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Events
Click here to begin browsing the list. Due to safety concerns and  restrictions imposed by COVID-19, please check the event's link for up-to-date information on the status of the event.

Online Learning
Click here to view the list of general online learning opportunities.

Webinars
They have their own section. Also note that several onsite events have changed to online formats rather than cancelling the event. Some have reduced the rates as well! Check it out.

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.

Saint John Paul II
A Celebration in Words and Images
Saint John Paul II

What to Say and How to Say It
Discuss Your Catholic Faith with Clarity and Confidence
Brandon Vogt

Immortal Combat
Confronting the Heart of Darkness
Fr. Dwight Longenecker

Conquering Coronavirus
How Faith Can Put Your Fears to Rest
Teresa Tomeo


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.. plus
reflections of a Swiss Guard, engaging Catholics in social ministry, the life of Sister Thea Bowman 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, publisher, or author.

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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.
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

 

Duolingo
If you'd like to start learning a foreign language, check out Duolingo. This is an online language-learning platform designed to give everyone—worldwide—a chance to learn a language for free (no hidden fees, no premium content). You can access Duolingo via the web and/or by downloading the app for iOS, Android or Windows phones.
https://www.duolingo.com/

 

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

 Listings and links reviewed: March 2017

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June 3, 2020
June 10, 2020
June 17, 2020
Each session starts at 8:00pm EST

The Third Heaven: The Key to the Epistles of St. Paul
God With Us Online

In this Bible study we’ll explore the life of the thirteenth Apostle and the impact of his conversion on the Church, and learn how to read Saint Paul’s epistles in the context of his life to understand them more fully.

Site: Online
Registration: Free of charge but registration is required
https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_ZaWYfdv1Qnydm4Py3K4bYw

God With Us Online is dedicated to the catechetical renewal of Eastern Catholics in the United States in accord with the Church’s call for the New Evangelization. While the goal is to teach Eastern Catholics about their faith, this will be of interest to many Roman Catholics also.

 

June 8-12, 2020

Week One: Summer @ CTU Sowing the Seeds of Ministerial Excellence
Catholic Theological Union

ONLINE: Summer@CTU 2020 has adapted our course offerings online due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We invite you to explore our courses and workshops which feature CTU’s renowned faculty, visiting professors and facilitators. Now more than ever we need to come together for study and reflection to create meaningful faith-based and pastoral responses to changing global and ecclesial realities. 

Site: Online
Registration (Audit): $300 per course
Registration (Academic): $1,410 per 1.5 credit hours
Additional Fees: $50 non-refundable registration fee; $550 room, board and parking per week (optional)
https://ctu.edu/summeratctu/#1544211640558-ceaedb10-1fc6

Week One: June 8-12, 2020
Week Two: June 15-19, 2020
Week Three: June 22-26, 2020

 

June 15-19, 2020

Week Two: Summer @ CTU Sowing the Seeds of Ministerial Excellence
Catholic Theological Union

ONLINE: Summer@CTU 2020 has adapted our course offerings online due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We invite you to explore our courses and workshops which feature CTU’s renowned faculty, visiting professors and facilitators. Now more than ever we need to come together for study and reflection to create meaningful faith-based and pastoral responses to changing global and ecclesial realities. 

Site: Online
Registration (Audit): $300 per course
Registration (Academic): $1,410 per 1.5 credit hours
Additional Fees: $50 non-refundable registration fee; $550 room, board and parking per week (optional)
https://ctu.edu/summeratctu/#1544211640558-ceaedb10-1fc6

Week One: June 8-12, 2020
Week Two: June 15-19, 2020
Week Three: June 22-26, 2020

 

June 22-26, 2020

Week Three: Summer @ CTU Sowing the Seeds of Ministerial Excellence
Catholic Theological Union

ONLINE: Summer@CTU 2020 has adapted our course offerings online due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We invite you to explore our courses and workshops which feature CTU’s renowned faculty, visiting professors and facilitators. Now more than ever we need to come together for study and reflection to create meaningful faith-based and pastoral responses to changing global and ecclesial realities. 

Site: Online
Registration (Audit): $300 per course
Registration (Academic): $1,410 per 1.5 credit hours
Additional Fees: $50 non-refundable registration fee; $550 room, board and parking per week (optional)
https://ctu.edu/summeratctu/#1544211640558-ceaedb10-1fc6

Week One: June 8-12, 2020
Week Two: June 15-19, 2020
Week Three: June 22-26, 2020

 

 

July 7-10, 2020

43rd Annual Convention National Association of Pastoral Musicians
National Association of Pastoral Musicians

ONLINE: The National Association of Pastoral Musicians fosters the art of musical liturgy. The members of NPM serve the Catholic Church in the United States as musicians, clergy, liturgists, and other leaders of prayer. This year's conference theme is "Called from Living Waters.

Site: Online
Registration: $295
https://npm.org/43rd-annual-convention/

 

July 8-12, 2020

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

ONLINE: 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 foundational elements of vocation ministry; assessment of inquirers and discerners; application and admission process; vocation promotion, ethics and boundaries, resiliency and self-care of the vocation director.

Site: Online
Registration: NRVC member $675 / Nonmember $1,012
https://nrvc.net/publication/11357/article/20768-orientation-program-for-new-vocation-directors

 

July 8-23, 2020

2020 NRVC Summer Institute
National Religious Vocation Conference

ONLINE: Our annual Summer Institute will offer five workshops at Catholic Theological Union (CTU) in Chicago, July 8-23, 2020. Choose to attend one or several workshops. All workshops begin at 8:15 a.m. with communal prayer. Mass is celebrated at 11:15 a.m. with lunch from noon – 1:30 p.m. Be sure to check the end times for each workshop as they are varied. Parking and lunch are included in your workshop registration for both residents and commuters. This year we are offering two workshops simultaneously on July 16-18 to provide a membership density experience. You will have the opportunity to network with more people at breaks and lunch to magnify your experience for a greater impact in your ministry.

Site: Online
Registration: See site for workshop fees
https://nrvc.net/292/publication/11357/article/20765-2020-summer-institute-in-chicago

 

July 13-14, 2020

Ethical Issues for Vocation and Formation Directors (NRVC Summer Institute Workshop)
National Religious Vocation Conference (NRVC)

ONLINE: This workshop will explore ethical principles governing confidentiality, agency and obligations related to positions of trust. The workshop will also address issues related to dissemination of information, the timeliness of admissions or dismissal decisions, and other issues related to ethical rights of candidates as well as ethical rights of those in positions of authority. This workshop is essential for all those who make decisions concerning the admission of candidates.

Site: Online
Registration: NRVC member $300
Nonmember $450
https://nrvc.net/publication/11357/article/20779-ethical-issues-in-vocation-and-formation-ministry-workshop

 

July 16-18, 2020

Is it Generational, Cultural, Personality of Pathology? (NRVC Summer Institute Workshop)
National Religious Vocation Conference (NRVC)

ONLINE: Inquirers, discerners and candidates come from varied ages, countries, cultures, and families. How can we distinguish and understand patterns of behavior to assess skills for ministerial readiness and community living? This workshop will bring together three skillful presenters to share their professional insights and ministerial experiences to unpack the question, “Is it generational, cultural, personality or pathology?” The more aware we are of the ways in which multiple and intersecting aspects of one’s cultural identity impact personality development and behavior, the more effective we can be in our understanding, screening and formation of candidates for religious life.

Site: Online
Registration: NRVC Member $450 / Nonmember $675
https://nrvc.net/publication/11357/article/20782-is-it-generational-cultural-personality-or-pathology

 

July 20-23, 2020

Understanding, Assessing, and Fostering Psycho-Sexual Integration (NRVC Summer Institute Workshop)
National Religious Vocation Conference (NRVC)

ONLINE: Vocation ministers need to understand psychological well-being and psychosexual development so that they may adequately assess a candidate’s ability to lead a passionate, healthy and integrated life. In this workshop we will explore: well-being, an integrated understanding of sexuality, the centrality of relationships and intimacy, the necessity of personal boundaries, the impact of one’s past, especially physical, emotional and sexual abuse on one’s ability to relate, emotional awareness and integration, living a healthy sexual and celibate life as well as the impact of social media on personal development.

Site: Online
Registration: NRVC Member $450 / Nonmember $675
https://nrvc.net/publication/11357/article/20793-understanding-assessing-and-fostering-psycho-sexual-integration

 

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June 7-12, 2020

Loving Water Across Religions
Maryknoll Mission Institute

Given the urgency of the global water crisis, it is imperative that we reinvent our relationship with water. During this program, we will explore an integral water ethic that recognizes water as an intrinsically valuable and vital member of the Earth community, not a mere passive object to be exploited for human purposes. We will consider sacramental consciousness of baptism in Christianity; loving service of the Yamuna River in Hinduism and the compassionate wisdom of the bodhisattva in Buddhism. We will also engage in a variety of contemplative practices for developing love and compassion for water so that we can deepen our relationship with this precious and threatened source of life.

Site: Ossining, New York
Registration: $60 deposit, tuition $200, $60 room/board per night
http://support.maryknollsisters.org/site/Calendar?id=100284&view=Detail

 

June 9-11, 2020

Reverend Joseph A. Fitzmyer, SJ Institute on Sacred Scripture
Georgetown University

Biblical topics from both the Old and New Testaments will be the subject of presentations by a distinguished faculty of biblical scholars. Lectures and discussions will enable the participants to increase their understanding of the Bible and its continued relevance to modern life. Four major presentations are scheduled for each day, with opportunity for questions and discussion following each lecture. In addition, all faculty will participate in a panel discussion that will close the afternoon sessions on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Site: Washington, D.C.
Registration: $350
https://sacred-scripture.college.georgetown.edu/general-information

 

June 9-12, 2020
 

8th Annual Sacred Liturgy Conference
Sacred Liturgy Conference

CANCELLED: We are very blessed that His Eminence Gerhard Cardinal Müller has agreed to be part of this year’s conference faculty! He will be our keynote speaker and will also celebrate a Pontifical Mass of Corpus Christi at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Lourdes, followed by a Eucharistic Procession and Benediction. The registration fee will cover fifteen conference lectures, four chant or EF mass workshops, reserved seating at the liturgies, an opening reception, three lunches, coffee breaks and a concluding banquet dinner.

Site: Gonzaga University campus, Spokane, Washington
Registration: $275
https://sacredliturgyconference.org/

 

June 11-14, 2020
 

CTSA 75th Annual Convention
Catholic Theological Society of America (CTSA)

CANCELLED: At the 75th Annual Convention of the Catholic Theological Society of America we will bring theological perspectives to bear on the seminal topics of work and economy, considering their significance and the multifaceted challenges they pose within the purview of Catholic--in conversation with other Christian and religious communities’--visions of God and the divine economy, of humanity, and of the world. To this end, papers and sessions are invited to creatively engage the conference theme through diverse theological, ethical, historical, practical, and— very importantly--interdisciplinary methods and vantage points. Our 2020 annual meeting will be the CTSA’s seventy-fifth. In light of this anniversary, we also welcome sessions that consider our work as theologians and the work of our Society in the face of the complicated dynamics and pressing needs of our contemporary educational, ecclesial, and societal contexts.

Site: Baltimore, Maryland
Registration: Open to members only
https://ctsa-online.org/Convention

 

June 12-14, 2020

Sister Water and the Sultan
Galilee Centre

St. Francis speaks to us about the power of love, including loving engagement with the beautiful world around us. He is a guide on the art of loving our enemy, a vital lesson for our times. Spend an amazing two days with an advocate, activist and leading authority who has put the lessons of St. Francis into action in our times.

Site: Galilee Centre, Arnprior, ON, Canada
Registration: $330
https://www.galileecentre.com/sister-water-and-the-sultan-june-12-14-2020/

 

June 12-18, 2020
 

Elder Religious & Diocesan Priests Workshop
Misericordia University

CANCELLED: Welcome to the 43rd Annual Elder Religious and Diocesan Priests 2020 Workshop that specializes in providing practical applications and solutions and a strong support-networking system across the spiritual, psychological, medical, pastoral, and practical aspects of caring and ministering to the elders in our religious congregations and dioceses.

Site: Dallas, Pennsylvania
Registration: $930
https://www.misericordia.edu/page.cfm?p=961

 

June 13, 2020
 

Ministry Enrichment Gathering
Liturgical Training Publications / Diocese of Manchester

CANCELLED: All liturgical ministers need a deep understanding of the Mass to help lead the parish community to recognize the Eucharist as the source of nourishment for their lives as Christians. The Ministry Enrichment Gathering™ offers participants the opportunity to reflect on the power of the liturgy for themselves and those they serve. The Mass is not simply an event or an occasion in which a Catholic Christian visits the parish church; it is a celebration of their communal role in the missionary aspect of the Church. The Ministry Enrichment Gathering™ will help participants identify "the activity of the Church" and then examine their role in it, both at liturgy and in the world.

Site: The Grappone Conference Center, Concord, New Hampshire
Registration: $30

http://ministryenrichmentgathering.org/events/manchester

 

June 14-19, 2020

40th Anniversary of Martyrdom of Church Women in El Salvador
Maryknoll Mission Institute

December 2nd, 1980 is a date that many of us remember. Turning on the radio that morning the shocking news of the murder of Four Catholic Missioners in El Salvador came blaring out at us. Celebrating the 40th Anniversary of their deaths during this program gives us all a chance to reflect on our own mission calling. How do the lives of these brave women speak to us today? Are we truly listening to what the spirit is asking of us in the face of all the injustice & violence we “see” each day? During this week as we reflect on the realities behind all these injustices & violence, we will walk with Sr. Ita, Sr. Maura, Sr. Dorothy and Jean as guides in our struggle to respond to today’s witnessing to the Gospel Message of love and peace.

Site: Ossining, New York
Registration: $60 deposit, tuition $200, $60 room/board per night
http://support.maryknollsisters.org/site/Calendar?id=100171&view=Detail

 

June 16-20, 2020

Archbishop Lyke Conference
Xavier University of Louisiana

This year's theme is "Listen to the Lambs: Black Confirmation—Rejoicing in the Gifts of the Young." The Rivers Music Institute, an integral part of the Conference, will take place on June 16. It is followed the next day with the Archbishop Lyke Conference Opening Event and three days of conference sessions. The closing mass and commissioning will take place on June 20. Speakers include: Rev. Joseph A. Brown, Bishop Fernand Cheri, Richard Cheri, M. Roger Holland, II and Timothy Jones, Jr.

Site: New Orleans, Louisiana
Registration: $250
https://www.lykeconference.com/lyke-registration/

 

June 19-21, 2020
 

ASM 2020 Annual Meeting
Hybridity in Mission: Mixed and Multiple Identities in the Missio Dei
American Society of Missiology

CANCELLED: Hybridity results in various expressions of friction and fusion, of differentiation and combination of contrasting elements in the total mission endeavor. In addition, this condition of hybridity is often characterized by its own unique forms of vulnerability and pain, of joy and beauty. The 2020 annual meeting of the American Society of Missiology will explore various ways in which hybridity marks and permeates Christian mission, and how it shapes and influences the total mission endeavor. It shall pay careful attention to new avenues of mission that are opened up through hybridity broadly conceived, how other avenues are closed off, and how multiple and complex identities entail distinct experiences of suffering and satisfaction.

Site: St. Mary's College, South Bend, Indiana
Registration: $150 by May 11; $175 after
https://www.asmweb.org/registration

 

June 21-26, 2020
 

Summer Scripture Conference 2020
University of Saint Mary of the Lake

CANCELLED: For this year’s topic, the presenters will be addressing how the Biblical settings, ancient culture, letters and methods are used to interpret Holy Scripture. The Conference has always mirrored Genesis in that a speaker begins in the evening, then finishes their lectures in the morning. Later in the evening is considered a favorite aspect of the Conference with Evening Prayer followed by the Social where Scripture scholars and attendees mix and mingle to discuss and share all things Scripture and the faith.

Site: Mundelein, Illinois
Registration: $825 (includes overnight accommodations)
https://usml.edu/event/summer-scripture-conference/

 

June 21-26, 2020

Creating A Religious Life for the 21st Century
Maryknoll Mission Institute

This program will examine the process of renewal among religious communities that has been underway since the time of Vatican II. The last fifty years of change, the present state of consecrated life, and where it might be going will be discussed. Issues such as community life, inter-generational and intercultural challenges, and the process of human and spiritual growth over the course of life will be explored. Through a series of presentations, personal reflection time and small and large group interaction, participants will be invited to make personal application of the materials explored.

Site: Ossining, New York
Registration: $60 deposit, tuition $200, $60 room/board per night
http://support.maryknollsisters.org/site/Calendar?id=100285&view=Detail

 

June 22-25, 2020
 

Liturgy Week: The Liturgical Orientation of Catholic Education
University of Notre Dame's McGrath Institute for Church Life

CANCELLED: Liturgy Week is a 4-day conference providing continuing education for Catholic leaders in the area of liturgical and sacramental formation. The conference includes keynote addresses by bishops, academics, and theologians, as well as nationally-renowned experts in liturgical and sacramental education.

Site: Notre Dame, Indiana
Registration: $275
https://mcgrath.nd.edu/conferences/summer-institute/liturgy-week/

 

June 22-25, 2020

AUSCP Ninth Annual Assembly: Our Catholic Faith in the Political World
Association of U.S. Catholic Priests

Keynote speakers are John Carr, director of the Initiative on Catholic Social Thought and Public Life at Georgetown University; Sister Carol Keehan, retired president and chief executive officer of the Catholic Health Association of the United States; and Archbishop John Wester, Archbishop of Santa Fe and member of the Vatican Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant People.

Site: Baltimore, Maryland
Registration: $495
https://www.uscatholicpriests.org/baltimore-2020#

 

June 24-25, 2020
 

Washington Island Forum
Wisconsin Council of Churches

CANCELLED: This year's theme is "Native: Identity, Belonging and Rediscovering God." The Wisconsin Council of Churches is excited to announce that Native American Christian author and speaker, Kaitlin B. Curtice will be the speaker for the 2020 Washington Island Forum. As an enrolled member of the Potawatomi Nation and someone who has grown up in the Christian faith, Kaitlin writes on the intersection of Indigenous spirituality, faith in everyday life, and the church. The week begins on Monday afternoon with check-in, welcome and opening picnic at Trinity Lutheran Church. Daily sessions are grounded in morning prayer, then attend presentations by our speaker at the Trueblood Performing Arts Center. In the afternoon, choose optional discussions or enjoy island recreation. The final day of the Forum begins with a Eucharist, and the closing presentation concludes by noon.

Site: Washington Island, Wisconsin
Registration: $299
https://www.wichurches.org/calendar/event-list/2020washingtonislandforum/

 

June 24-28, 2020
 

10th Annual Philosophy Workshop
Catholic and Dominican Institute at Mount Saint Mary College; the Thomistic Institute at Dominican House of Studies in Washington, DC; and the Notre Dame Center for Ethics and Culture in Indiana

CANCELLED: This year's Workshop will focus on "Aquinas on Knowledge, Truth, and Wisdom." Presenters include: Fr. James Brent, OP, Dominican House of Studies; Fr. Michael Gorman, Catholic University of America; Dr. Edward Feser, Pasadena City College; Dr. Therese Cory, University of Notre Dame; Dr. Gregory Doolan, Catholic University of America; Dr. Robert Koons, University of Texas – Austin; Dr. John O'Callaghan, University of Notre Dame; and Fr. Dominic Legge, OP, Thomistic Institute.

Site: Mount Saint Mary College campus, Newburgh, New York
Registration: $400 (includes workshop materials, campus lodging, meals)
https://www.msmc.edu/About_MSMC/philosophy_workshop

 

June 29 – July 2, 2020

Teaching Life and Human Dignity Symposium
McGrath Institute for Church Life, University of Notre Dame

CANCELLED: The Teaching Life and Human Dignity Symposium is a four-day gathering of leaders in Catholic education and life and dignity ministry to engage in intensive intellectual formation that promotes more effective teaching of life and human dignity issues. Our goal is simple: to support Catholic leaders in their mission to educate the minds and hearts of young adults to resist the throwaway culture and to recognize the inviolable dignity of every human being. Over the course of the symposium, participants will have opportunities to immerse themselves in the Catholic intellectual tradition, engage in conversation with their peers and enjoy the rich spiritual life of the Church.

Site: Notre Dame, Indiana
Registration: Details coming soon
https://mcgrath.nd.edu/conferences/summer-institute/teaching-life-and-human-dignity-symposium/

 

June 29 – July 2, 2020
 

Catholic Media Conference
The Catholic Press Association

CANCELLED: In Portland, attendees from around the world gather with others who dare to step out with courage, professional excellence, and a firm resolve to live as missionary disciples called to boldly proclaim the Gospel in the unique way we do as Catholic media professionals. These voices are making a difference and positive impact on our culture; these individuals are taking risks necessary to improve how we communicate and conduct ourselves as communication professionals. The world is moving at an ever-quickening pace. As people of faith and integrity, Catholic journalists, creatives, and communication professionals are building on our strong foundation and reaching out in new ways and with new ardor. Join us as we seek a new and renewed vision for 2020 and beyond!

Site: Portland, Oregon
Registration: Member $430 by June 5; $480 after / Nonmember $530 by June 5; $580 after
http://www.catholicmediaconference.org/home

 

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July 2-3, 2020
 

National Gathering on Christian Initiation
Liturgy Training Publications

CANCELLED: Join us for the 2020 National Gathering on Christian Initiation™ on July 2–3 at the Loyola University Chicago Lakeshore Campus, located in the Rogers Park neighborhood of Chicago. A conference for parish leaders, initiation ministers, and regional or diocesan trainers, the National Gathering on Christian Initiation™ explores the theoretical and practical aspects of initiation ministry. Through interactive sessions, meetings, and prayer opportunities, participants will understand more deeply that the vision of the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults is the vision of the parish as a community of disciples.

Site: Chicago, Illinois
Registration: $250
Group rates are available (see site)
https://ngci.org/home/index

 

July 5-10, 2020

Summer Institute 2020
San Alfonso Clergy Institute for Priests and Deacons

Workshops include: Preaching in the Power of the Spirit, Pope Francis and the Missionary Transformation of the Church, and Being Claimed by the Eucharist We Celebrate. The week starts on Sunday at 4:00PM and ends Friday after lunch. Accommodations including linens an all meals are provided. There are multiple conferences from each speaker, daily liturgy, and free time for personal reflection, prayer and relaxation.

Site: Long Branch, New Jersey
Registration: $695 (as stipend)
https://www.sanalfonsoretreats.org/67

 

July 9-12, 2020

Wild Goose Festival 2020
The Wild Goose Community

CANCELLED: The 10th annual Wild Goose Festival officially kicks off at 5:00 PM Thursday, July 9. The weekend will be packed with over 300 sessions, music, art, interactive experiences and much more. The Festival is the place where all kinds of people come together, not only to hear great music and incredible speakers, but also to dive into lively conversations with thought leaders, writers, dreamers, artists, visionaries, social justice activists, peace-makers…the ones you’ll find on the official program, and the ones you might meet while just getting lunch or hanging out by the river. It’s also a place where you can be a spectator, but where you can be a co-creator as well. A place where we affirm the creativity in all of us, and opportunities to make art and music, to tell stories and take in stories, can be found around every corner.

Site: Hot Springs, NC
Registration: $309
http://wildgoosefestival.org/

 

July 10-12, 2020

Chosen, Blessed, Broken, and Given: Henri Nouwen on Our Life as the Beloved
Christ the King Priory

CANCELLED: With Nouwen as our inspiration, we will explore together the profound dynamics of our spiritual life as God’s beloved---chosen and blessed before the foundation of the world while at the same present time representing a life that is broken and given as bread for others. Through a combination of guided teaching, personal reflection and communal interaction, we hope to imbibe in us what it truly means to be, to become, and to live our life as the Beloved amidst our increasingly challenging world.

Site: Schuyler, Nebraska
Registration: $216.56 (includes program fee, mean and taxes)
https://christthekingpriory.com/retreats-schedule/chosen-blessed-broken-and-givenhenri-nouwen-on-our-life-as-the-beloved

 

July 11-14, 2020

17th Annual Education Law Symposium
National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA) and Loyola Marymount University's Center for Catholic Education

CANCELLED: This nationally recognized symposium offers dynamic presentations on the law as it applies to Catholic education and ministry. This is geared toward all levels of Catholic school administration: from diocesan superintendents to emerging leaders at the school site. This year, a full complement of experts in the field will present on a variety of topics, including social media, cybersecurity, immigration law, canon law as it impacts education ministries, crisis management, accommodating students with disabilities, personnel legal issues, and relevant updates on school law. The symposium's speakers represent an outstanding group of school law experts with a wide variety of knowledge and experience.

Site: Louisville, Kentucky
Registration: $595 by June 14; $650 after
https://soe.lmu.edu/centers/cce/events/educationlawsymposium/

 

July 12-17, 2020

Call to Personal and Global Transformation
Maryknoll Mission Institute

In the midst of our violent and hurting world we will explore how God, as Lover and Healer ever invites us to believe in new possibilities and our own potential to make a difference. Through storytelling, Scripture and contemporary experience, we will be stretched and challenged to believe in our own call to become mystics, saints and prophets. We will be inspired by the lives of some of the mystics who have gone before us and continue to stand as powerful role models for us today. During this program we will laugh, cry and celebrate as we recognize more deeply the presence and power of the Holy Spirit in our lives. We will also come to know, and to rejoice in the awareness that God will also enjoy this time with us!

Site: Ossining, New York
Registration: $60 deposit, tuition $200, $60 room/board per night
http://support.maryknollsisters.org/site/Calendar?id=100288&view=Detail

 

July 13-16, 2020

St. John Bosco Conference
Steubenville Conferences

CANCELLED: Good catechists never stop learning and growing but finding a way to both sharpen the mind and renew the heart can be difficult, especially with all the demands on your time. This is why the St. John Bosco Conference provides not only instruction and inspiration from nationally recognized leaders in catechetical ministry, but also times of deep and powerful prayer. Join hundreds of other catechists and evangelizers this summer to gain tools to be a better minister and leave with a new zeal for the ministry to which God has called you.

Site: Steubenville, Ohio
Registration: $310 / Priest Rate: Free (meal and housing charges still apply)
https://steubenvilleconferences.com/events/sjb/

 

July 15-19, 2020

Annual Tekakwitha Conference
Tekakwitha Conference

CANCELLED: The Tekakwitha Conference is a Catholic non-profit organization committed to advocacy and evangelization on behalf of the many communities of indigenous people across North America and for all who desire to walk humbly with God. We invite you to learn more about our organization, named in honor of Saint Kateri Tekakwitha - the first Indigenous woman of North America to be canonized.

Site: Raleigh, North Carolina
Registration: Member $135 / Nonmember $175
https://tekconf.org/conferences

 

July 16-18, 2020

Behavioral Assessment 1 (NRVC Summer Institute Workshop)
National Religious Vocation Conference (NRVC)

CANCELLED: 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 vocation assessment.

Site: Chicago, Illinois
Registration: NRVC Member $985 / Nonmember $1,240
https://nrvc.net/publication/11357/article/20780-behavioral-assessment-1-workshop

 

July 18, 2020

Creativity and Divine Surprise
Christ the King Priory

CANCELLED: This day is meant to guide us in inviting God into our creativity and spirituality. We will combine very simple art materials with some contemplative Celtic spirituality practices. We will prayerfully explore with our senses and respond with visual creativity. No art experience is necessary; the emphasis is on the process rather than the product. Wear good walking shoes, bring your journal and a simple digital camera or phone with camera if you have one; we may spend time outdoors, weather permitting.

Site: Schuyler, Nebraska
Registration: $46.02
https://christthekingpriory.com/retreats-schedule/creativity-and-divine-surprise

 

July 19-24, 2020

Women at Well: Agents of Change, Shapers of the World
Maryknoll Mission Institute

Rooted in the prophetic encounter between Jesus and the Samaritan woman at the well, we will examine ways in which women continue to use the wisdom of their lived experience to tell their stories about the in-breaking of the Kin-dom of God. We will read excerpts of first-person accounts of feminist visions of a more just world, look at contemporary feminist theories and practices of justice and examine women’s contributions to movements of social change.

Site: Ossining, New York
Registration: $60 deposit, tuition $200, $60 room/board per night
http://support.maryknollsisters.org/site/Calendar?id=100289&view=Detail

 

July 19-24, 2020

RSM Institute on Sacred Scripture
Misericordia University

CANCELLED: The Joy of Scripture! A week of inspiring and thought-provoking scripture study at a location of quiet beauty and seclusion for meditation and respite, with many recreational activities on campus or nearby. The Dr. Marie Noel Keller, RSM Institute on Sacred Scripture relates to those of all educational backgrounds with the simplicity and elegance of the Scriptures themselves.

Site: Dallas, Pennsylvania
Registration: $770
https://www.misericordia.edu/page.cfm?p=962

 

July 21-23, 2020

Ninth Annual Conference for Priests: The Future of Marriage
Thomistic Institute

CANCELLED: With many changes to the institution of marriage in the last few decades, the task of preparing couples for happy lives together has become increasingly difficult. It remains of the utmost importance for priests to evangelize, to catechize, and to equip the next generation for the task at hand, but with an eye to the particular challenges presented by the culture-at-large. In this conference, we’ll consider the future of marriage from theological, scientific, and pastoral perspectives, specifically with an eye towards laying the groundwork for holy families.

Site: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Registration: $250
https://thomisticinstitute.org/events/conference-for-priests-2020

 

July 21-26, 2020

One Call Institute 2020 (Advocate Track)
National Association of Pastoral Musicians

At its core, One Call exists to engage, empower, and support young people in their growth and development as pastoral musicians. To accomplish this critical work, our summer institute employs an exceptional team of educators, musicians, and ministers to work with youth participants. However, we recognize that the adults who have the greatest opportunity to impact the lives of young people are those who work in parish and campus ministry. Participants in the Advocate Track experience a curriculum designed to equip adults engaged in parish and campus ministry to better reach out, serve, and mentor young pastoral musicians. By working with master practitioners, participants study both the theoretical frameworks and practical strategies necessary to be effective in promoting the inclusion and empowerment of youth.

Site: Collegeville, Minnesota
Registration: $850r
https://www.onecallinstitute.org/advocate

 

July 22-24, 2020

Applied Biblical Studies Conference
Steubenville Conferences

CANCELLED: Scripture deepens our faith and strengthens our hearts but reading the Bible in a way that fosters transformation can be difficult, since comprehending it can be challenging and frustrating. This is why at the Applied Biblical Studies Conference, you receive teaching and instruction from a team of world-renowned Scripture scholars and authors who make understanding Scripture easier for both those new to the Bible and those who have been studying it for years. This training, coupled with powerful prayer, will not only enlighten your mind but renew your heart. The Applied Biblical Studies Conference will make the Bible come alive for you and help you integrate it more completely into your life.

Site: Steubenville, Ohio
Registration: $176
Priests willing to hear confessions will receive free registration (meal and housing charges still apply)
https://steubenvilleconferences.com/events/abs/

 

July 22-25, 2020

ACCCRUS 21st Convention
African Conference of Catholic Clergy and Religious in the United States

CANCELLED: Site: Des Moines, Iowa
Registration: Coming soon
https://www.acccrus.org/#

 

July 23-26, 2020

Social Action Summer Institute (SASI)
Roundtable Association of Catholic Diocesan Social Action Directors

CANCELLED: Mercy and Mental Health: Strengthening Our Response will be the theme for the 2020 Social Action Summer Institute (SASI) taking place at the Aquinas Center of the Candler School of Theology of Emory University from July 23 - 26, 2020. This year's programming will take a look at mental health issues through the lens of mercy and justice.

Site: Atlanta, Georgia
Registration: Coming soon
https://catholicroundtable.org/events/social-action-summer-institute-sasi

 

July 23-26, 2020

2020 Theological Institute: 2020 Vision – The Experience of Interculturality
Manna House of Prayer

Our 2020 Vision will be an exploration of the present in light of and in hope for our future as Christians with a mission in and for the world. It will encompass the themes of these recent works by Gittins who is a skilled missionary, workshop and retreat leader, professor and, above all, a passionate Christian for our world. Come and sharpen your heart and your vision in the company of this missionary whose life speaks for itself as totally given for the good of our world.

Site: Concordia, Kansas
Registration: $325
https://mannahouse.org/events/2020-theological-institute-2020-vision-the-experience-of-interculturality/

 

July 24-26, 2020

Defending the Faith Conference
Steubenville Conferences

CANCELLED: When our hearts desire to share the faith but we struggle to find the words, we can easily become timid, fearful, and frustrated; but God wants to give us bold and confident hearts that are moved by love to go forth with joy and share Jesus and the truth of the Church. The Defending the Faith Conference has sent forth tens of thousands of Catholics who have gone back to their families, parishes, and places of work with great zeal and love to share the truth and spread Christ’s love. Come and be empowered and equipped to fulfill your desires to lead others in faith.

Site: Steubenville, Ohio
Registration: $176
Priests willing to hear confessions will receive free registration (meal and housing charges still apply)
https://steubenvilleconferences.com/events/dfc/

 

July 26-31, 2020

Finding a Way in the Wilderness: Drawing Courage through the Art of Film
Maryknoll Mission Institute

In his article Desert Attentiveness, Desert Indifference: Countercultural Spirituality in the Desert Fathers and Mothers, Belden C. Lane writes: “On the far side of emptiness, where brokenness and disorientation overtake us, where death awaits us, we learn to care – and not to care.” Disruptions in our lives remind us we are not in control of what happens to us. With time and accommodation, we come to realize that our response to life’s disruptions constitutes the fiber – the character and integrity - of our lives. Film artists remind us of these truths and invite us into the spiritual discipline of “wakefulness.” Do we want to be roused?

Site: Ossining, New York
Registration: $60 deposit, tuition $200, $60 room/board per night
http://support.maryknollsisters.org/site/Calendar?id=100290&view=Detail

 

July 31 – August 2, 2020

Power and Purpose Conference
Steubenville Conferences

CANCELLED: As children of God, we are called to live in the peace, joy, and love of the Holy Trinity. Yet many of us struggle to feel God’s presence in our lives. We remain stuck in old patterns of behavior or ways of thinking that leave us feeling lonely, anxious and even hopeless. The good news is that we can be free! The Holy Spirit can lift us out of despair and give us a renewed sense of purpose. The Power and Purpose Conference will introduce you to and draw you deeper into relationship with the Holy Spirit and empower you to live in freedom and joy.

Site: Steubenville, Ohio
Registration: $176; Clergy and Religious $97
https://steubenvilleconferences.com/events/ppc/

 

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August 6-9, 2020

Christian Faith and Spirituality in an Evolving Universe
Galilee Centre

Scientific thought provides fresh openings to mysterious sacred depths of reality. Where do we encounter God in today’s world of quirks and quarks, chaos and creativity? How shall we pray? Alone or with others? Sister Donna Geernaert, SC will be facilitating the program.

Site: Site: Galilee Centre, Arnprior, ON, Canada
Registration: $330
https://www.galileecentre.com/christian-faith-and-spirituality-in-an-evolving-universe-august-6-9-2020/

 

August 10-13, 2020

Encore Priests
Saint Meinrad Seminary & School of Theology

A workshop designed for priests in their 60s or approaching retirement, Encore Priests prepares priests for this transition. Of course, priests never fully retire. By the 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. This workshop is also being offered on November 30-December 3, 2020.

Site: St. Meinrad, Indiana
Registration: $750
https://saintmeinrad.edu/priests-ongoing-formation/encore-priests/

 

August 28-30, 2020

Praying with the Gospel of Matthew – Hope in Daily Life as a Disciple
Christ the King Priory

CANCELLED: Learn about the Gospel of St. Matthew and pray with it. Enter more deeply into Jesus’ teaching about the mystery of the Kingdom of God. We will explore the Gospel used for the current Liturgical Year (A) and reflect on writings from the saints to deepen our hope coming from the Gospel of Jesus Christ! The weekend includes personal and community prayer, opportunity for individual spiritual direction and the sacrament of reconciliation, adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, and Mass both Saturday and Sunday.

Site: Schuyler, Nebraska
Registration: $216.56 (includes program fee, meal and taxes)
https://christthekingpriory.com/retreats-schedule/praying-with-the-gospel-of-matthew-hope-in-daily-life-as-a-disciple

 

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September 14-18, 2020

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 key to pastoring successfully. Same workshop will also be presented on November 9-13, 2020.

Site: St. Meinrad, Indiana
Registration: $800
https://saintmeinrad.edu/priests-ongoing-formation/effective-pastoring-workshops/the-newly-appointed-pastor/

 

September 16-19, 2020

Catholic Youth Ministry Convention
Life Teen, Inc.

CANCELLED: Our mission at this event is simple: equip adults to lead teens closer to Christ. Whether you are new to ministry or looking for the best practices to continue your ministry, you’ll find this event has something for you. You can count on incredible keynotes from the best and brightest Catholic speakers and artists, breakout sessions designed to be practical and relevant to your ministry, and a foundation in the sacraments to renew your ministry through your relationship with God. Whether you are a priest, youth minister, DRE, core member, campus minister, or an interested parent, we are ready to serve and train you.

Site: Scottsdale, Arizona
Registration: $595
https://lifeteen.com/events/catholic-youth-ministry-training-convention-2020/

 

September 24-26, 2020

2020 Conference "That They May Be One: Liturgical Reconciliation"
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. This year's keynote speakers are Bishop Stephen J. Lopes, Bishop of the Ordinariate of the Chair of Saint Peter and Dr. Stephen Bullivant, Director of the Benedict XVI Centre for Religion and Sociology and Professor of Theology and Sociology of Religion at St. Mary's University (Twickenham and London).

Site: University of Notre Dame campus, Notre Dame, Indiana
Registration: Coming soon
http://liturgysociety.org/annual-conference

 

September 24-27, 2020

2020 Catholic Answers 7th Annual Conference
Catholic Answers

Theme: Who Do You Say That I Am? Getting the answer right to the most important question ever asked leads to a fulfilled life, rich in hope, joy, and meaning. It also leads to the “narrow gate,” which the Author of the question tells us few will find. Getting the answer wrong, or settling for a superficial answer, as some Catholics do, leads to a life where our passions control our choices, and to the “wide gate,” which that Author says many will enter. If you want to know better the person of Jesus Christ, His divinity and humanity, His teachings and virtues, His ministry and His Passion, and if you want to grasp what all these mean for you, don’t miss this conference!

Site: La Jolla, California
Registration: $235
https://www.catholicanswersconference.com/

 

September 27-30, 2020

58th Annual Conference International Catholic Stewardship Council
International Catholic Stewardship Council

Gather to learn and celebrate the spiritual and practical value of Christian stewardship in the Roman Catholic tradition. ICSC works with member-dioceses to plan days of stewardship formation for those in their region. Inspiring reflections and liturgies highlight gatherings that offer networking, materials and hands-on expertise.

Site: Anaheim, California
Registration: $149
http://catholicstewardship.com/2020-annual-conference/

 

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October 12-15, 2020

2020 CLSA Convention
Canon Law Society of America

Site: St. Louis, Missouri
Registration: Coming soon
https://clsa.org/conventions

 

October 19-21, 2020

Amazing Parish Conference
Amazing Parish

The Amazing Parish conference is a practical and one-of-a-kind experience for parish leaders. You’ll receive first-hand organizational health training from New York Times best-selling author, Patrick Lencioni, and you’ll learn from dynamic and engaging Catholic speakers and leaders. Unlike other conferences, an Amazing Parish conference is a workshop-style format so pastors and parish leadership team members can work side-by-side to learn what a real leadership team looks like, how it operates, and how it can best serve its parishioners. By the end of the conference, you’ll also have gained a lot of knowledge and insight, you’ll have a clear, practical vision of what leadership can look like at your parish and how to implement it once you get home.

Site: Kansas City, Kansas
Registration: $1,500 for a team of 5 registered by May 5; $2,000 for a team of 5 registered after
https://amazingparish.org/kc/

 

October 22-24, 2020

2020 CSWNA Annual Conference
Catholic Social Workers' National Association

The annual conference contributes to the education and growth of social workers who live out their Catholic faith in their daily practice and professional lives. The theme for this year’s conference is: “Catholic Advocates for Change”. Keynote speaker is Dr. Ray Guarendi, EWTN Host of "The Doctor Is In".

Site: Steubenville, OH
Registration: Coming soon
https://www.cswna.org/

 

October 27-28, 2020

Developing and Sustaining an Immigration Program (San Diego)
Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc.

Led by CLINIC staff, this two-day training provides a complete overview of how to start and sustain a nonprofit immigration legal services program. Attendees will review important lessons from CLINIC’s highly regarded manual, Managing an Immigration Program: Steps for Creating & Increasing Legal Capacity. This manual and curriculum offer detailed information and suggestions for applying for Department of Justice agency recognition and staff accreditation, implementing effective case management systems, fundraising and scores of other pertinent topics related to managing an immigration program. The training is highly interactive. Participants will leave with a plan to create or improve their immigration legal services program.

Site: University of San Diego campus, San Diego, California
Registration: $285
https://cliniclegal.org/training/person/developing-and-sustaining-immigration-program-san-diego

 

October 30 – November 1, 2020

2020 Conference USCMA
United States Catholic Mission Association

USCMA is holding its national conference in El Paso to be in solidarity with the immigrant, the migrant, the refugee. Angels Unaware – Mission with People on the Move is an opportunity to encounter others, learn about the peoples “on the move” around the world and in our neighborhoods, explore ways missionaries can respond, and envision more hospitable missionary communities. Immigration will be a key issue the 2020 elections. As missionary disciples, we do not see politics, we see people – sisters and brothers made in the image of God. Regardless of who wins, we want to welcome the stranger, be communities of peace, and be a collective voice for human dignity. This is a crucial moment for mission and the U.S. Church. Join us in making these days moments of awareness, encounter, prayer, insight, and discernment.

Site: El Paso, Texas
Registration: Coming soon
https://uscatholicmission.org/2020-conference-angels-unaware-mission-with-people-on-the-move

 

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November 9-13, 2020

New Listing
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 key to pastoring successfully.

Site: St. Meinrad, Indiana
Registration: $800
https://saintmeinrad.edu/priests-ongoing-formation/effective-pastoring-workshops/the-newly-appointed-pastor/

 

November 30 – December 3, 2020

New Listing
Encore Priests
Saint Meinrad Seminary & School of Theology

A workshop designed for priests in their 60s or approaching retirement, Encore Priests prepares priests for this transition. Of course, priests never fully retire. By the 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.

Site: St. Meinrad, Indiana
Registration: $750
https://saintmeinrad.edu/priests-ongoing-formation/encore-priests/

 

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Bread That is Broken
Wilfrid Stinissen, OCD

The Holy Eucharist is the Church's most precious treasure, the source and summit of her worship and life. The Church is built upon and around the Eucharist. In this book, a renowned spiritual writer and Carmelite priest shows how receiving the Lord in the Eucharist has profound consequences, because the Eucharist is not only the great Sacrament that brings about oneness with Christ and with the faithful but also the foundational norm for Christian behavior. According to Saint Thomas Aquinas, all the sacraments are directed toward the Eucharist as toward their final purpose. The author explains that the Church must therefore guard this precious gift. She correctly challenges the faithful to approach the Eucharist with great reverence and a clear conscience so as not to receive the Lord unworthily but to become his sacrificing and serving people.

ISBN: 9781621643173, 120 pages, $12.95 softcover
Igantius Press

 

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Conquering Coronavirus
How Faith Can Put Your Fears to Rest
Teresa Tomeo

Whether the coronavirus still threatens you, your friends, and your family or has harmed someone you love, these pages will ease your fears, heal your wounds, quench your sorrow, and bring you the consolation God provides to all who seek Him in pestilential times like these — times that are, in fact, not foreign to our ancient Faith. Now our turn has come . . . along with the help we need to succeed. Here celebrated Catholic author and media host Teresa Tomeo has drawn forth from Scripture, the lives of the saints, and contemporary sources a healing balm for souls — believers and unbelievers alike — who have been shaken by the frightening evils thrust upon us by this coronavirus. With scores of emotional stories and practical weapons you can use to conquer this faceless enemy

ISBN: 978-1-64413-326-2, 176 pages, $14.95 softcover
Sophia Institute

 

Desert Dangers and Delights
Stories, Teachings, and Sources
John Michael Talbot

The spirituality and lives of the desert fathers and mothers are often seen as the beginning and end of Christian monastic life. Their stories and messages inspire not only the most devout Christians but also the "nones" and the "dones." In Desert Dangers and Delights John Michael Talbot reflects on his experience as a spiritual father and a popularizer of Catholic Christian spirituality through his music and teaching. He uses his own stories, Scripture, and the stories and sayings of the desert fathers and mothers to show a radically alternative way of living and thinking in Christ. With questions for reflection at the end of each chapter, this book will aid all readers, from experienced monastics to those just beginning a spiritual journey with Christ.

ISBN: -780814688038, 280 pages, $19.95 softcover
Liturgical Press

 

Discovering Pope Francis
The Roots of Jorge Mario Bergoglio's Thinking
Edited by Brian Y. Lee and Thomas L. Knoebel

The dangerous tendency to reduce theological positions to political ones has always fueled divisions in the Church, and it plagues debates surrounding Pope Francis's teaching today. This collection of essays was born of a landmark international symposium designed to promote theological understanding by contextualizing the thought of Pope Francis-from his understanding of history to his theology of mission-within important theological conversations rarely heard in the US Catholic Church. Its contributors demonstrate decisively that Pope Francis's magisterium is the fruit of a profound and distinctive, yet deeply Catholic, intellectual engagement with the theological and ecclesial traditions of the Church.

ISBN: 9780814685044, 272 pages, $29.95 softcover
Liturgical Press

 

The Eucharist in Scripture
Clifford M. Yeary (with Little Rock Scripture Study Staff)

The Eucharist in Scripture explores the biblical theme of meals shared in faithful fellowship and in covenant relationship with God. Old Testament meals and promises to provide a foundation for gospel meals with Jesus, culminating in the Last Supper as it is understood throughout the New Testament. Jesus' bread of life discourse and the early church's practice of "breaking bread" are also explored. Commentary, study and reflection questions, prayer, and access to recorded lectures are included. Five lessons.

ISBN: 9780814665152, 96 pages, $16.95 softcover (bulk pricing available)
Liturgical Press

 

I Served a Saint
Reflections of a Swiss Guard in Honor of the Centenary of the Birth of St. John Paul II
Mario Enzler

Mario Enzler recalls the pope in a special way. A former Swiss Guard, Enzler served in the Vatican from 1989 until 1993. In his book, I Served A Saint, Enzler weaves his reminiscences of encounters with John Paul with lessons he learned from the Polish pontiff. The book includes a forward by papal biographer George Weigel.

ISBN: n/a, $20 softcover
Newman House Catholic Books

 

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Immortal Combat
Confronting the Heart of Darkness
Fr. Dwight Longenecker

Today, far too many leading Christians water down the robust teachings of our Faith. Ignoring Christ’s clear example and constant demand that we boldly confront evils, they preach an amicable, nonconfrontational, feel-good gospel. Instead of teaching the faithful to edify and enjoin the wayward, they urge them to pacify and submit . . . with catastrophic results personally, for the Church, and for society at large. Here, without fear or favor, Longenecker maps out the myriad places where evil lurks in our world, shines a light on its many faces, and details the countless clever tricks it uses to hide. He delineates ten sturdy principles that must motivate all Christian warriors who hope to expunge evil and stop it from returning. And finally, he explains in fascinating detail the art of immortal combat, showing how self-sacrifice and contemplation of the Cross can bring victory over any evil, no matter how hidden or how grave. Be forewarned: this book calls you to sanctity and is not for wimps.

ISBN: 978-1-64413-290-6, 160 pages, $17.95 softcover
Sophia Institute

 

In the Wine Press
Short Stories
Joshua Hren

The thirteen stories in this collection track strained lives, characters compressed by the crises of our times, from clerical misdeeds to school shootings. Among them: a father and son comet-watching from a porch they built together confront a constellation of familial abuse; a parish priest grooms a fatherless boy; a politico conquers through think tank schemes until he is defeated by his parents’ death; a spokesman for a major bank insists that a young intern died of natural causes; and a bishop’s secretary discovers a deeper obedience when asked to destroy parish records. Never settling for easy exits, these intense fictions portray a world distrustful of its former guides but populated still by souls searching and finding.

ISBN: 978-1-62138-532-5, 158 pages, $16.95 softcover, Angelico Press publisher
Amazon.com

 

Jesus Speaks to Faustina and You
Susan Tassone

In her celebrated 700-page spiritual Diary, St. Faustina Kowalska (1905-1938) tells of her many visions of Jesus and her conversations with Him. For years now, best-selling and award-winning author Susan Tassone has lived in the thrall of that spiritual classic, recently drawing forth from its rich mystical depths 365 meditations. Each meditation features Jesus’ words to Faustina, to which Tassone has added a short original reflection and a prayer to help you hear and live by Jesus’ words as if they had been spoken directly to you. From these pages, you’ll discover the mercy, love, and compassion of the Lord that’s available for you – day by day, each day of the year.

ISBN: 978-1-64413-101-5, 448 pages, $16.95 softcover
Sophia Institute

 

Lord, Teach Us to Pray
A Fulton Sheen Anthology
Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen

Over the course of Archbishop Fulton Sheen’s storied career, thousands approached him with a simple request: “Teach us to pray.” Now, for the first time ever, his wise teachings on prayer have been collected into a single volume to help you perfect your prayers and make them what they must become: a daily, holy habit. Prayer, meditation, Holy Hours, the Mass, and even a bit of philosophy: it’s all here in this delightful anthology of the works of the saintly archbishop Fulton J. Sheen!

ISBN: 978-1-64413-083-4, 256 pages, $18.95 softcover
Sophia Institute

 

The Meal That Reconnects
Eucharistic Eating and the Global Food Crisis
Mary E. McGann

In The Meal That Reconnects, Dr. Mary McGann, RSCJ, invites readers to a more profound appreciation of the sacredness of eating, the planetary interdependence that food and the sharing of food entails, and the destructiveness of the industrial food system that is supplying food to tables globally. She presents the food crisis as a spiritual crisis-a call to rediscover the theological, ecological, and spiritual significance of eating and to probe its challenge to Christian eucharistic practice. Drawing on the origins of Eucharist in Jesus's meal fellowship and the worship of early Christians, McGann invites communities to reclaim the foundational meal character of eucharistic celebration while offering pertinent strategies for this renewal.

ISBN: 9780814660317, 256 pages, $29.95 softcover
Liturgical Press

 

My Lord & My God
Engaging Catholics in Social Ministry
Jeffry Odell Korgen

Provides Catholics with all the tools they need to build successful parish social ministries through invitation, conversion, and empowerment.

ISBN: 978-16164-3923-1, $18.95 softcover
Paulist Press

 

A Prophetic, Public Church
Witness to Hope Amid the Global Crises of the Twenty-First Century
Mary Doak

Globalization is uniting the world more closely than ever before while at the same time increasing the likelihood of division and conflict. Humanity faces problems of an unprecedented scope: vast inequality, climate change threatening the conditions of life on this planet, and a great population migration that includes human trafficking and desperate refugees. What does this global plight demand of a church called to be a sign and instrument of the union of all in God? In this book, Mary Doak shows how the church must rectify its own historic failures to embody the unity-in-diversity it proclaims, especially with regard to women and Jews. Only then, and through responding to the demands of the current global crises, can we learn what it means to be the church-that is, to be a prophetic witness and public agent of the harmony that God desires and the world deeply needs.

ISBN: 9780814684504, 250 pages, $29.95 softcover
Liturgical Press

 

The Sacraments and Consumer Culture
Timothy Brunk

What does consumerism have to do with the sacraments? We live in cultures where our senses of meaning, identity, and purpose are often found in what we purchase. Apart from the question of hedonism, there is the question of how we orient ourselves in an environment in which we end up marketing our very selves. In this book, Timothy Brunk examines how this consumer culture has had a corrosive effect on the seven sacraments of the Catholic Church. He also assesses how sacramental worship can provide resources for responsible Christian discipleship in today's consumer culture.

ISBN: 9780814685082, 232 pages, $24.95 softcover
Liturgical Press

 

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Saint John Paul II
A Celebration in Words and Images
Saint John Paul II

Celebrating one hundred years, this book beautifully traces the pontificate of St. John Paul II through photos and words from his petrine magisterium. It is addressed to all the faithful on the occasion of the centenary of his birth.

ISBN: 97808091-5539-2, $9.95 softcover
Paulist Press

 

Sister Thea Bowman
Do You Hear Me, Church?
Peggy A. Sklar

Sister Thea Bowman (1939 –1990), a native of a small town in central Mississippi, was a well-known educator, evangelist, gifted singer, scholar, and advocate for diversity and the inclusion of African Americans and African American culture in the Catholic Church. Sister Thea faced many obstacles as a young girl growing up in the segregated South. Her story is intertwined with the disparities and injustices experienced by African Americans in Mississippi. Through the efforts of the missionary sisters, brothers, and priests who served in Canton, Mississippi, Sister Thea and other African American children in her community were able to obtain an education and experience the love, generosity, faith, and commitment to social justice of those who ministered in the African American church. During her time in school, she felt called to enter religious life. She chose to join the order of the sisters who staffed her school. Sister Thea was the only black sister in her order.

ISBN: 978-08091-6792-0, $10.02 e-Book
Paulist Press

 

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What to Say and How to Say It
Discuss Your Catholic Faith with Clarity and Confidence
Brandon Vogt

Have you ever been put on the spot and asked to explain or defend Catholic teaching on sensitive topics such as abortion, same-sex marriage, or the Eucharist? In this straightforward and practical resource, Brandon Vogt offers essential tools for articulating even the most contentious aspects of your Catholic faith—atheism, same-sex marriage, transgenderism, abortion, the Eucharist, the problem of suffering, the veracity of the gospels with clarity and confidence. Each chapter offers you an overview of the topic and a clear explanation of what the Church teaches. Then you’ll learn about the most common contemporary arguments against the Church’s teachings followed by step-by-step instructions for responding intelligently and confidently.

ISBN: 978-1-59471-959-2, 256 pages, $16.95 softcover
Ave Maria Press

 

Why Bother Praying
Richard Leonard, SJ

Written by the bestselling author of Where the Hell Is God?, this accessible volume is for everyone who wonders how to pray, everyone who wonders what happens when you pray, and everyone who wonders if God hears our prayers. "Richard Leonard has done it again, tackled a difficult theological and spiritual question with honesty, deep knowledge, humor and a warm heart. Why Bother Praying moved me to tears and to laughing out loud. But I was also enlightened on one the most fundamental aspects of what it means to be a Christian, namely engaging in a real relationship with God, which is what prayer is all about." - William A. Barry, SJ

ISBN: 978-08091-4803-5, $14.95 softcover
Paulist Press

 

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