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

Priests—What Lies Ahead?
Fr. Carlos Granados

Blessed are the Refugees
Beatitudes of Immigrant Children
Scott Rose, Leo O'Donovan, SJ and the Staff and Volunteers of Catholic Charities' Esperanza Center

Abiding the Long Defeat
How to Evangelize Like a Hobbit in a Disenchanted Age
Conor Sweeney

Jesus Becoming Jesus
A Theological Interpretation of the Synoptic Gospels
Thomas G. Weinandy

 

. . . plus five proofs of God's existence, sin, God
and goalposts, the Roman liturgy, and more.
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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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

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July 18, 2018
2:00pm ET

Maximizing High End Donor Pieces
National Catholic Development Conference

The top end of your file deserves the highest and best effort possible. At AKA we have worked closely with our clients over the past three decades perfecting techniques that increase the response rate and the average gift from the top end of your donor file. In this webinar you'll learn: How to maximize the return on investment when mailing to high end donors; What leverage techniques increase response rate; How to generate more net dollars for the cause. Presenter: Hugh Brown, President of AKA Fundraising Solutions.

Site: Online
Registration: Member $85/ Nonmember $110
https://info.ncdc.org/maximizing-high-end-donor-pieces-webinar-07-18-2018?hsCtaTracking=5796ed53-9ed5-4fca-86fe-0b5fa5dc69f8%7C9547b1be-6678-4e9e-965a-dbb06ab2c98f

 

July 19, 2018
1:00pm ET

Surviving the Digital Age: Strategies for Healthy Technology Use
St. Luke Institute (SLIconnect)

Technology, from smartphones to social media to virtual reality, is impacting our lives in ways no one could have predicted. While there are certainly benefits to these advances, being overly engaged with technology in its various forms can have long-term negative consequences for psychological and emotional health. Crystal Taylor-Dietz, Psy.D., discusses the mental health impact of being “plugged in” and offers strategies for managing technology use effectively.

Site: Online
Registration: $25
https://www.sliconnect.org/product/surviving-digital-age-strategies-healthy-technology-use/

 

August 22, 2018
2:00pm ET

60 Practical Tips & Tricks in 60 Minutes for Planned Giving Success
National Catholic Development Conference

This will be a fast-paced presentation offering practical, useful planned gift tips & tricks especially appropriate for Catholic direct mail based charities and constituencies.  Most charities have an aging constituency where planned giving is or should be a key revenue component. In this webinar you'll learn: Some practical, useful planned giving and marketing tips; What type of planned giving marketing efforts work best; How to determine if planned giving is right for you. Presenter: John W. Jensen, CFP, Senior Vice President of The Sharpe Group.

Site: Online
Registration: Member $85 / Nonmember $110
https://info.ncdc.org/60-practical-tips-and-tricks-in-60-minutes-for-planned-giving-success-webinar-08-22-2018?hsCtaTracking=97f488c2-5628-48b8-bfe9-85be2f4da649%7Cdbac3150-6580-4bf4-b645-cffafe48d39c

 

September 11, 2018
2:00pm ET

The Priest as Shepherd of Christian Initiation
National Organization for Continuing Education of Roman Catholic Clergy (NOCERCC)

Experience a Virtual Workshop on September 11, 2018 (2:00-3:30pm ET). The topic will be The Priest as Shepherd of Christian Initiation and the presenter will explore the pastoral responsibilities of the priest as shepherd to those coming to faith in Christ through his Church.

Site: Online
Registration: No-charge to Members and other diocesan colleagues
https://nocercc.org/ltp-partnership

 

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July 11, 18 and 25, 2018

Mini Course: Biblical Themes in Laudato Si’
Dominican University

In his letter on Ecology, Pope Francis concentrated on three important themes: our understanding of human nature; the interconnectedness of all creation; the interdependence of all creatures. This mini-course will offer biblical grounding for these important themes. Presenter: Dianne Bergant, PhD

Site: River Forest, Illinois
Registration: $50 for three week session
http://events.dom.edu/mini-course-biblical-themes

 

July 12-15, 2018

2018 Theological Institute: Salvation & The Community of Faith
Manna House of Prayer

This year’s institute examines the ways in which human beings become aware of their need for salvation, with particular attention to the diversity of the church. How does the diversity of the church contribute to our experience of salvation in history? What are the various ways in which the Catholic faith has understood salvation? How does the community of faith mediate salvation in the world? This course will draw on Pope Francis’ Evangelii Gaudium.

Site: Concordia, Kansas
Registration: $300
https://mannahouse.org/event-registration-2/?ee=82

 

July 12-15, 2018

2018 Joint NACC and APC Conference
National Association of Catholic Chaplains and Association of Professional Chaplains

The theme of the 2018 Joint Conference is “Partners in Shaping the Future.” Our goals at the Conference are: Leading with Professionalism and Integrity, Collaborating with other Professions to Serve Those in our Care, Empowering the Profession through Research, and Supporting Diversity and Inclusiveness.

Site: Anaheim, California
Registration: Member $754 by July 10; $819 onsite / Nonmember $904 by July 10; $969 onsite
https://www.nacc.org/conference/

 

July 15-19, 2018

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

Cultivating Creativity in Social Justice Ministry: 'Love requires a concrete, creative response' -Pope Francis is the theme for the 2018 Social Action Summer Institute (SASI) that will be held at Saint Joseph's University in Philadelphia, PA from July 15 -19, 2018. This five-day program offers first-time participants grounding in Catholic social teaching, biblical theology, and the spirituality of social justice. Returning attendees take part in an advanced program focused on particular areas of social action ministry. Social justice ministry is dedicated to serving those individuals on the margins of society and within our Church, yet the way in which we minister must evolve. How can social action directors fully embrace the Holy Father's call to missionary discipleship in order to advance God's kingdom of peace and justice? What creative, new methods, new visions can be utilized? SASI 2018 will look to provide new ideas and new ways for social ministers to bring back to their respective diocese or parish.

Site: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Registration: $525 (also includes lodging and most meals)
https://www.catholicroundtable.org/events/social-action-summer-institute-sasi

 

July 15-17, 2018

2018 NACFLM Conference
National Association of Catholic Family Life Ministers

The National Association of Catholic Family Life Ministers (NACFLM) strives to implement a vision of family ministry encompassing the entire life cycle. In response to God’s word revealed through all generations, the members of NACFLM join together: To offer support and professional enrichment for those who minister to and with families; to be a voice and advocate for families and family ministry; to promote the development of family life ministry on all levels of the Church; and to foster a family perspective in Church and Society. This conference will provide a variety of speakers on topics relevant to family life, ministry, and society.

Site: Lafayette, Louisiana
Registration: Member $325 / Nonmember $425
http://nacflm.org/2018-conference/

 

July 15-20, 2018

37th Summer Bible Institute
Rock Hill Oratory

The Summer Bible Institute is an annual opportunity to come together to study and reflect on the Scriptures. Two program tracks are offered. Old Testament (Mornings) with Fr. Garrett Galvin, ofm Franciscan School of Theology, California will look at a new way to see kings in the Old Testament, not as monsters with the occasional angelic ruler, but in a more nuanced way. We will consider the original concept and context of kingship before concentrating on some individuals. New Testament (Evenings) with Fr. George Smiga St. Mary Seminary & Graduate School of Theology. We will consider how Jesus preferred to teach in parables. The gospels are filled with these images and stories that are both elusive and powerful. They engage, delight, and disturb those who hear them. We will explore what parables are, how they work, and what Jesus’ parables reveal about the Kingdom of God.

Site: Rock Hill, South Carolina
Registration $175 tuition, $250 room & board
http://www.rockhilloratory.net/center-for-spirituality/programs/
(Tab: Download Fall 2017 – Summer 2018 Programs; see page 6 for event description; pages 21-22 for registration instructions)

 

July 15-20, 2018

Following Jesus on the Path of Non Violence
Maryknoll Mission Institute

Long time activist and author, Fr. John Dear, will lead us in reflections on the life of Jesus from the perspective of Gandhian/Kingian nonviolence. He will help us reflect on the world of violence and the alternative of active nonviolence, then take us through the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus’ engaged nonviolence, his campaign of nonviolence to Jerusalem, his resistance in the Temple, his execution and resurrection, and what it might mean for us as mature disciples of the nonviolent Jesus in a world of war, poverty, racism and environmental destruction. Daily presentations will include quiet time, small and large group discussion, and opportunity to journal and reflect. Together, participants will reclaim the vocation to be peacemakers-missioned to redouble our work for justice, disarmament and creation.

Site: Ossining, New York
Registration: $200 plus (a once a year) $60 registration/deposit; $55 per night room and board
http://support.maryknollsisters.org/site/Calendar?id=100169&view=Detail

 

July 16-19, 2018

St. John Bosco Conference
Franciscan University

In a world that is being torn apart due to a lack of real love, catechists and those who work in ministry have a challenging mission on their hands. But if God has called you to ministry, you have nothing to fear – the Holy Spirit is with you and is already working to bring about the unity and love for which our world desperately longs. Come be renewed this summer at the St. John Bosco Conference alongside other religious educators and ministers, and get ready for the Holy Spirit to pour out His love into your heart in ways that you could never imagine!

Site: Steubenville, Ohio
Registration: $280; Priest registrations are free in gratitude for their willingness to hear confessions

https://steubenvilleconferences.com/adult/sjb/

 

July 16-20, 2018

Liturgical Music Ministers (LMM) Conference
McGrath Institute for Church Life / Notre Dame Center for Liturgy

The Liturgical Music Ministers (formerly called Vision LMM) seeks to provide liturgical musicians an opportunity for spiritual, intellectual, human, and pastoral formation. Our theme for 2018 is “Liturgical Music for the Liturgical Year.” Each keynote session will focus on a different liturgical season, inviting participants to delve more deeply into the unique theology of each season and learn how liturgical music can help us celebrate the feasts and seasons more fruitfully. The Church Life Summer Symposium for Liturgical Music Ministers is for directors of music, choir directors, accompanists, cantors, choir members, instrumentalists—anyone involved in liturgical music ministry at the parish or diocesan level, or within a grade school, high school, or university setting.

Site: Notre Dame, Indiana
Registration: $475
http://liturgy.nd.edu/events/summerliturgy/notre-dame-vision-for-liturgical-music-ministers/

 

July 18-22, 2018

2018 Annual Tekakwitha Conference
Tekakwitha Conference

The Tekakwitha Conference is the Voice, Presence and Identity of Indigenous Catholics of North America under the protection and inspiration of Saint Kateri Tekakwitha. We strive to: Reinforce Catholic identity; affirm pride in our cultures and spiritual traditions; promote healing through forgiveness and reconciliation, advocate for peace and justice in our Indigenous communities, build stronger catechesis that is meaningful to Indigenous Catholic People, nurture the relationship between Indigenous people and the Catholic Church, and empower Catholic Indigenous People as leaders within our communities and Church.

Site: Tacoma, Washington
Registration Adult (18-54 yrs): Member $135 / Non-member $175
Registration Senior (55 yrs and over): Member $110 / Non-member $150
http://tekconf.org/conferences

 

July 20-23, 2018

RBC 2018 Assembly
Religious Brothers Conference

Brother John Mark Falkenhain, a monk of the Saint Meinrad Archabbey, will be the keynote speaker at this year's Assembly. A sightseeing trip in Washington, D.C. is planned.

Site: Potomac, Maryland
Registration: $675
http://www.todaysbrother.com/?page_id=29

 

July 22-27, 2018

Our Incompleteness is our Dignity: Faith Confirmed in Film
Maryknoll Mission Institute

John of the Cross believed we are created to need God and “our incompleteness is our dignity.” Most cultures assert the opposite: “need no one; be self-sufficient!” Film artists remind us of our relationships and life experiences often leave us confused, empty and anxious. John of the Cross says “when we utter our appeal from there, we are being mature, being what we were meant to be . . . and if our anxieties are tokens of our deeper need, then when it begins to ache, this is not an obstacle to prayer. It can be the point which opens on to God,” (cf. Iain Matthews, The Impact of God). We will explore these truths through film and in dialogue along with Christian spiritual sources.

Site: Ossining, New York
Registration: $200 plus (a once a year) $60 registration/deposit; $55 per night room and board

http://support.maryknollsisters.org/site/Calendar?id=100170&view=Detail

 

July 25-27, 2018

Applied Biblical Studies
Franciscan University

A key part of the New Evangelization is the call for all Catholics to deepen their love for Sacred Scripture. At the Applied Biblical Studies Conference you will receive personal formation on the Catholic understanding of Scripture as well as the practical training to effectively communicate these truths. You will be instructed, encouraged and inspired by a team of world-class Biblical teachers in an environment that feeds and welcomes your love for Sacred Scripture and the Holy Catholic Church. Come and you will grow in your knowledge of God’s word and be equipped to lead others to deeper faith.

Site: Steubenville, Ohio
Registration: $165; priest registrations are free in gratitude for their willingness to hear confessions
https://steubenvilleconferences.com/adult/abs/

 

July 26-28, 2018

Missional Church Anniversary Convocation 2018
Center for Parish Development

Empowered by the Holy Spirit, the church is called to take part in God’s mission for the sake of the world. In every generation, the church is challenged to be faithful to a living and dynamic God who says, “Behold, I am doing a new thing” (Isaiah 43:19). What is God calling the church – your church – to be and do NOW? Join in this 50th anniversary convocation to discover new ways of putting the questions, new frameworks for dealing with them, and crafting new proposals for shaping the church’s ministry and mission. And join in celebration of the Center’s life work – both legacy and future – in this 50th anniversary year at this convocation event: Faithful at the speed of change! Roger Schroeder, SVD will be a keynote presenter.

Site: Techny Towers Conference & Retreat Center, Techny, Illinois
Registration: $295
https://missionalchurch.org/resources/missional-church-convocation/

 

July 26-28, 2018

Virgin Mary USA (ESBVM USA)
Misericordia University

The Ecumenical Society of the Blessed Virgin Mary USA (ESBVM USA) exists to advance the study of Mary, the Mother of Christ, in Christian biblical and spiritual perspectives, and in the light of such study, to promote ecumenical interchange and prayers. Its aim is to show that in Mary, Christians of many traditions may find a focus in their search for unity.

Site: Dallas, Pennsylvania
For more information and to register, contact the ESBVM USA President at
ccarr@misericordia.edu

 

July 27-29, 2018

Henri Nouwen: Master of Soul Care
Christ the King Priory

Henri Nouwen embodied soul care—in the way he cared for his own soul and the souls of others. In this retreat we will focus on how we, too, can engage in deep, personal soul work. Through Nouwen’s rich insights and lived example we will learn how to care primarily for our own souls in order that we can more effectively companion other souls in their spiritual journey---whether as a spiritual friend, guide, mentor, or spiritual director. Note that this a retreat opportunity.

Site: Schuyler, Nebraska
Registration: $202.53 (includes meals and lodging)
https://christthekingpriory.com/retreats-schedule/2018/7/27/henri-nouwen-master-of-soul-care

 

July 27-29, 2018

Defending the Faith
Franciscan University

In the journey of our lives, we are always being called to conversion; as long as we have breath in our lungs, God is not done working on our hearts! And although we will face opposition and trials, God is with us to help us remain steadfast and set an example of faith for future generations. Join us at the Defending the Faith Conference this summer, to be equipped for the race and to learn about how to empower your brothers and sisters in Christ on their own journeys. God has beautiful things in store for you!

Site: Steubenville, Ohio
Registration: $165; priest registrations are free in gratitude for their willingness to hear confessions
https://steubenvilleconferences.com/adult/dfc/

 

July 28-31, 2018

81st International Meeting of the Catholic Biblical Association of America
Catholic Biblical Association of America

The purpose of the Catholic Biblical Association is to promote, within a context of faith, scholarly study in Scripture and related fields by meetings of the association, publications, and support to those engaged in such studies.

Site: Denver, Colorado
Registration: $127

https://catholicbiblical.org/meetings/225-am2018/453-am2018

 

July 29 – August 3, 2018

RSM Institute on Sacred Scripture
Misericordia University

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.

Site: Dallas, Pennsylvania
Registration: $715 (includes meals and lodging)
https://www.misericordia.edu/page.cfm?p=962

 

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August 1-4, 2018

2018 ACCCRUS Convention
African Conference of Catholic Clergy and Religious in the United States

The theme of this year's conference is "Building Intercultural Competency for African Priests and Religious in the United States. In addition to keynote addresses, there will be small group discussions, Evening Prayer and Mass, Holy Hour and Adoration, and a closing banquet.

Site: Phoenix, Arizona
Registration: $100 Priests and Men Religious / $50 Women Religious
http://acccrus.org/

 

August 6-8, 2018
 

Updated
F. Gerald Martin Pastoral Ministry Conference 2018
We Are the Church Conference

This year's theme, "Is Being Good-Hearted Enough: A Spirituality of Charity, Justice and Prophecy", will be explored with Fr. Ronald Rolheiser, OMI. Our communities, civil and church, have never been more divided about who we are, about what encompasses charity, justice and prophecy. The faith journey, moral questions, and responses to today's concerns have never been more divisive. What is charity? What is justice? What is prophecy? Does Scripture provide guidance and counsel for us? Are we the recipients of a challenging tradition from our history? Fr. Ron Rolheiser will help us explore, reflect and search for answers to why, or why not, simply being good-hearted is not enough.

Site: St. Isidore Parish, Macomb Township, Michigan
Registration: $320 by July 20; $370 after
http://www.wearethechurchconferences.com/f-gerald-martin-pastoral-ministry-conference.html

 

August 13-16, 2018
 

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

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

Site: St. Meinrad, Indiana
Registration: $650 (includes meals and overnight accommodations, fees and printed materials)
http://www.saintmeinrad.edu/priests-ongoing-formation/encore-priests/pre-retirement-preparation/

This course repeats on November 28-29, 2018

 

August 13-17, 2018

Critical Skills for Pastoral Leadership: Enhancing Management through Practical Wisdom
Catholic Theological Union and Leadership Roundtable

Topics and skills covered are "Biblical Foundations for Leadership", "Communications in Ministry Settings", Human Resources and Fundraising", Intercultural Communities in Ministry", and "Surviving and Flourishing in Ministry". It has been especially helpful for colleagues and co-workers to attend the seminar together so as to reflect on their experience and enhance their skills.

Site: CTU campus, Chicago, Illinois
Registration: $750 (includes room and board)
http://ctu.edu/skills-for-leadership/

 

August 14-17, 2018

Creating Communities of Hope on a Global Scale
Maryknoll Mission Institute

The Spirit is speaking loudly at this time, exhorting us to attend ever more deeply to God’s call to us in the depths of our being as well as more widely in the midst of the cries of God’s people and God’s earth. This time asks us to build community with all with whom we collaborate for mission. Pope Francis invites all baptized to live as ‘missionary disciples’ (Joy of the Gospel). Collaboration for mission thus includes a transformative invitation to all of us to create communities of hope across life commitments and continents in building the Reign of God. With lenses that include scripture, tradition, the arts and the sciences, we shall consider vowed life, collaboration for mission, community, interculturality, communal discernment, and spirituality for mission today. Note: This program’s content is the same as that being offered at Monrovia, California on August 19-24; only the site and fees differ.

Site: Los Altos, California
Registration: $150 plus (a once a year) $60 registration/deposit; $40 per night room and board
http://support.maryknollsisters.org/site/Calendar?id=100171&view=Detail

 

August 19-24, 2018

Creating Communities of Hope on a Global Scale
Maryknoll Mission Institute

The Spirit is speaking loudly at this time, exhorting us to attend ever more deeply to God’s call to us in the depths of our being as well as more widely in the midst of the cries of God’s people and God’s earth. This time asks us to build community with all with whom we collaborate for mission. Pope Francis invites all baptized to live as ‘missionary disciples’ (Joy of the Gospel). Collaboration for mission thus includes a transformative invitation to all of us to create communities of hope across life commitments and continents in building the Reign of God. With lenses that include scripture, tradition, the arts and the sciences, we shall consider vowed life, collaboration for mission, community, interculturality, communal discernment, and spirituality for mission today. Note: This program’s content is the same as that being offered at Los Altos, California on August 14-17; only the site and fees differ.

Site: Monrovia, California
Registration: $200 plus (a once a year) $60 registration/deposit; $30 per night room and board

http://support.maryknollsisters.org/site/Calendar?id=100172&view=Detail

 

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September 6-7, 2018
 

Updated
11th Annual CALL Conference
Catholic Association of Latino Leaders

The Catholic Association of Latino Leaders (CALL) will host its 11th annual national conference in Los Angeles on September 6-7, 2018. In honor of Blessed Pope Paul VI encyclical Humanae Vitae 50th anniversary, the theme for this year’s gathering is “Human Life Flourishing, Staying Faithful to God’s Design.” The Conference will be complemented by the CALL Los Angeles Chapter’s 7th Annual Angel Awards Gala taking place on Saturday, September 8, 2018. The gala will celebrate and honor Catholic leadership in the sectors of business, religious, philanthropic and entertainment.

Site: Los Angeles, California
Registration: Member $600 / Nonmember $680
http://call-usa.org/news-events/national-conference.html

 

September 10-13, 2018

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

This three-day workshop addresses the duties of pastors: teaching, sanctifying and governing. Effective pastoring requires skills in leading and managing, planning and communicating, organizing and stewarding. Understanding and implementing the practices necessary for working well with fellow clergy, staff and volunteers both within his own parish and larger circles of the Church are all key to pastoring successfully.

Site: St. Meinrad, Indiana
Registration: $600 (includes meals, overnight accommodations, program fee and printed materials)
http://www.saintmeinrad.edu/priests-ongoing-formation/effective-pastoring-workshops/the-newly-appointed-pastor/

This course repeats on November 5-8, 2018.

 

September 14, 2018

New Listing
Treasures of the Liturgy
Liturgical Institute

This event's topic is "Re-Imagining Sacramental Preparation: How Catechists, Pastors, and Parents Can turn the Tide of Sacramental Indifference. Presenter: Dr. James Pauley

Site: University of St. Mary of the Lake Conference Center, Mundelein, Illinois
Registration: $99 (registration opening soon)
http://www.liturgicalinstitute.org/conferences

 

September 14-15, 2018

IMA 2018 Conference
International Marian Association

The International Marian Association (IMA) comprises theologians, bishops, clergy, religious, and lay leaders who seek to promote full Marian truth and devotion throughout the world. With over 100 members from 25 countries spanning the 5 continents, the IMA operates in obedience to the Magisterium of the Catholic Church.

Site: Ave Maria University, Ave Maria, Florida
Registration: $50
https://www.aveconferences.com/ima-symposium

 

September 15, 2018

Accompanying Youth
Center for Ministry Development

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

Site: Knoxville, Tennessee
Registration: $54 (includes workshop, lunch, materials)
https://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/eventReg?oeidk=a07ef1ne5nvfb5d021a&oseq=&c=&ch=

See website for other dates and locations: https://www.cmdnet.org/accompany-locations

 

September 20-21, 2018

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Partner Conference
Catholics on Call

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

Site: Chicago, Illinois
Registration: Member $100 / Nonmember $120
http://www.catholicsoncall.org/partner-conference

 

September 22, 2018
 

New Listing
Find Your Greatness
Dynamic Catholic

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

Site: Colts Neck, New Jersey
Registration: $25
https://dynamiccatholic.com/find-your-greatness-colts-neck-nj-sep-22-2018

 

September 24-28, 2018

Culture, Values, and Worldview: Anthropology for Mission Practice
Overseas Ministries Study Center (OSMC)

This seminar will look at the real problems of crossing cultural boundaries with the Gospel. To understand better the source of these problems and develop approaches to overcome them, the Seminar will focus on the concept of culture, the challenge of distinguishing the Gospel from North American values and understanding how conversion must relate to people’s worldviews. Presenter: Dr. Darrell Whiteman
Former Vice President, The Mission Society.

Site: New Haven, Connecticut
Registration: $150
https://www.omsc.org/event-schedule/2018/1/23/culture-values-and-worldview-anthropology-for-mission-practice-kbks6

 

September 29, 2018
 

New Listing
Living Every Day with Passion & Purpose
Dynamic Catholic

With his signature combination of the profound and the practical—and witty sense of humor—Matthew Kelly introduces you to new habits that will re-energize every area of your life, and inspire you to start living with passion and purpose. This half-day event features live music from singer-songwriter Eliot Morris, and includes a free bag of Dynamic Catholic resources for every attendee.

Site: Minneapolis Convention Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Registration: $39
https://dynamiccatholic.com/passion-and-purpose-live-minneapolis-mn-sep-29-2018

 

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October 5-7, 2018

National Storytelling Festival
International Storytelling Center

In addition to main stage performances, other special events will be presented during the Festival weekend and before - don’t miss them! Come to Jonesborough early and join Donald Davis for a remarkable evening of storytelling, Wednesday night, October 3rd on the Festival grounds. Stay up late and enjoy a night of rollicking, grown-up fun at the ever-popular Midnight Cabaret. Brave the Ghost Story Concerts with two different collections of frightening tales served up beneath the nighttime sky during open-air performances which are always a Festival favorite. Hear a specially-invited showcase of storytellers new to the National Storytelling Festival stage at a revered festival custom, Exchange Place. Join the fun of the National Storytelling Festival Story Slam! where the teller is you! Take part in a Festival tradition at the Swappin’ Ground. Here, anyone can tell a tale and many do. You can even share a story of your own, just be sure to register ahead of time at Festival headquarters.

Site: Jonesborough, Tennessee
Registration: $165; $150 Senior
http://www.storytellingcenter.net/festival/

 

October 8-11, 2018
(Save the Date)

2018 CLSA Convention
Canon Law Society of America

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Site: Phoenix, Arizona
Registration: tba
https://canonlawsocietyofamerica.org/event/2018-clsa-convention/?event_date=2018-10-08

 

October 11-14, 2018
(Save the Date)

BCTS Annual Meeting 2018
Black Catholic Theological Symposium

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Site: Sacred Heart Major Seminary, Detroit, Michigan
Registration: tba
http://blackcatholictheologicalsymposium.org/

 

October 12-13, 2018

 

2nd Annual Catholic Prison Ministry Conference
Dismas Ministry

The conference's title, Bridges of Hope, speaks to the need for building a bridge that provides pastoral care for the incarcerated. The role of individual volunteers, as well as parish and diocesan ministries, is crucial in creating this bridge. Furthermore, they are bridges in their own persons, bringing the Catholic community on the outside to an encounter with Catholics in prison. Our speakers will present on the subjects of: Pastoral Care for Prisoners, Re-entry, Parish Prison Ministry, Restorative Justice and Death Row Ministry.

Site: Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Registration: $100
http://www.dismasministry.org/conference/

 

October 13, 2018

New Listing
Find Your Greatness
Dynamic Catholic

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

Site: Grayslake, Illinois
Registration: $25
https://dynamiccatholic.com/find-your-greatness-grayslake-il-oct-13-2018

 

October 15-19, 2018

World Priest Workshop
Saint Meinrad Seminary & School of Theology

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

Site: St. Meinrad, Indiana
Registration: $700 (includes meals and overnight accommodations, program fee and printed materials)
http://www.saintmeinrad.edu/priests-ongoing-formation/international-priests/world-priest/

 

October 20, 2018

New Listing
Find Your Greatness
Dynamic Catholic

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

Site: Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin
Registration: $25
https://dynamiccatholic.com/find-your-greatness-wisconsin-dells-wi-oct-20-2018

 

October 21, 2018

New Listing
Find Your Greatness
Dynamic Catholic

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

Site: Amherst, Wisconsin
Registration: $25
https://dynamiccatholic.com/find-your-greatness-amherst-wi-oct-21-2018

 

October 25-27, 2018

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USCMA 2018 Conference
United States Catholic Mission Association

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

Site: Quincy, Massachusetts
Registration:
Member $299 before August 15; $325 before September 21; $375 after / Nonmember $425
http://www.uscatholicmission.org/a-culture-of-encounter

 

October 28-31, 2018

ICSC 56th Annual Conference
International Catholic Stewardship Council

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

Site: Nashville, Tennessee
Registration: Member $529 by July 31; $599 after / Nonmember $1,199

http://catholicstewardship.com/events/icsc-annual-conference/

 

October 30 – November 2, 2018
 

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2018 RCRI National Conference
Resource Center for Religious Institutes

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

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

http://www.trcri.org/page/NC18

 

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November 1-5, 2018

NRVC 2018 Convocation
National Religious Vocation Conference

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

Site: Buffalo, New York
Registration: Member $595; Nonmember $892
https://nrvc.net/326/publication/4254/article/16562-2018-nrvc-convocation

 

November 1-7, 2018

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

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

Site: Toronto, Ont. Canada
Registration: Full Conference $495 USD; Day Pass $195 USD
https://www.parliamentofreligions.org/parliament/2018-toronto/toronto-2018

 

November 2-3, 2018

New Listing
40th Anniversary of Ignatius Press
Ignatius Press

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

Site: San Francisco, California
Registration: Friday dinner $65; Saturday Conference $25
https://www.ignatius.com/promotions/40/

 

November 4-9, 2018

Becoming a Pastor
St. Mary's Seminary & University

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

Site: Baltimore, Maryland
Registration: $925
http://www.stmarys.edu/the-center-for-continuing-formation/clergy-programs/

 

November 5-8, 2018
 

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

This three-day workshop addresses the duties of pastors: teaching, sanctifying and governing. Effective pastoring requires skills in leading and managing, planning and communicating, organizing and stewarding. Understanding and implementing the practices necessary for working well with fellow clergy, staff and volunteers both within his own parish and larger circles of the Church are all key to pastoring successfully.

Site: St. Meinrad, Indiana
Registration: $600 (includes meals, overnight accommodations, program fee and printed materials)
http://www.saintmeinrad.edu/priests-ongoing-formation/effective-pastoring-workshops/the-newly-appointed-pastor/

 

November 9-11, 2018
(Save the Date)

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

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Site: Washington, DC
Registration: tba
http://www.cswna.org/

 

November 14-15, 2018

Intercultural Theology
Overseas Ministries Study Center

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

Site: New Haven, Connecticut
Registration: $150
https://www.omsc.org/event-schedule/2017/11/15/intercultural-theology-xw97l

 

November 17-20, 2018

AAR 2018 Annual Meetings
American Academy of Religion

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

Site: Denver, Colorado
Registration Member: $225 by June 28; $275 by August 23; $325 by November 15; $375 onsite
Registration Nonmember: $395 by June 28, $445 by August 23; $495 by November 15; $545 onsite
https://www.aarweb.org/annual-meeting

 

November 19, 2018

David Haas In Concert
Shalom Spirituality Center

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

Site: Dubuque, Iowa
Registration: $20 in advance; $25 at the door
http://shalomretreats.org/programs.html

 

November 26-29, 2018

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

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

Site: St. Meinrad, Indiana
Registration: $650 (includes meals and overnight accommodations, fees and printed materials)
http://www.saintmeinrad.edu/priests-ongoing-formation/encore-priests/pre-retirement-preparation/

 

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A Bad Catholic's Essays on What's Wrong with the World
Marc Barnes

Marc Barnes first cared about being Catholic, “not out of any profound love for the person of Christ, but out of a profound distaste for my other options.” After exploring the options of the secular world, Barnes came to the conclusion that even the secular world isn’t secular enough. In fact, it is hopelessly Christian. Through these essays Barnes exposes the hopelessly Catholic nature of our fallen world, and the joyous news that, even for the bad Catholic or the non-Catholic, there is nowhere to hide from the Truth. The beauty of Christ’s love can be found even in the most secular of circumstances. So whether you’ve been hiding from the Good News or the world news, proclaiming “God is dead!” or “He is risen!”, you’ll find something in these essays to shout about.

Product Code: 8/27099, 144 pages, $14.99 paperback
Ligouri Press

 

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Abiding the Long Defeat
How to Evangelize Like a Hobbit in a Disenchanted Age
Conor Sweeney

This book makes a fresh contribution to a growing genre of popular literature facing Christianity’s late-modern or postmodern decline. It situates the broader fate of Christian faith within the eschatological realism of J.R.R. Tolkien’s characterization of history as a “long defeat.” Conor Sweeney contends that the horizon of the “death of God” in the West constitutes an unprecedented escalation of that defeat. He argues that there is but one effective evangelical resistance to the nihilism of our time: simple acts offered in fidelity and love. Convinced that this will require a renewed encounter with the deepest roots of Christian faith, Sweeney confronts Christianity’s complicity in the death of God and shapes a bold antidote from the perennial hope of our ongoing baptismal participation in Christ’s death and resurrection.

ISBN: 978-1-62138-357-4, 240 pages, $17.95 paperback
Angelico Press

 

American Catholicism in the 21st Century
Crossroads, Crisis, or Renewal?
Edited by Benjamin Peters and Nicholas Rademacher

Drawn from the 2017 conference of the College Theology Society at Salve Regina College in Rhode Island, this volume includes contributions by prominent academics, ecclesial figures, and social scientists such as Timothy Matovina, Bishop Stephen Blaire of Stockton, CA, and Patricia Wittberg, SC, of the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate, among others. These essays are a blend of historical analyses, theological investigations, and literary reflections, all seeking to parse the future of American Catholicism by reaching a greater understanding of its present moment.

ISBN: 978-1-62698-271-0, 272 pages, $38 paperback
Orbis Books

 

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Blessed are the Refugees
Beatitudes of Immigrant Children
Scott Rose, Leo O'Donovan, SJ and the Staff and Volunteers of Catholic Charities' Esperanza Center

This moving book highlights the stories of immigrant children who fled Central America, having taken the dangerous trip alone to escape violence and poverty. Eight story-reflections, each based on a different Beatitude and recounting the experience of one of these youths, are written by attorneys and volunteers of Catholic Charities’ Esperanza Center of Baltimore. The story/reflections are accompanied by artwork created by an immigrant youth and her brother, along with prayers written by Jesuit Father Leo O’Donovan.

ISBN: 978-1-62698-288-8, 120 pages, $18 paperback
Orbis Books

 

Booked for Life
The Bibliographic Memoir of an Accidental Apologist
Karl Keating

In this memoir, the father of the modern Catholic apologetics movement traces his life's work through the wisdom he has borrowed from twenty-five books written by "masters" both famous and obscure. In delightful prose bearing Karl's trademark erudition, precision, and wit, Booked for Life mixes anecdote and reflection with theological observations and prescriptions from nearly forty years engaged in defense of the Faith.

ISBN: 9781683570592, 239 pages, $19.95 hardcover
Ignatius Press

 

Choosing Peace
The Catholic Church Returns to Gospel Nonviolence
Edited by Marie Dennis

In recent years the Catholic Church’s approach to issues of war and peace has refocused on the tradition of nonviolence and peacebuilding in place of the traditional framework of Just War teaching. Among the milestones was an historic conference hosted at the Vatican in 2016, which gathered 80 peacemakers from around the world. Drawn from the conference and presented here are contributions by many of the participants, including Lisa Sowle Cahill, Terrence J. Rynne, John Dear, Ken Butigan, Rose Marie Berger, and Maria J. Stephan, among others. Together they advance the conversation about the practice of nonviolence in a violent world, Jesus and nonviolence, traditional Catholic teaching on nonviolence, and reflections on the future of Catholic teaching. The book concludes with Pope Francis’s historic Message for World Peace Day in 2017.

ISBN: 978-1-62698-270-3, 272 pages, $25 paperback
Orbis Books

 

Five Proofs of the Existence of God
Edward Feser

This work provides as ambitious and complete a defense of traditional natural theology as is currently in print. Its aim is to vindicate the view of the greatest philosophers of the past—thinkers like Aristotle, Plotinus, Augustine, Aquinas, Leibniz, and many others—that the existence of God can be established with certainty by way of purely rational arguments. It thereby serves as a refutation both of atheism and of the fideism that gives aid and comfort to atheism.

ISBN: 9781621641339, 336 pages, $19.95 paperback
Ignatius Press

 

For A Missionary Reform of the Church
The Civiltà Cattolica Seminar
Edited by Antonio Spadaro, SJ and Carlos Maria Galli

Consisting of thirty essays presented at a symposium that dealt with reform of the church and reforms in the church, this volume can be seen as an act of reading Francis's pontificate, and an encouragement to look at Francis in the context of a vision of reform but also in the context of the history of the Church Jorge Mario Bergoglio comes from. The objective is to present an articulated set of stimuli and proposals for the deepening and continuation of the reform of the Catholic Church through concrete reforms in the Catholic Church. It does not contain final conclusions shared by all authors, who wrote under their own individual responsibility. But the volume, as a whole, sets out from the idea of Ecclesia semper reformanda which expresses the need for a permanent renewal and the demand for reform at a given moment. It covers both the re-form of personal and communal Christian life and the transformation of ecclesial structures (from the foreword).

ISBN: 978-08091-5348-0, $69.95 paperback
Paulist Press

 

God and the Goalposts
A Brief History of Sports, Religion, Politics, War, and Art
Ori Z. Soltes

Crossing the goal line, with the football tucked safely in his arms, the NFL star falls on one knee, bows his head, crosses himself and utters a prayer of thanksgiving to God, giving one more example of the ever expanding connection between sports and religion. At least it seems to be expanding. The question is: was there truly a notable surge in that relationship between sports and religion. And if there has been a surge, is it unique in history, or merely part of an ongoing ebb and flow? This book offers a concise yet detailed account of this multifaceted association―and its implications for the ongoing game (the ultimate sport!) of trying to understand what we humans are as a species. Sports is one among many areas where religion and its concerns have played a role, and the interweave between sports and religion is as old as sports and as continuous as religion. Sports and religion keeps intersecting―from different angles―sports and warfare, sports and politics, religion and politics, religion and warfare; and all these combinations intertwine aspects of art. Reading God and the Goalposts, it becomes clear that sport, in combination with religion is a major theme thoughout the history of mankind.

ISBN: 978-0935437478, 320 pages, $22.26 paperback, published by Bartleby Press
Amazon.com

 

Guide for Altar Servers
Michael J. Ruszala

Servers continually change as older children move to other roles or serve the parish in other ways, and younger children require training. Guide for Altar Servers is a practical, complete, and cost-effective tool that introduces children to this important ministry. Key terms, liturgical guidance, and practical tips are presented in a simple and friendly tone with questions, activities, and illustrations depicting the vestments, sacred vessels, and other key items used at Mass. This booklet has imprimatur.

Product Code: 827228, 64 pages, $4.99 paperback
Liguori Press

 

The Heresy of Formlessness
The Roman Liturgy and Its Enemy (revised and Expanded Edition)
Martin Mosebach

First published in 2003, The Heresy of Formlessness is already a modern classic, unique for its melding of poetic shimmer and keen observation. Martin Mosebach offers up a compelling defense of the traditional Roman Rite and a searing critique of the postconciliar liturgical reform through which ancient rites were profaned by tone-deaf modernizers. For Mosebach, the only coherent solution to this crisis is a wholehearted return to the old Latin liturgy in its tightly-woven symbolic texture of prayer and chant, gesture and ceremonial—the rich heritage of its “mystic benedictions” (Trent). Long out of print, this revised and expanded edition will be the more welcome for its six new chapters and foreword by eminent moral philosopher Robert Spaemann.

https://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=angelicopre09-20&l=as2&o=1&a=1621383555https://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=angelicopre09-20&l=as2&o=1&a=1621383547ISBN: 978-1-62138-354-3, 218 pages, $17.95 paperback
Angelico Press

 

The Holy Spirit and the Evolving Church
James A. Coriden

Exploring the role of the Holy Spirit in the evolutionary unfolding of the church throughout its history, distinguished theologian James Coriden skillfully articulates two principles: first, the Holy Spirit is the internal dynamic in the evolution of the church, the force that propels the Christian communities forward and in converging trajectories; and second, the reign of God, renamed here “God’s project for the world,” powerfully pulls the church’s evolution forward. Coriden envisions changes, sometimes radical, in the church’s structure, teaching, ministry, and sacraments. Here is a book that will be part of a sea change that already marks “the Francis revolution."

ISBN: 978-1-62698-263-5, 224 pages, $28 paperback
Orbis Books

 

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Jesus Becoming Jesus
A Theological Interpretation of the Synoptic Gospels
Thomas G. Weinandy

Jesus Becoming Jesus presents a theological interpretation of the Gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke. Unlike many conventional biblical commentaries, Weinandy concentrates on the theological content contained within the Synoptic Gospels. He does this in the light of the Church’s doctrinal and theological tradition, particularly in keeping with the Second Vatican Council’s Dogmatic Constitution, Dei Verbum. Weinandy accomplishes this through a close reading of the individual Gospels themselves as well as observing their theological relationship to one another. His interpretation of the Gospels also brings to the fore the theological significance of God’s revelation that is contained with-in the Old Testament which, likewise, shows how theological themes contained within Matthew, Mark, and Luke are found and developed within the Gospel of John, the Pauline Corpus and other New Testament writings. This original theological interpretation focuses primarily on the events narrated with the Synoptic Gospels—the conception and birth of John the Baptist and Jesus, Jesus’s baptism and temptations, his miracles, Peter’s profession of faith and Jesus’ transfiguration, Jesus’ triumphal entrance into Jerusalem with the subsequent passion and resurrection narratives. The overarching theme of this book, as the title suggests, is that Jesus, being named Jesus, throughout his public ministry and particularly in his passion, death, and resurrection, is enacting his name and so becoming who he is—YHWH.

ISBN: 9780813230450. 512 pages, $34.95 paperback
The Catholic University of America Press

 

No Trifling Matter
Taking the Sacraments Seriously Again
Msgr. Nicola Bux

In No Trifling Matter, Monsignor Nicola Bux, a well-respected Italian professor of sacramental and liturgical theology, offers us a modern primer on the sacraments of the Catholic Church. Bux clarifies the purpose, significance, history, and spirituality of each of the seven “efficacious signs” by which, until the end of time, the Church diffuses the conditions of holiness to receptive people. To this positive exposition Bux adds a warning call regarding the deformations, equivocations, additions, and omissions threatening the primal symbolism of the sacraments in the postconciliar world. In a style at once learned and popular, Bux provides a user’s guide to the sacraments that will help Christians rediscover the mystery, beauty, and power of these immensely precious gifts of Christ, through which he renews his personal presence in every age.

ISBN: 978-1-62138-351-2, 222 pages, $17.95 paperback
Angelico Press

 

Praying on Empty
A Guide to Rediscovering Your Prayerful Self
Mary Kathleen Glavich, SND

You used to like to pray and all of a sudden your prayer dried up! You lost the sense of God’s presence, could hardly wait until prayer was finished, and maybe stopped praying entirely. Dryness in prayer might actually be a grace in disguise. Popular author Kathleen Glavich you will help you explore possible reasons for experiencing aridity in prayer and acquire ways to cope with it. Includes questions for reflection.

Item #852654, 112 pages, $12.95 paperback
Twenty-Third Publications

 

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Priests—What Lies Ahead?
Fr. Carlos Granados

This book offers in-depth interviews of four prominent priests and Church leaders on the meaning and vocation of the Catholic priesthood today. Interviews with four priests – Archbishop Charles Chaput, Fr. Luis Ladaria, Cardinal George Pell, and Fr. Livio Melina – each presents their personal insights on the meaning and future of the priestly vocation. They present these insights with the authority, the experience, and the gravity of their own priesthood on what makes a priest's life productive and spiritually fruitful. Within the framework of an extended conversation with another priest, Fr. Carlos Granados, they present to us a vivid, straightforward testimony, while raising and answering the major questions about the priesthood.

ISBN: 9781621641964, $16.95 paperback
Ignatius Press

 

Sin
A Thomistic Psychology
Steven J. Jensen

If the human soul is made for good, then how do we choose evil? On the other hand, perhaps the human soul is not made for good. Perhaps the magnitude of human depravity reveals that the human soul may directly choose evil. Notably, Thomas Aquinas rejects this explanation for the prevalence of human sin. He insists that in all our desires we seek what is good. How, then, do we choose evil? Only by mistaking evil for good. This solution to the difficulty, however, leads Aquinas into another conundrum. How can we be held responsible for sins committed under a misunderstanding of the good? The sinner, it seems, has simply made an intellectual blunder. Sin has become an intellectual defect rather than a depravity of will and desire. Sin: A Thomistic Psychology grapples with these difficulties. A solution to the problem must address a host of issues. Does the ultimate good after which we all strive have unity, or is it simply a collection of basic goods? What is venial sin? What momentous choice must a child make in his first moral act? In what way do passion, a habitually evil will, and ignorance cause human beings to sin? What is the first cause of moral evil? Do human beings have free will to determine themselves to particular actions? The discussion of these topics focuses upon the interplay of reason, will, and the emotions, examining the inner workings of our moral deliberations. Ultimately, the book reveals how the failure to maintain balance in our deliberations subverts our fidelity to the one true good.

ISBN: 9780813230337, 336 pages, $34.95 paperback
The Catholic University of America Press

 

Trails of Hope and Terror
Testimonies on Immigration
Miquel A. De La Torre

Miguel De La Torre, the son of an undocumented immigrant and now a U.S. citizen and a professor of Christian ethics, seeks to develop a constructive conversation on immigration by examining significant issues and by presenting first-person accounts of the experiences of immigration. De La Torre's goal is to initiate a civil conversation that can replace the politics of fear that now dominates discussions of immigration. Each of seven sections (Borders, Economics, Myths, Family Values, the Politics of Fear, Christian Perspectives, Ethical Responses) opens with an examination of an issue and then includes a story or testimony by an undocumented immigrant, a story by someone who works with the undocumented, and a poem, prayer, or a song that expresses the hope and the terror involved in crossing the border. This combination of analysis, story, and artistic expression opens up the complexities of immigration for undergraduates and for all Christians.

ISBN: 978-1-57075-798-3, 176 pages, $20 paperback
Orbis Books

  

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