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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.

Healing Racial Trauma
The Road to Resilience
Sheila Wise Rowe

The Imitation of Christ
Illuminated Edition
Thomas à Kempis

Avery Dulles
The Essential Writings from America Magazine
Cardinal Avery Dulles, SJ

The Whole Story of Climate
What Science Reveals About the Nature of Endless Change
E. Kirsten Peters

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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

 

Duolingo
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.
https://www.duolingo.com/

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

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February 17-20, 2020

NOCERCC 2020 Convention
National Organization for Continuing Education of Roman Catholic Clergy

This year's theme "20-20 Vision: Establishing a Clearer Vision for Ongoing Formation of Priests." Convention highlights include Seeing Ongoing Formation with New Eyes presented by Father Mark David Janus, President of Paulist Press; 20-20 Vision after Cataract Surgery presented by Sister Mark McCormick OSC, Academic Dean of St. Mary Seminary, Cleveland; Discerning with New Eyes: The Relationship Between Initial and Ongoing Formation as a facilitated conversation with panelists;and How Do We Provide a Clear Vision that Will Instill Hope and Trust in Our People Through the Presbyterate? presented by Bishop Gerald Kicanas, Bishop Emeritus of the Diocese of Tucson.

Site: Seton Hall University, Newark, New Jersey
Site: Newark, New Jersey
Registration: NOCERCC Member $925
Nonmember $1,225

https://nocercc.org/

 

February 21-23, 2020

RECongress
Office of Religious Education of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles

RECongress (Los Angeles Religious Education Congress) is the largest annual gathering of its kind in the world. The four-day event is held at the Anaheim (California) Convention Center and is sponsored by the Los Angeles Office of Religious Education. Begun in 1968 as an "institute" for religious education (CCD) teachers, RECongress has grown to include people of all vocations and different faiths. The three-day event is open to adults and young adults and offers more than 200 speakers presenting over 300 workshops, in addition to lunchtime entertainment, evening concerts, 16 Liturgies in a variety of characters, the Exhibit Hall and much more.

Site: Anaheim, California
Registration: $85
http://www.recongress.org/

 

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March 2, 2020

World Mission Lecture: Encounters in Doing Theology Contextually on the US-Mexican Border
Catholic Theological Union

The biblical injunction to “welcome the stranger”, a teaching often overlooked in our current xenophobic climate, continues to challenge the consciences of believers in this current age of migration. How best to do theology from the perspective of those who are providing hospitality on an international border which has not only witnessed atrocities but also a tragic, summer massacre aimed at “killing Mexicans”? After outlining some concrete steps taken by local churches in the twin cities of El Paso, Texas and Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua, this lecture will focus on theology’s liberative potential to practice “God-speak” in difficult times such as ours. Lecture 4-5pm.

Site: Catholic Theological Union campus, Chicago, Illinois
Registration: Register online
https://ctu.edu/event/2020-world-mission-lecture/

 

March 4, 2020

Annual Augustus Tolton Lecture
Catholic Theological Union

This years Annual Tolton Lecture will be presented by Dr. Simon Aihiokhai, Assistant Professor of Theology at the University of Portland.

Site: Catholic Theological Union campus, Chicago, Illinois
Registration: Register online
https://ctu.edu/event/annual-tolton-lecture-2020/

 

March 7, 2020

New Listing
Astronomy and Seeking God
Christ the King Priory

Science is not the opposite of faith; rather, both are related to each other and offer us different and complementary approaches to reality. Today we will look into the universe and its physics and find connecting points with God the Creator. Presenter: Father Christoph Gerhard.

Site: Schuyler, Nebraska
Registration: $46.02 (includes program fee, meals and taxes)
https://christthekingpriory.com/retreats-schedule/astronomy-and-seeking-god

 

March 17-21, 2020

Religion Communication Congress 2020
Religion Communicators Council

RCC is one of 100+ organizations that are cooperating to present Religion Communication Congress 2020 (RCCongress 2020), a once-a-decade gathering of professional religion communicators from a wide range of faith traditions. Our 2020 annual meeting will take place during RCCongress 2020 along with the DeRose-Hinkhouse Awards and Wilbur Awards. The Program Committee is planning opportunities for you to learn cutting edge strategies and skills through hands-on opportunities, academic and applied research, practical workshops, and thoughtful plenaries. An impressive lineup of speakers and workshop leaders will be featured. Specific events will be added to the schedule as they are confirmed.

Site: Washington, D.C.
Registration: $425
https://www.religioncommunicators.org/convention

 

March 20, 2020

Find Your Greatness (Harrison City, Pennsylvania)
Dynamic Catholic

Great habits create great lives. Are your habits helping you become the-best-version-of-yourself? At the Find Your Greatness Event learn the habits for a great life! Speaker: Jonathan Fanning

Site: St. Barbara Catholic Church, Harrison City, Pennsylvania
Registration: $25
https://dynamiccatholic.com/find-your-greatness-harrison-city-pa-mar-20-2020/

 

March 20-21, 2020

Symposium on Advancing the New Evangelization
Gregorian Institute at Benedictine College

The Symposium on Advancing the New Evangelization is an annual conference sponsored by the Gregorian Institute at Benedictine College. The Gregorian Institute’s mission is to contribute to the renewal of Catholic culture and the defense of religious liberty in America by engaging, equipping, and developing the next generation of Catholic leaders. The Symposium supports this mission and offers a unique forum for current and emerging leaders to share ideas and best practices. At the Symposium scholars, field professionals, members of religious communities, clergy, and students present papers based on their research and professional experiences. It is a time of fellowship, reflection, and dialogue concerning topics integral to the New Evangelization.

Site: Atchison, Kansas
Registration: $95 standard registration
Priests and Religious: No-charge
https://www.benedictine.edu/academics/symposium/index

 

March 20-22, 2020

Neuroscience and Well-Being: How Spirituality Affects Our Health and DNA
Villa Maria Education & Spirituality Center

Our spiritual habits affect our physical and emotional health in a variety of ways. We'll explore recent findings in neuroscience and positive psychology, showing how practices such as Mindfulness, Meditation, Gratitude, Compassion, and Community slow aging in our cells, keep our brains healthy and nimble, reduce stress, and bring more health and happiness into our lives. We will also look at other habits that support brain health and keep our telomeres, the end caps of our chromosomes, from prematurely fraying. This multimedia presentation aims to educate and entertain. We will incorporate these spiritual practices into our days, along with discussion and activities, allowing us to share and experience some of their benefits. Time for personal reflection and quiet will be provided, as well.

Site: Villa Maria, Pennsylvania
Registration: $100
https://www.vmesc.org/Web/home/programs-retreats?id=646

 

March 21, 2020

Find Your Greatness (Cranberry Township, Pennsylvania)
Dynamic Catholic

Great habits create great lives. Are your habits helping you become the-best-version-of-yourself? At the Find Your Greatness Event learn the habits for a great life! Speaker: Jonathan Fanning

Site: St. Ferdinand Church, Cranberry Township, Pennsylvania
Registration: $25
https://dynamiccatholic.com/find-your-greatness-cranberry-township-pa-mar-21-2020/

 

March 22, 2020

Thomas Merton: The Arc and Insights from a Modern Christian
Genesis Spiritual Life & Conference Center

The writings of Thomas Merton, one of the 20th Century's spiritual masters, document the road map of a modern Contemplative Spiritual Journey. Share this afternoon with other Contemplative seekers exploring the arc and insights of Merton's Spiritual Journey and how it relates to your present life, journey and spirituality. Together, we'll reflect on key portions of Merton's own writing which illustrate the key turning points in his Journey and the evolution of his Spiritual Understanding. We'll see how Merton navigated the stages of his own Spiritual Journey and appreciate some of the unique Spiritual Legacy he left us.

Site: Westfield, Massachusetts
Registration: $35
https://www.genesisspiritualcenter.org/retreats-programs/calendar/thomas-merton--the-arc-and-insights-from-a-modern-/

 

March 23-26, 2020

2020 National Workshop on Christian Unity
National Workshop on Christian Unity

NWCU (National Workshop on Christian Unity) has advanced unity and reconciliation among various Christian communities for more than 50 years. The Workshop continues to be the only gathering of its kind at a national level in the world. The annual event brings together ecumenical representatives, ecumenists, and interested members from all churches who share one faith, on baptism in Jesus Christ. The workshop includes a rich program of plenaries and seminars, a banquet, off0site tours, and opportunities to join together in prayer.

Site: Houston, Texas
Registration: Opening soon
http://nwcu.org

 

March 23, 2020

Evolution's God: Teilhard de Chardin and the Varieties of Process Theology
The Institute for Religion and Science

In 1953, Teilhard asked, "Who at last will give evolution its God?" His own endeavor to answer that question often bears striking similarities to the process theism of his contemporaries, Alfred North Whitehead and Charles Hartshorne. Yet, the differences can also be striking. All three are rightly classified as promoting versions of process theology, but they show by their divergences that process thought—especially process theism—is far from yielding a monolithic viewpoint on the theistic question. The presenter will be Dr. Donald Wayne, Viney, PhD, Professor of Philosophy, Pittsburgh State University.

Site: Chestnut Hill College, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Registration: Free will donation
http://irands.org/event/evolutions-god-teilhard-de-chardin-and-the-varieties-of-process-theology/

 

March 23-26, 2020

2019 National Workshop on Christian Unity
National Workshop on Christian Unity

NWCU (National Workshop on Christian Unity) has advanced unity and reconciliation among various Christian communities for more than 50 years. The Workshop continues to be the only gathering of its kind at a national level in the world. The annual event brings together ecumenical representatives, ecumenists, and interested members from all churches who share one faith, on baptism in Jesus Christ. The workshop includes a rich program of plenaries and seminars, a banquet, off0site tours, and opportunities to join together in prayer.

Site: Houston, Texas
Registration: Opening soon
http://nwcu.org

 

March 24-27, 2020

Aging in America Conference
American Society on Aging

The theme for the 2020 conference is Aging 2020: Examining the Needs of Today’s Diverse Older Adults. We will focus on issues impacting our increasingly diverse and multicultural older adult population. We will examine the social constructs of ageism, racism, sexism and heterosexism, and we will also highlight aspects of aging that have seen great improvement through the lenses of positive and creative aging.

Site: Atlanta, Georgia
Registration: ASA Member 590 by February 17; $670 after
Nonmember $845 by February 17; $960 after
https://www.asaging.org/general-info-aia

 

March 29-31, 2020

Ways of Perfection and Devout Lives: Saintliness Across Traditions
University of Notre Dame

Christian tradition knows saintliness as a spiritual quality shared by believers by virtue of their closeness to God, marked for Christians by baptism and their mystical bond with God through Christ. In a special way, Christians venerate those saints whose lives of heroic virtue—for some leading to martyrdom—establish them both as models and intercessors for all those who seek intimacy with the divine. At this conference, we will explore how notions of saintliness are expressed in Christianity and other traditions and cultures. What might we learn from saintly people of various sorts about the journey toward holiness? How can the example of the saints encourage lives of friendship and virtue? These and other questions inspire this World Religions World Church conference at the University of Notre Dame.

Site: Notre Dame, Indiana
Registration: To register contact Gabriel Said Reynolds: reynolds@nd.edu
https://theology.nd.edu/graduate-programs/initiatives/world-religions-world-church/conferences/

 

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April 14-16, 2020

NCEA 2020 Convention & Expo
National Catholic Educational Association

The National Catholic Educational Association Convention and Expo (NCEA 2020) taking place April 14-16 at the Baltimore Convention Center in Baltimore, MD, is the largest private education association gathering in the world, held in fellowship with the Archdiocese of Baltimore. NCEA invites you to join us for this one-of-a-kind event that brings together Catholic and other religious educators from across the United States, Canada and other countries to exchange ideas and debut cutting-edge research and technologies related to education. Those participating represent all aspects of Catholic and faith-based education from preschool, elementary, secondary, adult education, colleges and universities to local parish pastors, priests, parish volunteers and more. Enjoy more than 200 professional development sessions, beautiful liturgies, and special events. Be sure to save time to visit the Expo Hall to get the latest in educational technology, products, and services.

Site: Baltimore, Maryland
Registration: NCEA Member $335 thru April 10; $435 after
Nonmember $535 thru April 10; $635 after
https://www.ncea.org/ncea2020

 

April 16-19, 2020

ACA 2020 Conference & Expo
American Counseling Association

The ACA Conference & Expo includes 36 topic-focused tracks offering you CE credits in the specialty areas you - and your clients - need most. Learn from the experts in sessions focused on ethics, trauma, suicide, anxiety, grief, multicultural counseling & much more!

Site: San Diego, California
Registration: ACA Member $599
Nonmember $840
https://www.counseling.org/conference/home

 

April 18, 2020

New Listing
The Saint John's Bible: Heritage Edition Workshop
Christ the King Priory

The Saint John’s Bible is the first handwritten bible, commissioned by a Benedictine monastery in more than five hundred years, on approximately 1,150 pages and including 160 major illuminations. A copy of the large, seven-volume leather bound Heritage Edition, which is a fine art reproduction of The Saint John’s Bible, has been donated to St. Benedict Center and will be on permanent display starting in the spring of 2020. This workshop is for those who might be interested in becoming guides for the Saint John’s Bible: You will get to know The Saint John’s Bible, learn“why” and “how” the original manuscript was created and become familiar with the illuminations. Those willing to bring and/or guide a group two times a year, will receive a free book with all the illuminations and a handout describing the Seeing the Word process.

Site: Schuyler, Nebraska
Registration: Free
https://christthekingpriory.com/retreats-schedule/the-saint-johns-bible-workshop

 

April 18, 2020

Active Hope: The Spiritual Journey of Facing Climate Change
Genesis Spiritual Center

The momentous environmental changes and social disruptions that are occurring offer a profound opportunity for spiritual growth as we do the work needed to meet them. This crisis situation can be experienced in very different ways by younger and older folks. Lisa, in her 30s, and Verne, in his 70s, will co-facilitate the approach of Joanna Macy—over 50 years in the making—called The Work That Reconnects to explore the challenges, opportunities and spiritual openings offered by the present moment. Humor, song, and short outdoor activities will be part of this process.  With the fresh perspectives we will explore ways we can heal the planet and create a sustainable way of life.

Site: Westfield, Massachusetts
Registration: $35
https://www.genesisspiritualcenter.org/retreats-programs/calendar/active-hope---the-spiritual-journey-of-facing-clim/

 

April 18-22, 2020

NAB Show
National Association of Broadcasters

NAB Show brings together the entire digital ecosystem and is represented by professionals in advertising, app development, artificial intelligence, audio, augmented reality, broadcast, cable, cloud solutions, cybersecurity, digital video, digital signage, eLearning, esports, film, game development, government and military, houses of worship, in-vehicle entertainment, IOT, IT, live events, mixed reality, mobile, online video, podcasting, post-production, radio, retail, social media, sports, streaming, system integration, television, virtual reality, 5G and more will converge in Las Vegas for six days to further their careers, gain knowledge, experience cutting-edge training, get hands-on with the latest technology, and connect with industry trailblazers advancing the art, science and business of content.

Site: Las Vegas, Nevada
Registration: The variety of passes range from $159 to $1,325 by March 22; $199 to $1,505 after
Visit
https://www.nabshow.com/register-and-plan/registration-packages for show pass details.
https://www.nabshow.com/

 

April 20, 2020

Healing the Earth—Our Common Home
St. Francis Center

Francis of Assisi was called. Pope Francis was called. If you are reading this, YOU are being called to respond to the whispers and cries of our Earth and her poor and vulnerable communities. This workshop will heighten your awareness and will offer simple steps to help alleviate the effects of drought, flooding, poor air quality, ocean waste, and more. Breakout sessions presented by local speakers will provide practical, cost-effective solutions to your faith community’s questions about energy efficiency, sustainability, reducing waste, storm water runoff, and water quality. Who should attend? This workshop is for pastors and clergy, advisory committees, parishioners, principals, teachers, and all individuals wanting to learn how to make a difference. The schedule will integrate time for personal reflection and Q&A. Please join us! Two sessions are being offered; both sessions will cover the same topics: 9:30-11:30am and 7:00-9:00pm.

Site: Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
Registration: Free will offering, but registration is required
https://www.stfrancisctr.org/special-events/ (scroll down page to the event)

 

April 20-23, 2020

Conference on Human Formation: Mental Health Matters
Saint Luke Institute and Saint Meinrad Archabbey Seminary and School of Theology

The third biennial Conference on Human Formation will address mental health concerns that commonly arise among men and women pursuing priesthood and religious life. This conference is designed for formation and vocations personnel as well as diocesan and religious leadership. Topics include addressing mood disorders and anxiety, understanding personality disorders, screening for emotional and psychosexual concerns, dealing with trauma or abuse in discernment, and more.

Site: St. Meinrad, Indiana
Registration: $595 (includes conference materials, room and meals)
https://www.sliconnect.org/conferences/human-formation-2020/

 

April 21-23, 2020

TNPA Fundraising and Marketing Conference
The Nonprofit Alliance

This inaugural conference for nonprofit sector professionals is your new must-attend event. The Catholic Development Council, which ceased operations June 2019, is now part of this Alliance.

Site: Boston, Massachusetts
Registration: TNPA Member $395
Nonmembers $475
https://members.tnpa.org/events/Details/tnpa-fundraising-and-marketing-conference-126205?sourceTypeId=Website

 

April 26-29, 2020

Practicing Pastoral Leadership (CPPCD Annual Summit)
Conference for Pastoral Planning and Council Development

The Conference for Pastoral Planning and Council Development (CPPCD)
promotes and advocates consultative processes that foster effective planning for the pastoral life of the church. IN A TIME OF TRANSFORMATIONAL CHANGE…How do we become increasingly relevant as a Church to the real issues in people’s lives? How is God calling us to more deeply engage our people through planning, consultation, and leadership development? What are the principles and best practices to guide our work? Come find out.

Site: Jesuit Retreat Center, Parma, Ohio
Registration: CPPCD Member $625
Nonmember $725
https://www.cppcd.org/2020-summit/

 

April 29 – May 2, 2020

NAVFD 2020 Conference
National Association of Vocation & Formation Directors

This year's theme is Calling to New Horizons. We are very fortunate to have attracted three excellent speakers who will inform and inspire under the theme of ‘Calling to New Horizons’: Dr. Richard Gaillardetz, Sr. Margo Ritchie, CSJ and Fr. Daniel Horan, OFM.

Site: St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada
Registration: NAVRD Member $450 before March 15; $475 after
Nonmember $500 before March 15; $525 after
http://navfd.info/2019/06/27/conference-2020-registration-now-open/

 

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May 3-5, 2020

NACPA 2020 Convocation
National Association of Church Personnel Administrators

NACPA Convocation brings members from around the country together to learn from experts in HR and the world of HR in the Church. All those who have succeeded in creating a better and more prosperous environment, through the field of HR, within their communities. NACPA Convocation connects our members with up-to-date, tactics, policies and skills, from 3 Plenary Speakers, 16 Workshop Sessions, Hot-Topic Roundtables, Intimate Forums, Speaker Chats, and over 20 Exhibitors.

Site: Albuquerque, New Mexico
Registration: NACPA Member $590 thru March 31; $700 after
Nonmember: $700 thru March 31; $800 after
http://www.nacpa.org/convocation

 

May 4-6, 2020

Annual CCFM Conference
Conference for Catholic Facility Management

Site: Baltimore, Maryland
Registration: Coming soon
http://www.ccfm.net/

 

May 10-15, 2020

Finding God in—Of All Things: Our Age-ing!
Maryknoll Mission Institute

Aging in America is, more often than not, underappreciated and undervalued – indeed it is devalued. Our American culture is rife with “age-ism”. Yet if we cultivate a spirituality of age, we can embrace the abundant fruits of aging instead of squandering them. During this Program, we will consider a “spirituality of age” that will serve to encourage and enhance spiritual growth because aging is a time ripe with transitions and transformations. We will envision aging as a reality of life that wakes us up in ways we may never have experienced before. It is important for us to open our eyes, remove the spiritual cataracts that obstructed our vision of life in aging, and see with mature eyes, new truths and realities about our lives, past, present and future.

Site: Ossining, New York
Registration: $60 deposit, tuition $200, $60 room/board per night

http://support.maryknollsisters.org/site/Calendar?id=100281&view=Detail

 

May 11-14, 2020

New Listing
2020 National Conference National Association of Catholic Chaplains
National Association of Catholic Chaplains (NACC)

The National Association of Catholic Chaplains advocates for the profession of spiritual care and educates, certifies, and supports chaplains, clinical pastoral educators, and all members who continue the healing ministry of Jesus in the name of the Church. This year's Conference theme is 20/20 Vision: The Future of Spiritual Care. Our goals at the 2020 Conference will be to: Share leading practices in research, professional development, and credentialing; Strengthen professional relations; Focus our time, talents and resources on those most vulnerable; and Grow our practical and professional skills

Site: Cleveland, Ohio
Registration: NACC member $665 by February 14; $740 by April 6; $815 after
Nonmember $765 by February 14; $840 by April 6; $915 after
https://www.nacc.org/2020-vision/

 

May 13-16, 2020

New Listing
MSA Annual Conference
Mariological Society of America (MSA)

This conference will seek to understand the person of Mary in terms of her concrete historical existence as well as her deeper anthropological significance for the human call to communion with God.

Site: Federal Way, Washington
Registration: Coming soon
https://www.mariologicalsociety.com/

 

May 15-17, 2020

Conspire 2020
Center for Action and Contemplation

CONSPIRE 2020 will be a capstone experience uniting Richard Rohr’s seven themes of alternative orthodoxy to create a gateway into practical and authentic contemplation—a way of life rooted in radical openness to God’s loving presence. From this vulnerable place, things like adversity, disruption, and suffering become sources of transformation, greater love, and connection. We cannot think ourselves into a new way of living; rather, we must live ourselves into a new way of thinking.

Site: Albuquerque, New Mexico
Registration: In-person attendance is sold out. You can sign-up for the waitlist or register for the webcast
https://cac.org/conspire-2020/

 

May 17-21, 2020

NCCL 2020 Annual Convocation
National Conference for Catechetical Leadership

(Re)discover the spirit of truth. Come to be spiritually, intellectually and pastorally fed!

Site: Dubuque, Iowa
Registration: Coming soon
https://nccl.org/convocation

 

May 17-22, 2020

Journey to the Heart: Falling in Love with the Earth
Maryknoll Mission Institute

We cannot save what we do not love. We cannot love what we do not know. How might a deeper understanding and appreciation of this place we call home give us much needed insight into who we are, how we relate to the whole and how we come to know Holy Mystery? Exploring the importance of story we will embark on a journey to discover our origins, experience the grand majesty of our planetary home and embrace our role as members of the Earth community.

Site: Ossining, New York
Registration: $60 deposit, tuition $200, $60 room/board per night
http://support.maryknollsisters.org/site/Calendar?id=100282&view=Detail

 

May 24-29, 2020

NAFSA Annual Conference & Expo 2020
NAFSA: Association of International Educators

We look forward to meeting you in St. Louis, Missouri where the conference theme will be "Innovate, Influence, Impact." The program will feature innovations in international education and highlight the role that the field plays in creating welcoming communities, supporting human rights, and advocating for social justice. The conference provides a platform for dialogue and exchange of best practices, with a focus on how international education contributes to and revitalizes local economies.

Site: St. Louis, Missouri
Registration: NAFSA Member $749 by April 17; $899 after
Nonmember $1,049 by April 17; $1,199 after
https://www.nafsa.org/conferences/nafsa-2020/nafsa-2020-annual-conference-expo

 

May 26-29, 2020

CALLED 2020
Catholic Campus Ministry Association

CALLED 2020 is THE event for campus ministry professionals. Being offered in San Diego, California, CALLED will take you further than ever before as a Catholic campus minister. Whether you are a Director, Chaplain, Associate Director, Missionary or Intern, CALLED 2020 will be an event worth attending.

Site: San Diego, California
Registration: CCMA Member $625
Nonmember $650
https://www.ccmanetwork.org/called2020

 

May 28-31, 2020

College Theology Society 66th Annual Convention
College Theology Society

The theme of the 2020 convention is "Human Families: Identities, Relationships, and Responsibilities." Whether considering human persons in terms of dignity and solidarity, needs and capabilities, or as created and redeemed, anthropological frameworks play a vital role across theological fields. As such, this theme invites scholars from across fields to turn attention to the depth, breadth, and diversity of human families in all their various forms and possible interpretations.

Site: Spring Hill College Campus, Mobile, Alabama
Registration: CTS Member $120
Nonmember $200
http://collegetheology.org/Annual-Convention

 

May 31 – June 5, 2020

Where to From Here?: Radical Changes in Thought and Practice
Maryknoll Mission Institute

In the 21st century we are confronted with the biggest shift in human history in notions of “God”. Notions developed in a pre-scientific worldview are inadequate to sustain religious faith today. Our challenge is to engage the shift and to articulate reasonable belief about revelation, Jesus, prayer, ritual and what it means to be human and religious.

Site: Ossining, New York
Registration: $60 deposit, tuition $200, $60 room/board per night
http://support.maryknollsisters.org/site/Calendar?id=100283&view=Detail

 

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June 1-3, 2020

New Listing
Summer Institute for Catholic Educational Leadership
Archdiocese of New Orleans Offices of Catholic Schools and Religious Education and the Loyola Institute for Ministry

This year's Summer Institute will take place on the campus of Loyola University New Orleans from Monday, June 1st through Wednesday, June 3rd. Check back for updates on this year's theme and featured presenters.

Site: New Orleans, Louisiana
Registration: Coming soon
http://cnh.loyno.edu/lim/lplc/summer-institute

 

June 1-4, 2020

Pastores Dabo Vobis Workshop
(Workshop for Seminary Formators)
Society of St. Sulpice

The Pastores Dabo Vobis workshop is a four-day gathering of seminary formators and their partners in formation ministry. The workshop provides an opportunity for thoughtful conversation among peers about the challenges and opportunities they encounter in preparing candidates for priesthood. Developed to complement the highly successful Institute for Seminary Formators offered by the Society of St. Sulpice, Province of the United States, every other June, the PDV workshops invite reflection and conversation around spirituality, collaboration, and specific dimensions of formation work. The PDV workshop is likewise underwritten by the U.S. Sulpicians. Participants pay only for the cost of room and board.

Site: San Antonio, Texas
Registration: $250 (includes lodging, meals, printed materials and program costs)
http://sulpicians.org/pastores-dabo-vobis-workshop/

 

June 2-6, 2020

NALM 2020 Annual Conference
National Association for Lay Ministry

Site: Collegeville, Minnesota
Registration: Coming soon

https://www.nalm.org/events/event_list.asp

 

June 4-10, 2020

Cecilia Meighan, RSM Institute of Law and Religious Life
Misericordia University

Under the theme, The Religious Institute: Choice to be Part of the Church’s Public Life, Year III of the Institute’s three-year cycle addresses in-depth the relationships with local Church and Rome, authority in the Church, including the role of the major superior, associates of religious institutes, and other ongoing issues. The Institute offers professional development to those elected or appointed to positions of leadership in Roman Catholic religious congregations. Over the course of the Institute, attendees can seek input and advice not only from the faculty, but also from their more experienced peers. Interaction among attendees and faculty is encouraged.

Site: Dallas, Pennsylvania
Registration: $915 by April 1; $935 after
https://www.misericordia.edu/page.cfm?p=960

 

June 5-6, 2020

New Listing
Faith and the Arts: A Creative Exploration
Christ the King Priory

Saint Augustine asks, "What do we love, if it be not beauty?" What, indeed? There are many paths to beauty and many different ways in which beauty intersects with human living. The fine arts (music, dance, architecture, the visual arts, literature, poetry, and film), in conjunction with human creativity itself, provide approaches to beauty and to a deepened spirituality that are invaluable in our contemporary world. Through worship, talks, sharing and practical explorations we will get in touch with the way the arts and creativity intersect with the life of the individual and the wider church.

Site: Schuyler, Nebraska
Registration: $149.55
https://christthekingpriory.com/retreats-schedule/faith-and-the-arts-a-creative-exploration

 

June 5-7, 2020

Power and Purpose Conference
Steubenville Conferences

As children of God, we are called to live in the peace, joy, and love of the Holy Trinity. Yet many of us struggle to feel God’s presence in our lives. We remain stuck in old patterns of behavior or ways of thinking that leave us feeling lonely, anxious and even hopeless. The good news is that we can be free! The Holy Spirit can lift us out of despair and give us a renewed sense of purpose. The Power and Purpose Conference will introduce you to and draw you deeper into relationship with the Holy Spirit and empower you to live in freedom and joy.

Site: Steubenville, Ohio
Registration: $146 by February 28; $176 after
Clergy and Religious $97
https://steubenvilleconferences.com/events/ppc/

 

June 7-10, 2020

New Listing
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: $555 by March 15; $575 by April 15; $595 after
https://lifeteen.com/events/catholic-youth-ministry-training-convention-2020/

 

June 7-12, 2020

Loving Water Across Religions
Maryknoll Mission Institute

Given the urgency of the global water crisis, it is imperative that we reinvent our relationship with water. During this program, we will explore an integral water ethic that recognizes water as an intrinsically valuable and vital member of the Earth community, not a mere passive object to be exploited for human purposes. We will consider sacramental consciousness of baptism in Christianity; loving service of the Yamuna River in Hinduism and the compassionate wisdom of the bodhisattva in Buddhism. We will also engage in a variety of contemplative practices for developing love and compassion for water so that we can deepen our relationship with this precious and threatened source of life.

Site: Ossining, New York
Registration: $60 deposit, tuition $200, $60 room/board per night
http://support.maryknollsisters.org/site/Calendar?id=100284&view=Detail

 

June 8-12, 2020

Week One: Summer @ CTU Sowing the Seeds of Ministerial Excellence
Catholic Theological Union

Summers at CTU Sowing the Seeds of Ministerial Excellence, offer you the opportunity to step back in order to step up your response to God’s call in your life. We invite you to take courses or workshops for credit or audit from CTU’s renowned faculty, visiting professors and facilitators. Attend daily mass, participate in formation activities or spend time reflecting in our meditation chapel. Our panel discussions and public lectures will address current issues in theology and ministry and plant the seeds of renewal. Enjoy walks or bike rides by Lake Michigan, take in the restaurants and social life of Hyde Park, or sit in the atrium and experience the wisdom of others while you share your own.

Site: CTU campus, Chicago, Illinois
Registration (Audit): $300 per course
Registration (Academic): $1,410 per 1.5 credit hours
Additional Fees: $50 non-refundable registration fee; $550 room, board and parking per week (optional)
https://ctu.edu/summeratctu/#1544211640558-ceaedb10-1fc6

Week One: June 8-12, 2020
Week Two: June 15-19, 2020
Week Three: June 22-26, 2020

 

June 9-11, 2020

New Listing
Reverend Joseph A. Fitzmyer, SJ Institute on Sacred Scripture
Georgetown University

Biblical topics from both the Old and New Testaments will be the subject of presentations by a distinguished faculty of biblical scholars. Lectures and discussions will enable the participants to increase their understanding of the Bible and its continued relevance to modern life. Four major presentations are scheduled for each day, with opportunity for questions and discussion following each lecture. In addition, all faculty will participate in a panel discussion that will close the afternoon sessions on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Site: Washington, D.C.
Registration: $325 before March 31; $350 after
https://sacred-scripture.college.georgetown.edu/general-information

 

June 9-12, 2020

8th Annual Sacred Liturgy Conference
Sacred Liturgy Conference

We are very blessed that His Eminence Gerhard Cardinal Müller has agreed to be part of this year’s conference faculty! He will be our keynote speaker and will also celebrate a Pontifical Mass of Corpus Christi at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Lourdes, followed by a Eucharistic Procession and Benediction. The registration fee will cover fifteen conference lectures, four chant or EF mass workshops, reserved seating at the liturgies, an opening reception, three lunches, coffee breaks and a concluding banquet dinner.

Site: Gonzaga University campus, Spokane, Washington
Registration: $275
https://sacredliturgyconference.org/

 

June 11-14, 2020

CTSA 75th Annual Convention
Catholic Theological Society of America (CTSA)

At the 75th Annual Convention of the Catholic Theological Society of America we will bring theological perspectives to bear on the seminal topics of work and economy, considering their significance and the multifaceted challenges they pose within the purview of Catholic--in conversation with other Christian and religious communities’--visions of God and the divine economy, of humanity, and of the world. To this end, papers and sessions are invited to creatively engage the conference theme through diverse theological, ethical, historical, practical, and— very importantly--interdisciplinary methods and vantage points. Our 2020 annual meeting will be the CTSA’s seventy-fifth. In light of this anniversary, we also welcome sessions that consider our work as theologians and the work of our Society in the face of the complicated dynamics and pressing needs of our contemporary educational, ecclesial, and societal contexts.

Site: Baltimore, Maryland
Registration: Open to members only
https://ctsa-online.org/Convention

 

June 12-14, 2020

Sister Water and the Sultan
Galilee Centre

St. Francis speaks to us about the power of love, including loving engagement with the beautiful world around us. He is a guide on the art of loving our enemy, a vital lesson for our times. Spend an amazing two days with an advocate, activist and leading authority who has put the lessons of St. Francis into action in our times.

Site: Galilee Centre, Arnprior, ON, Canada
Registration: $330
https://www.galileecentre.com/sister-water-and-the-sultan-june-12-14-2020/

 

June 12-18, 2020

Elder Religious & Diocesan Priests Workshop
Misericordia University

Welcome to the 43rd Annual Elder Religious and Diocesan Priests 2020 Workshop that specializes in providing practical applications and solutions and a strong support-networking system across the spiritual, psychological, medical, pastoral, and practical aspects of caring and ministering to the elders in our religious congregations and dioceses.

Site: Dallas, Pennsylvania
Registration: $880 by April 1, $930 after
https://www.misericordia.edu/page.cfm?p=961

 

June 13, 2020

Ministry Enrichment Gathering
Liturgical Training Publications / Diocese of Manchester

All liturgical ministers need a deep understanding of the Mass to help lead the parish community to recognize the Eucharist as the source of nourishment for their lives as Christians. The Ministry Enrichment Gathering™ offers participants the opportunity to reflect on the power of the liturgy for themselves and those they serve. The Mass is not simply an event or an occasion in which a Catholic Christian visits the parish church; it is a celebration of their communal role in the missionary aspect of the Church. The Ministry Enrichment Gathering™ will help participants identify "the activity of the Church" and then examine their role in it, both at liturgy and in the world.

Site: The Grappone Conference Center, Concord, New Hampshire
Registration: $30

http://ministryenrichmentgathering.org/events/manchester

 

June 14-19, 2020

40th Anniversary of Martyrdom of Church Women in El Salvador
Maryknoll Mission Institute

December 2nd, 1980 is a date that many of us remember. Turning on the radio that morning the shocking news of the murder of Four Catholic Missioners in El Salvador came blaring out at us. Celebrating the 40th Anniversary of their deaths during this program gives us all a chance to reflect on our own mission calling. How do the lives of these brave women speak to us today? Are we truly listening to what the spirit is asking of us in the face of all the injustice & violence we “see” each day? During this week as we reflect on the realities behind all these injustices & violence, we will walk with Sr. Ita, Sr. Maura, Sr. Dorothy and Jean as guides in our struggle to respond to today’s witnessing to the Gospel Message of love and peace.

Site: Ossining, New York
Registration: $60 deposit, tuition $200, $60 room/board per night
http://support.maryknollsisters.org/site/Calendar?id=100171&view=Detail

 

June 15-19, 2020

Week Two: Summer @ CTU Sowing the Seeds of Ministerial Excellence
Catholic Theological Union

Summers at CTU Sowing the Seeds of Ministerial Excellence, offer you the opportunity to step back in order to step up your response to God’s call in your life. We invite you to take courses or workshops for credit or audit from CTU’s renowned faculty, visiting professors and facilitators. Attend daily mass, participate in formation activities or spend time reflecting in our meditation chapel. Our panel discussions and public lectures will address current issues in theology and ministry and plant the seeds of renewal. Enjoy walks or bike rides by Lake Michigan, take in the restaurants and social life of Hyde Park, or sit in the atrium and experience the wisdom of others while you share your own.

Site: CTU campus, Chicago, Illinois
Registration (Audit): $300 per course
Registration (Academic): $1,410 per 1.5 credit hours
Additional Fees: $50 non-refundable registration fee; $550 room, board and parking per week (optional)
https://ctu.edu/summeratctu/#1544211640558-ceaedb10-1fc6

Week One: June 8-12, 2020
Week Two: June 15-19, 2020
Week Three: June 22-26, 2020

 

June 16-20, 2020

New Listing
Archbishop Lyke Conference
Xavier University of Louisiana

This year's theme is "Listen to the Lambs: Black Confirmation—Rejoicing in the Gifts of the Young." The Rivers Music Institute, an integral part of the Conference, will take place on June 16. It is followed the next day with the Archbishop Lyke Conference Opening Event and three days of conference sessions. The closing mass and commissioning will take place on June 20. Speakers include: Rev. Joseph A. Brown, Bishop Fernand Cheri, Richard Cheri, M. Roger Holland, II and Timothy Jones, Jr.

Site: New Orleans, Louisiana
Registration: Coming soon
https://www.lykeconference.com/

 

June 19-21, 2020

ASM 2020 Annual Meeting
Hybridity in Mission: Mixed and Multiple Identities in the Missio Dei
American Society of Missiology

Hybridity results in various expressions of friction and fusion, of differentiation and combination of contrasting elements in the total mission endeavor. In addition, this condition of hybridity is often characterized by its own unique forms of vulnerability and pain, of joy and beauty. The 2020 annual meeting of the American Society of Missiology will explore various ways in which hybridity marks and permeates Christian mission, and how it shapes and influences the total mission endeavor. It shall pay careful attention to new avenues of mission that are opened up through hybridity broadly conceived, how other avenues are closed off, and how multiple and complex identities entail distinct experiences of suffering and satisfaction.

Site: St. Mary's College, South Bend, Indiana
Registration: Coming soon
https://www.asmweb.org/registration

 

June 21-26, 2020

New Listing
Summer Scripture Conference 2020
University of Saint Mary of the Lake

For this year’s topic, the presenters will be addressing how the Biblical settings, ancient culture, letters and methods are used to interpret Holy Scripture. The Conference has always mirrored Genesis in that a speaker begins in the evening, then finishes their lectures in the morning. Later in the evening is considered a favorite aspect of the Conference with Evening Prayer followed by the Social where Scripture scholars and attendees mix and mingle to discuss and share all things Scripture and the faith.

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

 

June 21-26, 2020

Creating A Religious Life for the 21st Century
Maryknoll Mission Institute

This program will examine the process of renewal among religious communities that has been underway since the time of Vatican II. The last fifty years of change, the present state of consecrated life, and where it might be going will be discussed. Issues such as community life, inter-generational and intercultural challenges, and the process of human and spiritual growth over the course of life will be explored. Through a series of presentations, personal reflection time and small and large group interaction, participants will be invited to make personal application of the materials explored.

Site: Ossining, New York
Registration: $60 deposit, tuition $200, $60 room/board per night
http://support.maryknollsisters.org/site/Calendar?id=100285&view=Detail

 

June 22-25, 2020

New Listing
Liturgy Week: The Liturgical Orientation of Catholic Education
University of Notre Dame's McGrath Institute for Church Life

Liturgy Week is a 4-day conference providing continuing education for Catholic leaders in the area of liturgical and sacramental formation. The conference includes keynote addresses by bishops, academics, and theologians, as well as nationally-renowned experts in liturgical and sacramental education.

Site: Notre Dame, Indiana
Registration: $275
https://mcgrath.nd.edu/conferences/summer-institute/liturgy-week/

 

June 22-25, 2020

AUSCP Ninth Annual Assembly: Our Catholic Faith in the Political World
Association of U.S. Catholic Priests

Keynote speakers are John Carr, director of the Initiative on Catholic Social Thought and Public Life at Georgetown University; Sister Carol Keehan, retired president and chief executive officer of the Catholic Health Association of the United States; and Archbishop John Wester, Archbishop of Santa Fe and member of the Vatican Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant People.

Site: Baltimore, Maryland
Registration: $495
https://www.uscatholicpriests.org/baltimore-2020#

 

June 22-26, 2020

Week Three: Summer @ CTU Sowing the Seeds of Ministerial Excellence
Catholic Theological Union

Summers at CTU Sowing the Seeds of Ministerial Excellence, offer you the opportunity to step back in order to step up your response to God’s call in your life. We invite you to take courses or workshops for credit or audit from CTU’s renowned faculty, visiting professors and facilitators. Attend daily mass, participate in formation activities or spend time reflecting in our meditation chapel. Our panel discussions and public lectures will address current issues in theology and ministry and plant the seeds of renewal. Enjoy walks or bike rides by Lake Michigan, take in the restaurants and social life of Hyde Park, or sit in the atrium and experience the wisdom of others while you share your own.

Site: CTU campus, Chicago, Illinois
Registration (Audit): $300 per course
Registration (Academic): $1,410 per 1.5 credit hours
Additional Fees: $50 non-refundable registration fee; $550 room, board and parking per week (optional)
https://ctu.edu/summeratctu/#1544211640558-ceaedb10-1fc6

Week One: June 8-12, 2020
Week Two: June 15-19, 2020
Week Three: June 22-26, 2020

 

June 24-25, 2020

Washington Island Forum
Wisconsin Council of Churches

This year's theme is "Native: Identity, Belonging and Rediscovering God." The Wisconsin Council of Churches is excited to announce that Native American Christian author and speaker, Kaitlin B. Curtice will be the speaker for the 2020 Washington Island Forum. As an enrolled member of the Potawatomi Nation and someone who has grown up in the Christian faith, Kaitlin writes on the intersection of Indigenous spirituality, faith in everyday life, and the church. The week begins on Monday afternoon with check-in, welcome and opening picnic at Trinity Lutheran Church. Daily sessions are grounded in morning prayer, then attend presentations by our speaker at the Trueblood Performing Arts Center. In the afternoon, choose optional discussions or enjoy island recreation. The final day of the Forum begins with a Eucharist, and the closing presentation concludes by noon.

Site: Washington Island, Wisconsin
Registration: $299
https://www.wichurches.org/calendar/event-list/2020washingtonislandforum/

 

June 24-28, 2020

New Listing
10th Annual Philosophy Workshop
Catholic and Dominican Institute at Mount Saint Mary College; the Thomistic Institute at Dominican House of Studies in Washington, DC; and the Notre Dame Center for Ethics and Culture in Indiana

This year's Workshop will focus on "Aquinas on Knowledge, Truth, and Wisdom." Presenters include: Fr. James Brent, OP, Dominican House of Studies; Fr. Michael Gorman, Catholic University of America; Dr. Edward Feser, Pasadena City College; Dr. Therese Cory, University of Notre Dame; Dr. Gregory Doolan, Catholic University of America; Dr. Robert Koons, University of Texas – Austin; Dr. John O'Callaghan, University of Notre Dame; and Fr. Dominic Legge, OP, Thomistic Institute.

Site: Mount Saint Mary College campus, Newburgh, New York
Registration: Coming soon
https://www.msmc.edu/About_MSMC/philosophy_workshop

 

June 29 – July 2, 2020

Teaching Life and Human Dignity Symposium
McGrath Institute for Church Life, University of Notre Dame

The Teaching Life and Human Dignity Symposium is a four-day gathering of leaders in Catholic education and life and dignity ministry to engage in intensive intellectual formation that promotes more effective teaching of life and human dignity issues. Our goal is simple: to support Catholic leaders in their mission to educate the minds and hearts of young adults to resist the throwaway culture and to recognize the inviolable dignity of every human being. Over the course of the symposium, participants will have opportunities to immerse themselves in the Catholic intellectual tradition, engage in conversation with their peers and enjoy the rich spiritual life of the Church.

Site: Notre Dame, Indiana
Registration: Details coming soon
https://mcgrath.nd.edu/conferences/summer-institute/teaching-life-and-human-dignity-symposium/

 

June 29 – July 2, 2020

Catholic Media Conference
The Catholic Press Association

In Portland, attendees from around the world gather with others who dare to step out with courage, professional excellence, and a firm resolve to live as missionary disciples called to boldly proclaim the Gospel in the unique way we do as Catholic media professionals. These voices are making a difference and positive impact on our culture; these individuals are taking risks necessary to improve how we communicate and conduct ourselves as communication professionals. The world is moving at an ever-quickening pace. As people of faith and integrity, Catholic journalists, creatives, and communication professionals are building on our strong foundation and reaching out in new ways and with new ardor. Join us as we seek a new and renewed vision for 2020 and beyond!

Site: Portland, Oregon
Registration: Coming soon
http://www.catholicmediaconference.org/home

 

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July 2-3, 2020

New Listing
National Gathering on Christian Initiation
Liturgy Training Publications

Join us for the 2020 National Gathering on Christian Initiation™ on July 2–3 at the Loyola University Chicago Lakeshore Campus, located in the Rogers Park neighborhood of Chicago. A conference for parish leaders, initiation ministers, and regional or diocesan trainers, the National Gathering on Christian Initiation™ explores the theoretical and practical aspects of initiation ministry. Through interactive sessions, meetings, and prayer opportunities, participants will understand more deeply that the vision of the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults is the vision of the parish as a community of disciples.

Site: Chicago, Illinois
Registration: $200 by February 26; $250 after
Group rates are available (see site)
https://ngci.org/home/index

 

July 7-10, 2020

New Listing
43rd Annual Convention National Association of Pastoral Musicians
National Association of Pastoral Musicians

The National Association of Pastoral Musicians fosters the art of musical liturgy. The members of NPM serve the Catholic Church in the United States as musicians, clergy, liturgists, and other leaders of prayer. This year's conference theme is "Called from Living Waters.

Site: Louisville, Kentucky
Registration: NPM member $295 by March 6; $330 by June 5; $376 after
Nonmember $410 by March 6; $446 by June 5; $490 after
https://npm.org/43rd-annual-convention/

 

July 8-12, 2020

New Listing
Orientation Program for New Vocation Directors (NRVC Summer Institute Workshop)
National Religious Vocation Conference (NRVC)

This workshop is intended for new and recently appointed vocation directors. Its goal is to provide participants with the skills, context, theory, challenges and practicalities of contemporary vocation ministry. Topics will include foundational elements of vocation ministry; assessment of inquirers and discerners; application and admission process; vocation promotion, ethics and boundaries, resiliency and self-care of the vocation director.

Site: Chicago, Illinois
Registration: NRVC member $1,477
Nonmember $1,870
https://nrvc.net/publication/11357/article/20768-orientation-program-for-new-vocation-directors

 

July 8-23, 2020

New Listing
2020 NRVC Summer Institute
National Religious Vocation Conference

Our annual Summer Institute will offer five workshops at Catholic Theological Union (CTU) in Chicago, July 8-23, 2020. Choose to attend one or several workshops. All workshops begin at 8:15 a.m. with communal prayer. Mass is celebrated at 11:15 a.m. with lunch from noon – 1:30 p.m. Be sure to check the end times for each workshop as they are varied. Parking and lunch are included in your workshop registration for both residents and commuters. This year we are offering two workshops simultaneously on July 16-18 to provide a membership density experience. You will have the opportunity to network with more people at breaks and lunch to magnify your experience for a greater impact in your ministry.

Site: Chicago, Illinois
Registration: See site for workshop fees
https://nrvc.net/292/publication/11357/article/20765-2020-summer-institute-in-chicago

 

July 9-12, 2020

New Listing
Wild Goose Festival 2020
The Wild Goose Community

The 10th annual Wild Goose Festival officially kicks off at 5:00 PM Thursday, July 9. The weekend will be packed with over 300 sessions, music, art, interactive experiences and much more. The Festival is the place where all kinds of people come together, not only to hear great music and incredible speakers, but also to dive into lively conversations with thought leaders, writers, dreamers, artists, visionaries, social justice activists, peace-makers…the ones you’ll find on the official program, and the ones you might meet while just getting lunch or hanging out by the river. It’s also a place where you can be a spectator, but where you can be a co-creator as well. A place where we affirm the creativity in all of us, and opportunities to make art and music, to tell stories and take in stories, can be found around every corner.

Site: Hot Springs, NC
Registration: $309
http://wildgoosefestival.org/

 

July 10-12, 2020

New Listing
Chosen, Blessed, Broken, and Given: Henri Nouwen on Our Life as the Beloved
Christ the King Priory

With Nouwen as our inspiration, we will explore together the profound dynamics of our spiritual life as God’s beloved---chosen and blessed before the foundation of the world while at the same present time representing a life that is broken and given as bread for others. Through a combination of guided teaching, personal reflection and communal interaction, we hope to imbibe in us what it truly means to be, to become, and to live our life as the Beloved amidst our increasingly challenging world.

Site: Schuyler, Nebraska
Registration: $216.56 (includes program fee, mean and taxes)
https://christthekingpriory.com/retreats-schedule/chosen-blessed-broken-and-givenhenri-nouwen-on-our-life-as-the-beloved

 

July 11-14, 2020

New Listing
17th Annual Education Law Symposium
National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA) and Loyola Marymount University's Center for Catholic Education

This nationally recognized symposium offers dynamic presentations on the law as it applies to Catholic education and ministry. This is geared toward all levels of Catholic school administration: from diocesan superintendents to emerging leaders at the school site. This year, a full complement of experts in the field will present on a variety of topics, including social media, cybersecurity, immigration law, canon law as it impacts education ministries, crisis management, accommodating students with disabilities, personnel legal issues, and relevant updates on school law. The symposium's speakers represent an outstanding group of school law experts with a wide variety of knowledge and experience.

Site: Louisville, Kentucky
Registration: $595 by June 14; $650 after
https://soe.lmu.edu/centers/cce/events/educationlawsymposium/

 

July 12-17, 2020

New Listing
Call to Personal and Global Transformation
Maryknoll Mission Institute

In the midst of our violent and hurting world we will explore how God, as Lover and Healer ever invites us to believe in new possibilities and our own potential to make a difference. Through storytelling, Scripture and contemporary experience, we will be stretched and challenged to believe in our own call to become mystics, saints and prophets. We will be inspired by the lives of some of the mystics who have gone before us and continue to stand as powerful role models for us today. During this program we will laugh, cry and celebrate as we recognize more deeply the presence and power of the Holy Spirit in our lives. We will also come to know, and to rejoice in the awareness that God will also enjoy this time with us!

Site: Ossining, New York
Registration: $60 deposit, tuition $200, $60 room/board per night
http://support.maryknollsisters.org/site/Calendar?id=100288&view=Detail

 

July 13-14, 2020

New Listing
Ethical Issues for Vocation and Formation Directors (NRVC Summer Institute Workshop)
National Religious Vocation Conference (NRVC)

This workshop will explore ethical principles governing confidentiality, agency and obligations related to positions of trust. The workshop will also address issues related to dissemination of information, the timeliness of admissions or dismissal decisions, and other issues related to ethical rights of candidates as well as ethical rights of those in positions of authority. This workshop is essential for all those who make decisions concerning the admission of candidates.

Site: Chicago, Illinois
Registration: NRVC member $695
Nonmember $865
https://nrvc.net/publication/11357/article/20779-ethical-issues-in-vocation-and-formation-ministry-workshop

 

July 13-16, 2020

New Listing
St. John Bosco Conference
Steubenville Conferences

Good catechists never stop learning and growing but finding a way to both sharpen the mind and renew the heart can be difficult, especially with all the demands on your time. This is why the St. John Bosco Conference provides not only instruction and inspiration from nationally recognized leaders in catechetical ministry, but also times of deep and powerful prayer. Join hundreds of other catechists and evangelizers this summer to gain tools to be a better minister and leave with a new zeal for the ministry to which God has called you.

Site: Steubenville, Ohio
Registration: $280 by February 28; $310 after;
Priest Rate: Free (meal and housing charges still apply)
https://steubenvilleconferences.com/events/sjb/

 

July 15-19, 2020

New Listing
Annual Tekakwitha Conference
Tekakwitha Conference

The Tekakwitha Conference is a Catholic non-profit organization committed to advocacy and evangelization on behalf of the many communities of indigenous people across North America and for all who desire to walk humbly with God. We invite you to learn more about our organization, named in honor of Saint Kateri Tekakwitha - the first Indigenous woman of North America to be canonized.

Site: Raleigh, North Carolina
Registration: Member $135
Nonmember $175
https://tekconf.org/conferences

 

July 16-18, 2020

New Listing
Behavioral Assessment 1 (NRVC Summer Institute Workshop)
National Religious Vocation Conference (NRVC)

This workshop presents practical interviewing techniques housed in a theoretical framework of behavioral assessment. While the focus of the workshop is on initial assessment of candidates, the methodology easily applies to assessing candidates in other stages of formation as well. Workshop participants study sample case reports and learn skills for interviewing as well as guidelines for organizing the information into useful reports. Interview topics include: family background, educational and occupational histories, psychosexual histories and intimacy skills, faith history, and other pertinent issues related to comprehensive vocation assessment.

Site: Chicago, Illinois
Registration: NRVC Member $985
Nonmember $1,240
https://nrvc.net/publication/11357/article/20780-behavioral-assessment-1-workshop

 

July 16-18, 2020

New Listing
Is it Generational, Cultural, Personality of Pathology?: (NRVC Summer Institute Workshop)
National Religious Vocation Conference (NRVC)

Inquirers, discerners and candidates come from varied ages, countries, cultures, and families. How can we distinguish and understand patterns of behavior to assess skills for ministerial readiness and community living? This workshop will bring together three skillful presenters to share their professional insights and ministerial experiences to unpack the question, “Is it generational, cultural, personality or pathology?” The more aware we are of the ways in which multiple and intersecting aspects of one’s cultural identity impact personality development and behavior, the more effective we can be in our understanding, screening and formation of candidates for religious life.

Site: Chicago, Illinois
Registration: NRVC Member $985
Nonmember $1,240
https://nrvc.net/publication/11357/article/20782-is-it-generational-cultural-personality-or-pathology

 

July 18, 2020

New Listing
Creativity and Divine Surprise
Christ the King Priory

This day is meant to guide us in inviting God into our creativity and spirituality. We will combine very simple art materials with some contemplative Celtic spirituality practices. We will prayerfully explore with our senses and respond with visual creativity. No art experience is necessary; the emphasis is on the process rather than the product. Wear good walking shoes, bring your journal and a simple digital camera or phone with camera if you have one; we may spend time outdoors, weather permitting.

Site: Schuyler, Nebraska
Registration: $46.02
https://christthekingpriory.com/retreats-schedule/creativity-and-divine-surprise

 

July 19-24, 2020

New Listing
Women at Well: Agents of Change, Shapers of the World
Maryknoll Mission Institute

Rooted in the prophetic encounter between Jesus and the Samaritan woman at the well, we will examine ways in which women continue to use the wisdom of their lived experience to tell their stories about the in-breaking of the Kin-dom of God. We will read excerpts of first-person accounts of feminist visions of a more just world, look at contemporary feminist theories and practices of justice and examine women’s contributions to movements of social change.

Site: Ossining, New York
Registration: $60 deposit, tuition $200, $60 room/board per night
http://support.maryknollsisters.org/site/Calendar?id=100289&view=Detail

 

July 19-24, 2020

New Listing
RSM Institute on Sacred Scripture
Misericordia University

The Joy of Scripture! A week of inspiring and thought-provoking scripture study at a location of quiet beauty and seclusion for meditation and respite, with many recreational activities on campus or nearby. The Dr. Marie Noel Keller, RSM Institute on Sacred Scripture relates to those of all educational backgrounds with the simplicity and elegance of the Scriptures themselves.

Site: Dallas, Pennsylvania
Registration: $735 by April 1; $770 after
https://www.misericordia.edu/page.cfm?p=962

 

July 20-23, 2020

New Listing
Understanding, Assessing, and Fostering Psycho-Sexual Integration (NRVC Summer Institute Workshop)
National Religious Vocation Conference (NRVC)

Vocation ministers need to understand psychological well-being and psychosexual development so that they may adequately assess a candidate’s ability to lead a passionate, healthy and integrated life. In this workshop we will explore: well-being, an integrated understanding of sexuality, the centrality of relationships and intimacy, the necessity of personal boundaries, the impact of one’s past, especially physical, emotional and sexual abuse on one’s ability to relate, emotional awareness and integration, living a healthy sexual and celibate life as well as the impact of social media on personal development.

Site: Chicago, Illinois
Registration: NRVC Member $1,072
Nonmember $1,378
https://nrvc.net/publication/11357/article/20793-understanding-assessing-and-fostering-psycho-sexual-integration

 

July 21-23, 2020

New Listing
Ninth Annual Conference for Priests: The Future of Marriage
Thomistic Institute

With many changes to the institution of marriage in the last few decades, the task of preparing couples for happy lives together has become increasingly difficult. It remains of the utmost importance for priests to evangelize, to catechize, and to equip the next generation for the task at hand, but with an eye to the particular challenges presented by the culture-at-large. In this conference, we’ll consider the future of marriage from theological, scientific, and pastoral perspectives, specifically with an eye towards laying the groundwork for holy families.

Site: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Registration: $225 before March 31; $250 after
https://thomisticinstitute.org/events/conference-for-priests-2020

 

July 21-26, 2020

New Listing
One Call Institute 2020 (Advocate Track)
National Association of Pastoral Musicians

At its core, One Call exists to engage, empower, and support young people in their growth and development as pastoral musicians. To accomplish this critical work, our summer institute employs an exceptional team of educators, musicians, and ministers to work with youth participants. However, we recognize that the adults who have the greatest opportunity to impact the lives of young people are those who work in parish and campus ministry. Participants in the Advocate Track experience a curriculum designed to equip adults engaged in parish and campus ministry to better reach out, serve, and mentor young pastoral musicians. By working with master practitioners, participants study both the theoretical frameworks and practical strategies necessary to be effective in promoting the inclusion and empowerment of youth.

Site: Collegeville, Minnesota
Registration: $800 by March 31; $850 after
https://www.onecallinstitute.org/advocate

 

July 22-24, 2020

New Listing
Applied Biblical Studies Conference
Steubenville Conferences

Scripture deepens our faith and strengthens our hearts but reading the Bible in a way that fosters transformation can be difficult, since comprehending it can be challenging and frustrating. This is why at the Applied Biblical Studies Conference, you receive teaching and instruction from a team of world-renowned Scripture scholars and authors who make understanding Scripture easier for both those new to the Bible and those who have been studying it for years. This training, coupled with powerful prayer, will not only enlighten your mind but renew your heart. The Applied Biblical Studies Conference will make the Bible come alive for you and help you integrate it more completely into your life.

Site: Steubenville, Ohio
Registration: $146 by February 28; $176 after;
Priests willing to hear confessions will receive free registration (meal and housing charges still apply)
https://steubenvilleconferences.com/events/abs/

 

July 22-25, 2020

New Listing
ACCCRUS 21st Convention
African Conference of Catholic Clergy and Religious in the United States

Site: Des Moines, Iowa
Registration: Coming soon
https://www.acccrus.org/#

 

July 23-26, 2020

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

Mercy and Mental Health: Strengthening Our Response will be the theme for the 2020 Social Action Summer Institute (SASI) taking place at the Aquinas Center of the Candler School of Theology of Emory University from July 23 - 26, 2020. This year's programming will take a look at mental health issues through the lens of mercy and justice.

Site: Atlanta, Georgia
Registration: Coming soon
https://catholicroundtable.org/events/social-action-summer-institute-sasi

 

July 23-26, 2020

New Listing
2020 Theological Institute: 2020 Vision – The Experience of Interculturality
Manna House of Prayer

Our 2020 Vision will be an exploration of the present in light of and in hope for our future as Christians with a mission in and for the world. It will encompass the themes of these recent works by Gittins who is a skilled missionary, workshop and retreat leader, professor and, above all, a passionate Christian for our world. Come and sharpen your heart and your vision in the company of this missionary whose life speaks for itself as totally given for the good of our world.

Site: Concordia, Kansas
Registration: $325
https://mannahouse.org/events/2020-theological-institute-2020-vision-the-experience-of-interculturality/

 

July 24-26, 2020

New Listing
Defending the Faith Conference
Steubenville Conferences

When our hearts desire to share the faith but we struggle to find the words, we can easily become timid, fearful, and frustrated; but God wants to give us bold and confident hearts that are moved by love to go forth with joy and share Jesus and the truth of the Church. The Defending the Faith Conference has sent forth tens of thousands of Catholics who have gone back to their families, parishes, and places of work with great zeal and love to share the truth and spread Christ’s love. Come and be empowered and equipped to fulfill your desires to lead others in faith.

Site: Steubenville, Ohio
Registration: $146 by February 28; $176 after;
Priests willing to hear confessions will receive free registration (meal and housing charges still apply)
https://steubenvilleconferences.com/events/dfc/

 

July 26-31, 2020

New Listing
Finding a Way in the Wilderness: Drawing Courage through the Art of Film
Maryknoll Mission Institute

In his article Desert Attentiveness, Desert Indifference: Countercultural Spirituality in the Desert Fathers and Mothers, Belden C. Lane writes: “On the far side of emptiness, where brokenness and disorientation overtake us, where death awaits us, we learn to care – and not to care.” Disruptions in our lives remind us we are not in control of what happens to us. With time and accommodation, we come to realize that our response to life’s disruptions constitutes the fiber – the character and integrity - of our lives. Film artists remind us of these truths and invite us into the spiritual discipline of “wakefulness.” Do we want to be roused?

Site: Ossining, New York
Registration: $60 deposit, tuition $200, $60 room/board per night
http://support.maryknollsisters.org/site/Calendar?id=100290&view=Detail

 

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Avery Dulles
The Essential Writings from America Magazine
Cardinal Avery Dulles, SJ

Cardinal Avery Dulles, S.J. (1918–2008), was one of the leading American Catholic theologians of the twentieth century. Published in partnership with America Media, this collection of Dulles’s essential work from America magazine includes more than five decades of writing that showcases his wide-ranging interests in ecclesiology, salvation history, pastoral theology, and contemporary literature and reflects the Jesuit’s warm personality and astute insights on the Church in an era of great change. In these selections, Dulles reflects on theological questions such as the relationship between faith and reason, as well as events like the Second Vatican Council that affected average Catholics. Avery Dulles also includes the late cardinal’s exploration of the teachings of John Paul II and the authority of the episcopacy—solidifying our understanding of Dulles as both a towering figure and a mediating voice in American Catholicism.

ISBN: 978-0-87061-315-9, 384 pages, $24.95 softcover
Ave Maria Press

 

Catholic Hipster: The Next Level
How Some Awesomely Obscure Stuff Helps Us Live Our Faith with Passion
Tommy Tighe

Building on the overwhelming popularity of The Catholic Hipster Handbook, Tommy Tighe is back with a new cast of fellow hipsters—including Haley Stewart, Samantha Povlock, Matthew Sewell, Fr. Damian Ferrence, and Patrick Neve—to share overlooked saints, forgotten prayers, and profound practices that define the countercultural Catholic lifestyle, inspiring you to live your faith in radical ways. Covering the intellectual, practical, and intrinsically hipster, Catholic Hipster: The Next Level has something for everyone. Whether you want to be challenged, called to serve, or shown something new about your faith, you’ll end up embracing all that’s cool about Catholicism and having a more personal relationship with Christ and his Church.

ISBN: 978-1-59471-919-6, 224 pages, $15.95 softcover
Ave Maria Press

 

Eating Together, Becoming One
Taking Up Pope Francis's Call to Theologians
Thomas O'Loughlin

In November 2015, Pope Francis called on theologians to explore whether normal Catholic practice should be changed to allow Christians, belonging to other churches, to share fully at the table when they take part in a eucharist celebrated by Catholics. Thomas O'Loughlin provides his contribution to that challenge in this volume. He argues that the various ways of thinking about what we are doing in the liturgy should lead us to see intercommunion as enhancing our participation in the mystery of the church and the mystery we celebrate.

ISBN: 9780814684580, 192 pages, $29.95 softcover
Liturgical Press

 

The Evangelizing Parish
Francis Cardinal Arinze

Written by a highly respected cardinal and a former head of the Vatican office for worship and sacraments, this book shows how the local Catholic parish in any town has tremendous potential to evangelize its surrounding community. Francis Cardinal Arinze reveals the important roles of both priests and laity in spreading the Gospel within the parish and beyond. This work can help priests to realize the many great possibilities they have to be strong spiritual leaders and to inspire their parishioners to become committed and effective evangelists. It can awaken all the members of a parish to live and to share more zealously the saving power of Jesus Christ.

ISBN: n/a, 149 pages, $17.95 softcover
Augustine Institute

 

Exalted
How the Power of the Magnificat Can Transform Us
Sonja Corbitt

Bible Study Evangelista Sonja Corbitt, author of Unleashed and Fearless, struggled to understand Marian devotion as a new Catholic. But as the popular speaker and scripture teacher began to break open the Magnificat line by line, she found that Mary’s song was not only something she sang but also something she became—an expression of God’s loving and transforming power in the world. Combining her own story with an invitation to engage the scriptures through personal study and “God prompts,” Corbitt will help readers unlock the treasures contained within Mary’s song to her cousin Elizabeth, revealing a song that speaks to each of us in a unique way, calling us to delight in the power of God to transform us and make us into everything he created us to be so we can revel in the fullness and joy of life in Christ. Similar to those in Unleashed and Fearless, Exalted includes resources for individual and parish group study.

ISBN: 978-1-59471-899-1, 192 pages, $16.95 softcover
Ave Maria Press

 

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Healing Racial Trauma
The Road to Resilience
Sheila Wise Rowe

As a child, Sheila Wise Rowe was bused across town to a majority white school, where she experienced the racist lie that one group is superior to all others. This lie continues to be perpetuated today by the action or inaction of the government, media, viral videos, churches, and within families of origin. In contrast, Scripture declares that we are all fearfully and wonderfully made. Rowe, a professional counselor, exposes the symptoms of racial trauma to lead readers to a place of freedom from the past and new life for the future. In each chapter, she includes an interview with a person of color to explore how we experience and resolve racial trauma. With Rowe as a reliable guide who has both been on the journey and shown others the way forward, you will find a safe pathway to resilience.

ISBN: 978-0-8308-4588-0, 192 pages, $17 softcover
InterVarsity Press

 

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The Imitation of Christ
Illuminated Edition
Thomas à Kempis

Written by Thomas à Kempis in the Middle Ages, The Imitation of Christ has been revered for nearly six centuries as a spiritual classic. St. Thomas More, the great Renaissance scholar and martyr, considered this devotional one of the most important books for a Christian to own. Indeed, it has been translated into several languages and handed down for generations among the faithful. Now comes a beautiful new illuminated edition for today’s readers. With lovely detail work and famous icons on nearly every page, this book will engage the reader deeply and invigorate his prayer life. A physical treasure full of spiritual riches, The Imitation of Christ offers a complete education in the interior life and the spiritual transformation from worldliness to godliness. With the help of these meditations, enter the mystery of the Trinity and embrace the joys of life in Christ.

ISBN: 978-1-64413-059-9, 144 pages, $79.97 softcover
Sophia Institute

 

Is This All There Is?
On Resurrection and Eternal Life
Gerhard Lohfink, Translated by Linda M. Maloney

Is the Christian hope for resurrection still alive or has it become tired? How can we talk about the Resurrection today? Gerhard Lohfink takes up the question of death and resurrection in this new book. He argues against the dazzling array of today's ideas and expectations and seeks his answers in Scripture, the Christian tradition, and human reason. With his characteristically gentle but clear language, he reveals the power of Christian resurrection, showing it is not about events that lie in the distant future but rather occurrences incomprehensively close to us. They were long since begun and they will embrace us fully in our own death.

ISBN: 9780814684573, 314 pages, $24.95 softcover
Liturgical Press

 

Lead Us Not Into Temptation
A Daily Study in Loyalty for Ash Wednesday to Holy Thursday
Martin Shannon, CJ

A daily devotional/study for Lent on the subject and the experience of temptation. Daily reflections on the hard school of temptation, based on Scriptures, inspired by the Lenten experience of a Benedictine monastic community. Each day’s reflection includes a quotation taken from two works of the German pastor and theologian, Dietrich Bonhoeffer (1906–1945): a series of lectures given on the creation and fall of Adam and Eve; and a six-day Bible study on the theme of temptation, given by Bonhoeffer during a retreat with former students of his “underground” seminary in Nazi Germany.

ISBN: 9781640604605, 128 pages, $14.99
Paraclete Press

 

Messages of Trust for Lent 2020
3-Minute Devotions
Michael White and Tom Corcoran

Fr. Michael White and Tom Corcoran share three-minute, scripture-based devotions to pray with from Ash Wednesday through Easter Sunday to help you to keep trusting in God, even when it’s difficult to do so. White and Corcoran—bestselling and award-winning authors of Rebuilt, which tells the story of their parish—offer Messages of Trust for Lent 2020. The brief reflections offer practical, everyday wisdom that will allow you to see the power of trusting God in all circumstances. Give these messages just three minutes a day and you will be ready to welcome the joy of Easter morning. The compact size and affordable price of this book makes it perfect for parishwide distribution during Lent.

ISBN: 978-1-59471-941-7, 64 pages, $1.95 softcover
Ave Maria Press

 

Modernity as Apocalypse
Sacred Nihilism and the Counterfeits of Logos
Thaddeus Kozinski

Modernity is viewed as an opportunity for discovering the self and encountering the radically other; but, as an ideology and as a quasi-religion, it amounts to the most sophisticated and unacknowledged play of shadows into which fallen man has thus far descended. Indeed, René Girard went so far as to identify the uncontrollable escalation of violence unleashed by our attempt to secure political order and peace—absent corporate repentance and obedience to the Gospel—as Apocalypse. With a questioning spirit not unlike that of Socrates, the “gadfly” of Athens, Thaddeus Kozinski here examines modernity through a variety of lenses—historical, cultural, philosophical, theological, anthropological, psychological, political, pedagogical—casting light on the Logos that the sacred nihilism of liberalism has so obscured, and unmasking its myriad counterfeits.

ISBN: 978-1-62138-483-0, 246 pages, $17.95
Angelico Press

 

Lenten Journey with Mother Mary
Fr. Edward Looney

A Lenten Journey with Mother Mary invites you to walk with the world’s singular model of faith and purity — the Virgin Mary herself — each day of your Lenten spiritual pilgrimage to Easter. Here the enlightened Fr. Edward Looney presents Mary’s messages one by one, dedicating each week of Lent to an overarching theme from her apparitions and drawing from each a vibrant new spiritual lesson for your life. With the help of Our Lady and Fr. Looney, you’ll discover how to make your examinations of conscience more fruitful; you’ll learn powerful new methods of prayer; and you’ll gain an unwavering trust in Our Lord’s love and mercy. As you struggle to pray during times of fasting, a new peace with envelop you as you grow in confidence that the Mother of God is praying for you. Best of all, at the end of your Lenten journey with Mother Mary, you’ll be prepared to experience the Paschal Mystery through the eyes of Mary herself, sorrowing and rejoicing with her as the events of Holy Week give way to the palpable rising of Christ in your life.

ISBN: 978-1-622828-487, 144 pages, $14.95 softcover
Sophia Institute

 

Not By Bread Alone
Daily Reflections for Lent 2020
Michelle Franci-Donnay

Prayerfully journey through Lent with Michelle Francl-Donnay's fresh and meaningful reflections on the daily Mass readings. In just minutes per day, the insightful meditations of Not by Bread Alone can deepen your experience of this solemn season of prayer and penance and prepare you to participate more fully in the joy of the great Easter mystery.

ISBN: 9780814663665, 104 pages, $2 softcover (quantity discounts available)
Liturgical Press

 

Rejoice and Be Glad
Daily Reflections for Easter to Pentecost 2020
Mary DeTurris Poust

There is no better season to renew one's relationship with God than Easter, the most joyful days of the church's year. Rejoice with these inspiring reflections on the daily Mass readings. In just minutes per day, the insightful meditations of Rejoice and Be Glad can help you embrace, live, and share the good news of the great Easter mystery.

ISBN: 9780814663912, 112 pages, $2 softcover (quantity discounts available)
Liturgical Press

 

Revolution of Values
Reclaiming Public Faith for the Common Good
Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove

The religious Right taught America to misread the Bible. Christians have misused Scripture to consolidate power, stoke fears, and defend against enemies. But people who have been hurt by the attacks of Christian nationalism can help us rediscover God's vision for faith in public life. Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove explores how religious culture wars have misrepresented Christianity at the expense of the poor, and how listening to marginalized communities can help us hear God's call to love and justice in the world. He highlights people on the frontlines of issues ranging from immigration policy and voting rights to women's rights and environmental stewardship. Through these narratives, we encounter a recovery of values that upholds the dignity of all people.

ISBN: 978-0-8308-4593-4, 216 pages, $22 hardcover
InterVarsity Press

 

Via Dolorosa
A Guide for Christians to Pray the Stations of the Cross
Martin Shannon, CJ

Based on early Christian practice, pilgrims to Jerusalem reconstructed the events of Good Friday along the “Way of Suffering,” the Via Dolorosa. The Spanish nun, Egeria, writes of her own experience with this in her fourth century Holy Week journal. In the Middle Ages, the Franciscans and Dominicans particularly picked up on the ritual, and transported it from Jerusalem to chapels and churches outside the Holy Land. If one could not make the pilgrimage to the place of Jesus’s passion, then the “place” could be brought to the pilgrim . . . even in his or her own home town. Over the centuries, the Stations of the Cross spread across Europe and the British Isles. Eventually, fourteen stations were set, with accompanying books of readings and prayers to guide the Good Friday pilgrims as they walked the way with Christ—going “with him” as he bore his cross from the court of Pilate to the hill of Golgotha, from his judgment and condemnation to his death and deposition from the cross. Allow these scriptures, meditations, and prayers to accompany you as you walk and pray the Stations of the Cross with Christ.

ISBN: 9781640604643, 64 pages, $8.99 softcover
Paraclete Press

 

What's So Funny About God
A Theological Look at Humor
Steve Wilkens

Humor is a truly human phenomenon—crossing history, culture, and every stage of life. Jokes often touch on the biggest topics of our existence. And although it may seem simple on the surface, humor depends on the use of our highest faculties: language, intelligence, sympathy, sociability. To the philosopher Steve Wilkens, these facts about humor are evidence that God just has to be in there somewhere. Yet many Christians, scholars and laypeople alike, haven't taken humor seriously. In What’s So Funny About God? Wilkens launches an exploration of the connections between humor and many of the central topics of Christian theology. He argues that viewing Scripture and theology through the lens of humor brings fresh insight to our understanding of the gospel, helps us avoid the pitfalls of both naturalism and gnosticism, and facilitates a humble, honest, and appealing approach to faith.

ISBN: 978-0-8308-5267-3, 200 pages, $20 softcover
InterVarsity Press

 

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The Whole Story of Climate
What Science Reveals About the Nature of Endless Change
E. Kirsten Peters

A geologist explains the complex relationship between earth's geologic cycles and climate change. This book, written by a geologist, describes the important contributions that geology has made to our understanding of climate change. What emerges is a much more complex and nuanced picture than is usually presented. While the average person often gets the impression that the Earth's climate would be essentially stable if it weren't for the deleterious effects of greenhouse gases, in fact the history of the earth over many millennia reveals a constantly changing climate. As the author explains, several long cold eras have been punctuated by shorter warm periods. The most recent of these warm spells, the one in which we are now living, started ten thousand years ago; based on previous patterns, we should be about due for the return of another frigid epoch. But how could we be on the cusp of another ice age when all indications point to a warming climate? Though much is uncertain, this book clearly shows that major climate shifts can be appallingly rapid--occurring over as little as twenty or thirty years. Dumping greenhouse gases into the atmosphere may increase the chance that this "climate switch" will be thrown, with catastrophic effects on worldwide agriculture. All the more reason to take the threat of climate change seriously.

ISBN: 978-1633886025, 304 pages, $10.95 softcover, published by Prometheus
Amazon.com

 

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