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Online Learning
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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.

100 Questions and Answers About the Marian Apparitions
Paul Senz

Real Philosophy for Real People
Tools for Truthful Living
Fr. Robert McTeigue, SJ

Let Justice Be Done
Writings from American Abolitionists (168-1865)
Kerry Walters, Editor

Our Peculiar Times
Catholic Wisdom for Times of Crisis
Fr. George William Rutler

... plus truth seekers, Clare of Assisi, what Catholics need to know about Islam 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.


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.


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.


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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September 9 – November 3, 2020
(8-week course, at own pace)

Interior Castle
Center for Action and Contemplation (CAC)

Interior Castle is intended for experienced spiritual students. The course is presented largely in James Finley’s poetic, creative, non-linear style and is therefore best suited to those who have experience learning in a heart-centered way that transcends and includes the intellect. Students not familiar with this teaching and learning style may find the course more challenging than other CAC courses. Among the course objectives: Deepen awareness of the “inner witness” through life experiences and contemplative practice; be inspired to see God in all things, to find hope and love even amidst suffering—in the cosmos, nature, oneself, and others; and understand the context of Teresa of Avila's life and writing.

Site: Online
Registration: $120


September 10, 2020
1:00-2:00pm ET

Making Meaning: Resilient Responses to Trauma

The traumatic impact of the pandemic crisis is reverberating across our society, and we are likely to feel its effects for a long time to come. Rev. Msgr. Stephen Rossetti, D.Min., Ph.D., explores healthy ways to manage our own response and offers strategies for effective pastoral care for others. The discussion includes insights from Msgr. Rossetti’s latest study on the effects of trauma on clergy resiliency. Who should attend? Priests, deacons, men and women religious, lay ministers, and those involved in vocations, formation, or clergy and ministry personnel needs.

Site: Online
Registration: Free


September 14, 2020
4:00pm ET

New Listing
Advocacy and Messaging in an Election Year
Conference of Major Superiors of Men (CMSM)

Join CMSM staff as we explore how your institutes and ministries can thoughtfully communicate about pressing social issues and advance your advocacy goals in an election year context. We will discuss what is legally permissible, what is not permitted, and recommended practices for walking the line. Hear how you can make an impact on ballot measures without being partisan, how you can host or promote candidate forums, and how you can respond to candidates across local, state, and national elections. We will cover both the law and good practices. We’ll even touch on the basics of Tweeting!

Site: Online
Registration: Free of charge but must register


September 20, 2020
3:00-4:30pm CT

New Listing
Sundays at CTU: Indigenous People and the Church
Catholic Theological Union

Join us “virtually” for our first Sundays at CTU program of the year as we welcome panelists Dr. Michel Andraos, former CTU professor of Intercultural Theology and Ministry, and Sr. Priscilla Solomon, an Ojibway and a Sister of St. Joseph Sault Ste. Marie. The discussion will be moderated by Sr. Joanne Doi, MM, faculty member in the department of Intercultural Studies and Ministry at CTU. In light of the outcomes from the October 2019 Synod of Bishops for the Amazon, the program will discuss some key issues regarding the situation of Indigenous Peoples in the Americas for the Church, with a particular emphasis on reconciliation. A focus of the discussion will be on the challenges of the Church as it works for reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples in the Canadian context. CTU’s long-standing relationship with and attention in its programs to reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples will also be discussed.

Site: Online (Zoom)
Registration: No charge but must register to obtain Zoom link


September 21-22, 2020
2:00-5:00pm ET (both days)

New Listing
17th Annual Immigration Law & Policy Conference
Migration Policy Institute, Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc., and Georgetown University Law Center

The conference, organized annually by the Migration Policy Institute, Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc., and Georgetown University Law Center, offers an excellent opportunity to go beyond the headlines with thoughtful analysis from leading experts. Join us for a virtual conference spanning two afternoons of engaging discussions with smart thinkers and expert analysis from leading government officials, attorneys, policy analysts, advocates, and others. Audience Q&A, as always, will be featured during each panel, and we are also adding some new elements for our virtual conference!

Site: Online
Registration: $20


September 23, 2020
3:00-4:00pm ET

New Listing
Feast of St. Francis Webinar: Today's Climate Call—Perspectives of Saint Francis & Pope Francis
Catholic Health Association of the United States (CHA)

This webinar will feature Fr. Tom Nairn, OFM, Ph.D., Provincial Minister of the Franciscan Province of the Sacred Heart, who as a Franciscan, ethicist and theologian, will reflect on today's climate realities and share insights from Saint Francis and the Cardinal who took his name, Pope Francis. Fr. Nairn will highlight the life and ministry of Saint Francis sharing how it might relate to today, as well as how Pope Francis' first encyclical, Laudato Si’, celebrating its Fifth Anniversary, and his comments during the pandemic offer guidance for being in right relationship with our world and each other. He will also touch upon environmental ethical and justice issues the pandemic has created.

Site: Online
Registration: $100


September 23, 2020
7:00-8:00pm CST

Spirituality and Mental Health in the Face of Trauma
Catholic Theological Union

The Catholic-Muslim Studies Program will host Suzanne Chopra, a licensed clinical social worker, to discuss the relationship between Muslim spirituality and mental health. This conversation will be important in light of the Covid-19 pandemic and the continued need for criminal justice reform in the U.S.

Site: Online (Zoom)
Registration: Free will offering


September 23 – November 17, 2020
(8-week course, at own pace)

Mary Magdalene: Apostle to Our Own Times
Center for Action and Contemplation (CAC)

Join Cynthia Bourgeault as she brings to light what made Mary Magdalene one of Jesus’ most important and beloved disciples. Discover her legacy as an apostle to our times—revealing a path of conscious love that we too are invited to walk. Mary Magdalene: Apostle to Our Own Times is an opportunity to see one of Christianity’s most courageous women, featured prominently in the Gospel story, more clearly. Let her guide you to a perspective of Christianity you never knew existed, one we so desperately need today. While it is not required reading for the course, we recommend Cynthia Bourgeault’s book The Meaning of Mary Magdalene: Discovering the Woman at the Heart of Christianity as lending support to the course content.

Site: Online
Registration: $120


October 2, 2020
7:00-9:00pm EST

New Listing
2020 Happy HARAMBEE !!
Black Catholic Theological Symposium

Our times are perilous, but God…so let’s come together with beverages and celebrate that still we RISE.

Site: Online
Registration: Members only


October 5, 2020
4:00-5:00pm CST

The Louis J. Luzbetak, SVD Lecture
Racism Awareness in Mission: Touchstone or Cultural Blindspot
Catholic Theological Union

In his history of the World Missionary Conference, Edinburgh 1910, Brian Stanley suggests that contemporary use of “culture” in mission may be vulnerable to the same critique as the use of “race” in the colonial missions. On the other hand, sensitivity to culture and context in postcolonial and postmodern missiology has encouraged diversity, interculturality, and movements for greater equity. Drawing from contemporary missiology and critical race theory, this paper will ask whether attention to “culture” and “context” has mitigated racism in mission or tended to obscure it.

Site: Online (Zoom)
Registration: Free will offering


October 12-14, 2020
(Time to be advised)

New Listing
2020 CLSA Convention
Canon Law Society of America

It is with much excitement that we notify our members and regular convention attendees of our very first virtual CLSA Convention! Attendees will have the opportunity to engage in live Q&A sessions with presenters following each presentation, and members will have the ability to participate virtually in the annual business meeting. Presentations and Q&A sessions will be recorded and available on-demand to paid registrants for two weeks following the three-day virtual event.

Site: Online
Registration: Members $425 / Nonmembers $500


October 22-24, 2020

Oct. 22:
3:00-6:15pm ET

Oct 23:
7:30am-5:15pm ET

Oct 24:
7:45am-6:00pm ET

New Listing
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: Online
Registration: Members (login for discount rate) / Nonmembers $230


October 27, 29, and 31, 2020
(See website for time.)

New Listing
Harm, Healing, and Human Dignity: A National Catholic Conference on Restorative Justice
Catholic Mobilizing Network

This conference comes at a critical moment in our Church and in our nation. Interest and engagement in restorative justice is growing among Catholics. This conference brings together impacted persons, experienced practitioners, ministry leaders, and advocates from across the country to enliven Catholic engagement with restorative justice in the United States. Speakers and workshops will highlight local and national examples of restorative practices applied in criminal justice ministry, Catholic education, and parish/diocesan life. Informed by faith-based, secular, and collaborative efforts, the conference will foster formation, story-sharing, and network-building among Catholic individuals and institutions.

Site: Online
Registration: $99


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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


September 16-18, 2020

Walking with the Wounded
Guest House and Stuart Center

Understanding, Recognizing and Acting: Tools for Responding to Addictions in Religious Life and Clergy

This workshop is designed to: Promote the understanding of the nature of addiction and compulsive behavior; Focus on the unique issues of addiction in the lives of Catholic clergy and religious (both women and men), from intervention to re-integration; Provide evidence-based data on the addictive and recovery process; Offer a confidential forum for leadership to discuss concerns related to wellness and recovery for community members, parishes and ministry settings; and Give confidential assistance in preparing policies related to wellness and recovery.

Site: Washington, D.C.
Registration: See website


September 16-19, 2020

Catholic Youth Ministry Convention
Life Teen, Inc.

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


September 17-20, 2020

How Can We Live a Balanced Life in the Midst of the Manifold Demands of Everyday Living?
Christ the King Priory

In his Rule, St. Benedict gives us some helpful hints for how to find the right balance between prayer, work, human relationships and rest. Benedict encourages us to move from working without stopping to praying without ceasing and to the experience of God’s presence in all things.

Site: Schuyler, Nebraska
Registration: $315.59


September 24-27, 2020

2020 Catholic Answers 7th Annual Conference
Catholic Answers

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


September 26, 2020

Substance Use, Emotional Distress and Spirituality
Genesis Spiritual Life & Conference Center

This program will be a safe environment to discuss the needs and challenges that people with trauma and mental and emotional health challenges face in recovery programs. We will discuss the stigma that mental health diagnosis carries, and offer perspectives and tools to create recovery circles that welcome the whole person. Our time together will include presentation and group discussion. All are welcome! Pre-registration required for material preparation.

Site: Westfield, Massachusetts
Registration: $10-25 sliding scale


September 27-30, 2020

58th Annual Conference International Catholic Stewardship Council
International Catholic Stewardship Council (ICSC)

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


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October 9-10, 2020

Dreams on the Spiritual Journey
Christ the King Priory

At Biblical times, people knew that their dreams were a second chance to catch what they overlooked the first time around and dreams provided insights for their lives. Within your lifetime you will have over 100,000 dreams and God will not waste our night time dreams so dreams can provide meaningful adjustments within our daily lives. Modern psychology has confirmed that dreams can help us to understand ourselves better and to take the right steps toward “Living life to the full” (John 10:10). On this weekend we will explore how through the symbols and images of our dreams we can discover treasures of personal growth and healing.

Site: Schuyler, Nebraska
Registration: $110.43


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: $2,000 for a parish team of five attendees


October 26-29, 2020

43rd Annual National Conference on Faith-Based Service
Catholic Volunteer Network

Each fall, more than 150 staff members of faith-based volunteer programs, campus personnel, and other partners gather for the National Conference on Faith-Based Service. Hosted in a different location each year, the National Conference is an opportunity for those involved in faith-based service to come together to learn new skills, share their experience and expertise, and network with their colleagues.

Site: Lake Buena Vista, Florida
Registration: Info coming soon


October 27-28, 2020

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

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


October 30 – November 1, 2020

2020 Conference USCMA
United States Catholic Mission Association (USCMA)

Angels Unaware – Mission with People on the Move

USCMA is holding its national conference in El Paso to be in solidarity with the immigrant, the migrant, the refugee. This 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


October 30 – November 2, 2020

NRVC Convocation 2020
National Religious Vocation Conference (NRVC)

2020 Vision: Focus on Hope

Vocation directors and those who support vocation ministry gather for camaraderie, inspiration, insight, and in-depth learning.

Site: Spokane, Washington
Registration: Members $500 (Convocation only); $675 Full Package (includes October 29 Pre-Convocation, workshops and Convocation) / Nonmembers $750 (Convocation only); $1,012 Full Package (includes October 29 Pre-Convocation, workshops and Convocation)


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November 8-13, 2020

New Pastor's Program
St. Mary's Seminary & University

Five-Day Workshop Designed Exclusively for New Pastors and Parish Life Coordinators. Due to the unforeseen conditions of the COVID-19 pandemic, details or dates of the program may have to be changed in the future as a result of guidelines set by health and government officials. Please check back frequently to check the status of the program. Thank you.

Site: Baltimore, Maryland
Registration: See website for complete details


November 9-13, 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.

Site: St. Meinrad, Indiana
Registration: $800


November 21-24, 2020

AAR Annual Meeting
American Academy of Religion (AAR)

The AAR Annual Meeting brings together thousands of scholars from around the world. Each year, the AAR facilitates hundreds of events, including academic sessions, workshops, receptions, and tours. The Exhibit Hall presents a vibrant networking space where attendees can pitch ideas to publishers, browse the latest publications, and connect with colleagues.

Site: Boston, Massachusetts
Registration: Member $395 / Nonmember $760


November 30 – December 3, 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.

Site: St. Meinrad, Indiana
Registration: $750


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January 15-17, 2021

Horizon Conference
Life Teen

The Life Teen Horizon Conference is training grounded in youth ministry principles, but expanded with an invitation to your entire parish staff and volunteer team. Keeping up with the latest cultural trends and best practices in ministry can be challenging. This conference aims to train your whole parish team by highlighting a different topic each year, so plan to bring your team each year for continued professional development that will enhance your ministry efforts.

Site: Melbourne Beach, Florida
Registration: Opening soon


January 29, 2021

National March for Life
March for Life

Abortion is the most significant human rights abuse of our time. Will you take a stand? Join us for The National March for Life — Conference, Expo, Rally and March.

Site: Washington, DC
Registration: See website


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Balthasar for Thomists
Fr. Aidan Nichols, OP

Students of Catholic theology are often presented with a choice between two great masters: Thomas Aquinas and Hans Urs von Balthasar. What starts as a cordial difference in form and method often morphs into a bitter rivalry. Dominican theologian Father Aidan Nichols sees no need for competition. Balthasar for Thomists gives a panoramic view of Balthasar's thought and spirituality, unearthing many of his innumerable debts to Aquinas and providing context for their points of divergence. While constituting an original form of faithful Catholic thought, Balthasar's approach may be regarded as a synthesis of the influences of Thomas and his Franciscan contemporary St. Bonaventure. In its breadth, Balthasar for Thomists serves as a general introduction to Balthasar for those unacquainted with his profound and wide-ranging theology.

ISBN: 9781621643395, 244 pages, $18.95 softcover
Ignatius Press


A Book of Psalms
Edward Clarke

This collection of poems engages in new and animating ways with one of the profoundest texts of our past, the Book of Psalms. These poems are Clarke's response to his experience of reading the Psalter through once every month according to Cranmer’s divisions in the 1549 Book of Common Prayer.

ISBN: 978164603578, 96 pages, $19 softcover
Paraclete Press


Captivated by the Master
A Theological Consideration of Jesus Christ
Fr. Brian Mullady, OP

Theologian Fr. Brian Mullady brings enlightenment and consolation to the faithful with this concise yet powerful summary of the teachings of the Catholic Church about Christ. Masterfully addressing the gap in the knowledge of modern Christians about the nature and implications of the traditional, systematic doctrine of Christ, Fr. Mullady confronts the efforts of modern theologians to separate Christ from His Cross and suggest that His purpose on earth was merely to resist unjust social structures and advance wise moral teachings. Such fundamental misunderstandings of Christ, Fr. Mullady says, lead to a flawed interpretation of Scripture that wrongly minimizes miracles and reimagines uncomfortable sacrifices. To remedy such confusion, he documents how the nature of the union between God and man in Christ came to be defined over a 500 year period by major councils of the Church.

ISBN: 978-1-68278-132-6, 160 pages, $14.95 softcover
Sophia Institute


Clare of Assisi
Gentle Warrior
Wendy Murray

Clare of Assisi is generally known as “the female friend” of Saint Francis of Assisi and for centuries her legacy has remained obscured by his shadow. Yet Clare’s life and story ought to shine in its own light and on its own terms (her name, after all, means “light”). She is a figure of true heroism, tenacity, beatitude and grit who plotted her improbable course in the context of the raucous and explosive period of the Middle Ages. Much went wrong for Clare after the day when, as a teen, she fled the home of her noble and wealthy family to follow Francis in a life of poverty. No one would have begrudged her if, when the trials had become onerous, she had decided simply to “go home.” Yet she stayed the course, even after Francis had died. She pulled from the fire of her trials embers that would become her crown. In this new book, Wendy Murray digs deeply into Clare’s decision to abandon rank and wealth for allegiance to Christ (and in no small way, Francis) and explores the circumstances which, later on, tested Clare’s devotion. Clare’s curious and vivid spiritual vision galvanized her ability to persevere amid difficult circumstances and enabled her to stay her course and lay claim to a legacy that shines brightly among the host of medieval saints.

ISBN: 978164061833, 208 pages, $19.99 softcover
Paraclete Press


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100 Questions and Answers About the Marian Apparitions
Paul Senz

From May to October 1917, the Blessed Virgin Mary appeared six times to three shepherd children in the tiny village of Fatima, Portugal. What started as a private matter was soon known all over town, throughout the country, and around the world. These apparitions are fascinating and have gripped the imagination of people all over the world, from simple believers to academic theologians; from skeptics to the curious; from scientists to popes. If you seen the major new feature film, Fatima, this insightful work can be read as a companion book to the film to provide the reader greater context and answer many of the questions the viewer may have about this amazing and powerful story.

ISBN: 9781621644378, 120 pages, $14.95 softcover (quantity discounts available)
Ignatius Press


How Science Points to God
Dr. Gerard Vershuuren

We are told that science and religion are wholly incompatible and that those of us who profess faith in God are unwilling to bend our wills to the truth. In this highly gratifying book, scientist Dr. Gerard Verschuuren flips this assertion around, showing time and time again how it is not the Christians, but rather the scientists, who are unwilling to incline their wills to the truth when it presents itself. Dr. Verschuuren helps us to recognize science’s limited scope, how it is restricted to what can be dissected, measured, and counted. It is not the only pathway to knowledge. How Science Points to God teaches you to approach scientific processes and discoveries with a mind of faith, bringing you to a far deeper understanding of who we are and how we came to be. In this way, science is moving us toward ultimately proving the existence of God, while inspiring and intensifying our faith along the way.

ISBN: 978-1-64413-151-0, 208 pages, $12.99 softcover
Sophia Institute


How to Feel Good and How Not To
The Ethics of Using Marijuana, Alcohol, Antidepressants, and Other Mood-Altering Drugs
John-Mark L. Miravalle

In these pages, author John-Mark Miravalle explores, through a Catholic lens, the phenomenon of chemical mood alteration and reflects on our feelings of pleasure and suffering and how they relate to the rest of our humanity. Masterfully combining philosophy, theology, and science, Miravalle equips you with the tools you need to make decisions based on your own particular circumstances. With the help of these edifying pages, you’ll learn what effect the uses of particular substances typically have on your ability to regulate your feelings and cultivate an emotional life that leads to happiness and fulfillment over time.

ISBN: 978-1-64413-086-5, 144 pages, $14.95 softcover
Sophia Institute


Hunger for Hope
Prophetic Communities, Contemplation, and the Common Good
Sr. Simone Campbell

One of the organizers of the "Nuns on the Bus" campaign shows how faith supports action in a world in great need of both. The chaotic individualism of these times demands a prayer practice that summons a prophetic response in community with those who are marginalized in our fractured economic system and broken world. Hunger for Hope explores the quest for a justice that works for all and explores what it means to be “holy” in today’s world.

ISBN: 978-1-62698-378-6, 160 pages, $16 softcover
Orbis Books


Justice and the Way of Jesus
Christian Ethics and the Incarnational Discipleship of Glen Stassen
David P. Gushee and Reggie L. Williams, Editors

These original essays by a diverse group of Christian thinkers present a rich and broad engagement with Glen Stassen’s concept of “incarnational discipleship”—a major contribution to the discipline of Christian ethics outlined in his final book, A Thicker Jesus (2012). Stassen believed that his approach could strengthen faithfulness to Jesus Christ in the church and foster a stronger public witness in American society. Exploring the term “incarnational discipleship” and its relevance for today are Lisa Sowle Cahill, Jacob Alan Cook, Miguel A. De La Torre, Stacey Floyd-Thomas, George Hunsinger, Hak Joon Lee, Peter J. Paris, Larry Rasmussen, Ron Scott Sanders, Peter M. Sensenig, and the editors.

ISBN: 978-1-62698-366-3, 240 pages $30 softcover
Orbis Books


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Let Justice Be Done
Writings from American Abolitionists 1688-1865
Kerry Walters, Editor

Almost from the first arrival of enslaved Africans in 1619 until the end of the antebellum period, a prophetic crusade to eliminate the sin of slavery stirred the American conscience. The abolitionists were deeply faithful Christians who believed that if anything was contrary to the will of God, it was human bondage. Mocked, threatened, and abused, their influence was ultimately profound. Let Justice Be Done includes representative voices of the abolitionist cause—women and men, black and white. Among them are towering figures such as William Lloyd Garrison, Frederick Douglass, Sojourner Truth, and Lucretia Mott. Their struggle against one of the greatest evils to blemish American history demonstrated that religious faith can and rightfully should be a powerful force in calling out injustice, speaking truth to power, and planting seeds of change.

ISBN: 978-1-62698-364-9, 208 pages, $22 softcover
Orbis Books


Lord, Make Me an Instrument of Your Peace
The Complete Prayers of St. Francis, St. Clare & Other Early Franciscans
Jon M. Sweeney, Editor

We do not immediately associate Francis and Clare with prayer and praying. St. Francis, according to the most common legends, rarely sat still. St. Clare did, more so, but that was probably mostly because of the convent and the grille and the conventions of the time—she couldn’t be a walkabout friar.  However, they did sit still. And they stood. And they danced. And they fasted. And they sang. In all these ways, Francis and Clare prayed for hours each day, as did the brothers and sisters who came after them on the Franciscan way. This prayer book gathers the stories and words of the prayer life and prayers of these remarkable Christians.

ISBN: 9781640601468, 288 pages, $25 softcover
Paraclete Press


Moral Leadership
Integrity, Courage, Imagination
Robert Michael Franklin

Whether in a local community, an educational institution, or a global organization, the key to addressing the current crisis in American public life is genuine moral leadership. Moral leadership is anchored in intellectual and ethical integrity, a vision of and commitment to the public good, and personal investment in transformative community. Drawing on a lifetime of witnessing, emulating, and nurturing such leadership, Robert Michael Franklin proposes a model for moral leadership and ways in which readers in any context can discover and foster those qualities in themselves.

ISBN: 978-1-62698-358-8, 192 pages, $24 softcover
Orbis Books


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Our Peculiar Times
Catholic Wisdom for Times of Crisis
Fr. George William Rutler

From riots to pandemics, speech codes to behavior mandates, modern man is living in a time of eerie, fast-moving social change that is increasingly resembling some of the darkest periods of history. As we careen toward a breaking point, there persists a profound lack of perception abroad as to what is unfolding right before our eyes. Surrounded by widespread ignorance of history and loss of supernatural faith, we march forward in blindness, unable to perceive or imagine what is in store for us on the other side. Father Rutler dives deep into the relevant histories to put our modern times into a balanced perspective and provide us with moral applications that enable us to see, understand, and navigate our current circumstances. This book is a must-read for anyone interested in rousing our fellow Americans from their slumber and persuading them back to faith, hope, charity—and courage.

ISBN: 978-1-64413-220-5, 256 pages, $18.95 softcover
Sophia Institute


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Real Philosophy for Real People
Tools for Truthful Living
Fr. Robert McTeigue, SJ

The philosopher Paul Weiss once observed, "Philosophers let theories get in the way of what they and everyone else know." For many, the very word "philosophical" has become all but synonymous with "impractical". Yet whether we like it or not, almost every corner of our lives—from dissertation writing to channel surfing—brings us face to face with competing philosophies and world views, each claiming to tell us definitively what it means to be human. How can we know which one is right? And what difference does it make? To Robert McTeigue, S.J., it makes every difference in the world. Consciously or not, we all have a world view, and it decides how we live. In this book, McTeigue gives a funny and invigorating crash course in practical logic, metaphysics, anthropology, and ethics, equipping readers with a tool kit for breaking down and evaluating the thought systems—some good, some toxic—that swirl around us, and even within us. As the author insists, "A key test of any philosophy is: Can it be lived?" With Thomas Aquinas, this book teaches not only how to know the truth, but how to love it and to do it.

ISBN: 9781621643487, 283 pages, $17.95 softcover
Ignatius Press


Seeds of Justice
Organizing Your Church to Transform the World
Alex Tindal Wisendanger

Why do the values of Gospel justice we hear preached on Sundays seem so different from the reality we see in our communities? How can our churches actually change policies and laws that deeply violate the teachings of Jesus? Drawing on long experience working in churches and faith-based communities around issues of social justice, Alex Tindal Wiesendanger offers a handbook to translate a commitment to social justice into effective action. Beginning with the need to move beyond charity to justice, he then guides readers from being activists to becoming agents of transformation within their church and the world. This involves learning how to build power through relationships and listening. Finally, it means developing congregations capable of wielding power in the public sphere.

ISBN: 978-1-62698-365-6, 224 pages, $24 softcover
Orbis Books


Truth Seekers
Voices of Peace and Nonviolence from Gandhi to Pope Francis
David Cortright, Editor

These readings on the theory and practice of nonviolence come from classic figures like Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr., contemporary theorists like Gene Sharp and Erica Chenoweth, activists like Dorothy Day and Cesar Chavez, and prophetic figures from across the world and from diverse religious traditions. Together, these truth seekers present a body of wisdom and practical experience that point the way to peace, justice, and reconciliation.

ISBN: 978-1-62698-356-4, 272 pages, $30 softcover
Orbis Books


What Catholics Need to Know About Islam
William Kilpatrick

It is no longer permissible to have an honest conversation about Islam. Those who warn about Islam’s threat to our way of life are dismissed as racists and xenophobes by social elites and even by many in the Catholic hierarchy. In this highly informative, hard-hitting book, Catholic author William Kilpatrick pulls no punches in courageously confronting the threats posed by Islam. He shows how Muslim activists are employing the same tactics that led to the meteoric rise of the LGBT movement and how they have systematically infiltrated the government, media, business, schools, and even churches. He explains how Western self-hatred and political correctness makes jihad possible, and he reveals how the media conceals and covers up for atrocities committed in the name of Islam.

ISBN: 978-64413-214-2, 448 pages, $19.95 softcover
Sophia Institute


The Word is Very Near You
Fr. Wilfrid Stinissen

The acclaimed spiritual writer and Carmelite priest says that all Christian literature and preaching are nothing more than an attempt to explain and interpret what God himself has spoken to us in the Bible. God is active in his holy Word, and he is also active in man's seeking and study, in his research and knowledge. Yet without prayer, scholarship is only superficial glitter, destined to fade away. Father Stinissen teaches that prayer and the reading of Scripture belong inseparably together, and he shows the reader how combining them leads a person to close communion with God.

ISBN: 9781621642886, 140 pages, $14.95 softcover
Ignatius Press


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