the rise of nationalism, was a means for them to shake off Papal authority and to rule their territories independently. It also gave European monarchs control over the Church and its property in their realms, including the taxes that would normally be sent to Rome.
ISBN: 978-1-62164-137-7, 264 pages, $15.95 paperback
Ignatius Press

 

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Christian Preaching and Worship in Multicultural Contexts
A Practical Theological Approach
Eunjoo Mary Kim

Can Christian preaching and worship in multicultural contexts be more faithful to the Christian gospel and more meaningful and memorable to worshipers? In this book, Eunjoo Mary Kim explores this theological and liturgical concern and proposes a paradigm shift from monocultural to multicultural worship. This volume will help preachers and worship leaders, as well as homiletics and liturgics scholars, seek theological and biblical wisdom for the practice of Christian preaching and worship in multicultural contexts. Kim also provides homiletical and liturgical insights into this practice. By integrating this paradigm shift, ministers and worshipers can participate in a life worthy of living together in our multicultural world.
ISBN: 978-0-8146-6320-2, 240 pages, $29.95 paperback
Liturgical Press

 

A Course in Christian Mysticism
Thomas Merton

Thomas Merton's lectures to the young monastics at the Abbey of Gethsemani provide a good look at Merton the scholar. A Course in Christian Mysticism gathers together, for the first time, the best of these talks into a spiritual, historical, and theological survey of Christian mysticism—from St. John's gospel to St. John of the Cross. Sixteen centuries are covered over thirteen lectures. A general introduction sets the scene for when and how the talks were prepared and for the perennial themes one finds in them, making them relevant for spiritual seekers today. This compact volume allows anyone to learn from one of the twentieth century's greatest Catholic spiritual teachers. The study materials at the back of the book, including additional primary source readings and thoughtful questions for reflection and discussion, make this an essential text for any student of Christian mysticism.
ISBN: 978-0-8146-4508-6, 256 pages, $19.95 paperback
Liturgical Press

 

Father Brown and the Ten Commandments
Selected Mystery Stories by G.K. Chesterton
John Peterson, Editor

This unique collection of Father Brown mysteries links tales by G.K. Chesterton with the Ten Commandments. The connection is often surprising, however, for the criminal is not necessarily the worst sinner in the story, nor is his crime necessarily the worst offense. When Chesterton created the character of Father Brown, he brought a new dimension to mystery stories—the distinction between crime and sin. As the priest-detective applies his powers of observation to solve a case, he picks up clues about other offenses, such as those against the Sabbath or one's parents. Father Brown's main concern is not the laws of the State but the Commandments of God. This edition includes footnotes not available in other versions, which help to clarify the literary and historical allusions made by Father Brown.
ISBN: 978-1-62164-035-6, 255 pages, $16.95 paperback
Ignatius Press

 

The Holy Spirit, Fire of Divine Love
Fr. Wilfrid Stinissen

Acclaimed spiritual writer Fr. Wilfrid Stinissen presents insightful reflections on the Holy Spirit, the third Person of the Holy Trinity, emphasizing the importance of the Spirit in the life of a Christian. He illustrates that the Holy Spirit desires to live in us so that we can love God and others with God's own love. As the Holy Spirit descended upon the early Church at Pentecost to set the world ablaze with the fire of divine love, so He wants to do with us. God, who is One, also desires the Church to be one, Fr. Stinissen writes. The Lord wants to unify all Christians in one holy Church, and all people in one body. The Holy Spirit is the great unifier, he says, for it is he who makes the Father and the Son one God. If Christians let him live within them, they will grow in unity.
ISBN: 978-1-62164-111-7, 160 pages, $14.95 paperback
Ignatius Press

 

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I Have Learned From the Least
My Life, My Hopes
Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle

Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle, the archbishop of Manila and one of the leading voices of the Asian Church, has emerged in this era of Pope Francis as an example of a shepherd who “has the smell of the sheep.” Narrated in the form of an interview, this memoir traces his upbringing in humble circumstances, his early vocation to the priesthood followed by theological studies in the United States, service on the International Theological Commission, and his surprising rise in the hierarchy of the Philippine Church and on the world stage. With unusual openness and frankness, Cardinal Tagle freely shares his thoughts on religious pluralism, social justice, an ethic of ecology, and the challenges facing the church in the twenty-first century. His deep commitment to the poor and an ardent faith in the gospel message shine clearly throughout these memories and reflections.
ISBN: 978-1-62698-241-3, 144, pages, $20 paperback
Orbis Books

 

Incarnation
A New Evolutionary Threshold
Diarmuid O’Murchu

The incarnation and resurrection of Jesus, writes Diarmuid O’Murchu, marks a new evolutionary threshold and points the way towards the fulfillment of our destiny. We can continue in that direction…or destroy ourselves. It is our choice: to co-create with God, or co-destruct on our own. Incarnation shows us what we need to know to choose rightly. Incarnation reveals how the notion of separateness – of “others” and “borders” and the earth as an object to exploit – endangers everyone and everything. O'Murchu expands the Christian idea of Incarnation to reveal a universal embodiment of Spirit. He shows how all forms of embodiment – from bacteria to the stars, from our children to strangers – evidence a God who loves bodies, and chooses the corporeal form in every initiative of co-creation.
ISBN: 978-1-62698-235-2, 248 pages, $25 paperback
Orbis Books

 

Jesus the God-Man
The Unity and Diversity of the Gospel Portrayals
Darrell L. Bock and Benjamin I. Simpson

Why four Gospels rather than one? What should we do with the different emphases they present? Given the different ways they present Jesus, how can we put together all that Jesus taught and appreciate how the Gospels show us who Jesus is? This clear, compact introduction surveys what the Gospels tell us about who Jesus is by exploring his teachings and actions in their contexts. Darrell Bock and Benjamin Simpson treat the Gospels as reliable sources for a plausible portrait of Jesus. They open up fresh ways to appreciate how the Gospels work, explaining that the four Gospels, when taken together, help us to see Jesus with depth. Major Gospel themes are treated as are the distinct emphases in each Gospel, thus demonstrating why four Gospels about Jesus are better than one combined account.
ISBN: 9780801097782, 208 pages, $19.99 paperback, Publisher: Baker Publishing House
Amazon.com

 

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Out of the Blue
A History of Lightning: Science, Superstition, and Amazing Stories of Survival
John S. Friedman

Herman Melville called it “God’s burning finger.” The ancient Romans feared it as the wrath of God. Today we have a more scientific understanding, so why our eternal fascination with lightning? Out of the Blue attempts to understand this towering force of nature, exploring the changing perceptions of lightning from the earliest civilizations through Benjamin Franklin’s revolutionary experiments to the hair-raising adventures of storm chasers like David Hoadley, who’s been chronicling extreme weather for half a century. Combining captivating fact with thrilling personal stories, Out of the Blue tells a remarkable true tale of fate and coincidence, science and superstition. It is a book for sports enthusiasts, outdoor adventurers, science and weather buffs, nature lovers, and anyone who has ever been awed or frightened by the sight of lightning.
ISBN: 9780385341165, 304 pages, $16 paperback
Penguin Random House

 

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A Pastor’s Toolbox 2
More Management Skills for Parish Leadership
Paul A. Holmes

This follow-up volume provides all new information, insights, and practical tools that pastors need to handle the complexities of parish management in the twenty-first century. Sixteen contributors from across the country deliver key content that focuses on promoting excellence and best practices in the areas of management, finances, communications, and human resources development. The book is an outgrowth of the Toolbox for Pastoral Management, a nationally recognized joint project of Leadership Roundtable and Seton Hall University.
ISBN: 978-0-8146-4670-0, 186 pages, $19.95 paperback
Liturgical Press

 

Pope Francis and the Theology of the People
Rafael Luciani

Pope Francis has offered a bold challenge to an “economy that kills,” identifying in particular a form of globalization that turns people into disposable consumers and increases the widening gap between the rich and poor. In doing so, he has drawn not only from the social teaching of the Latin American Church, but also in a particular way from a school of theology that arose in Argentina called “Theology of the People.” A type of liberation theology, it emphasizes respect for the culture and popular religious expressions of the poor.
ISBN: 978-1-62698-252-9, 224 pages, $28 paperback
Orbis Books

 

Pope Francis’ Revolution of Tenderness and Love
Theological & Pastoral Perspectives
Walter Kasper

Outlines the significant influences that have led Cardinal Kasper to call Francis a pope leading a radical revolution of tenderness and love-radical because it is rooted in the gospel.
ISBN: 978-08091-0623-3, $16.95 hardcover
Paulist Press

 

Saint Mary Magdalene
Prophetess of Eucharistic Love
Sean Davidson

This work is an extended meditation on the life of Saint Mary Magdalene, known as the "Apostle to the Apostles" because the Risen Christ appeared to her first and then sent her to announce the Resurrection to the apostles. Based on the biblical texts traditionally associated with Mary Magdalene, this book helps readers to learn from her inspiring example and to enter more deeply into adoration of Jesus Christ truly present in the Blessed Sacrament. In telling the story of Mary Magdalene's profound conversion after the Lord had to expel seven demons from her soul, this book shows how she is a shining witness to the transforming power of an encounter with Jesus Christ. Mary Magdalene is the perfect model for those who have experienced the redeeming love of Christ and who seek to deepen their devotion to him and to the Eucharist.
ISBN: 978-1-62164-092-9, 208 page, $16.95 paperback
Ignatius Press

 

The Sin of White Supremacy
Christianity, Racism, & Religious Diversity in America
Jeannine Hill Fletcher

How have Christian theologies of religious superiority underwritten ideologies of white supremacy in the United States? According to Hill Fletcher, the tendency of Christians to view themselves as the “chosen ones” has often been translated into racial categories as well. In other words, Christian supremacy has historically lent itself to white supremacy, with disastrous consequences. How might we start to disentangle the two? Hill Fletcher proposes educational strategies that will help foster racial healing in America, the first of which is to demand of white Christians that they accept their responsibility for racist policies and structural discrimination in America.
ISBN: 978-1-62698-237-6, 216 pages, $28 paperback
Orbis Books

 

Witnesses to Mystery
Investigations into Christ’s Relics
Grzegorz Gorny and Janusz Rosikon

In this lavishly illustrated large coffee-table volume, writer Gorny and photographer Rosikon embarked on a two year investigative journey to seek the truth behind all the relics associated with the passion of Christ. The authors investigated a rich body of documentary evidence found in various museums, archives and churches surrounding sacred objects believed to have been preserved since Jesus' lifetime, exploring and collaborating with historians and scientists in their attempt to verify the relics' authenticity. They reach their conclusions not so much on the basis of faith as on the evidence supplied by historical sources and expert scientific opinion. The relics associated with the Passion - the suffering, death and burial of Christ - have long proved something of an enigma for the scientific community. Relics investigated, and photographed, for this glorious volume include: the Cross, nails, crown of thorns, pillar of scourging, Christ's tunic, the Veil of Manoppello, the Sudarium of Oviedo, the famous Shroud of Turin burial cloth and more.
ISBN: 978-1-58617-844-4, 336 pages, $34.95 hardcover
Ignatius Press

 

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Written Out of History
The Forgotten Founders Who Fought Big Government
Mike Lee

In the earliest days of our nation, a handful of unsung heroes—including women, slaves, and an Iroquois chief—made crucial contributions to our republic. They pioneered the ideas that led to the Bill of Rights, the separation of powers, and the abolition of slavery. Yet, their faces haven’t been printed on our currency or carved into any cliffs. Instead, they were marginalized, silenced, or forgotten—sometimes by an accident of history, sometimes by design. Senator Mike Lee, one of the most consistent and impassioned opponents of an abusive federal government, tells the story of liberty’s forgotten heroes. In these pages, you’ll learn the true stories of founders such as: Aaron Burr who is depicted in the popular musical Hamilton and in history books as a villain, but in reality was a far more complicated figure who fought the abuse of executive power; Mercy Otis Warren, one of the most prominent female writers in the Revolution and a protégé of John Adams, who engaged in vigorous debates against the encroachment of federal power and ultimately broke with Adams over her fears of the Constitution; and Canasatego, an Iroquois chief whose words taught Benjamin Franklin the basic principles behind the separation of powers.
ISBN: 9780399564451, 256 pages, $27 hardcover
Penguin Random House

 

You Are What You Love
The Spiritual Power of Habit
James K.A. Smith

You are what you love. But you might not love what you think. In this book, award-winning author James K.A. Smith shows that who and what we worship fundamentally shape our hearts. And while we desire to shape culture, we are not often aware of how culture shapes us. We might not realize the ways our hearts are being taught to love rival gods instead of the One for whom we were made. Smith helps readers recognize the formative power of culture and the transformative possibilities of Christian practices. He explains that worship is the "imagination station" that incubates our loves and longings so that our cultural endeavors are indexed toward God and his kingdom. This is why the church and worshiping in a local community of believers should be the hub and heart of Christian formation and discipleship. ISBN: 978-1587433801, 224 pages, $11.24 hardcover, Brazos Press
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