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

O God of Loveliness
The Poetry of St. Alphonsus
Patrick Corbett, CSsR

Father Luis Olivares, A Biography
Faith, Politics and the Origins of the Sanctuary Movement in Los Angeles
Mario T. Garcia

Can A Scientist Believe in Miracles?
An MIT Professor Answers Questions on God and Science
Ian Hutchinson

A Church in Motion
Reflections on Contemporary Catholic Life
Fr. William Byron, SJ

. . . plus African saints, Franciscan saints, extraterrestrial life, angels at our side and other subjects. Explore...

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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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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 for registration instructions.


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.


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.


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.

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.

 Listings and links reviewed: March 2017

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October 25, 2018
2:00pm ET

New Listing
Living Virtuously through Social Media
National Catholic Educational Association

Social media's use for information and self-expression can sometimes become an outlet for angry rants, misinformation and indiscretion. Media mindfulness is built on the foundation of critical inquiry, bringing one's values into conversation with the media messages. But what do we really value? Are those values congruent with the virtues? Virtues are habits of being that promote respect as the core of a happy life. How can we live the good life within a digital culture? Participants will go away with valuable tools for teaching virtues within a media context.

Site: Online
Registration: No Charge


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October 15-19, 2018

World Priest Workshop
Saint Meinrad Seminary & School of Theology

The World Priest Workshop assists international priests in managing a successful transition into effective ministry in the United States. Presentations address the cultural orientation needs of international mission priests as outlined in Guidelines for Receiving Pastoral Ministers in the United States, 3rd edition (USCCB, 2014) and Bridging the Gap: International Priests Ministering in the United States (Our Sunday Visitor, 2014). Topics covered are: U.S. Catholic Church History and Identity; Introduction to U.S. Speech Patterns; Cultural Patters; Cross-Cultural Competence and Communication; and Pastoral Practices in the United States.

Site: St. Meinrad, Indiana
Registration: $700 (includes meals and overnight accommodations, program fee and printed materials)


October 20, 2018

Find Your Greatness
Dynamic Catholic

Our lives change when our habits change. Based on Matthew Kelly’s book The Four Signs of a Dynamic Catholic, Find Your Greatness will introduce you to four simple ways to reach your full potential. This half-day event features live music and includes a free bag of Dynamic Catholic resources for every attendee. Speaker: Dominick Albano

Site: Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin
Registration: $25


October 21, 2018

Find Your Greatness
Dynamic Catholic

Our lives change when our habits change. Based on Matthew Kelly’s book The Four Signs of a Dynamic Catholic, Find Your Greatness will introduce you to four simple ways to reach your full potential. This half-day event features live music and includes a free bag of Dynamic Catholic resources for every attendee. Speaker: Dominick Albano

Site: Amherst, Wisconsin
Registration: $25


October 25, 2018

New Listing
Evening of Unity
Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center

State Senator Julie Morrison explores the challenges faced by immigrant children in the U.S. today and how, together, we can help them. Rev. Dr. Norval Brown, Senior Pastor, Christ United Methodist Church, Deerfield, moderates with a panel drawn from the fields of education, law, and social services.

Site: Skokie, Illinois
Registration: Free but reservations are required


October 25-27, 2018

USCMA 2018 Conference
United States Catholic Mission Association

Pope Francis reminds us that our encounter with Christ is at the heart of our faith. In Evangelii Gaudium, the Holy Father exhorts all Catholics to live with a missionary zeal and not to leave the work of evangelization to a handful of religious. To that end, USCMA strives to convene, connect, and collaborate with missionary orders, groups, and parish-based mission-minded faithful to promote mission and global solidarity. The annual conference is an opportunity for people of faith to come together to share their experience of living missionary discipleship.

Site: Quincy, Massachusetts
Member $325 before September 21; $375 after / Nonmember $425


October 28-31, 2018

ICSC 56th Annual Conference
International Catholic Stewardship Council

Since 1965, ICSC has hosted annual conferences in cities across North America. Hundreds of pastors, diocesan directors of stewardship and development, parish and school leaders, professional firms, Catholic associations and religious congregations from around the world come together each year for presentations, workshops, liturgies and major addresses. Timely topics by knowledgeable and experienced speakers fill a comprehensive program. Experts share practical information and experiences that have proven successful. Inspiring liturgies, annual award presentations, networking luncheons, engaging receptions and specialized exhibits supplement this worthwhile event.

Site: Nashville, Tennessee
Registration: Member $599 / Nonmember $1,199


October 30 – November 2, 2018

2018 RCRI National Conference
Resource Center for Religious Institutes

The 2018 Conference Planning Committee has developed a wide ranging program covering topics you have suggested as well as workshops that we hope will assist you in planning for the future of your institutes. This year’s conference theme is Pastoral Conversion: Structures in Service of Mission reflecting Pope Francis’ insistence that personal conversion is not enough; religious institutes are called to align our structures to the mission of the Church today. Among the highlights of the 2018 conference will be the address by our keynote speaker, Most Reverend Christophe Pierre, Apostolic Nuncio to the United States, on Tuesday evening, October 30.

Site: Orlando, Florida
Registration: Member $500 before September 14; $550 after / Nonmember $850 before September 14; $900 after


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November 1-5, 2018

NRVC 2018 Convocation
National Religious Vocation Conference

Convocation is the place to gather for outstanding keynote speakers, networking opportunities, and lively discussions. Come celebrate NRVC’s 30th anniversary and the culture of vocations it creates! There is no better way to lead into National Vocation Awareness Week. Join participants from across the country for this time of prayer, encounter, formation, and community. With a theme of "Walk with me: Encounter, Accompaniment, and Invitation," the convocation will feature NRVC's trademark quality presentations, outstanding liturgies, and plenty of opportunities to network and refresh your enthusiasm for vocation ministry.

Site: Buffalo, New York
Registration: Member $595; Nonmember $892


November 1-7, 2018

7th Parliament of the World's Religions
Parliament of the World's Religions

The world’s oldest and most diverse global interfaith event will mark its 125-year anniversary by bringing together leaders and followers of more than 200 spiritual and secular traditions to “pursue global understanding, reconciliation, and change” in the world’s most culturally diverse city. Choosing from 500 or more of the Parliament’s unique forums, participants and invited luminaries will be able to customize an experience that satisfies and expands their interests and strengths. Programs will feature internationally renowned plenary speakers from religious, cultural, and civic institutions, moving cultural performances, artistic exhibitions, and expert trainings in movement building.

Site: Toronto, Ont. Canada
Registration: Full Conference $495 USD; Day Pass $195 USD


November 2-3, 2018

40th Anniversary of Ignatius Press
Ignatius Press

Come join us as we celebrate the 40th Anniversary of Ignatius Press! Along with Ignatius Press founder Fr. Joseph Fessio, SJ, and the men and women of Ignatius Press, you’ll be joining Cardinal Francis Arinze, Peter Kreeft, Fr. Robert Spitzer, SJ, Steve Ray, Michael D. O'Brien, and Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone. We will begin with a dinner and talks on Friday, November 2nd, followed by Mass and a day of speakers on Saturday, November 3rd. We hope you can join us for both!

Site: San Francisco, California
Registration: Friday dinner $65; Saturday Conference $25


November 4-6, 2018

New Listing
Introduction to Christianity at 50
McGrath Institute for Church Life, University of Notre Dame

Organized to mark the 50th anniversary of Joseph Ratzinger's Introduction to Christianity, this conference celebrates a seminal work of the Church's preeminent theologian in the public sphere. With an eye to continuing the task begun in the Introduction, the conference invites us to consider the book’s historical context and theological strategy as we reimagine the work of articulating the Christian mysteries in an increasingly post-Christian age. The conference is for anyone involved in the task of communicating the faith, especially those whose work lies at the intersection of the academy and the Church.

Site: Notre Dame, Indiana
Registration: The conference is free but you are asked to register


November 4-9, 2018

Becoming a Pastor
St. Mary's Seminary & University

A conference for newly minted pastors or for priests who will soon be appointed to the pastorate. Presented by the Center for Continuing Formation.

Site: Baltimore, Maryland
Registration: $925


November 5-8, 2018

The Newly Appointed Pastor (Effective Pastoring Workshop)
Saint Meinrad Seminary & School of Theology

This three-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.

Site: St. Meinrad, Indiana
Registration: $600 (includes meals, overnight accommodations, program fee and printed materials)


November 8-11, 2018

2018 National Conference on Faith-Based Service
Catholic Volunteer Network

Lead with Courage – Follow with Faith. 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. 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. A series of keynote speakers will be featured and participants will be offered the opportunity to attend valuable workshops on all aspects of program management and operation.

Site: Baltimore, Maryland
Registration: Member $350 by October 10; $375 after / Nonmember $400 by October 10; $425 after


November 9-11, 2018

Healing our Wounds from the Inside Out
St. Francis Center for Renewal

A deeper look at the way we are all living our lives. 
What happens when we stop believing that change will only happen “out there,” and begin to realize that we are the world, and healing begins from the inside out. Presenter: Paula D'Arcy

Site: Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
Registration: $225 (includes room and board)


November 9-11, 2018

Catholic Social Workers' 2018 Conference
Catholic Social Workers' National Association

Catholic Social Workers National Association is a Professional Membership Association that was formed on the belief that professional associations should support not only your profession, but also your beliefs, values, and your faith. CSWNA has been established for social workers who are faithful to the teachings of the church and are looking for support and direction within their profession based upon church teachings. Catholic Social Workers National Association affirms and supports the teachings and beliefs of the Roman Catholic Church.

Site: Washington, DC
Registration: Members $125 / Nonmembers $175 / Religious $50


November 14-15, 2018

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. The seminar gives an introduction to Intercultural Theology through its aesthetic dimension and explains basic terminology and theories of this thriving new field.

Site: New Haven, Connecticut
Registration: $150


November 17-20, 2018

AAR 2018 Annual Meetings
American Academy of Religion

The 2018 Annual Meetings in Denver, Colorado, November 17–20, hosted by the American Academy of Religion and Society of Biblical Literature, is the world's largest gathering of scholars interested in the study of religion. More than 1,000 events take place during the Annual Meetings, including a plethora of academic sessions, workshops, meetings, receptions, and tours. The Annual Meetings Employment Center provides job seekers and employers a convenient, private setting for interviews. The Annual Meetings Exhibit Hall, with more than 130 publishers exhibiting, is the best place to review the latest publications within the field. The Annual Meetings offers unparalleled opportunities to engage with leading scholars and scholarship within the field of religion.

Site: Denver, Colorado
Registration Member: $325 by November 15; $375 onsite
Registration Nonmember: $495 by November 15; $545 onsite


November 19, 2018

David Haas In Concert
Shalom Spirituality Center

Enjoy a concert with David Haas in Shalom Spirituality Center’s beautiful, historic chapel. Haas is highly regarded as one of the most prolific composers in liturgical music today. His songs, including “You Are Mine,” “Blest Are They,” and “We Are Called,” are in the hymnals of many Christian denominations.

Site: Dubuque, Iowa
Offering: $20 in advance; $25 at the door  Note: Registration not required, but is appreciated  then scroll down (at least halfway) to the concert listing


November 26-29, 2018

Pre-Retirement Workshop for Priests (Encore 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; Learn the steps to make the most of your retirement.

Site: St. Meinrad, Indiana
Registration: $650 (includes meals and overnight accommodations, fees and printed materials)


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December 2018

Details will be posted as soon as events are announced. Thank you for your interest.

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January 7-10, 2019

Men's Alumni Winter Seminar
Guest House

This retreat will build on the spirituality of the Twelve Steps and the writings of Pope Francis. The goal will be to look at everyday life as the place of encounter with God; the place where He invites us to healing, freedom and new life. Karl Rahner writes, “The Christian of the future will be a mystic or he will not exist at all.” The mystic is the one who opens his eyes to God’s presence in the midst of the ordinariness of everyday life. This idea is the goal of the spiritual awakening of the Twelve Steps, “improving our conscious contact with God” which brings us the gifts of sobriety, happiness and inner peace.

Site: Fort Myers Beach, Florida
Registration: $515 (includes room and board)


January 10-14, 2019

Pastoral Week 2019
National Catholic Office for the Deaf

The bond between Deaf Culture and the Catholic Church has remained a vital one since the 18th century, when Abbe Charles L'Epee, a French priest established the first school for deaf people in the world! Here in the United States the Catholic Church has devoted over 150 years to serving Deaf and Hard of Hearing Individuals as well as promoting their full participation in the life of the Church and their community. First established in 1971, NCOD strives to empower Deaf and Hard of Hearing Catholics—a culturally rich community with common language and experience—and assist them to answer God’s call to Holiness which is common to all members of the Body of Christ. This year's Pastoral Week theme is "Follow His Star."

Site: Fort Worth, Texas
Registration: Member $369 by October 31, $399 by December 1; $470 after / Nonmember $469 by October 31; $499 by December 1; $570 after


January 17, 2019

March for Life 2019 (Conference)
March for Life

The March for Life Conference is designed to provide marchers with in-depth education on the yearly theme. The speakers and training sessions will provide information and training tools for marchers to go back to their communities equipped to make a difference for life in their communities.

Site: Washington, DC
Registration: $30


January 18, 2019

March for Life 2019 (Rally and March)
March for Life

The 46th March for Life in Washington, D.C., began as a small demonstration and rapidly grew to be the largest pro-life event in the world. The peaceful demonstration that has followed on this somber anniversary every year since 1973 is a witness to the truth concerning the greatest human rights violation of our time, legalized abortion on demand.

Site: Washington, DC
Registration: (See website for details on registering) 


January 26, 2019

Accompanying Youth
Center for Ministry Development

Accompaniment is our model for ministry with youth and their families. God began the conversation with young people; our job is to pay attention to what God is doing in the lives of young people, walk with youth as they grow in discipleship, and help them discern their response to God’s plan for their life. This workshop will explore ways to help youth pray and discern their vocation. It is designed for all parish leaders whose ministries touch the lives of adolescents and their families—including pastors, deacons, pastoral associates, coordinators of youth ministry, leaders in faith formation and catechists, Confirmation preparation leaders, and service/social concerns leaders.

Site: New Orleans, Louisiana
Registration: $54 (includes workshop, lunch, materials)

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February 2-5, 2019

Catholic Social Ministry Gathering
United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

The Catholic Social Ministry Gathering is organized by the Department of Justice, Peace and Human Development in collaboration with 7 other USCCB departments and 15 national Catholic organizations. Each year the Catholic Social Ministry Gathering provides an excellent opportunity for Catholic leaders to Connect, Learn, Pray and Advocate!

Connect with social ministry colleagues from across the United States. Share best practices, plan for emerging needs and identify areas for cooperation. Learn the broader context of Catholic social ministry. Get informed on domestic and global challenges to human life and dignity, justice and peace. Bring your experience and perspective of your diocese, organization and faith community. Pray together to renew our vision for mission. Wonderful liturgies will mark our gathering. Advocate for policies to protect and support people suffering poverty and injustice. In this defining experience of the Gathering, our meetings and prayer flows directly to Capitol Hill, where as one faith community we bring our concerns and proposals to defend and empower the most vulnerable.

Site: Washington, DC
Registration: $350 by November 5, 2018; $430 by January 1, 2019; $510 after


February 25-27, 2019

NOCERCC Convention 2019
National Organization for Continuing Education of Roman Catholic Clergy

The Senior Moment: The Fulfillment of a Priestly Life. The National Organization for Continuing Education of Roman Catholic Clergy (NOCERCC) is a membership association of dioceses, religious communities, and other interested organizations and individuals committed to the Church’s mission to promote and support ongoing formation for priests and presbyterates. Speakers will include Fr. Ronald Rolheiser, OMI; Dr. Mariette Danilo, Dr. Kevin McClone, and Deacon Steven DeMartino.

Site: Austin, Texas
Registration: Member $975; Nonmember $1,275


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March 21-23, 2019

New Listing
2019 Catholic Social Tradition Conference
University of Notre Dame

This biennial conference sponsored by the Center for Social Concerns at the University of Notre Dame will explore how Catholic social tradition can engage academics and practitioners in the challenges of the most marginalized and vulnerable people in societies today, as well as how the development and impact of the Latin American theological concept of Option for the Poor has been globally embraced to build a more just and humane world. If the moral test of a society is how it treats vulnerable people, the signs of the times suggest there is significant room for improvement in communities around the world. By assembling experts in Catholic social ethics, the conference seeks to identify social issues with practical responses adequate to address the difficulty of resulting injustices.

Site: Notre Dame, Indiana
Registration: $225 by January 31; $250 after


March 22-24, 2019

New Listing
RECongress 2019
The Los Angeles Catholic Archdiocese Office of Religious Education

The Religious Education Congress 2019 will offer over 300 workshops and keynotes, over a dozen liturgy and prayer experiences, lunchtime entertainment and evening concerts, a film showcase, over 250 exhibitors, Sacred Space, an Art Exhibit, live Internet Arena (English) and Hall B (Spanish) events, the Opening Event streamed into Hall B, and so much more. Still the best bargain for adults around, wrapped into a three-day weekend!

Site: Anaheim, California
Registration: $75 by January 25, 2019; $85 after


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African Saints
Saints, Martyrs, and Holy People from the Continent of Africa
Frederick Quinn

Read essays on ninety holy people who have impacted the Continent of Africa. Also included in this book are powerful African prayers, proverbs and wise sayings.

Product ID: 2357, $22.95 softcover
Josephite Pastoral Center


The Battle for Bonhoeffer
Debating Discipleship in the Age of Trump
Stephen R. Haynes

The figure of Dietrich Bonhoeffer (1906–1945) has become a clay puppet in modern American politics. Secular, radical, liberal, and evangelical interpreters variously shape and mold the martyr’s legacy to suit their own pet agendas. Stephen Haynes offers an incisive and clarifying perspective. A recognized Bonhoeffer expert, Haynes examines “populist” readings of Bonhoeffer, including the acclaimed biography by Eric Metaxas, Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy. In his analysis Haynes treats, among other things, the November 2016 election of Donald Trump and the “Bonhoeffer moment” announced by evangelicals in response to the US Supreme Court’s 2015 decision to legalize same-sex marriage. The Battle for Bonhoeffer includes an open letter from Haynes pointedly addressing Christians who still support Trump. Bonhoeffer’s legacy matters. Haynes redeems the life and the man.

ISBN: 978-0-8028-7601-0, 213 pages, $19.99 softcover
Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.


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Can A Scientist Believe in Miracles?
An MIT Professor Answers Questions on God and Science
Ian Hutchinson

Plasma physicist Ian Hutchinson has been asked hundreds of questions about faith and science: What is faith and what is science? Are they compatible? Are there realities science cannot explain? Is God's existence a scientific question? Is the Bible consistent with the modern scientific understanding of the universe? Are there scientific reasons to believe in God? In this comprehensive volume, Hutchinson answers a full range of inquiries with sound scientific insights and measured Christian perspective. Without minimizing challenging questions, he explores how science and Christianity are mutually supportive and intellectually consistent. Both God and science truthfully address our curiosity and destiny. Find answers to your deepest questions.

ISBN: 978-0-8308-4547-7, 288 pages, $18 softcover
InterVarsity Press 


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A Church in Motion
Reflections on Contemporary Catholic Life
Fr. William Byron, SJ

Fr. William Byron, S.J. offers observations and reflections which may stimulate further thought and discussion among those who are walking the way of faith today – the Catholic faith – into an unknown future.

SKU: 5904, $14 softcover
Clear Faith Publishing Company


Come, Lord Jesus, Come!
Advent Daily Living Reminders for Pastoral Musicians and All Who Love to Sing
David Haas

In these pages, David Haas provides for pastoral musicians of every kind – choir members, cantors, instrumentalists, directors, and members of the singing and praying assembly – “daily reminders” that can help mark time throughout each day of the Advent journey. In these brief reflections for individuals, choirs, and ensembles to pray together – ministers of music are given a simple, accessible, prayerful, and challenging path to strengthen them in mission as leaders of sung prayer during this season of waiting and anticipation, preparing all to sing and celebrate the mystery of the Incarnation.

ISBN: n/a, $4.95 softcover
Clear Faith Publishing Company


Hidden Worlds and the Quest for Extraterrestrial Life
Donald Goldsmith

Astronomers have recently discovered thousands of planets that orbit stars throughout our Milky Way galaxy. With his characteristic wit and style, Donald Goldsmith presents the science of exoplanets and the search for extraterrestrial life in a way that Earthlings with little background in astronomy or astrophysics can understand and enjoy. The quest to find other worlds brims with possibility. Exoplanets shows how astronomers have broadened our planetary horizons, and suggests what may come next, including the ultimate discovery: life beyond our home planet.

ISBN: 978-0674976900, 272 pages, $24.95 hardcover, Publisher: Harvard University Press -


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Father Luis Olivares, A Biography
Faith, Politics and the Origins of the Sanctuary Movement in Los Angeles
Mario T. Garcia

This is the amazing untold story of the Los Angeles sanctuary movement's champion, Father Luis Olivares (1934–1993), a Catholic priest and a charismatic, faith-driven leader for social justice. Based on previously unexplored archives and over ninety oral histories, this compelling biography traces the life of a complex and constantly evolving individual, from Olivares's humble beginnings in San Antonio, Texas, to his close friendship with legendary civil rights leader Cesar Chavez and his historic leadership of the United Neighborhoods Organization and the sanctuary movement.

ISBN: 978-1469643311, 560 pages, $34.95 hardcover, Publisher: University of North Carolina Press -


The Franciscan Saints
Robert Ellsberg

These 101 spiritual trailblazers span the centuries from Francis and Clare to Solanus Casey and Mychal Judge, with representatives from every walk of life and corner of the world. Each entry features the essential biographical facts and adds the insight and depth only Ellsberg can provide. The author’s sharp eye for signs and stories of holiness in the gritty, messy real world informs his selections, making his work unique. Obscure lay peasants, married activists, and controversial social reformers take pride of place alongside better-known theologians, founders, and canonized saints.

ISBN: 9781632531940, 256 pages, $19.99 softcover
Franciscan Media


His Angels at Our Side
Understanding Their Power in Our Souls and the World
Fr. John Horgan

Meet the mighty spirits sent by God to enlighten and guide us, defend us from harm, and lead us on the path to eternal life. Learn how angels are invisibly present at every moment of your life, and how they can pray with you and for you, amplifying your praise by reflecting it directly to God face-to-face. Angels do not form a separate universe — they are an integral part of our own world sent forth for the sake of our salvation. They are pure spirits who communicate to us God’s grace, His goodness, and His truth.

ISBN: 978-1-68278-030-5, 304 pages, $18.95 softcover, $9.99 eBook
Sophia Institute


A House United
How the Church Can Save the World
Allen Hilton

By entering the culture wars, churchgoers in the United States have ushered the Left and the Right to even greater extremes. Battles over moral issues like abortion rights and homosexuality have now widened to include taxation and size of government, so that specific church affiliation has become an accurate predictor of political party affiliation. The extremists in American politics rely on Christians to be the engine that pushes the culture farther right or left. Allen Hilton believes that religion isn’t inherently divisive, and he suggests a new role for Christianity. Jesus prayed that his disciples might all be one, and this book imagines a proper answer to that prayer in the context of American polarization. Rather than asking people to leave their political and theological beliefs at the church door, Hilton promotes a Christianity that brings people together with their differences. Through God’s transforming work, he writes, we can create a house united that will help our nation come back together. 

ISBN: 9781506401911, 227 pages, $16.99 softcover
Fortress Press


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O God of Loveliness
The Poetry of St. Alphonsus
Patrick Corbett, CSsR

Besides being a renowned moral theologian, St. Alphonsus Liguori has left to the Redemptorist religious family that he founded, and indeed to the wider Church, a rich heritage of spiritual writings. Among these writings is a substantial body of poems, hymns, and works of art that focus on the birth of Jesus, his Passion and on his abiding presence among us in the Eucharist. The love of God, the beauty of solitude, dialogue between Jesus and the loving soul, and the loveliness of Mary also feature prominently. This full-color book contains many of his poems in a fresh English translation, alongside the original Italian and Neapolitan texts. Paintings by St. Alphonsus and other works of art are also included to invite the reader into deeper prayer and contemplation.

Product Code: 963988, 176 pages, $24.99 softcover
Liguori Press


On Reading Well
Finding the Good Life through Great Books
Karen Swallow Prior

Reading great literature well has the power to cultivate virtue. Great literature increases knowledge of and desire for the good life by showing readers what virtue looks like and where vice leads. It is not just what one reads but how one reads that cultivates virtue. Reading good literature well requires one to practice numerous virtues, such as patience, diligence, and prudence. And learning to judge wisely a character in a book, in turn, forms the reader's own character. Acclaimed author Karen Swallow Prior takes readers on a guided tour through works of great literature both ancient and modern, exploring twelve virtues that philosophers and theologians throughout history have identified as most essential for good character and the good life. In reintroducing ancient virtues that are as relevant and essential today as ever, Prior draws on the best classical and Christian thinkers, including Aristotle, Aquinas, and Augustine. Covering authors from Henry Fielding to Cormac McCarthy, Jane Austen to George Saunders, and Flannery O'Connor to F. Scott Fitzgerald, Prior explores some of the most compelling universal themes found in the pages of classic books, helping readers learn to love life, literature, and God through their encounters with great writing. In examining works by these authors and more, Prior shows why virtues such as prudence, temperance, humility, and patience are still necessary for human flourishing and civil society.

ISBN: 9781587433962,m 272 pages, $19.99 hardcover
Baker Publishing Group


Prayer Everywhere
The Spiritual Life Made Simple
Fr. Gary Caster

“The best possible experience of life comes from following Christ. I should know, because I have the best life of anyone I know! The only way to disprove me is to follow Christ and see whether or not I’m right.” Father Gary Caster knows that there can be a confusing number of devotional practices in Catholicism; attending Mass, praying the Rosary, tithing, fasting, performing the Sacraments—all are important, but checking obligations off a list is not the way to a nourished soul. In Prayer Everywhere: The Spiritual Life Made Simple, Father Gary strips Catholicism down to Jesus’s core command: that we let Him love us.
Simple, of course, is not the same as easy. In this practical, conversational and accessible guide, you’ll learn to open the whole of your life to Christ and intentionally make him a vital part of everything you do.

ISBN: 9781632532510, 176 pages, $14.99 softcover
Franciscan Media


Presumed Guilty
Why We Shouldn’t Ask Muslims to Condemn Terrorism
Todd. H. Green

All of us should condemn terrorism–whether the perpetrators are Muslim extremists, white supremacists, Marxist revolutionaries, or our own government. But it's time for us to stop asking Muslims to condemn terrorism under the assumption they are guilty of harboring terrorist sympathies or promoting violence until they prove otherwise. Renowned expert on Islamophobia Todd Green shows us how this line of questioning is riddled with false assumptions that say much more about "us" than "them." Green offers three compelling reasons why we should stop asking Muslims to condemn terrorism: 1) The question wrongly assumes Islam is the driving force behind terrorism, 2) The question ignores the many ways Muslims already condemn terrorism, and 3) The question diverts attention from unjust Western violence. This book is an invitation for self-examination when it comes to the questions we ask of Muslims and ourselves about violence. It will open the door to asking better questions of our Muslim neighbors, questions based not on the presumption of guilt but on the promise of friendship.

ISBN: 9781506420592, 250 pages, $16.99 softcover
Fortress Press


Sagas, Scholars, & Searchers
Why the Bible is the Atheist's Best Friend
Rev. William J. Bausch

The Bible is a much more convoluted, complicated and circuitous than anyone ever thought. It appears to be much more the product of a social evolution from the common stories of other ancient Near Eastern peoples with whom it shares so much (even its gods) than a singular revelation from on high. The Bible, in reality, is an unfinished mosaic of ceaseless interpretations right up to the present day. This book aims to show what is “out there” in current biblical discovery and commentary. What are the scholars saying? How compatible or non-compatible is what they tell us with traditional understandings? How do liberals and conservatives react? Why are people confused? Why do some sincere people find a literal reading of the Bible indigestible but a metaphorical reading unanchored? How do we read the Bible in a modern age? Above all, in these days of dwindling religious affiliation (at least in the western world), what is the Bible’s authority? Keeping up with the Bible is an ongoing and ever shifting enterprise. This book is a frozen snapshot in that flow to give the reader a chance to catch up.

SKU: 072464, $25 softcover
Clear Faith Publishing


Saint Oscar Romero`
Pastor, Prophet, Martry
Kerry Walters

This new biography by Kerry Walters offers an inspiring look at St. Óscar’s life, starting in childhood and then tracing his evolution from a conscientious but unremarkable (and at times curmudgeonly) priest to a heroic prophet and—finally—a martyr, gunned down in 1980 while celebrating mass. The “revolution of Christ’s love” that so moved St. Oscar is as relevant to our own lives as it was to an El Salvador torn by civil unrest: motivated by the power of love instead of arms; seeking not the overthrow but the conversion of society; and asserting that all people are equally beloved by God and equally deserving of the world’s resources. Only God could have foreseen that a timid, introverted, and very traditional Salvadoran priest—one with an unsavory reputation as the lackey of rightwing politicians and wealthy landowners—would go on to become the hero of liberation theology.

ISBN: 9781632532657, 192 pages, $15.99 softcover
Franciscan Media


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At Home with the Word® 2019
Liturgy Training Publications

At Home with the Word® guides you to a deeper understanding of the Sunday Scriptures, providing the readings for this liturgical year, insights from Scripture scholars, and action steps. (Additional reflection questions and action steps for families, Christian initiation, and adult faith-sharing groups may be downloaded from the LTP Website.) The book also includes prayers and citations for weekday readings. This resource runs from December 2, 2018 through November 24, 2019. Bulk pricing makes At Home with the Word® an economical resource to provide for large groups.

English edition (Code AHW19): ISBN: 978-1-61671-382-9, 160 pages, $9 softcover
Liturgy Training Publications (English Edition)

Large Print edition (Code AHW19L): ISBN: 978-1-61671-383-6, 304 pages, $13 softcover
Liturgy Training Publications (Large Print Edition)

Spanish edition (Code PD19): ISBN: 978-1-61671-398-0, 160 pages, $9 softcover
Liturgy Training Publications (Spanish Edition)


e-Ordo 2019
Liturgy Training Publications

The e-Ordo is an electronic calendar file from December 3, 2018 through November 30, 2019 containing the details of the liturgical year that can be imported into most electronic calendars and platforms. It follows the liturgical year. The e-Ordo is in compliance with the General Norms for the Liturgical Year and the Calendar and contains all the liturgical calendar information

$19.95 (Code ORDO19E). quantity discounts available
Liturgy Training Publications (e-Ordo)


Fresh Light: Homilies on the Gospels of Year C
Liturgy Training Publications

This is a book of short homilies on the Gospels for the Sundays and celebrations of Year C. The homilies concentrate on the core message of the Gospel and are catechetical in approach. They make a wonderful companion and guide for those who prepare the homilies as well as those who want further reflection on what they hear at Mass.

English edition (Code HFFLC): ISBN: 978-1-59525-015-5, 160 pages, $18 softcover
Liturgy Training Publications


Liturgy and Appointment Calendar 2019
Liturgy Training Publications

This calendar helps you celebrate the liturgy each day! The calendar works like a mini-ordo--each day includes the liturgical observance (i.e. First Sunday of Advent, memorial of Our Lady of Sorrows, etc); the readings from the Daily Mass with citations from the Lectionary for Mass, the proper liturgical colors, as well as the psalter for the Liturgy of the Hours.

Code LAC19, 128 pages, $16 spiral bound, quantity discounts available
Liturgy Training Publications


A Maryknoll Liturgical Year (Year C)
Orbis Books

In this book, which follows the Sunday readings for the liturgical year, Maryknoll sisters, priests, brothers, and lay missioners share personal reflections on the Gospel in light of their mission experience. From a refugee camp in Guatemala, to an HIV clinic in Phnom Penh, to embattled civilians in Southern Sudan, stories of compassion, generosity, and forgiveness illuminate the scriptural texts, while also enlarging our solidarity with the human family. The experience of these missioners has enriched their own faith. Reading their reflections on scripture will enrich your own.

ISBN: 978-1-57075-980-2, 160 pages, $20 softcover
Orbis Books


Ordo 2019
Paulist Press

Order of Prayer in the Liturgy of the Hours and Celebration of the Eucharist 2019. Contains these and many more features: Necrology, Daily Readings, Data on Saints' Lives. Covers all (arch) dioceses in the U.S. Sturdy binding. $18.95 all editions

(Arch) dioceses print editions available here Paulist Press


Sacred Space: The Prayer Book 2019
Loyola Press

By the Irish Jesuits. Each day of Sacred Space: The Prayer Book includes a Scripture reading and points of reflection, as well as a weekly topic enhanced by six steps of prayer and contemplation: The Presence of God, Freedom, Consciousness, The Word, Conversation, and Conclusion. Sacred Space: The Prayer Book is designed to help you stay faithful to your intention to deepen your spiritual journey. It is the perfect gift for your parish, campus ministry program, small group, friend, family member, or yourself.

ISBN: 978-0-8294-4702-6, 408 pages, $16.95 softcover
Loyola Press


Sourcebook for Sundays, Seasons, and Weekdays 2019
Liturgy Training Publications

This book is the essential pastoral resource to help you prepare the liturgy each day of the liturgical year! If you are a priest or deacon, liturgist, music director, worship team member, religious educator, or simply interested in more information about Catholic liturgy, this publication will be an invaluable tool. This year's edition includes quotations for reflection from Laudato si'.

English edition (Code SSS19): ISBN: 978-1-61671-399-7, 336 pages, $16 softcover, quantity discounts available
Liturgy Training Publications


Word and Worship Desk Calendar 2019
Paulist Press

This spiral-bound desk calendar contains lectionary readings and a calendar for celebrating the Eucharist. Features included are a guide for praying the Liturgy of the Hours, a "Bible Enrichment" suggestion, and a mention of well-known people on the anniversary of their deaths.

ISBN: 978-08091-5310-7, $14.95 spiral bound, $6.95 softcover
Paulist Press


Word and Worship Pocket Calendar 2019
Paulist Press

Fingertip guide to the designated Bible reading for the day, plus feast and saints' days. Calendar format shows one full week at a glance.

ISBN: 978-08091-5311-4, $6.95 softcover
Paulist Press


Workbook for Lectors, Gospel Readers, and Proclaimers of the Word 2019®
Liturgy Training Publications

Workbook for Lectors, Gospel Readers, and Proclaimers of the Word® provides the ongoing instruction and advice that readers need. Not only does it assist them in preparing assigned reading on specific occasions, and when they read the resource every week as a way of reflecting on and learning about the Scriptures, it strengthens their proclamation skills and deepens their spiritual lives. This resource contains the readings in large print for practice (with suggestions for emphasis in bold) commentaries that give background and explain the meaning of the reading, margin notes with pronunciation helps and tips for proclamation, and the Responsorial Psalms for meditation and context. Workbook's introduction offers an orientation to this ministry of the Word and an overview of proclamation skills.

English edition (Code WL19): ISBN: 978-1-61671-403-1, 304 pages, quantity discounts available, $14 softcover
Liturgy Training Publications (English Edition)

Canadian edition (Code WL19C): ISBN: 978-1-61671-404-8, 304 pages, $14 softcover
Liturgy Training Publications (Canadian Edition)

Spanish edition (Code MP19): ISBN: 978-1-61671-395-9, 320 pages, $14 softcover
Liturgy Training Publications (Spanish Edition)


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