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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.

Father Augustus Tolton
The Slave Who Became the First African-American Priest
Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers

Thinking Like Jesus
The Psychology of a Faithful Disciple
Dr. Ray Guarendi

Intercultural Living
Explorations in Missiology
Editors: Lazar T. Stanislaus SVD and Martin Ueffing SVD

The Grace of Forgiveness
Margaret Blackie

September 1918
War, Plague, and the World Series
Skip Desjardin

. . . plus epic fails, the Statue of Liberty, parish renewal, cybercrime, living gently and other topics. Explore...

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

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

 Listings and links reviewed: March 2017

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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


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September 5 – December 5, 2018

Biblical Foundations of Spirituality
Catholic Theological Union (CTU)

The faith of ancient Israel and of the early Christian communities is explored in order to establish the grounding for a contemporary biblical spirituality. Attention is given to biblical images for God, the various modes of prayer and worship, and the ethical demands for justice and peace in the biblical world and in our own. Presenter is Sr. Laurie Brink, OP. Guest lecturers include Dianne Bergant, CSA; Leslie Hoppe, OFM; Donald Senior, CP; and others from CTU. Courses take place onsite Wednesdays from 1 to 3:45pm or online on your own time.

Site: CTU Campus, Chicago, Illinois or online
Registration: $500 for Religious Community members or call for details
Contact: Christine Henderson at or (773) 371-5450


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)

This course repeats on November 5-8, 2018.


September 14, 2018

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


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


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)

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September 15-18, 2018

NCDC 2018 Conference
National Catholic Development Conference

The NCDC Conference and Exposition is the top conference for those in the ministry of fundraising. For 50 years, we have gathered as a fundraising community to network, learn, share, play, and pray with our colleagues. Our conference attendee community includes development directors, executives, department directors, and staff from religious organizations from around the United States and the world. Their development efforts support the ministries of religious communities of men and women, social service agencies, shrines, schools, parishes, dioceses, seminaries, and international relief agencies. Collectively, our attendees raise hundreds of millions of dollars annually to support Catholic missions. The NCDC conference is the top opportunity for these organizations and individuals to connect with one another in the context of fundraising as a ministry.

Site: Chicago, Illinois
Registration: Member $775 / Nonmember $875


September 20-21, 2018

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


September 22, 2018

Find Your Greatness
Dynamic Catholic

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

Site: Colts Neck, New Jersey
Registration: $25


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


September 27-30, 2018

Catholic Answers Faith & Science Conference
Catholic Answers

Many of us find ourselves flat-footed when confronted with such false dichotomies as Adam and Eve versus evolution, creation versus Big Bang, even Galileo versus the Inquisition. How can you reconcile the divide between faith and science in the popular imagination? A jump-start will be attending Faith and Science, the Catholic Answers National Conference September 27-30, 2018. Our special guests—scientist-theologians Fr. Terrence Ehrman, C.S.C. and Dr. Stacy Trasancos—will team with our staff apologists to explain how faith and science, far from being in opposition, are (to repurpose a phrase from St. John Paul II) the two lungs of human experience. And don’t miss Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke’s keynote address honoring the fiftieth anniversary of Blessed Paul VI’s prophetic encyclical, Humane Vitae.

Site: San Diego, California
Registration: $215 / Priests and Religious Brothers No Charge (free)


September 29, 2018

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


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October 1, 2018

15th Annual Immigration Law and Policy Conference
Migration Policy Institute

The 15th annual conference, organized by the Migration Policy Institute, the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc., and Georgetown University Law Center, will offer timely policy and legal analysis and audience Q&A. Among the topics to be discussed: the role that immigration is playing in the mid-term elections, how the courts are handling key immigration questions, and emerging policies that may affect future legal immigration trends. Join us for a day of expert analysis from leading government officials, attorneys, policy analysts, advocates, and others.

Site: Washington, DC
Registration: $75 (includes lunch)


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


October 8-11, 2018

Symposium: Discovering Pope Francis
Sacred Heart Seminary and School of Theology

Please join us for a landmark international symposium: Discovering Pope Francis: Theological, Philosophical, Cultural and Spiritual Perspectives. This symposium will feature groundbreaking presentations and panel discussions by world-class scholars examining the pastoral theology of Pope Francis from his European and Latin-American roots to his Papacy today. This landmark symposium will begin the evening of Monday, Oct. 8 with a welcome, dinner and opening talk. Oct. 9 and 10 will be filled with major presentations and discussions. The event will end with a luncheon on Thursday, Oct. 11, following Mass and concluding talks. Plan to join us!

Site: SHSST, Hales Corners (near Milwaukee), Wisconsin
Registration: $195 (includes meals)


October 8-11, 2018

Updated Listing
2018 CLSA Convention
Canon Law Society of America

The pursuit of equity was identified as one of the fundamental principles for the revision of the Code of Canon Law after the Second Vatican Council. It remains an especially pertinent theme as we come together as canonists more than fifty years since that principle was articulated by the Synod of Bishops. In more recent years, our Holy Father, Pope Francis, has reminded us succinctly that “Where there is no mercy, there is no justice.” Canonical equity is the means by which these virtues of mercy and justice are brought into balance and the law is ordered toward charity. Therefore, the application of canon law with justice and mercy is one of the canonist’s most important and challenging responsibilities, and so quite worthy of reflection at this 80th annual meeting of the Canon Law Society of America.

Site: Phoenix, Arizona
Registration: Member $400 / Nonmember $450


October 11-14, 2018

Updated Listing
BCTS Annual Meeting 2018
Black Catholic Theological Symposium

This year we celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the BCTS. Presentations and scholarly discussion will cover such topics as Black Spirituality, Black Values/Moral Theology, Black Catholic Worship, Black Catechesis, and more. These areas of concentration were presented at the first BCTS gathering and produced what is called our ”Green Book.” We believe it will be enlightening to revisit these areas through the lens of today’s context.

Site: Sacred Heart Major Seminary, Detroit, Michigan
Registration: $100


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


October 13, 2018

Find Your Greatness
Dynamic Catholic

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

Site: Grayslake, Illinois
Registration: $25


October 15-19, 2018

World Priest Workshop
Saint Meinrad Seminary & School of Theology

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

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


October 20, 2018

Find Your Greatness
Dynamic Catholic

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

Site: Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin
Registration: $25


October 21, 2018

Find Your Greatness
Dynamic Catholic

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

Site: Amherst, Wisconsin
Registration: $25


October 25-27, 2018

USCMA 2018 Conference
United States Catholic Mission Association

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

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


October 28-31, 2018

ICSC 56th Annual Conference
International Catholic Stewardship Council

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

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


October 30 – November 2, 2018

2018 RCRI National Conference
Resource Center for Religious Institutes

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

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


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November 1-5, 2018

NRVC 2018 Convocation
National Religious Vocation Conference

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

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


November 1-7, 2018

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

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

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


November 2-3, 2018

40th Anniversary of Ignatius Press
Ignatius Press

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

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


November 4-9, 2018

Becoming a Pastor
St. Mary's Seminary & University

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

Site: Baltimore, Maryland
Registration: $925


November 5-8, 2018

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

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

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


November 8-11, 2018

New Listing
2018 National Conference on Faith-Based Service
Catholic Volunteer Network

Lead with Courage – Follow with Faith. Each fall, over 150 staff members of faith-based volunteer programs, campus personnel, and other partners gather for the National Conference on Faith-Based Service. The National Conference is an opportunity for those involved in faith-based service to come together to learn new skills, share their experience and expertise, and network with their colleagues. A series of keynote speakers will be featured and participants will be offered the opportunity to attend valuable workshops on all aspects of program management and operation.

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


November 9-11, 2018

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

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

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


November 9-11, 2018

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

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

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


November 14-15, 2018

Intercultural Theology
Overseas Ministries Study Center

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

Site: New Haven, Connecticut
Registration: $150


November 17-20, 2018

AAR 2018 Annual Meetings
American Academy of Religion

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

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


November 19, 2018

David Haas In Concert
Shalom Spirituality Center

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

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


November 26-29, 2018

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

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

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


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January 7-10, 2019
(Save the Date)

New Listing
Men's Alumni Winter Seminar
Guest House

Site: Fort Myers Beach, Florida
Registration: Opening soon


January 10-14, 2019
(Save the Date)

Pastoral Week 2019
National Catholic Office for the Deaf

Site: Fort Worth, Texas
Registration: (Opens October 1, 2018)


January 17, 2019

Updated Listing
March for Life 2019 (Conference)
March for Life

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

Site: Washington, DC
Registration: $30


January 18, 2019

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

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

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


January 26, 2019

Accompanying Youth
Center for Ministry Development

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

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

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February 2-5, 2019

New Listing
Catholic Social Ministry Gathering
United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

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

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

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


February 25-27, 2019

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

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

Site: Austin, Texas
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Beyond Original Sin
Recovering Humanity's Creative Urge
Diarmuid O'Murchu

The wisdom of paleontology—the study of human origins—is creating a revolution that is likely to shake many inherited Christian beliefs, including the doctrine of Original Sin. The long-held belief in a fundamental flaw finds little support in our ancient human story because we consistently encounter a species with an enormous capacity for exploration, innovation, and creativity. Although this book does not set out to dispense with the notion of Original Sin it makes a compelling case for a different starting point: our fundamental goodness rather than our flawed sinful condition. Just as the Book of Genesis declares all to be good in the eyes of God, why not begin with our human foundational creative urge as the basis for faith and spirituality?

ISBN: 978-1-62698-286-4, 216 pages, $24 softcover
Orbis Books


Disruptive Witness
Speaking Truth in a Distracted Age
Alan Noble

We live in a distracted, secular age. These two trends define life in Western society today. We are increasingly addicted to habits―and devices―that distract and "buffer" us from substantive reflection and deep engagement with the world. And we live in what Canadian philosopher Charles Taylor calls "a secular age"―an age in which all beliefs are equally viable and real transcendence is less and less plausible. Drawing on Taylor's work, Alan Noble describes how these realities shape our thinking and affect our daily lives. Too often Christians have acquiesced to these trends, and the result has been a church that struggles to disrupt the ingrained patterns of people's lives. But the gospel of Jesus is inherently disruptive: like a plow, it breaks up the hardened surface to expose the fertile earth below. In this book Noble lays out individual, ecclesial, and cultural practices that disrupt our society's deep-rooted assumptions and point beyond them to the transcendent grace and beauty of Jesus. Disruptive Witness casts a new vision for the evangelical imagination, calling us away from abstraction and cliché to a more faithful embodiment of the gospel for our day.

ISBN: 978-0830844838, 192 pages, 208 pages, $16 softcover, IVP Books


Epic Fails
The Edsel, the Mullet, and Other Icons of Unpopular Culture
Salvador Jimenez Murguía

In Epic Fails: The Edsel, the Mullet, and Other Icons of Unpopular Culture, Salvador Jimenez Murguía examines some of the most iconic missteps of the past several decades. In order to shed light on the inherent, often comic strain in American life between fame and infamy, the author surveys some of the best—or rather, worst—of what man has to offer. From fashion flops like the mullet and Zubaz pants to marketing mistakes like Bud Dry, New Coke, and Crystal Pepsi, this text captures the unintentionally entertaining milieu of failure. Placing these gaffes in cultural context, Murguía considers how each of these products crashed and burned, while trying to arrive at an answer to the ultimate question: “What were they thinking?” Whether these attempts were doomed from the start, failed because of consumer indifference, or were simply the victims of poor timing, this book returns them, however briefly, to the spotlight. A fascinating look at man-made disasters, Epic Fails is an entertaining treatise about the forgotten—and infamous—endeavors of American creativity, or lack thereof.

ISBN: 978-1-5381-0371-5, 184 pages, $38 hardcover, Rowman & Littlefield Publishers


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The Grace of Forgiveness
Margaret Blackie

The Grace of Forgiveness looks at the everyday pain of damaged relationships beginning with the recognition that the reaction to being wounded does not have to be striking back or pulling out! Author, scientist and spiritual director, Margaret (Mags) Blackie writes this insightful book from her own experience and journey out of the shadow of unforgiveness. These pages offer hope. They offer the possibility of new life. The journey of forgiveness is often uncomfortable, but in the end relationship may be restored leading to the fruit of interior freedom.

ISBN: 978-1940414195, 124 pages, $14 softcover, Clear Faith Publishing Company


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Father Augustus Tolton
The Slave Who Became the First African-American Priest
Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers

In these fascinating pages, popular author and speaker Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers tells the gripping story of Augustine Tolton, who valiantly overcame a series of seemingly insurmountable challenges — birth into slavery, his father’s death, abject poverty, and even being denied acceptance by every Catholic seminary in America — to become the first black American priest. Despite the hardships placed on Fr. Tolton by a culture rooted in racial hatred, he became a tireless messenger of the Gospel, plunging into the Deep South where segregation was decreed by harsh laws, penetrating even the hardest of hearts with the richness, beauty, and truth of the Catholic Faith.

ISBN: 978-1-68278-058-9, 176 pages, $19.99 softcover, EWTN Publishing Inc.


I Am Indeed Your Brother
A Servant of Jesus Among Allah's Poor
Bob McCahill

For over forty years, Bob McCahill, a Maryknoll priest, has pursued an unusual witness among the Muslim poor of Bangladesh. Rather than traditional pastoral work, McCahill simply tries to live as a friend and brother to his Muslim neighbors, offering a positive witness to the gospel ideals of service and love. In a series of small towns he has lived a life of utter simplicity, serving the sick, show­ing respect for Muslim piety, and explaining to all those who inquire the reasons for his way of life and good works. This book is a collection of annual letters that Bob has sent home each year from Bangladesh over the last forty years. For many years these have appeared at Christmas time in The National Catholic Reporter.

ISBN: 978-1-62698-296-3, 128 pages, $20 softcover
Orbis Books


Industry of Anonymity
Inside the Business of Cybercrime
Jonathan Lusthaus

We are long past the age of the lone adolescent hacker tapping away in his parents’ basement. Cybercrime now operates like a business. Its goods and services may be illicit, but it is highly organized, complex, driven by profit, and globally interconnected. Having traveled to cybercrime hotspots around the world to meet with hundreds of law enforcement agents, security gurus, hackers, and criminals, Lusthaus takes us inside this murky underworld and reveals how this business works. He explains the strategies criminals use to build a thriving industry in a low-trust environment characterized by a precarious combination of anonymity and teamwork. Crime takes hold where there is more technical talent than legitimate opportunity, and where authorities turn a blind eye―perhaps for a price. In the fight against cybercrime, understanding what drives people into this industry is as important as advanced security.

ISBN: 9780674979413, 304 pages, $39.95 hardcover, Harvard University Press


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Intercultural Living
Explorations in Missiology
Editors: Lazar T. Stanislaus SVD and Martin Ueffing SVD

For Fathers Stanislaus and Ueffing of the Society of the Divine Word (SVD), the present and the future of the church are intercultural living and mission. This collection of essays explores the problems, difficulties, and complexities of interculturality, as well as the significance, new orientations, innovative actions, and future visions of intercultural living. With essays by prominent missiologists, many of whom are Orbis authors, this is an important contribution to the fields of missiology, ecclesiology, and pastoral care.

ISBN: 978-1-62698-278-9, 288 pages, $40 softcover
Orbis Books


Interrupting Silence
God's Command to Speak Out
Walter Brueggemann

Silence is a complex matter. It can refer to awe before unutterable holiness, but it can also refer to the coercion where some voices are silenced in the interest of control by the dominant voices. It is the latter silence that Walter Brueggemann explores, urging us to speak up in situations of injustice. Interrupting Silence illustrates that the Bible is filled with stories where marginalized people break repressive silence and speak against it. Examining how maintaining silence allows the powerful to keep control, Brueggemann motivates readers to consider situations in their lives where they need to either interrupt silence or be part of the problem, convincing us that God is active and wanting us to act for justice.

ISBN: 978-0664263591, 108 pages, $11.31 softcover, Westminster John Knox Press


Living Gently in a Violent World
The Prophetic Witness of Weakness
Stanley Hauerwas and Jean Vanier

How are Christians to live in a violent and wounded world? Rather than contending for privilege by wielding power and authority, we can witness prophetically from a position of weakness. The church has much to learn from an often-overlooked community—those with disabilities. In this fascinating book, theologian Stanley Hauerwas collaborates with Jean Vanier, founder of the worldwide L'Arche communities. For many years, Hauerwas has reflected on the lives of people with disability, the political significance of community, and how the experience of disability addresses the weaknesses and failures of liberal society. And L'Arche provides a unique model of inclusive community that is underpinned by a deep spirituality and theology. Together, Vanier and Hauerwas carefully explore the contours of a countercultural community that embodies a different way of being and witnesses to a new order—one marked by radical forms of gentleness, peacemaking, and faithfulness. This expanded edition now includes a study guide for individual reflection or group discussion.

ISBN: 978-0-8308-3496-9, 128 pages, $17 softcover
InterVarsity Press 


Love, Henri
Letters on the Spiritual Life
Henri J.M. Nouwen

Over the course of his life, Henri Nouwen wrote thousands of letters to friends, acquaintances, parishioners, students, and readers of his work all around the world. He corresponded in English, Dutch, German, French, and Spanish, and took great care to store and archive the letters decade after decade. He believed that a thoughtful letter written in love could truly change someone’s life. Many people looked to Nouwen as a long-distance spiritual advisor. Love, Henri consists of over a hundred letters that stretch from the earliest years of Henri’s career up through his last 10 years at L’Arche Daybreak. Rich in spiritual insights the letters highlight a number of themes that emerged in both Henri’s work over the years, including vocation, solitude, prayer, suffering, and perseverance in difficult times. These deeply spiritual letters, sometimes poignant, sometimes funny, ultimately demonstrate the rich value of communicating with God through others.

ISBN: 978-1101906354, 384 pages, $17.01 softcover, Convergent Books


A New Way to Be Church
Parish Renewal from the Outside In
Jack Jezreel

What is the future of the American Church? Building on the legacy of the Catholic Church's robust historical witness, the inspiration of Pope Francis, and his own experiences as parish minister, Catholic Worker member, and founder of Just­Faith Ministries, Jack Jezreel presents a unique vision for renewing parish life. Promoting an outward, mission-oriented identity that connects evangelization, faith-formation, service, spirituality, and social justice, he argues that a true “Vatican II” parish knows that ministry is done by everyone, everywhere— not exclusively by clergy and not primarily on parish property. He ties this to Pope Francis’s vision of a community of missionary disciples and the call of “encounter.” The book is leavened by Jezreel's reflections on scripture and his own personal experience of family, parish ministry, service, and work for social justice. He ends the book with a practical guide for implementing these principles in your own parish.

ISBN: 978-1-62698-290-1, 192 pages, $20 softcover
Orbis Books


The Unlikely Origins of the Statue of Liberty
Francesca Lidia Viano

The Statue of Liberty is an icon of freedom, a monument to America’s multiethnic democracy, and a memorial to Franco-American friendship. That much we know. But the lofty ideals we associate with the statue today can obscure its turbulent origins and layers of meaning. Francesca Lidia Viano reveals that history in the fullest account yet of the people and ideas that brought the lady of the harbor to life. As entertaining as it is illuminating, Sentinel gives new flesh and spirit to a landmark we all recognize but only dimly understand.

ISBN: 592 pages, $35 hardcover, Harvard University Press


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September 1918
War, Plague, and the World Series
Skip Desjardin

One hundred years ago, in September 1918, three things came to Boston: war, plague, and the World Series. This is the unimaginable story of that late summer month, in which a division of Massachusetts militia volunteers led the first unified American fighting force into battle in France, turning the tide of World War I. Meanwhile the world’s deadliest pandemic—the Spanish Flu—erupted in Boston and its suburbs, bringing death on a terrifying scale first to military facilities and then to the civilian population. At precisely the same time, in a baseball season cut short on the home front and amidst the surrounding ravages of death, a young pitcher named Babe Ruth rallied the sport’s most dominant team, the Boston Red Sox, to a World Series victory—the last World Series victory the Sox would see for 86 years. In the tradition of Erick Larsen's bestselling Devil in the White City, September 1918 is a haunting three-dimensional re-creation of a moment in history almost too cinematic to be real.

ISBN: 978-1621576204, 320 pages, $29.99 hardcover, Regnery Publishing


Spark of Faith
Understanding the Power of Reaching Out to God
Fr. Wojciech Giertych

Faith is essential to our spiritual growth yet, too often, good Catholics hold misconceptions about faith’s meaning or role – misconceptions that can lead to spiritual stagnation. In these pages, Fr. Wojciech Giertych, OP, Theologian of the Papal Household, corrects prominent errors and clearly articulates what faith is, how it works, and how it may expand, or wither, within our soul. Fr. Giertych’s moving and practical reflections on the spiritual life bring ancient wisdom to bear on our modern age, teaching what it really means to have and grow in faith. You’ll come to understand the proper relationship between faith and reason, and you’ll deepen your understanding of the role of prayer in the life of faith. The Spark of Faith will help you focus your attention on God as the fundamental source of all the spiritual goods we need and cherish.

ISBN: 978-1-68278-068-8, 224 pages, $17.95 softcover
Sophia Institute


Supervising and Supporting Ministry Staff
A Guide to Thriving Together
Kevin E. Lawson and Mick Boersma

Surveys of pastoral staff repeatedly show that senior or supervising pastors consistently rate their working relationships with their associate staff members higher than do the associate staff members. Satisfaction levels follow similar patterns. In many cases, supervisors are not aware of or attentive to the concerns of their staff, and yet, these staff members are critical to the success of the church. Supervising and Supporting Ministry Staff is a research-based guide to the senior/associate staff relationship that is filled with real-life stories and practical advice to help readers negotiate their staff relationships successfully. The book focuses not only on the business mechanics of the supervisor/supervisee relationship, but also the full experiences of the associate staff, including emotional and spiritual needs. This helpful resource addresses congregations of all sizes across denominations and discusses a range of supervisor/supervisee relationship types.

ISBN: 978-1-56699-786-7, 188 pages, $25 softcover, Rowman & Littlefield Publishers


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Thinking Like Jesus
The Psychology of a Faithful Disciple
Dr. Ray Guarendi

Too often we are late in realizing that we mishandled a situation, causing both resentment and frustration. But what if you could approach every situation with the mind of Christ? Distilled from his decades of experience as a clinical psychologist and a practicing Catholic, Dr. Ray Guarendi, popular radio and TV host, offers here dozens of bite-sized reflections that combine sound spiritual advice with the best of modern psychology. Dr. Ray will help you address countless daily problems and create a plan of action for your most common troubles. With his trademark frankness and humor, Dr. Ray tackles all the topics that too often bring confusion and heartache, including: What to do when you’re easily offended; the difference between speaking your mind and losing your emotions; what you should do when emotions overwhelm you? and how to tell people you’re angry without being nasty about it. Thinking Like Jesus is more than a self-help book. It will place you firmly into the mindset of a disciple of Christ so you can focus your attention on God and, ultimately, what it will take to spend eternity with Him in heaven.

ISBN: 978-1-68278-062-6, 160 pages, $14.95 softcover
Sophia Institute


Our Family's Addiction Mess Is Our Message
Nancy McCann Vericker and J.P. Vericker

Unchained is the inspiring true story of a son’s descent into opioid and alcohol addiction, homelessness and violence and his recovery. His mother, a spiritual director and youth minister with more than twenty-six years of sobriety, together with her son, now seven years sober and co-founder of a substance abuse treatment program have co-written the story of their journey. Through their faith, tough love and the 12 Step Program, this book recounts this family’s efforts to help their son return home to a renewed life. This book provides hope for families grappling with the dark world of addiction.

ISBN: 978-1940414225, 230 pages, $18 softcover, Clear Faith Publishing Company



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