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

God Is Not Nice
Rejecting Pop Culture Theology and Discovering the God Worth Living For
Ulrich L. Lehner

Night Driving
Notes from a Prodigal Soul
Chad Bird

A Course in Christian Mysticism
Thomas Merton

Four Birds of Noah’s Ark
A Prayer Book from the Time of Shakespeare
Thomas Dekker

The Accidental Dictionary
The Remarkable Twists and Turns of English Words
Paul Anthony Jones


... plus Catholic puzzles and word games, classic C.S. Lewis,
the Rosary, sacred strangers
... 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, or author.
 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Center for Ministry Development
The Center for Ministry Development (CMD) works to provide dynamic resources for comprehensive youth ministry and is committed to helping parishes, dioceses, and campuses implement the vision for ministry with young adults as articulated by the U.S. Catholic Bishops in Sons and Daughters of the Light--A Pastoral Plan for Ministry with Young Adults. The webinars are leader/ministry/staff focused and are priced at $25 per participant with group discounts available.
www.cmdnet.org/cmd-store/category/24-webinars

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 Listings and links reviewed: March 2017

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January 18, 2018
1:00pm ET

From Toxic to Tolerable: Navigating a Difficult Workplace
St. Luke Institute (SLIconnect)

Even in pastoral ministry settings, office gossip, lack of transparency, and toxic behavior can be extremely stressful to navigate. Modeling positive, open communication and setting consistent personal and professional boundaries are key to maintaining your own health and resiliency. Emily R. Cash, Psy.D., recommends strategies for thriving in a challenging ministry environment.

Site: Online
Registration: $25
https://www.sliconnect.org/product/from-toxic-to-tolerable/

 

February 15, 2018
1:00pm ET

The Sacrament of Confession: An Experience of Conversion
St. Luke Institute (SLIconnect)

Preparing to confess our sins is a challenge, especially when we are overly concerned about repeated sins or unsure how to make an integral confession. Conversion, the primary focus of the sacrament of confession, opens a door to a profound experience of God’s mercy. Rev. David Songy, O.F.M.Cap., S.T.D., Psy.D., a licensed clinical psychologist and spiritual director, explores the relationship between the sacrament of confession and ongoing spiritual growth.

Site: Online
Registration: $25
https://www.sliconnect.org/product/the-sacrament-of-confession/

 

March 15, 2018
1:00pm ET

When Perfect Isn’t Good Enough: Coping with Perfectionism
St. Luke Institute (SLIconnect)

Perfectionism, in its positive form, is a healthy desire to achieve high standards, and it gives us energy to accomplish great things. In the extreme, however, it can have a negative effect on psychological health and our ability to minister effectively. Maja Triantafilou, M.A., LCPC, explores the origins and impact of perfectionist behavior and offers strategies for managing this tendency in a healthy way.

Site: Online
Registration: $25
https://www.sliconnect.org/product/coping-with-perfectionism/

 

June 21, 2018
1:00pm ET

New Listing
Interpersonal Skills for Successful Ministry
St. Luke Institute (SLIconnect)

Ministry life for priests and consecrated religious requires working in and living as part of a community. Many people find it challenging in daily ministry to be “a bridge and not an obstacle” (Pastores Dabo Vobis), as it requires a high level of emotional maturity and the ability to relate well to others, even under stress. Jane Becker, OSB, Ph.D., offers strategies for cultivating the emotional and interpersonal skills needed to thrive in ministry. Time: One hour.

Site: Online
Registration: $25
https://www.sliconnect.org/product/interpersonal-skills-successful-ministry/

 

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January 18-22, 2018

NCOD Pastoral Week 2018
National Catholic Office for the Deaf

This year’s theme is “Seek & You Will Find!” First established in 1971, NCOD strives to empower Deaf and Hard of Hearing Catholics—a culturally rich community with common language and experience, and assist them to answer God’s call to Holiness which is common to all members of the Body of Christ. The annual NCOD Pastoral Week promotes the mission of spreading God’s message.

Site: Seattle, Washington
Registration: Member $470 / Nonmember $499
http://ncod.org/pastoral-week-2018

 

January 19, 2018

March for Life 2018

The mission of the March for Life is to provide all Americans with a place to testify to the beauty of life and the dignity of each human person. Both in January, on the anniversary of legalized abortion in the US, and throughout the year we bring together pro-life leaders and groups to organize, unite and strategize around a common message, and to communicate this message to the government, the media and the nation in a way that is powerful and life affirming.

Site: Washington, D.C. and other locales (see website for details)
Registration: $30 Conference; No-charge to participate join March
http://marchforlife.org/mfl-2018/

 

January 26, 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 inspires 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: St. John Neumann Catholic Church, Miami, Florida
Registration: $39
https://dynamiccatholic.com/passion-and-purpose-live-miami-fl-jan-26-2018

 

January 26-27, 2018

Thomas Aquinas and the Greek Fathers
Aquinas Center for Theological Renewal at Ave Maria University and the Thomistic Institute

A conference co-sponsored by the Aquinas Center for Theological Renewal at Ave Maria University and the Thomistic Institute of the Pontifical Faculty of the Immaculate Conception at the Dominican House of Studies.

Site: Ave Maria, Florida
Registration: $35
https://www.aveconferences.com/aquinas-greekfathers

 

January 29-31, 2018

Director of Music Ministries Division (DMMD) Winter Colloquium 2018
National Association of Pastoral Musicians

This annual seminar provides a unique opportunity to explore a topic over the course of a number of sessions, as well as connecting again with your DMMD colleagues. The topic is “Know What You’re Doing/Imitate What You Celebrate: Liturgical and Musical Insights from Sacramental Theology” presented by Dr. Paul F. Ford. Registration is limited to DMMD Members and clergy. 

Site: Las Vegas, Nevada
Registration: Member $239
http://npm.org/featured-content/2018-dmmd-winter-colloquium/

 

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Choice:
February 1, 2018 or February 3, 2018

The Book of Revelation
Rock Hill Oratory

Who/what is a prophet? Are there prophets today? The prophetic works of the Old Testament are our source for understanding prophecy. We will look at the literary genre that is prophecy and several of the 16 prophetic books of the Bible. Prayer, noon Eucharist and lunch are included in the schedule. The same program is offered both days.

Site: Rock Hill, South Carolina
Registration: $40 (includes lunch)
http://www.rockhilloratory.net/center-for-spirituality/programs/
(Tab: Download Fall 2017 – Summer 2018 Programs; see page 16 for event description; pages 21-22 for registration instructions)

 

February 3-6, 2018

2018 Catholic Social Ministry Gathering
United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB)

This is a central annual opportunity for U.S. leaders in Catholic social action to network, advocate for social justice, and form emerging leaders in service to the Church and society. More than 500 participants representing social ministry leaders in local dioceses, religious congregations, Catholic educational institutions, and other national Catholic organizations will come together in Washington, D.C. The Gathering builds solidarity, knowledge, and practical skills among attendees who live and share the Church's social mission for the common good and the evangelization of the world. This year’s theme is “Building Community: A Call to the Common Good.”

Site: Washington, D.C.
Registration: $340
http://www.usccb.org/about/justice-peace-and-human-development/catholic-social-ministry-gathering/index.cfm

 

February 5-8, 2018

NOCERCC Convention 2018
National Organization for Continuing Education of Roman Catholic Clergy

Convention highlights include: Finding the tools to achieve vitality in the “muddle” years; formal and informal opportunities for sharing the wealth; prayer, worship, holy hour and reflection; meetings and masses at the unique Christ Cathedral; and southern California sunshine and the sights and sounds of Orange (California).

Site: Orange, California
Registration: Member $1,050 / Nonmember $1,250
http://www.nocercc.org/

 

February 10, 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 inspires 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: Assumption Catholic Church, Jacksonville, Florida
Registration: $39
https://dynamiccatholic.com/passion-and-purpose-jacksonville-fl-feb-10-2018

 

February 15-17, 2018

Mid-Atlantic Congress 2018
Association of Catholic Publishers (ACP) and the Department of Evangelization at the Archdiocese of Baltimore

The annual Mid-Atlantic Congress (MAC) is a unique and dynamic leadership conference created just for today’s Catholic pastoral and administrative leaders. As a participant, you will: Learn about current trends and best practices, renew your enthusiasm and energy for ministry, enrich your spiritual life, grow professionally and as a pastoral leader, and more.

Site: Baltimore, Maryland
Registration: $185 by January 15; $210 after
http://www.midatlanticcongress.org/home.html

 

February 17, 2018

Human Trafficking: What We All Need to Know
Rock Hill Oratory

Human trafficking is a form of modern day slavery that impacts millions of people each year. Children and adults, males and females, from all strata of society are victims throughout the world, including the United States and South Carolina. We will focus on questions such as what it is, who are the victims, what is being done to eradicate this crime, and, most importantly, what we can do about it.

Site: Rock Hill, South Carolina
Registration: $40 (includes lunch)
http://www.rockhilloratory.net/center-for-spirituality/programs/
(Tab: Download Fall 2017 – Summer 2018 Programs; see page 20 for event description; pages 21-22 for registration instructions)

 

February 23, 2018

Living Every Day with Passion & Purpose
Dynamic Catholic

Living Everyday with Passion & Purpose led by Matthew Kelly, invites us all to identify God's voice in our lives and the specific purpose for which we've been created. Matthew inspires attendees to apply the genius of Catholicism to every aspect of our lives including prayer and spirituality, work, dating and marriage, personal finances, health and wellbeing, parenting, and community involvement. Matthew Kelly, and musician, Eliot Morris, prepares a unique message inspired by God and the teachings of the Church that promises to radiate in your life. Consider this: Most people take more time to plan their annual vacation than they do to discover the voice of God and His plan for their life.

Site: Holy Family Catholic Church, Brentwood, Tennessee
Registration: $39
https://cart.dynamiccatholic.com/Passion-and-Purpose-Nashville-TN-p/ppl022318.htm

 

February 24, 2018

Living Every Day with Passion & Purpose
Dynamic Catholic

Living Everyday with Passion & Purpose led by Matthew Kelly, invites us all to identify God's voice in our lives and the specific purpose for which we've been created. Matthew inspires attendees to apply the genius of Catholicism to every aspect of our lives including prayer and spirituality, work, dating and marriage, personal finances, health and wellbeing, parenting, and community involvement. Matthew Kelly, and musician, Eliot Morris, prepares a unique message inspired by God and the teachings of the Church that promises to radiate in your life. Consider this: Most people take more time to plan their annual vacation than they do to discover the voice of God and His plan for their life.

Site: Catholic Church of the Incarnation, Collierville, Tennessee
Registration: $39
https://cart.dynamiccatholic.com/Passion-and-Purpose-Memphis-TN-p/ppl022418.htm

 

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March 2-3, 2018

2018 Winter Forum WCC
Wisconsin Council of Churches

In today’s dynamic cultural environment, churches have to be more than faithful–they have to be agile. That means embracing processes of trial, failure, and adaptation as they form Christian community with new neighbors. And that means a whole new way of being church. Taking one page from the Bible and another from Silicon Valley, priest and scholar Dwight Zscheile brings theological insights together with cutting-edge thinking on organizational innovation to help churches flourish in a time of profound uncertainty and spiritual opportunity. Picking up where his recent bestseller, People of the Way left off, Zscheile answers urgent and practical questions around how churches become agile and adaptive to meet cultural change.

Site: Stevens Point, Wisconsin
Registration: $150 before February 12, 2018; $175 after
https://www.wichurches.org/calendar/event-list/2018-winter-forum/

 

March 5-7, 2018

Cultures of Formation: Young People, the Faith and Vocation Discernment
McGrath Institute for Church Life, University of Notre Dame

The goal of the conference is to examine the cultural influences that form young people today and equip the Church with a renewed missionary creativity. The conference anticipates the 15th General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops on the topic of young people, the faith and vocational discernment in October 2018 in Rome. Filmmaker Joe Campo and Archdiocese of Atlanta Director of Youth Ministry Katherine Angulo will also speak at the conference. Bishops, pastors, lay leaders, and high school and college faculty and administration are invited to attend. Most Rev. Robert Barron, auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles and founder of Word on Fire Catholic Ministries, will deliver the keynote address.

Site: University of Notre Dame campus, Notre Dame, Indiana
Registration: $125
http://icl.nd.edu/synod/

 

March 8-18, 2018

GATE Mexico & Countryside
Global Awareness Through Experience

Experience the many faces of modern Mexico, our neighbor to the south. Encounter people of faith and organizations working for change and a better future. See the contrast in the countryside and learn the reasons for increased emigration. The program includes a visit to the shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe, the Zocalo, birthplace of modern Mexico, and the ancient site of the pyramids of Teotihuacan. Join us as we witness creativity for change! Visit a town in the state of Guanajuato, a couple hours from Mexico City, which will provide a close-up of life in the countryside and enable program participants to examine rural issues and see what happens to families when the men of the town emigrate north.

Site: Mexico City
Registration: $1,4500 (air fare not included) plus $100 registration
http://www.gate-travel.org/content/programs/mexico-city-countryside

 

March 16-18, 2018

2018 RECongress (Los Angeles Religious Education Congress)
Archdiocese of Los Angeles

The Religious Education Congress, sponsored by the Archdiocese of Los Angeles Office of Religious Education, is the nation's largest annual gathering of Roman Catholics! More than 300 workshops will be presented with topics ranging from personal growth to music to spiritual topics—in English, Spanish and Vietnamese. Various liturgies are offered throughout the Congress.

Site: Anaheim, California
Registration: $70 before January 26, 2018; $80 after
http://www.recongress.org/

 

Choice:
March 22, 2018 or March 24, 2018

A Crucified and Risen Christ
Rock Hill Oratory

This day will look at the Passion and Resurrection stories in the four New Testament Gospels. Participants will learn to compare and contrast these well-known stories in order to appreciate the unique proclamation of each of the Gospel writers. The same program is offered both days.

Site: Rock Hill, South Carolina
Registration: $40 (includes lunch)
http://www.rockhilloratory.net/center-for-spirituality/programs/
(Tab: Download Fall 2017 – Summer 2018 Programs; see page 17 for event description; pages 21-22 for registration instructions)

 

March 23-24, 2018

7th Annual Symposium on Advancing the New Evangelization
Benedictine College

The theme for the Seventh Annual Symposium on Advancing the New Evangelization at Benedictine College in Atchison, Kansas, “Humanae Vitae 50 Years Later: A Call to Self-Gift,” is a call to reflect on and analyze the significance of Pope Paul VI’s encyclical and subsequent Catholic thought on issues of marriage and family life. While Humanae Vitae is most famous for its teaching on the use of contraception, the Symposium hopes to address that issue within the context of the vocation to imitate Christ in making a “sincere gift of self.” To this end we invite proposals from scholars and professionals in all disciplines that address contraception as well as broader questions related to marriage, family, children, and society.

Site: Atchison, Kansas
Registration: See website
https://www.benedictine.edu/faith-life/symposium/index

 

March 26-29, 2018

2018 Aging in America Conference
American Society on Aging

Over 3,000 attendees from across the nation and abroad attend the annual ASA Aging in America Conference conference to learn, network and participate in the largest multidisciplinary conference covering issues of aging and quality of life for older adults. Presenters at Aging in America include everyone from professionals who work in the field of aging to practitioners in allied professions such as social work, healthcare, architecture, law, finance and more. Students who are doing research on aging-related topics are also encouraged to present. Practitioners, clinicians, and medical professionals have been a part of the faculty, along with academicians and direct service providers.

Site: San Francisco, California
Registration: Member $585 by January 31; $670 after / Nonmember $830 by January 31; $955 after
http://www.asaging.org/aging-in-america

 

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April 3-5, 2018

NCEA 2018 Cincinnati
National Catholic Educational Association

NCEA 2018 is designed to support your individual professional growth as an educator and the overall growth of Catholic school education. NCEA 2018 will present you with learning opportunities, the chance to examine new and relevant resources and time to engage with your contemporaries. Please come celebrate the great gift of Catholic education and experience this unique professional development opportunity to learn something new and celebrate your calling. NCEA Convention & Expo is the largest gathering of Catholic school educators in the world.

Site: Cincinnati, Ohio
Registration: Member $230 by March 30, 2018; $260 after / Nonmembers $350 by March 30; $375 after
http://ncea.org/NCEA2018

 

April 5-7, 2018

2018 RCC Convention
Religion Communicators Council

The theme for this year’s convention is “Realizing the Dream: Peace and Justice through Communication.”  The plenary panel will include three public relations scholars to discuss specifically how evangelical Christians, Roman Catholics and Scientologists have intentionally used public relations methods to accomplish ministry objectives. Workshops will include “That Law Doesn’t Apply to Me, Does It?” and “Interfaith and Peace Through Media Monitoring.” See the website for more information.

Site: Atlanta, Georgia
Registration: $395 before March 13; $425 after
http://www.religioncommunicators.org/convention

 

April 7-12, 2018

NABSHOW 2018
National Association of Broadcasters

Let’s Thrive! Technology is evolving faster than humankind itself. And we’re living in a world of our own invention. Behavior and business have merged to redefine content, workflows and revenue streams. It’s The M.E.T. Effect, a cultural phenomenon fueled by hybrid solutions and boundless connectivity that’s changing the very nature of how we live, work and play. At the center of it all is NAB Show®

Site: Las Vegas, Nevada
Registration: $185 (includes Exhibits Pass and 3 Sessions), $605 (includes Exhibits Pass and 6 Sessions)
https://www.nabshow.com/

 

April 9-11, 2018

Save the Date
CCFM 22nd Annual Conference
Conference for Catholic Facility Management

Site: Austin, Texas
http://www.ccfm.net/

 

April 13-14, 2018

The Art of Discernment: How We Decide What to Decide
Rock Hill Oratory

Discernment must not become a lost art in the lives of believers.  It really does matter which choices we make, for it is through our choices that the future comes into being. The aim of this workshop is to reflect on the tools, values, and qualities that make Christian discernment possible.  We’ll examine stories in Scripture, the lives of the saints, in history or in the news, which may assist us.  Jesus promises not to leave us orphans on the path of life.  We who follow his light are not left to wander in the

Site: Rock Hill, South Carolina
Registration: $90 (includes overnight room and lunch)

http://www.rockhilloratory.net/center-for-spirituality/programs/
(Tab: Download Fall 2017 – Summer 2018 Programs; see page 14 for event description; pages 21-22 for registration instructions)

 

April 15-18, 2018

Save the Date
2018 CPPCD Convention
Conference for Pastoral Planning and Council Development

Site: Kansas City, Kansas

 

April 15-18, 2018

Intercultural Competencies for Human Formation
St. Luke Institute and Saint Meinrad Archabbey, Seminary and School of Theology

National experts in human formation and intercultural competency will address opportunities and challenges in evaluating and forming international priests and men and women religious for ministry in the United States. The conference is open to religious and diocesan leadership, vicars for clergy and formation and vocation personnel.

Site: St. Meinrad, Indiana
Registration: $595 (includes room and board)
https://www.sliconnect.org/conferences/human-formation-2018/

 

April 22, 2018

Creating a Culture of Mercy – Pope Francis as a Merciful Leader (St. Catherine of Siena Lecture)
Dominican University

Join John Allen, Jr. for "Creating a Culture of Mercy – Pope Francis as a Merciful Leader". This lecture will explore how Pope Francis’ unique leadership style and tone have inspired both Catholics and non-Catholics to consider the virtue of mercy in new ways. Pope Francis claims that mercy “commits everyone to being instruments of justice, reconciliation and peace.” How can this model of leadership encourage us all to live mercifully? John Allen, Jr. is a journalist and current editor of the Catholic-oriented news website, Crux, and senior Vatican analyst for CNN.

Site: Dominican University Campus, River Forest, Illinois
Registration: $10
http://events.dom.edu/st-catherine-of-siena-lecture

 

April 22-24, 2018

NACPA on the Falls 2018
National Association of Church Personnel Administrators

What to look forward to in 2018 … We’re pleased to announce our 2018 Plenary Speakers: Carol Fowler, Tom Green and Kerry Alys Robinson. We’re making updates to the NACPA APP so you can better create your own personal schedule, rate speakers and connect with fellow colleagues, friends and exhibitors. NEW–Network with Workshop Speakers in our Daily 20-Minute, Speaker Chats; NEW–Now, you can choose between our popular Tuesday Hot Topic Roundtables, or our intimate Forums. For those seeking to continue connecting with their peers, specifically: Religious Communities, Business Managers and Priests.

Site: Niagara Falls, New York
Registration: Member $520 / Nonmember $680
http://www.nacpa.org/convocation/

 

April 22-25, 2018

2018 NAVFD Conference
National Association of Vocation & Formation Directors

The conference begins on Sunday, April 22, 2018. Registration is from 4:00 – 6:30 p.m. Welcome & Opening Ritual begins at 7:00 p.m. The Conference will close Wednesday, April 25, 2018 with a Ritual at 11:15 a.m. The registration fee includes a light Reception on Sunday night; continental breakfast each morning, nutrition breaks each day, lunches on Monday and Tuesday and the banquet on Tuesday. The other meals are on your own.

Site: Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
Registration: Members CAD $450 by April 5; CAD $475 after / Nonmembers CAD $475 by April 5; CAD $500 after
http://www.crc-canada.org/en/activite/2018-national-association-vocation-formation-directors-conference/

 

April 23-26, 2018

50th Annual National Convocation of Priests
National Federation of Priests’ Councils (NFPC)

This is the 50th Anniversary of NFPC. This year’s Convocation will focus on NFPC and the U.S. Priesthood, Looking Back-Looking Forward. Among the confirmed speakers are Archbishop Wilton Gregory, SLD, Archbishop of Atlanta and member USCCB Anti-Racism Committee; Bishop Arturo Cepeda, Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Detroit and Episcopal Liaison to the NFPC; Bishop George J. Rassas, Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Chicago and main celebrant and homilist for the Convocation Mass; Sister Katarina Schuth, OSF, Ph.D., Saint Paul Seminary School of Divinity, University of St. Thomas; and Fr. Allan Deck, SJ Distinguished Scholar of Theology and Latino Studies and Professor of Theological Studies at Loyola Marymount University.

Site: Chicago, Illinois
Registration: $450
http://nfpc.org/50th-annual-national-convocation-of-priests/

 

April 26-29, 2018

ACA 2018 Conference & Expo
American Counseling Association

Join us for the national counseling event of the year! Attendees can earn CEs through a wide variety of timely education sessions; take advantage of powerful learning opportunities such as the Grad Students & New Professionals Only Series; collaborate with counseling peers from around the globe; gain career insights and/or leads at the ACA Career Center; relax/recharge at special evening events, and so much more. Attending the ACA 2018 Conference & Expo is an investment in your career. There's no better way to demonstrate your commitment to the counseling profession than to update your skills, enhance your knowledge base, and broaden your horizons—all in one very special place!

Site: Atlanta, Georgia
Registration: Member $475 by February 15; $525 after / Nonmember $595 by February 15; $665 after
https://www.counseling.org/conference/atlanta-2018

 

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May 5, 2018

How Do We Cope with the Multiple Changes in Our Lives?
Rock Hill Oratory

We all experience change in one way or another throughout our lives – generally on a daily basis. Some changes are not as significant as others. For major changes in our lives – the death of a loved one, a serious accident, the loss of a job, a serious personal diagnosis – we are faced with transitions. If we do not engage with the transition times, we may lose opportunities for growth and transformation. Come explore!

Site: Rock Hill, South Carolina
Registration: $80 (includes overnight accommodations and breakfast)
http://www.rockhilloratory.net/center-for-spirituality/programs/
(Tab: Download Fall 2017 – Summer 2018 Programs; see page 15 for event description; pages 21-22 for registration instructions)

 

May 6-10, 2018

Navigating Life’s Transitions: Resilience and the Pilgrim’s Journey
Maryknoll Mission Institute

Do we eagerly look forward to the questions the day will bring? Are we anxious about what we might be unable to control? During this program Dr. Mariette Danilo takes us on the Pilgrim’s Journey—a winding path that identifies risk factors for unhealthy aging and highlights healthy decisions that protect us and help us to thrive. The sacred lens of faith will be our tool through which we view the choices we make along our Journey and understanding God as our companion frees us to love the path we travel.

Site: Ossining, New York
Registration: $200 plus $60 yearly registration/deposit; $55 per night room and board
http://support.maryknollsisters.org/site/Calendar?id=100161&view=Detail

 

May 13-18, 2018

Future Dreaming: 21st Century Possibilities for the Church
Maryknoll Mission Institute

Is it possible to live a Christian life in today’s world? People of good will believe so. Discovering the truth of God’s immutability is the work of reflection and discussion and possibly discomfort as this program explores. What are the possibilities for Christian living in the light of scripture, science and the evolution of Christian thought? How can we discern what lies beyond the horizons now appearing, so as to prepare the next generation?

Site: Ossining, New York
Registration: $200 plus $60 yearly registration/deposit; $55 per night room and board
http://support.maryknollsisters.org/site/Calendar?id=100162&view=Detail

 

May 19, 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 inspires 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: DeltaPlex Arena, Grand Rapids, Michigan
Registration: $29
https://dynamiccatholic.com/passion-and-purpose-live-grand-rapids-mi-may-19-2018

 

May 20-25, 2018

God, Evolution and the Unfinished Self
Maryknoll Mission Institute

Nature has an intrinsic need to transcend itself and while we continue to resist these transcendent forces we are in continual evolution. Where are we going? And, what is God doing? With a particular focus on the integral relationship between mind and matter we will explore the relationship between consciousness, space and the mystical quest for holistic reality. Quantum physics, cosmology and evolution will provide the insights from which to do this exploration. We will reflect on Teilhard de Chardin’s notion of withinness and withoutness to see how we might evolve toward a planetary consciousness of love.

Site: Ossining, New York
Registration: $200 plus $60 yearly registration/deposit; $55 per night room and board
http://support.maryknollsisters.org/site/Calendar?id=100163&view=Detail

 

May 21-25, 2018

2018 Festival of Homiletics
Festival of Homiletics

"Preaching and Politics" is the theme. Be inspired by God’s Word proclaimed by some of the nation’s finest preachers and teachers. Experience the fellowship of hundreds of preachers. Learn and worship in an atmosphere that’s dynamic, friendly, nurturing and prophetic. Come renew, refresh and recharge your spirit.

Site: Washington, D.C.
Registration: $280 by February 16; $300 after
http://www.festivalofhomiletics.com/

 

May 27 – June 1, 2018

NAFSA 2018 Annual Conference & Expo
NAFSA: Association of International Educators

The 2018 annual conference theme, “Diverse Voices, Shared Commitment,” highlights the value and power of diverse voices that lead to more authentic collaborations and speak to alternative narratives that challenge our old ideas and make us think about new solutions and opportunities. The NAFSA Annual Conference & Expo is an experience and opportunity that stands apart from other events and resources in its scope, breadth, and access to thousands of colleagues. NASFA 2018 will allow you to meet and dialogue with peers and leaders across borders to discuss key issues. Come to share and gain valuable insights on all areas of international education administration, student services, research and teaching—from a global perspective. The NAFSA 2018 Expo Hall will showcase hundreds of exhibitors from all parts of the globe—meet with current and prospective partners and find the solutions you need in one place.

Site: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Registration: Opens March 1, 2018
http://www.nafsa.org/Annual_Conference/

 

May 29 – June 1, 2018

Called 2018: That Your Joy be Complete
Catholic Campus Ministry Association (CCMA)

Join Catholic campus ministers from around the country for the 2018 National Convention, hosted by the Catholic Campus Ministry Association (CCMA). In conjunction with the Synod on Youth, Faith and Vocational Discernment, Called 2018 will explore the call of campus ministers to make disciples and transform campuses.

Site: Minneapolis, Minnesota
Registration: Coming soon
http://ccmanet.org/

 

May 30 – June 2, 2018

Annual NCCL Conference & Exposition
National Conference for Catechetical Leadership

Walk with Christ. Camina Con Cristo. Come to be spiritually, intellectually and pastorally fed! Apart from the opportunity for prayer, rejuvenation, and formation, our gathering will provide us with the best opportunity to come together as catechetical professionals for networking. We are the nation’s experts (diocesan, parish, academics, and resource providers) on evangelization and what makes NCCL an extraordinary organization is that it brings together the full complement of ministry collaborators.

Site: Chicago, Illinois
Registration: Opening soon
https://www.nccl.org/conference/

 

May 31 – June 3, 2018

Save the Date
CTS Annual Convention 2018
College Theology Society

Site: St. Paul, Minnesota
http://www.collegetheology.org/Annual-Convention

 

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June 3-8, 2018

New Listing
Spiritual Resources for Interfaith Peacemaking
Maryknoll Mission Institute

How can Jews, Christians, Muslims, and others join forces to heal the wounds of conflict by transforming fear to trust, anger to forgiveness and grief to compassion for the suffering of others? This program will address these challenges and help participants develop insights and skills for interfaith peacebuilding. Conducted as an interactive workshop, use will be made of case studies including Israel/Palestine, Nigeria, Northern Ireland, South Africa, and the United States. 

Site: Ossining, New York
Registration: $200 plus $60 (yearly) registration/deposit; $55 per night room and board
http://support.maryknollsisters.org/site/Calendar?id=100164&view=Detail

 

June 8-10, 2018

New Listing
Power & Purpose Conference
Franciscan University

When we fall short of the life that we know God has planned for us, it can be very easy to become discouraged. But His mercy is always new, and at every moment of our lives, the Holy Spirit desires to transform us and give us the opportunity for a new beginning … we only have to welcome Him into our hearts. Come experience the movement of the Holy Spirit in a powerful way this summer at the Power and Purpose Conference! He is ready to do something new in your life.

Site: Steubenville, Ohio
Registration: $139 by April 6; $165 after; Priest registrations are free in gratitude for their willingness to hear confessions (meals plan and housing charges still apply); $70 meal plan (six meals); $85 housing
https://steubenvilleconferences.com/adult/ppc/

 

June 10-12, 2018

New Listing / Save the Date
Assembly 2018 CHA
Catholic Health Association of the United States

The annual Catholic Health Assembly is the premier gathering of Catholic health care leaders in the United States. This two-and-one-half day convention brings leaders from across the ministry together for learning, networking, celebration and renewal. Keynote speakers feature prominent voices from health care, academia, media, public policy and philanthropy.

Site: San Diego, California
Registration: Coming soon
https://www.chausa.org/assembly-2018

 

June 10-13, 2018

New Listing / Save the Date
Catholic Youth Ministry Training Convention
lifeteen.com

Site: Scottsdale, Arizona
Registration: Opens February 1, 2018
http://lifeteen.com/events/catholic-youth-ministry-convention/

 

June 10-15, 2018

New Listing
Under the Baobab Tree: Spirituality Nourished by Nature
Maryknoll Mission Institute

Do you have a pet? What have you learned from it? Theologian Matthew Fox has said that his dog is his “spiritual director.” What does nature have to teach us? How is the “cry of the earth” related to the “cry of the poor”? Can we find a mystical meaning “in a leaf, in a mountain trail, in a dewdrop, in a poor person’s face?” (Laudato Si’, 233) During this program we will explore these and other questions that have a bearing on our spiritual life as well as on the life of the planet. Part workshop and part spiritual journey, the program will be interactive and will offer time for personal reflection and group sharing. We will practice conflict resolution skills and examine sources of healing and reconciliation. We will learn the secret of living joyfully in a world full of suffering.

Site: Ossining, New York
Registration: $200 plus $60 (yearly) registration/deposit; $55 per night room and board
http://support.maryknollsisters.org/site/Calendar?id=100165&view=Detail

 

June 11-13, 2018

New Listing
The Vision and Reality of Vatican II: Fashioning a Church for the 21st Century (Visions in Faith)
Rock Hill Oratory

The Second Vatican Council (1962-65) was called by Pope John XXIII in the hope it would serve as a new Pentecost for the Church.  It has been called the most significant Church event in modern Church history, providing a charter for the Church of the 20th century and beyond.  It is now a little over 50 years since the Council ended and a time to reflect on why it was called, what it has achieved and what remains to be done. This event is offered for laity and religious.

Site: Rock Hill, South Carolina
Registration: $75
http://www.rockhilloratory.net/center-for-spirituality/programs/
(Tab: Download Fall 2017 – Summer 2018 Programs; see page 5 for event description; pages 21-22 for registration instructions)

 

June 11-15, 2018

New Listing
Summer Institute 2018 (Week 1)
Catholic Theological Union

Summer Institute participants have the opportunity to study with CTU’s renowned faculty on campus in Chicago or online. With accreditation from the Association of Theological Schools (ATS), CTU offers the highest quality theological preparation and formation for people of varying needs and interests. Courses may be audited, taken for Continuing Education Units (CEUs), or taken for credit after a short admissions process. Blended (online and on campus) classes are also available.

Site: CTU Campus, Chicago, Illinois
Registration: $50 fee plus $350 per course; $500 room and board per week
http://ctu.edu/special-programs/#1509130566279-38348d5d-4f71

 

June 15-17, 2018

New Listing
2018 ASM Annual Meeting
American Society of Missiology

Leading missiologists, Frances Adeney, Terry Muck, Evelyne Reisacher and Amos Yong, as well as a host of "story tellers" will inspire and facilitate us in conversations around interfaith friendship as a means of incarnational mission practice particularly suited to these troubling times; its history, its biblical foundations, and its best practices. Centered in the divine hospitality of God who first welcomed us that we might welcome others into the Kingdom, interfaith friendships begin with making room for God. Come and worship God, revel in friendships old and new, and consider what God may be up to in the world of interfaith relationships!

Site: Notre Dame University, South Bend, Indiana
Registration: Open February 2018
https://www.asmweb.org/content/annual-meeting

 

June 17-22, 2018

New Listing
Facing Into Chaos: Deepening Communal Contemplation, Transforming Consciousness
Maryknoll Mission Institute

In chaos theory the tipping point is described as the time when all the familiar structures and systems no longer work. At that point we are invited to either breakdown or breakthrough. This program invites you to explore the world views that are operative today. Drawing on integral theory, the various stages of consciousness will be explored. We will see how each stage perceives reality differently and how this contributes to the polarities we experience in the political and ecclesial arenas today. Realizing that we need to address these growing divisions if we are to survive as a planetary community, we will ponder whether what is necessary is really impossible. Drawing on our faith tradition, we will explore the power of contemplation to transform our consciousness and help us imagine other ways of being and doing. The week will be a blend of prayer, presentations, small and large group processes - all of which are rooted in communal contemplation.

Site: Ossining, New York
Registration: $200 plus $60 (yearly) registration/deposit; $55 per night room and board
http://support.maryknollsisters.org/site/Calendar?id=100166&view=Detail

 

June 18-21, 2018

New Listing
Castelot Summer Scripture 2018
Archdiocese of Detroit

The model is pretty simple. It is not like school, but rather set in the context of prayer – morning and evening prayer, afternoon Eucharist. It is meant for ordinary people who have a love of scripture and a thirst for deeper understanding. Why don’t you join us to spend some time with the Good Book this summer?

Site: Lake Orion, Michigan
Registration:To be announced
http://castelotscripture.com/

 

June 18-22, 2018

New Listing
Summer Institute 2018 (Week 2)
Catholic Theological Union

Summer Institute participants have the opportunity to study with CTU’s renowned faculty on campus in Chicago or online. With accreditation from the Association of Theological Schools (ATS), CTU offers the highest quality theological preparation and formation for people of varying needs and interests. Courses may be audited, taken for Continuing Education Units (CEUs), or taken for credit after a short admissions process. Blended (online and on campus) classes are also available.

Site: CTU Campus, Chicago, Illinois
Registration: $50 fee plus $350 per course; $500 room and board per week
http://ctu.edu/special-programs/#1509130566279-38348d5d-4f71

 

June 19-23, 2018

New Listing / Save the Date
Archbishop Lyke Conference
Archbishop Lyke Conference

Site: New Orleans, Louisiana
http://www.lykeconference.com

 

June 23, 2018

New Listing
Living Every Day with Passion & Purpose
Dynamic Catholic

With his signature combination of the profound and the practical—and witty sense of humor—Matthew Kelly introduces you to new habits that will re-energize every area of your life, and inspires 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: Miller High Life Theatre, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Registration: $29
https://dynamiccatholic.com/passion-and-purpose-live-milwaukee-wi-june-23-2018

 

June 24-29, 2018

New Listing / Save the Date
Summer Scripture Seminar 2018
University of Saint Mary of the Lake

Site: Mundelein, Illinois
https://usml.edu/event/summer-scripture-2017/

 

June 24-29, 2018

New Listing
Mission, Margins and Intercultural Living
Maryknoll Mission Institute

International religious communities (and parishes) are much more diverse than formerly, when people belonged to a Province (or parish) along with others from their own cultural and linguistic group. Today’s communities are increasingly characterized by diversity – of age, social class, ethnicity, culture, and so on. But diversity does not necessarily produce harmony and many people might be said to be “living together separately.” This happens in communities that are international and multi-cultural, rather than intercultural. Intercultural living is only possible through a concerted effort inspired and sustained by faith rather than pragmatism. But unless the future of international religious life becomes intercultural in character, such communities will fragment rather than cohere, and become local, monocultural or tribal. In today’s world, international religious communities should be leaders in the reconfiguring of society into communities of diverse people sustained by common aims and vision. But the dynamics of culture and social margins, and the forces of marginalization must be better understood if this is to happen. This program invites us all to reflect on how we might better image the realm of God and promote God’s Mission in our daily living, whether we are young and active, or aging and perhaps infirm. The presenter is Anthony J. Gittins, CSSp.

Site: Ossining, New York
Registration: $200 plus $60 (yearly) registration/deposit; $55 per night room and board
http://support.maryknollsisters.org/site/Calendar?id=100167&view=Detail

 

June 25-28, 2018

New Listing
2018 AUSCP Assembly
Association of U.S. Catholic Priests

The theme of this year’s Assembly is “The Church in a Post-Modern World: Spirituality and Ministry in a Secular Age” with a robust focus and discussion on attracting and growing disciples. Featured speakers are Katarina Schuth, Richard Rohr, and Robert Bishop McElroy.

Site: Albuquerque, New Mexico
Registration: $495
http://www.uscatholicpriests.org/assembly-in-albuquerque-2018

 

June 25-29, 2018

New Listing
Summer Institute 2018 (Week 3)
Catholic Theological Union

Summer Institute participants have the opportunity to study with CTU’s renowned faculty on campus in Chicago or online. With accreditation from the Association of Theological Schools (ATS), CTU offers the highest quality theological preparation and formation for people of varying needs and interests. Courses may be audited, taken for Continuing Education Units (CEUs), or taken for credit after a short admissions process. Blended (online and on campus) classes are also available.

Site: CTU Campus, Chicago, Illinois
Registration: $50 fee plus $350 per course; $500 room and board per week
http://ctu.edu/special-programs/#1509130566279-38348d5d-4f71

 

June 25-29, 2018

New Listing
2018 Washington Island Forum
Wisconsin Council of Churches

The Washington Island Forum is especially tailored to lay leaders and pastors who want to deepen their spirituality and connect with the message of the scriptures in a more profound way. The Forum is a 40 year tradition and is sponsored by the Wisconsin Council of Churches and The Christian Century magazine. Enjoy four and one half days of worship, workshops, discussion, and contemplation in an ecumenical retreat setting on Washington Island, just six miles off the tip of Door County Wisconsin. The week begins with a welcome and opening picnic Monday afternoon at Trinity Lutheran Church. Tuesday through Thursday enjoy morning prayer and workshop sessions with Anna Carter Florence and optional afternoon discussion groups. Friday begins with a Eucharist, a final workshop and discussion, with departure at noon.

Site: Washington Island, Wisconsin
Registration: $299
https://www.wichurches.org/calendar/event-list/2018-washington-island-forum-2/

 

June 27-30, 2018

New Listing / Save the Date
2018 Sacred Liturgy Conference
Sacred Liturgy Conference

Site: Salem, Oregon
Registration: Opens January 2018
https://sacredliturgyconference.org/

 

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A Course in Christian Mysticism
Thomas Merton

Thomas Merton's lectures to the young monastics at the Abbey of Gethsemani provide a good look at Merton the scholar. A Course in Christian Mysticism gathers together, for the first time, the best of these talks into a spiritual, historical, and theological survey of Christian mysticism—from St. John's gospel to St. John of the Cross. Sixteen centuries are covered over thirteen lectures. A general introduction sets the scene for when and how the talks were prepared and for the perennial themes one finds in them, making them relevant for spiritual seekers today. This compact volume allows anyone to learn from one of the twentieth century's greatest Catholic spiritual teachers. The study materials at the back of the book, including additional primary source readings and thoughtful questions for reflection and discussion, make this an essential text for any student of Christian mysticism.

ISBN: 978-0-8146-4508-6, 256 pages, $19.95 paperback
Liturgical Press

 

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The Accidental Dictionary
The Remarkable Twists and Turns of English Words
Paul Anthony Jones

Our everyday language is full of surprises; its origins are stranger than you might think. Any word might be knocked and buffeted, subjected to twists and turns, expansions and contractions, happy and unhappy accidents. There are intriguing tales behind even the most familiar terms, and they can say as much about the present as they do the past. Focusing on one hundred surprising threads in the evolution of English, The Accidental Dictionary reveals the etymological origins and quirky developments that have led to the meanings we take for granted today. It is a weird and wonderful journey into words.

ISBN: 9781681775692, 224 pages, $26.95 hardcover, published by Pegasus Books
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Catholic Puzzles, Word Games, and Brainteasers
Matt Swaim

This array of faith-based puzzles, brainsteasers, and word games are the creation of Catholic puzzlemaster and popular media personality Matt Swaim. Combining his wit and far-reaching knowledge of Catholicism into these entertaining, original puzzle books for adults, Swaim gives you a chance to slow down, test your brain, have fun, and increase your understanding of Catholic teaching and history. Available as Volumes 1 and 2.

Vol 1: ISBN: 978-1-59474549-5, 64 pages, $9.95 paperback
Ave Maria Press

Vol 2: ISBN: 978-1-59471-551-8, 64 pages, $9.95 paperback
Ave Maria Press

 

Finding Jesus among Muslims
How Loving Islam Makes Me a Better Catholic
Jordan Denari Duffner

Why should Christians engage in interfaith dialogue with Muslims? Does Islam have anything to offer Christians? What is Islamophobia, and what should we do about it? These are just some of the questions addressed in Finding Jesus among Muslims, an urgent new book from author Jordan Denari Duffner. Drawing from church teaching, the stories of saints and martyrs, and her extensive personal experiences living among Muslims in both the United States and the Middle East, Duffner explains why all Christians are called to participate in a "dialogue of life" with Muslims. Her intelligent and fresh approach makes Duffner a welcome voice on some of the most important social and religious questions of our day.

ISBN: 978-0-8146-4592-5, 160 pages, $19.95 paperback
Liturgical Press

 

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Four Birds of Noah’s Ark
A Prayer Book from the Time of Shakespeare
Thomas Dekker

As the Black Death ravaged London in 1608, in the midst of societal chaos and tragedy, playwright Thomas Dekker wrote Four Birds of Noah’s Ark, a book containing fifty-six prayers for the people of London and all of England. The prayers in this book bear witness to Dekker’s deep faith with a power and poignancy that few written prayers in English literature achieve. Bringing Dekker’s devotional classic back into print for the first time since 1924, editor Robert Hudson has annotated the prayers and modernized their language without sacrificing their enchanting beauty and simplicity. Hudson’s substantive and illuminating introduction is a gem in itself.

ISBN: 978-0-8028-7481-8, 174 pages, $17.99 paperback
Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.

 

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God Is Not Nice
Rejecting Pop Culture Theology and Discovering the God Worth Living For
Ulrich L. Lehner

Ulrich L. Lehner reintroduces Christians to the true God—not the polite, easygoing, divine therapist who doesn’t ask much of us, but the Almighty God who is unpredictable, awe-inspiring, and demands our entire lives. Stripping away the niceties with a sling blade, Lehner shows that God is more strange and beautiful than we imagine, and wants to know and transform us in the most intimate way. This book is not safe. It may startle and annoy many people—including those who purport to teach and preach the Gospel, but are missing it, according to Lehner. God Is Not Nice intends to overthrow all of our popular misconceptions about God, inviting us to ask deeper questions about the nature of our lives and our relationship with him.

ISBN: 978-1-59471-748-2, 160 pages, $16.95
Ave Maria Press

 

Heroes & Heretics of the Reformation
Phillip Campbell

Not since the birth of Christ has an event shaken the foundations of the Western world like the Reformation. Now, 500 years after Luther nailed his ninety-five theses to the door at Wittenberg—the sound of which served as the thunder presaging the storm to come—Phillip Campbell, author of The Story of Civilization, casts fresh eyes on that tumultuous time and its most influential characters. It was a tumultuous time, filled with heroes, heretics, and some who were a little bit of both. It was a time of destruction and rebuilding. Some sincerely sought reform while others sought merely to profit by it, and some—perhaps too few—used the events of the time to become saints.

ISBN: 9781505108705, 324 pages, $27.95 paperback
Tan Books

 

Jesus and His Enemies
Narrative Conflict in the Four Gospels
Robert R. Beck

In narrative analysis, the message expressed in each of the four gospels is conveyed not just through Jesus’ teachings or particular stories but through the overall narrative itself—particularly through the introduction and resolution of conflict. Through dramatic narrative the evangelists show Christians how they are to act in situations of conflict without abandoning the demands of love. As Robert Beck reflects, “This is the real test of the command to love one another, which finds its most exacting demand when we are in firm opposition.” The Gospels have much to say about this, though the answers are found in a place we seldom look: in the qualities of dramatic narrative itself. Jesus and His Enemies offers a fresh contribution to biblical teaching on violence, ethics, and the Christian pursuit of peace.

ISBN: 978-1-62698-243-7, 240 pages, $35 paperback
Orbis Books

 

The Manual for Conquering Deadly Sin
Fr. Dennis Kolinski, SJC, Canons Regular of St. John Cantius

It is of vital importance that each individual soul recover this lost sense of sin and to begin the struggle to conquer the deadly sins that threaten his or her salvation. The Manual for Conquering Deadly Sin will help you do just that in your own life. In any struggle, you must know your enemy. Hence, Part I. Part II features a compilation of passages from Church teaching and Scripture, along with quotes from the saints that complement and give life to the reflections in Part I. As Fr. Kolinski makes clear— the truest medicine is found in the sacramental life of the Church. But, in addition to the graces found in frequent confession and reception of the Eucharist, the Manual for Conquering Deadly Sin will be an indispensable aid in your fight; an invaluable resource for every person serious about salvation.

ISBN: 9781505109078, 336 pages, $29.95 paperback
Tan Books

 

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Night Driving
Notes from a Prodigal Soul
Chad Bird

Journeys that begin in brokenness rarely follow a straight road to healing. There are twists and turns—and setbacks—on the path of repentance. Night Driving tells the story of a pastor and seminary professor whose moral failures destroyed his marriage and career, left his life in ruins, and sent him spiraling into a decade-long struggle against God. Forced to fight the demons of his past in the cab of the semi-truck he drove at night through the Texas oil fields, Chad Bird slowly began to limp toward grace and healing. Drawing on his expertise as an Old Testament scholar, Bird weaves together his own story, the biblical story, and the stories of fellow prodigals as he peels back the layers of denial, anger, addiction, and grief to help readers come face-to-face both with their own identities and with the God who alone can heal them.

ISBN: 978-0-8028-7401-6, 160 pages, $16.99 paperback
Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.

 

On Being Unfinished
Collected Writings
Anne E. Patrick

During more than a half-century of service to the Church and the academy, Anne E. Patrick was a leading feminist Catholic voice, revered both as a teacher and as a critical scholar of theology, ethics, literature, and the arts. Her scholarly publications broke new ground in a number of Catholic theological disciplines, including feminist ethics, liturgy, and contemporary expressions of religious life. Gathered here for the first time is a selection of her essays, both published and unpublished, on these topics and more. Edited by Susan Perry, this volume is an essential resource for anyone seeking to understand post-Vatican II theological development in the Catholic Church in the United States.

ISBN: 978-1-62698-255-0, 320 pages, $32 paperback
Orbis Books

 

Redemption and Restoration
A Catholic Perspective on Restorative Justic
Edited by Trudy D. Conway, David Matzko McCarthy, and Vicki Schieber

The Catholic Church teaches that punishment must have a constructive and redemptive purpose and that it be coupled with treatment and, when possible, restitution. Rehabilitation and restoration must include the spiritual dimension of healing and hope. Since the publication of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops' 2000 pastoral statement on restorative justice, the conversation surrounding the need for criminal justice reform and restorative justice has moved forward. Redemption and Restoration responds from a Catholic perspective to help form an educational campaign to equip Catholics and their leaders to participate in the national conversation on this issue, create the programs needed to assist in healing the harm caused by crime, and restore our communities. The book develops the traditional Catholic understanding of justice, offers a theological understanding of restorative justice, explains how it can be implemented, and reflects on the practical arguments for restorative justice. Grounded in the stories of real people, Redemption and Restoration helps readers gain a deeper understanding of how this affects us all as a country and a church. It includes discussion questions to engage groups in exploring issues related to restorative justice.

ISBN: 978-0-8146-4561-1, 306 pages, $29.95 paperback
Liturgical Press

 

Rediscover the Rosary
The Modern Power of an Ancient Prayer
Matthew Kelly

We live hectic lives in a chaotic world. All this can lead to a confusion that fogs the mind, unsettles the soul, and leads to poor decisions. Amidst such chaos and confusion, our souls yearn for peace and clarity. We long to hear God’s voice with greater clarity. The Rosary will focus you. It will calm your heart, mind, and spirit, so you can hear the voice of God. It will open the eyes of your heart so that you can recognize him at work in your life. It will lead you to make better decisions, become a better listener, get clear about what matters most and what matters least, and fill your life with peace and order. Discover for yourself the treasures of this powerful, ancient prayer.

ISBN: 9781929266517, 300 pages, $14.95 paperback, $24.95 hardcover, $9.99 eBook
Beacon Publishing Company

 

Sacred Strangers
What the Bible’s Outsiders Can Teach Christians
Nancy Haught

The Bible is laced with stories in which strangers behave better than believers. What do these encounters with "others"—people from different cultures, religions, genders, economic and social classes—teach us about our own spiritual values, about the faith and God behind them? In Sacred Strangers, Nancy Haught leads readers through these stories, line by line, offering insight to open hearts to sacred strangers at a time when personal encounters can make us or break us—as people, Americans, and citizens of the world.

ISBN: 978-0-8146-4504-8, 128 pages, $16.95 paperback
Liturgical Press

 

Surprised by Joy
The Shape of My Early Life
C.S. Lewis

C. S. Lewis—the great British writer, scholar, lay theologian, broadcaster, Christian apologist, and bestselling author of Mere Christianity, The Screwtape Letters, The Great Divorce, The Chronicles of Narnia, and many other beloved classics—takes readers on a spiritual journey through his early life and eventual embrace of the Christian faith. Lewis begins with his childhood in Belfast, surveys his boarding school years and his youthful atheism in England, reflects on his experience in World War I, and ends at Oxford, where he became "the most dejected and reluctant convert in all England." As he recounts his lifelong search for joy, Lewis demonstrates its role in guiding him to find God.

ISBN: 978-0062565433, 304 pages, $38.82 hardcover, $10.19 paperback, $8.99 Kindle, published by HarperOne
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The Unmoored God
Believing in a Time of Dislocation
Paul G. Crowley, SJ

This short, profound reflection centers on the meaning of faith and the place of God in a time of “dislocation.” As Paul Crowley writes: “Dislocated humanity is met by a God who chooses a divine dislocation in the Incarnation, entering simply and intimately into our own human condition and showing the way, through suffering, toward life. Believing in this unmoored God would look like entering into solidarity with unmoored humanity, and journeying with those who suffer, just as God did in Jesus.” For all who struggle with belief in God in a time lacking familiar props or sure signposts, Crowley offers answers from his own heartfelt reflection and theological struggle.

ISBN: 978-1-62698-246-8, 128 pages, $26 paperback
Orbis Books

 

Walking Home Together
Spiritual Guidance & Practical Advice for the End of Life
Michael Mercer

Very few books address this sensitive subject, and none do so more beautifully than Mike Mercer’s tender and practical guide. In the tradition of Nouwen and Rolheiser, he offers thoughts, practices, stories, and prayers that can bring comfort and strength for those in their final season of life. Where will I find love right now? How is my death a gift for others? How can I cope when I’m so afraid? Mercer explores these difficult questions as well as practical considerations like advance directives as he helps readers immerse themselves in the powerful love of the Good Shepherd, who always walks this journey with us.

Item # 851497, 128 pages, $14.95 paperback
Twenty-Third Publications

 

 

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