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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.

Engaging Our Diversity
Interculturality and Consecrated Life Today
Maria Cimperman, RSCJ and Roger P. Schroeder, SVD

The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee
Native America from 1890 to the Present
David Treuer

Can a Catholic Be a Socialist?
(The Answer is No—Here's Why)
Trent Horn and Cathering R. Pakaluk

How to Keep from Losing Your Mind
Educating Yourself Classically to Survive Cultural Indoctrination
Deal W. Hudson

... plus
a journey from Agnostic to Baptist to Catholic, lessons from the life and writings of Thomas Merton, twenty-one women for the 21st century, and more


Datebook Plus listings are for informational purposes. Efforts are made to ensure the appropriateness and relevancy of each listing. However, being listed does not imply that this Office or the Society of the Divine Word endorses the event, speaker, agenda, topic, sponsor, publisher, or author.

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

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

 Listings and links reviewed: March 2017

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August 12, 2020
9:00am-3:30pm CST

New Listing
Emerging with Grace: Exploring a Post-Pandemic Pastoral Ministry and Spirituality of Hope
Saint Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology

The COVID-19 pandemic abruptly changed common pastoral ministry experiences and expectations. Most of the faithful have been unable to experience the rituals and Sacraments of the Church, which offer hope in times of great stress and grief. With emerging sets of new social regulations and a sense of caution and anxiety, it is important for pastoral ministers to learn from the wisdom of Scripture and theologians to engage the future with hope. This workshop will examine the experiences of the lockdown from a critical lens to explore a compassionate response for post-pandemic pastoral ministry. Key themes of authentic living, human fragility, and the foundations of community, connectivity, hope, and mercy will be examined throughout the lens of Scripture, Doctrine, literature, social media, and Change Theory.

Site: Online
Registration: $90


August 20, 2020
1:00-2:00pm ET

New Listing
Managing the Dynamics of Power

Church ministry at any level carries a certain degree of power, or the ability to influence others. Reflecting on sources and types of power and our relationship with authority can help us exercise this power more effectively. Br. John Mark Falkenhain, OSB, Ph.D., discusses the healthy exercise of power in Church ministry and religious life and its implications for building community.

Site: Online
Registration: $25


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

New Listing
Interior Castle
Center for Action and Contemplation (CAC)

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

Site: Online
Registration: $120


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

New Listing
Making Meaning: Resilient Responses to Trauma

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

Site: Online
Registration: Free


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

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

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

Site: Online (Zoom)
Registration: Free will offering


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

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

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

Site: Online
Registration: $120


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

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

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

Site: Online (Zoom)
Registration: Free will offering


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August 28-30, 2020

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

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

Site: Schuyler, Nebraska
Registration: $216.56


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September 14-18, 2020

The Newly Appointed Pastor
Saint Meinrad Seminary & School of Theology

This four-day workshop addresses the duties of pastors: teaching, sanctifying and governing. Effective pastoring requires skills in leading and managing, planning and communicating, organizing and stewarding. Understanding and implementing the practices necessary for working well with fellow clergy, staff and volunteers, both within his own parish and larger circles of the Church, are key to pastoring successfully. Same workshop will also be presented on November 9-13, 2020.

Site: St. Meinrad, Indiana
Registration: $800


September 16-18, 2020

New Listing
Walking with the Wounded
Guest House and Stuart Center

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

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

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


September 16-19, 2020

Catholic Youth Ministry Convention
Life Teen, Inc.

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

Site: Scottsdale, Arizona
Registration: $595


September 17-20, 2020

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

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

Site: Schuyler, Nebraska
Registration: $315.59


September 24-26, 2020

2020 Conference "That They May Be One: Liturgical Reconciliation"
Society for Catholic Liturgy

CANCELLED: The Society for Catholic Liturgy is a multidisciplinary association of Catholic scholars, teachers, pastors, and professionals – including architects and musicians – in the Anglophone world. Founded in 1995, the non-profit Society is committed to promoting scholarly study and practical renewal of the Church’s liturgy. This year's keynote speakers are Bishop Stephen J. Lopes, Bishop of the Ordinariate of the Chair of Saint Peter and Dr. Stephen Bullivant, Director of the Benedict XVI Centre for Religion and Sociology and Professor of Theology and Sociology of Religion at St. Mary's University (Twickenham and London).

Site: University of Notre Dame campus, Notre Dame, Indiana
Registration: Coming soon


September 24-27, 2020

2020 Catholic Answers 7th Annual Conference
Catholic Answers

Who Do You Say That I Am?

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

Site: La Jolla, California
Registration: $235


September 26, 2020

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

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

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


September 27-30, 2020

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

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

Site: Anaheim, California
Registration: $149


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October 1-3, 2020

BCTS Annual Meeting 2020
Black Catholic Theological Symposium (BCTS)

Site: Notre Dame, Indiana
Registration: Info coming soon


October 9-10, 2020

New Listing
Dreams on the Spiritual Journey
Christ the King Priory

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

Site: Schuyler, Nebraska
Registration: $110.43


October 12-15, 2020

2020 CLSA Convention
Canon Law Society of America

Site: St. Louis, Missouri
Registration: Coming soon


October 19-21, 2020

Amazing Parish Conference
Amazing Parish

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

Site: Kansas City, Kansas
Registration: $2,000 for a parish team of five attendees


October 22-24, 2020

2020 CSWNA Annual Conference
Catholic Social Workers' National Association

Catholic Advocates for Change

The annual conference contributes to the education and growth of social workers who live out their Catholic faith in their daily practice and professional lives. Keynote speaker is Dr. Ray Guarendi, EWTN Host of "The Doctor Is In".

Site: Steubenville, OH
Registration: Coming soon


October 26-29, 2020

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

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

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


October 27-28, 2020

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

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

Site: University of San Diego campus, San Diego, California
Registration: $285


October 30 – November 1, 2020

2020 Conference USCMA
United States Catholic Mission Association (USCMA)

Angels Unaware – Mission with People on the Move

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

Site: El Paso, Texas
Registration: Coming soon


October 30 – November 2, 2020

NRVC Convocation 2020
National Religious Vocation Conference (NRVC)

2020 Vision: Focus on Hope

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

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


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November 8-13, 2020

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

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

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


November 9-13, 2020

The Newly Appointed Pastor
Saint Meinrad Seminary & School of Theology

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

Site: St. Meinrad, Indiana
Registration: $800


November 21-24, 2020

AAR Annual Meeting
American Academy of Religion (AAR)

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

Site: Boston, Massachusetts
Registration: Member $280 by August 20; $395 after / Nonmember $540 by August 20; $760 after


November 30 – December 3, 2020

Encore Priests
Saint Meinrad Seminary & School of Theology

A workshop designed for priests in their 60s or approaching retirement, Encore Priests prepares priests for this transition. Of course, priests never fully retire. By the nature of the sacrament of Holy Orders, priests always have some form of priestly ministry. But how can a mature priest transition into a retirement that is meaningful and vital? If you're a priest nearing retirement age, this workshop is designed to help you.

Site: St. Meinrad, Indiana
Registration: $750


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January 15-17, 2021

New Listing
Horizon Conference
Life Teen

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

Site: Melbourne Beach, Florida
Registration: Opening soon


January 25-29, 2021

New Listing
Chant Institute
Saint Meinrad Seminary & School of Theology

This workshop is designed for directors of parish liturgical music and singers in parish liturgies. Come spend a week at the incomparable atmosphere of Saint Meinrad Archabbey, and prepare to be immersed in the beauty of liturgical chant. Learn and experience how chant is “sung speech,” and prepare to incorporate English and Latin chant into your parish liturgies. Through the week, attendees will have the opportunity to participate in the liturgies of Saint Meinrad’s Benedictine monastic community, as well as to form and sing in a chant schola.

Site: St. Meinrad, Indiana
Registration: To be advised


January 29, 2021

New Listing
National March for Life
March for Life

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

Site: Washington, DC
Registration: See website


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Beloved Amazonia
The Apostolic Exhortation and Other Documents
Pope Francis
Introduction by Christopher Lamb, Commentary by Cardinal Michael Czerny, SJ

The Amazon Synod, which occurred in Rome in October 2019, focused on the needs of the Amazon region—needs that are at once social, cultural, ecological, and pastoral. And yet for many observers, it was evident that this regional assembly was addressing issues of relevance for the wider church. Depending on the critical narratives at play, the Synod aroused powerful hopes as well as fears. This volume is an essential guide to this historic gathering, featuring both the Final Document of the Synod and Querida Amazonia, the Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation issued by Pope Francis. He has commended both these documents to the attention of the church and the world, urging that they both be studied together. Also included is the Working Document that laid out the themes for the Synod. The book's fascinating introduction by Christopher Lamb, Rome correspondent for The Tablet (UK) provides a journalistic review of the lead-up to the Synod, an account of what transpired, and an analysis of the controversies at play. Cardinal Michael Czerny, S.J., Co-Special Secretary of the Pan-Amazon Synod, provides an authoritative commentary on Querida Amazonia and the Final Document, addressing their particular meaning for the Amazon region and their relevance for the church as a whole.

ISBN: 978-1-62698-402-8, $18 softcover
Orbis Books


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Can a Catholic Be a Socialist?
(The Answer is No—Here's Why)
Trent Horn and Cathering R. Pakaluk

Pope Leo XIII wrote of the “harvest of misery” that socialism brings. Pius XI said it’s impossible to be a good Catholic and a good socialist. John Paul II spent his papacy combating socialism’s dehumanizing statism. Yet somehow this long-discredited economic philosophy is making a comeback, not only on college campuses and political talk shows but among sincere Catholics. Let’s give socialism a fresh chance, they say. A democratic socialism this time, friendly to religion and ordered to the common good, as the Church says the economy should be. In Can a Catholic Be a Socialist? Trent Horn and Catherine R. Pakaluk refute this tempting but false notion. Drawing on Scripture, history, Catholic social teaching, and basic economic reality, they show beyond a doubt that Catholicism and socialism are utterly incompatible.

Item No. 1629, 208 pages, $16.95 softcover
EWTN Religious Catalogue


Caring for Our Common Home
A Practical Guide to Laudato
Catherine Wright

Reimagining the two great commandments in Matthew (22:37-40) to amend our fractured relationships with God, creation, and ourselves is the ecological conversion called for by Pope Francis and parishes, congregations, schools, institutions, and families are looking for guidance. Bringing Laudato Sí' to life first requires an admission that there is something wrong followed by reflection on “what kind of world we want to leave those who come after us, to children who are now growing up?” This interactive text, Caring for Our Common Home, helps readers answer the above question by exposing some of the problems we are facing, engaging with the theology of Laudato Sí', and offering a way for people of faith to move from theory to a practical and faithful commitment to creation as set forth by the gospel.

ISBN: 978-08091-5447-0, $19.95 softcover
Paulist Press


Dignity & Justice
Welcoming the Stranger at Our Border
Linda Dakin-Grimm

This compelling account of the life-and-death struggles migrants face in the United States demonstrates how broken the system is, and the deep harm that it does to struggling families and communities. Author and lawyer Linda Dakin-Grim, who represents children and families pro-bono in immigration proceedings, offers a proposal informed by Catholic faith for a comprehensive immigration reform and shows how ordinary people can contribute to solving this difficult and polarizing issue.

ISBN: 978-62698-381-6, 180 pages, $24 softcover
Orbis Books


Dying to Live
From Agnostic to Baptist to Catholic
Ian Murphy

When high school valedictorian Ian Murphy was writing his graduation address, a teacher told him that he could not mention Jesus in his speech. She even threatened to pull the plug on the microphone if he tried to do so. Murphy’s defiance, in the name of his constitutional rights, made national news, and his zeal to spread the Gospel, no matter the cost, became the defining passion of his life. Murphy's public battle for his freedom of speech is where this conversion story begins, but then it retraces the other important experiences of his youth. He describes his free-spirited Christian parents, his early doubts, the influence of faith-filled relatives and friends, and the spiritual encounter that made him a believer. The unexpected twists and turns in Murphy's extraordinary story show that when a man gives his life to Christ, the Lord never lets him go.

ISBN: 9781621642787, 223 pages, $17.95 softcover
Ignatius Press


Earth, Our Original Monastery
Cultivating Wonder and Gratitude through Intimacy with Nature
Christine Valters Paintner

How can we meet God in our everyday lives? In Earth, Our Original Monastery, Christine Valters Paintner, bestselling author and online abbess for Abbey of the Arts, shares how living contemplatively with an appreciation for the natural world can make you more aware of the presence of God in every aspect of your life. She explores monks, mystics, and saints who have experienced the goodness of the Divine in nature and invites you to find solace and spiritual revelation in the wonder of God’s creation.

ISBN: 9781932057201, 160 pages, $15.95 softcover
Ave Maria Press


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Engaging Our Diversity
Interculturality and Consecrated Life Today
Maria Cimperman, RSCJ and Roger P. Schroeder, SVD

Leading practitioners, theologians, and psychologists from across the globe engage the essential topic of intercultural life today. They explore key areas needed for communities of consecrated life to engage the gift of diversity in their community life and ministries, emphasizing the necessary motivation, spirituality, and ongoing process of conversion from all forms of ethnocentrism and racism.

ISBN: 978-1-62698-374-8, 256 pages, $30 softcover
Orbis Books


A Feast for Hungry Souls
Spiritual Lessons from the Church's Greatest Masters and Mystics
Susan Muto

From the simplicity and solitude of the desert mystics and other ancient masters to the practicality and prayerfulness of medieval saints such as Julian of Norwich and Catherine of Siena to the relatable sensibilities of modern masters such as Evelyn Underhill and Thomas Merton, Susan Muto—executive director of the Epiphany Association and dean of the Epiphany Academy of Formative Spirituality—draws deeply from the well of the Christian spiritual tradition to address some of our most pressing spiritual hungers. Rich yet accessible, this book will fortify your soul with time-tested spiritual insight and practical wisdom so you can enter more deeply into the mystery of spiritual union with God.

ISBN: 9781594719257, 384 pages $24.95 softcover
Ave Maria Press


Grace Revisited, Memorial Edition
Epiphanies from a Trappist Monk
James Stephen Behrens, OCSO

Father James Stephen Behrens, OCSO, was a unique observer of the human condition. His artful writings and intriguing photographs reflect on the significance of the ordinary—the sacredness of what comes our way every day and seems to recede from our grasp. His fresh, down-to-earth reflections show how modern monasticism can have a powerful impact on the lives and spirituality of people living far beyond cloister walls. This memorial edition includes all the stories from his two major collections, Grace is Everywhere and Memories of Grace, as well as his seminal essay “Andy’s Diner” and excerpts from his award-winning book of photographs Portraits of Grace. (Fr. Behrens passed away suddenly and unexpectedly in August 2019.)

ISBN: 978-0-87946-436-3, 232 pages, $18.95 softcover
Acta Publications


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The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee
Native America from 1890 to the Present
David Treuer

The long-held idea was that Native American life essentially ended with the U.S. Cavalry's 1890 massacre of more than 150 Sioux at Wounded Knee. Melding history with reportage and memoir, David Treuer uncovers a different narrative, in which the depredations of each era also spawned new modes of survival: The seizures of land gave rise to increasingly sophisticated legal and political maneuvering. The forced assimilation of children at government-run boarding schools incubated a unifying Native identity. Not despite but rather because of American Indians' intense struggles to preserve their tribes, their cultures, and their very existence, the true story is that of a resilient people's unprecedented resourcefulness and reinvention.

ISBN: 978-0-399-57319-4, 512 pages, $14.95
Acta Publications


A History of the Church in 100 Objects
Mike Aquilina and Grace Aquilina

In this unique, rich, and eye-catching book, popular Catholic author and EWTN host Mike Aquilina tells the Christian story through the examination of 100 objects and places. Some, like Michelangelo's Pietà, are priceless works of art. Others, like a union membership pin, don’t hold much monetary value. But through each of them, Aquilina offers a memorable and rewarding look at the history of the Church. In this stunning book, Aquilina, together with his writer-daughter Grace, show how the history of the Church didn’t take place shrouded in the mists of time. It actually happened and continues to happen through things that we can see and sometimes hold in our hand.

ISBN: 9781594717505, 448 pages, $15 softcover
Ave Maria Press


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How to Keep from Losing Your Mind
Educating Yourself Classically to Survive Cultural Indoctrination
Deal W. Hudson

Unfortunately, too many of us have a mind shackled by ideologies and moved by outside forces. We’re pulled and pushed by trends and the prevailing culture. In How to Keep from Losing Your Mind, Deal Hudson will show you how to avoid the false open-mindedness and groupthink of the modern “-isms” promoted by the PC arbiters of our cultural milieu. Instead you’ll learn to: Form the habit of reconsideration, the key to a truly open mind; entertain doubts about your own immediate opinions; argue coherently from first principles, instead of repeating ideological talking points; recognize prejudice and propaganda; avoid sloganeering and engage in real thought. This book will enable every person to rise above the shouting, the name-calling, and the brutal incivility of public discourse and rediscover the pleasure and benefit of contemplating the meaning and noble aims of human life.

Item No. 2788, 384 pages, $27.95 hardcover
EWTN Religious Catalogue


Joseph, the Man Who Raised Jesus
Fr. Gary Caster

Let Fr. Gary Caster introduce you to the man who risked everything to care for Mary and her Son, safeguarding them from harm and cherishing them with a pure and true love. Joseph was a flesh-and-blood testimony of what it means to live according to the Father’s will with one’s mind and heart centered on Christ.

ISBN: 9781616365530, 144 pages, $15.99 softcover
Franciscan Media


The Next Pope
The Office of Peter and a Church in Mission
George Weigel

Drawing on his personal discussions with John Paul II, Benedict XVI, and Francis, as well as his decades of experience with Catholics from every continent, George Weigel examines the major challenges confronting the Catholic Church and its 1.3 billion believers in the twenty-first century: challenges the next pontificate must address as the Church enters new, uncharted territory. To what is the Holy Spirit calling this Church-in-transition? What are the qualities needed in the man who will lead the Church from the Chair of Saint Peter? Taking lessons from the pontificates of John Paul II, Benedict XVI, and Francis, George Weigel proposes what the Catholic leaders of the future, especially the next pope, must do to remain faithful to the Holy Spirit’s summons to renewed evangelical witness, intensified missionary fervor, and Christ-centered reform in the wake of grave institutional failures, mission confusion, counter-witness, and the secularist challenge to biblical faith.

ISBN: 9781621644330, 141 pages, $19.95 hardcover
Ignatius Press


Political Religion
How Christianity and Islam Shape the World

It is hard to deny that both the Christian and the Islamic faith traditions have played a significant role through the centuries in influencing world affairs. In this book Father Felix Körner, SJ, both a Catholic theologian and a student of the Islamic tradition, looks at the specific ways in which these two Abrahamic religions have shaped society and culture. Utilizing seven models to fully denote the nature of the intersection between faith and culture, between religion and world, Father Körner notes that religions see themselves as the divine means of transforming human conditions. But in the case of both Christianity and Islam, at times religion has served as a means of legitimizing violence and misrule. Looking at what he calls “the social power of religion,” he argues that religion is most fully itself when it is using its influence not to endorse violence or the abuse of power, but when it “acknowledges the other.” Only when religion uses its power to influence the world in a positive manner, when it engages with modernity in a meaningful dialogue, does religion become “political” in a meaningful sense, and only then does it shape the world as it is called to do.

ISBN: 978-08091-5496-8, $29.95 softcover
Paulist Press


Put on Christ
Life as Discipleship
Antonio Pitta

Today, we are reluctant to imitate others because we want to be original, but we forgot that imitation among people is constitutive of human nature. Human imitation or mimesis is the result of congeniality or of conformity between people who grow daily in mutual attendance. To put on Christ is an expression used by Paul in his letters. Those who have been baptized have clothed themselves with Christ (see Gal 3:27) and, for this reason, they are exhorted to clothe themselves of the Lord Jesus Christ every day (see Rom 13:14). The metaphor is original and audacious because it does not allude to the theatrical context in which we can wear the clothes of a character to be represented, but it refers to the intimacy between the Risen One and believers. Put on Christ encourages us to be one in Christ and removes the boundaries between Jew and Greek, slave and free, and even sexual barriers between male and female (see Gal 3:27). Since we are already clothed with Christ through baptism, we are encouraged to continue to clothe ourselves with Christ, until he is clothing us with mercy (see Col 3:12) and with the breastplate of righteousness (see Eph 6:14).

ISBN: 978-08091-5479-1, $16.95 softcover
Paulist Press


Radical Saints
21 Women for the 21st Century
Melanie Rigney

Twenty-one women, all recognized as saints during the first two decades of the 21st century, stood out from the crowd, went against the tide, set aside their comfort and self-interest, and achieved something great for God.

ISBN: 9781632533111, 160 pages, $16.99 softcover
Franciscan Media


What I Am Living For
Lessons from the Life and Writings of Thomas Merton
Edited by Jon M. Sweeney

Some of today's most popular spiritual writers—including Rev. James Martin, S.J.; Bishop Robert Barron; Robert Ellsberg; Rev. Daniel P. Horan, O.F.M.; and Kaya Oakes—explore the meaning of life and what we live for using Thomas Merton's life and writings as a guide. What I Am Living For offers readers new to Merton, as well as longtime enthusiasts, an opportunity to see how the influential twentieth-century monk and writer continues to encourage the awakening of faith in the twenty-first century.

ISBN: 9781594717413, 224 pages, $5 softcover (sale)
Ave Maria Press


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