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Events
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Online Learning
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Grants
Interested in attending an event (virtually or in-person) or purchasing resource materials or renewing a professional membership? There's an ongoing education grant for that.

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

« Jesus, the Master Psychologist
Listen to Him
Dr. Ray Guarendi

« Christianity and Wokeness
How the Social Justice Movement is Hijacking the Gospel—and the Way to Stop It
Owen Strachan

« Saint Pius V
The Legendary Pope Who Excommunicated Queen Elizabeth I, Standardized the Mass, and Defeated the Ottoman Empire
Prof. Roberto de Mattei

« A Focus on Truth
Thomas Merton's Uncensored Mind
Patrick W. Collins

 

. . . look for v prayer as a political problem v hope for Judas v and living the scriptures v

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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

 

McGrath Institute for Church Life
Offers online courses ranging between four and eight weeks in length, with most being six weeks. Students read texts and watch video lessons before posting weekly assignments, sharing reflections in discussion forums and participating in real-time online discussions with classmates. Subjects include Catholic Doctrine, Christian Life, Church History, Liturgy, and Scripture. The fee for most courses is $99.
https://mcgrath.nd.edu/online-courses/step/

 

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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August 2021
 

 

Dante's Divine Comedy
Hillsdale College

The Divine Comedy is one of the greatest works of Western literature. An epic poem in three parts, it tells the story of Dante’s journey through the afterlife: Inferno describes the suffering of souls warped by vice. Purgatorio explores the theme of repentance and the elements of good character. Paradiso reveals the true glory and freedom attainable with God. 

Site: Online
Registration: Ten 33-minute lectures, Free of charge
https://online.hillsdale.edu/landing/dantes-divine-comedy

 


Online

August 11, 2021
2:00-3:00pm EDT
 

New Listing
Getting Ready for the New Normal: Preparing for Ministry Changes Post-Pandemic
National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry

As we prepare for ministry post-virus, important issues to consider include : What will the new normal be? And, is returning to normal even really what we want? What are the impacts on youth and young adults from the pandemic that we need to consider in our planning? What has the pandemic taught us to do better? What opportunities for ministry have emerged? One key element in our preparations is learning how to be more adaptable and moving from being reactive to being proactive. Join our panel of ministry veterans to discuss these issues and more.

Site: Online
Registration: Members: No-charge / Nonmembers: $10
https://nfcym.org/calendar-event/getting-ready-for-the-new-normal-preparing-for-ministry-changes-post-pandemic/

 

August 12-17, 2021

Creating a Faith for Today that is Authentic, Transformative and Connected to the Earth: A New Genesis Story
Genesis Spiritual Life & Conference Center

These times are calling for a shift from ordinary to extraordinary. Our global consciousness is undergoing an evolutionary leap and we are feeling its push and pull. We know it is time to remove the blinders and become conscious creators of our lives, our families, our communities. To do this, we need to reconnect our heart and brain, re-examine our cultural and spiritual myths, and release our attachment to the past. In this workshop, through music, poetry, images and stories, we dissolve the obstacles to our creativity, find our authentic voice, and discover what joy emerges when we speak from our original wisdom. This workshop addresses creativity as a sacred gesture – one that involves collaboration with the Divine Mystery so that it is infused with beauty, elegance and intelligence. The week will be uplifting, life altering, and joyful with plenty of silence and plenty of communion.

Site: Westfield, Massachusetts
Registration: $615
https://www.genesisspiritualcenter.org/retreats-programs/calendar/a-new-genesis-story-creating-a-faith-for-today/

 

August 16-19, 2021

Encore Priests
Saint Meinrad Seminary & School of Theology

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

Site: St. Meinrad, Indiana
Registration: $750
https://www.saintmeinrad.edu/priests-ongoing-formation/encore-priests/

 


Online

August 19, 2021
1:00-2:00 pm EST
 

New Listing
Humility in Eucharistic Ministry & Devotion
SLIconnect

Neither the priest who consecrates nor the deacon who serves at the altar is a worthy minister of Christ, who willingly humbles Himself in love for His people. Celebration of the Eucharist and continuing devotion offer clergy an opportunity to participate in the humble nature of our Lord. Rev. David Songy, O.F.M.Cap., S.T.D., Psy.D., explores the connection between sacramental identity of priests and deacons and its practical expression in the celebration of the Eucharist and devotion to the Blessed Sacrament.

Site: Online
Registration: Free but registration required
https://www.sliconnect.org/product/humility-in-eucharistic-ministry-and-devotion/

 


Online

August 24, 2021
7:00-8:30pm CDT
 

Holy Eucharist and Reverence
Avila Institute

Join Dan Burke as he discusses the Holy Eucharist and reverence.

Site: Online
Registration: Free but registration is required
https://www.tickettailor.com/events/avilafoundation/494749

 

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September 2-5, 2021

Wild Goose Festival 2021
The Wild Goose Community

The weekend will be packed with 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
https://wildgoosefestival.org/

 

September 6-9, 2021

ANSH 28th Annual Convention
National Association of Hispanic Priests

The theme for the assembly is The Hispanic Priests: Creating a Culture of Accompaniment with the Joy of the Gospel.

Site: Miami, Florida
Registration: $450
http://ansh.org/Futuros-Eventos.php

 


Online or
On-Site

September 12-15, 2021
 

2021 ICSC Conference
International Catholic Stewardship Council

The ICSC family invites those who are associated with Catholic dioceses, parishes, Catholic foundations and Catholic schools to attend the 59th annual ICSC stewardship conference. Keeping health and safety of attendees as a top priority, the 2021 stewardship conference will offer attendees a chance to gather, network, develop relationships, investigate and reflect on the life of stewardship in the Catholic Church. Participants will also be invited to prepare for the Church’s transformational future in the COVID-19 environment.

Site: Online / Orlando, Florida
Registration: Member Online $299, On-Site $499 / Nonmember Online $699, On-Site $1,199
https://catholicstewardship.com/#

 

September 13-17, 2021

The Newly Appointed Pastor Workshop
Saint Meinrad Seminary & School of Theology

This four-day workshop addresses the duties of pastors: teaching, sanctifying and governing. Effective pastoring requires skills in leading and managing, planning and communicating, organizing and stewarding. Understanding and implementing the practices necessary for working well with fellow clergy, staff and volunteers, both within his own parish and larger circles of the Church, are key to pastoring successfully. Same workshop also being offered on November 8-12, 2021.

Site: St. Meinrad, Indiana
Registration: $800
https://www.saintmeinrad.edu/priests-ongoing-formation/effective-pastoring-workshops/the-newly-appointed-pastor/

 


Online

September 15, 2021
7:00–8:00 pm EST
 

New Listing
Five Tips for Having Challenging Conversations with Grace, Respect and Ease
Genesis Spiritual Center

We often avoid conversations we think will not go well. We imagine the scenario in advance: we can see ourselves getting upset, saying the wrong thing or having the other person upset with us. As we keep our thoughts to ourselves, our world starts to shrink. We avoid neighbors when there a small issue to address until it becomes huge. We go down a different aisle in the grocery store if we spot someone we don’t want to see. And most sad of all, we can skirt around relationships with family members for years so we don’t “rock the boat.” This holding ourselves back is suppressive! Join this free one-hour session to hear from a communication coach about five reliable tips to practice (and communicating is a practice) being honest with grace and ease. It is possible to express what is on our minds and hearts in healthy and constructive ways without upsetting anyone!

Site: Online
Registration: Free but registration is required
https://www.genesisspiritualcenter.org/retreats-programs/calendar/free-virtual-event-five-tips-for-having-challengin/

 

September 23-25, 2021

2021 Conference "That They May Be One: Liturgical Reconciliation"
Society for Catholic Liturgy

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

Site: University of Notre Dame campus, Notre Dame, Indiana
Registration: Member $200 / Nonmember $275
http://liturgysociety.org/annual-conference

 

September 23-26, 2021

Who Do You Say That I Am 2021 Catholic Answers 7th Annual Conference
Catholic Answers

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

Site: San Diego, California
Registration: $235 / Free admission for Priests and Seminarians
https://www.catholicanswersconference.com/

 


Online

September 27-28, 2021
Afternoon EST
 

 

New Listing
18th Annual Immigration Law and Policy Conference
Migration Policy Institute, Catholic Legal Immigration Network (CLINIC), and Georgetown University Law Center

This year's conference will be a virtual event and consist of two half-days (afternoons Eastern time). The conference will feature thoughtful policy and legal analysis, and discussion of the most important immigration topics from leading government officials, attorneys, policymakers, researchers, advocates, and others.

Site: Online
Registration: Coming soon
https://www.migrationpolicy.org/events

 


Online or
On-Site

September 27 – October 18, 2021
4-Part Series: Each Monday at 7:00 pm EST

 

 

New Listing
Catholic Social Teaching Series: A Very Brief Introduction & Discussion
St. Francis Center for Renewal

Catholic Social Teaching (CST) sums up the teachings of the Church on issues of justice between groups in society and with creation. CST has been called by some the often too hidden jewel of Roman Catholic thought. Yet it is controversial in some circles. This four-part series offered at the St. Francis Center for Renewal begins with a brief history of Catholic Social Teaching in the modern era. We will address four of the seven themes from the United States Catholic Conference of Bishops. In each session, Dr. Stephen Lammers will offer a short presentation and then lead group conversation among participants. A special effort will be made to show how Catholic teaching can shed light on the discussion of relevant local issues. The emphasis will be upon the questions that need to be asked and not upon finding specific solutions to particular problems. Topics & Dates:
September 27: The Dignity of Work & the Rights of Workers
October 4: Care for God’s Creation
October 11: Option for the Poor and Vulnerable
October 18: Life and the Dignity of the Human Person

Site: Zoom / Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
Registration: Zoom $15 per session or $50 for all four / On-Site $20 per session or $60 for all four
https://www.stfrancisctr.org/sfcr-store/p/cst-series

 


Online

September 30 – October 3, 2021
Each session starts at 6:00 pm PST

 

Saint Joseph Summit: Our Spiritual Father
Spirit Filled Hearts Ministry

Our Spiritual Father 2021 will help you develop a greater devotion to Saint Joseph. Learn how to have St. Joseph as a spiritual father, how to develop a consistent devotion to St. Joseph, how to call upon St. Joseph as a protection against evil, how to hear God's voice...and much more. Join the biggest ever gathering of Catholics in the Year of Saint Joseph!

Site: Online
Registration: 3-Day Pass FREE; $49.99 All Access Passport
https://www.spiritfilledevents.com

 


Online

September 30 – November 18, 2021
8-Week Program: Every Thursday, 6:30-8:00pm EST
 

New Listing
Making Room for the Holy
Genesis Spiritual Center

There is an unnoticed spiritual cost to keeping clutter in our lives. What kind of clutter? Both exterior and interior. Think about it. The piles of paper in the garage. The closet that has buried, unknown contents. The phone calls not returned and energy-depleting habits that have snuck into our lives. By keeping clutter unnoticed, both outside and inside, we can clog up our pipe of Being that connects us to the Divine. God’s love is always there but we can have a difficult time experiencing it until we choose to sort through and release what is physically and metaphorically behind the closet door. Cleaning, clearing, finishing, or intentionally abandoning projects can open the door to receiving God’s abiding love. This fall, let us harvest our relationship with God with loving self-reflection and self-acceptance. The journey is best done in a supportive community as we make room for the holy and bring God more fully into our lives. We will meet each week for 90 minutes sharing our victories and challenges. Limited space.

Site: Online
Registration: $160
https://www.genesisspiritualcenter.org/retreats-programs/calendar/virtual-program-making-room-for-the-holy/

 

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October 2021

Cancelled
2021 NACC National Conference
National Association of Catholic Chaplains

Statement: As you know, our COVID-19 reality continues into 2021 making the possibility of even a fall 2021 in-person gathering uncertain and conditioned on optimum circumstances. The 2021 Conference has been cancelled and the 2022 Conference is being planned and scheduled for March 25-28, 2022. We hope to see you then!
https://www.nacc.org/conference/

 


Online or
On-Site

October 1-3, 2021
Daily schedule on
website
 

Passion & Action: Integrating the Inner Life with Justice
Galilee Center

Perhaps we are witnessing the beginning of a new chapter of social and cultural change. Some of this is gaining momentum through grassroot movements that are understandably energized by compassion, anger, frustration, hope, and desperation. Without these passions would we ever confront injustice? Unfortunately, our feelings can also be too raw and wild to help. Sometimes they are just unfamiliar, coming from little or no previous Shadow work or lacking an awareness of projection and scapegoating mechanisms. These undercurrents can draw more attention to ourselves than the injustice we are trying to change! How can we wield the energies of our passions – and not have them wield us? This retreat will bring the range of our passions to the power of Transformative Love so that our social action does not pivot, as the adage goes, on “seeing things as they are, but on seeing things as we are".

Site: Online / Arnprior, ON, Canada
Registration: Online $90 / On-Site $320
https://www.galileecentre.com/passion-action-integrating-the-life-with-justice/

 

October 1-3, 2021

National Storytelling Festival
International Storytelling Center

The Festival showcases the world’s best storytellers over the course of three days in historic Jonesborough, the oldest town in Tennessee. Check the website often for updates!

Site: Jonesboro, Tennessee
Registration: $175
https://www.storytellingcenter.net/the-festival/

 

October 5-6, 2021

Behavioral Assessment 2
National Religious Vocation Conference (NRVC)

This workshop builds upon the acquired skills of Behavioral Assessment I and is designed as a seminar. Because it is directed to those who have had experience in conducting assessment interviews, all participants must have taken Behavioral Assessment 1. Workshop participants are asked to come prepared with topics, discussion questions or case studies to consider during this workshop. Please note that this workshop begins on October 5 at 8:30 a.m. and ends at 4:30 p.m. Central Time on October 6. Overnight accommodations are contracted for 3 nights with arrivals after 3:00 p.m. on October 4 and check out at 9:00 a.m. on October 7.

All Fall Institute workshops include overnight accommodations at the Mercy Conference and Retreat Center. Enjoy the convenience of having a private bedroom and bathroom, along with linen service, wi-fi, meals and breaks. All participants must be fully vaccinated and abide by all safety protocols set by the venue. There are no exceptions.

Site: St. Louis, Missouri
Registration: Member $725 / Nonmember $1,087
https://nrvc.net/274/publication/4171/article/24157-behavioral-assessment-2

 

October 5-17, 2021

NRVC 2021 Fall Institute
National Religious Vocation Conference

This year, NRVC is offering four workshops at the Fall Institute in October intended for vocation ministers and others entrusted with the assessment of discerners and candidates. Workshops are designed from the NRVC three-component curriculum for those who wish to deepen their understanding of the complex theological, spiritual, psycho-sexual, ethical, and diversity issues often present in contemporary vocation ministry. Learning together, whether in person or online is important for vocation ministry to be ethical, credible, and relevant. 

Site: St. Louis, Missouri
Registration: See website for personal registration
https://nrvc.net/274/publication/4171/article/23654-2021-fall-institute

 

October 7-9, 2021

BCTS 2021 Annual Meeting
Black Catholic Theological Symposium

Site: Notre Dame, Indiana
Registration: Coming soon
https://blackcatholictheologicalsymposium.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/2021-BCTS-Meeting-Save-the-Date.pdf

 

October 8-10, 2021

Behavioral Assessment 1
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 assessment of candidates for admission to initial formation, 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. Please note this three-day workshop begins on October 8 at 8:30 a.m. and ends on October 10 at 4:30 p.m. Central time. Overnight accommodations are contracted for 4 nights with arrivals after 3:00 p.m. on October 7 and check out before 9:00 a.m. on October 11.

All Fall Institute workshops include overnight accommodations at the Mercy Conference and Retreat Center. Enjoy the convenience of having a private bedroom and bathroom, along with linen service, wi-fi, meals and breaks. All participants must be fully vaccinated and abide by all safety protocols set by the venue. There are no exceptions.

Site: St. Louis, Missouri
Registration: Member $1,025 / Nonmember $1,537
https://nrvc.net/274/publication/4171/article/24158-behavioral-assessment-1

 

October 9-13, 2021

NAB Show
National Association of Broadcasters

It’s All Coming Together. With AES Show, Radio Show, NAB SMTE and other co-located events yet to be announced, October’s NAB Show® will be the most significant, in-person media and entertainment event of 2021. The industry will realize unparalleled access to critical information, inspiration and solutions for those seeking to create superior audio and visual experiences that attract listeners and viewers in large numbers for greater reach.

Site: Las Vegas, Nevada
Registration: Assorted options available. See
Begin Your NAB Show Registration - NAB Amplify
https://nabshow.com/2021/

 

October 11-14, 2021

2021 CLSA Convention
Canon Law Society of America

The theme of our 2021 convention – Canon Law and Civil Law: Transparency and Privacy – highlights the canonist’s role in the protection of privacy while being transparent. The major addresses of the convention will focus on different aspects of this theme, seeking how to best render justice to all concerned. The keynote and major addresses will situate transparency and privacy in both canon law and civil law, focus on challenges to the First Amendment’s Free Exercise Clause, and consider ways to restore trust in the Church in the wake of institutional failures. The seminars will continue exploring the theme by addressing topics such as: restorative justice, Vos estis lux mundi, sponsorship of healthcare and educational institutions, and publishing names of accused clerics. Other seminars will focus on canonical issues having to do with consent, procedural law, ascription, and sacramental law.

Site: Albuquerque, New Mexico
Registration: Member $450 by September 1; $550 after / Nonmember $500 by September 1; $600 after
https://clsa.org/page/convention_2021

 

October 12-16, 2021

Orientation Program for New Vocation Directors (Onsite)
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. Please note this five-day workshop begins on October 12 at 8:30 a.m. and ends on October 16 at 4:30 p.m. Central time. Overnight accommodations are contracted for 6 nights, arrival after 3:00 p.m. on October 11 and check out by 9:00 a.m. on October 17.

All Fall Institute workshops include overnight accommodations at the Mercy Conference and Retreat Center. Enjoy the convenience of having a private bedroom and bathroom, along with linen service, wi-fi, meals and breaks. All participants must be fully vaccinated and abide by all safety protocols set by the venue. There are no exceptions.

Site: St. Louis, Missouri
Registration: Member $1,625 / Nonmember $2,437
https://nrvc.net/274/publication/4171/article/24160-orientation-program-for-new-vocation-directors

 


Online or
On-Site

October 15-17, 2021
 

New Listing
Teilhard De Chardin and Jung: Awakening the Fires of Love
Genesis Spiritual Center

These two great 20th century scientists discovered the power and force of energy both within and without. Through the insights and breakthroughs of both science and mysticism we are aware of the power of Love as the greatest power of the universe. This retreat will encourage us to connect deeply with the fires of love which propel our psyches and universe to spiritual transformation. Jung, the famous psychologist, was intrigued by the inter-relationship between psyche and matter. Chardin, the paleontologist, was intrigued by the inter-relationship between matter and psyche. The dialogue between the energy of the cosmos and the True Self within will be discussed, especially towards mystical consciousness. A deeper Fire of Desire moves us forward to a new Unity in the midst of a broken and fractured world. Jung and Chardin provide new language and insights for the spiritual journey. The weekend will include presentations, quiet time for reflections and prayer, and opportunities to share our journeys together. Br. Don Bisson, FMS will facilitate via Zoom to those of us gathered at Genesis.

Site: Zoom / Westfield, Massachusetts
Registration: Online $200 / On-site $305
https://www.genesisspiritualcenter.org/retreats-programs/calendar/on-site-teilhard-de-chardin-and-jung-awakening-the/

 


Online

October 22-23, 2021
Start: 7:00 pm EST
End: 4:00 pm EST
 

 

New Listing
The Beatitudes: The Key to Peace & Healing in Challenging Times
Galilee Centre (Canada)

How to find peace and healing in these challenging times of pandemic, violence, and isolation as we emerge from a period of virtually zooming rather than physically hugging those who love us? For our times Jesus gave the beatitudes to transform the times of deepest suffering into times of deepest blessing and new life. In this retreat we will experience the healing process in each beatitude to create abundant life wherever we have struggled to find any life.

Site: Online
Registration: $80
https://www.galileecentre.com/the-beatitudes-the-key-to-peace-healing-in-challenging-times-october-22-23-2021/

 

October 24-30, 2021

Icon Writing Workshop
Christ the King Priory

Christian icons have served as “Windows into Heaven” for nearly 2,000 years. Iconography is an art, but also rooted in spirituality. It begins with prayer and is executed with the sense that the seven days of creation are being represented in the artistic endeavor. This workshop is an instruction in icon writing in the Byzantine-Russian tradition. Its objective is the completion of one icon, provided attendance for full six (6) days and the completion of daily assignments as allocated by the instructor. For beginning, as well as for intermediate and advanced icon writers.

Site: Schuyler, Nebraska
Registration: $1,348.92 (includes tuition for 36 hours of studio instruction, presenter’s travel expenses, all materials, supplies, guest room, meals and taxes)
https://christthekingpriory.com/retreats-schedule/icon-writing-workshop-dmitri-andreyev

 

October 26-29, 2021

2021 RCRI National Conference
Resource Center for Religious Institutes

This year’s conference theme is A New Way of Life…New Paths of Hope. Among the highlights of the 2021 conference will be the keynote address by Sister Helen Prejean, CSJ, Director of Ministry Against the Death Penalty, on Tuesday evening, October 26. Prior to the opening of the conference, we will offer two pre-conference workshops: half-day sessions on TRENDS 2021, and 2021 Legal Overview for Religious Institutes. Further, we have scheduled 41 workshops along with two pre-conference workshops, including three workshops on Eldercare sponsored by NRRO. On Thursday afternoon, October 28, a conference liturgy will be celebrated for all participants.

Site: Orlando, Florida
Registration: Members $500 before August 20, $550 by September 17; $600 after / Nonmembers $600 before August 20, $650 by September 17; $700 after
https://www.trcri.org/default.aspx

 

October 28-31, 2021

2021 USCMA Conference
The United States Catholic Mission Association

USCMA is holding its national conference in El Paso to be in solidarity with the immigrant, the migrant, the refugee. Angels Unaware – Mission with People on the Move is an opportunity to encounter others, learn about the peoples “on the move” around the world and in our neighborhoods, explore ways missionaries can respond, and envision more hospitable missionary communities.

Site: El Paso, Texas
Registration: Coming soon
https://uscatholicmission.org/2020-conference-angels-unaware-mission-with-people-on-the-move

 

October 29-31, 2021

Opening to the Light
Genesis Spiritual Center

Drawing on themes from her newest book, Stars at Night: When Darkness Unfolds as Light (October 2016 release), Paula will explore how learning to move through and past life's inevitable disappointments and losses opens a door to new awareness. In the end, the darkness is recognized as the rich foundation for a larger life and the possibility of awakening to a new way of being here.

Site: Westfield, Massachusetts
Registration: $345 (include private sleeping room, meals)
https://www.genesisspiritualcenter.org/retreats-programs/calendar/opening-to-the-light/

 

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November 4-7, 2021

2021 RFC Congress
Religious Formation Conference

Over 300 attendees are expected to participate in the 2021 Congress November 4-7. Participants from every region of the U.S. – and even some international attendees – will descend upon Chicago for several days of connection and networking, dialogue and learning, prayer and Eucharist. Together, we’ll embody the now of religious life and give expression to our future as Catholic Sisters and Brothers! Congress is a biennial national gathering that offers presentations and seminars that engage, educate, and strengthen formators in their ministry of formation. Topics touch on both initial and lifelong (ongoing) formation. Congress is ideal for formation and leadership personnel as well as partners and collaborators in religious formation.

Site: Chicago, Illinois
Registration: Member $499 before October 15; $550 after / Nonmember $625 before October 15; $675 after
https://www.relforcon.org/2021-rfc-congress

 


Online

November 6, 2021
9:00am-1:00pm CT
 

 

Setting the Captives Free: Spiritual Warfare and Discernment of Spirits
Catholic Spiritual Direction (apostolate of the Avila Foundation)

Dan Burke will explore: The Battleground and the Mind: Testimony and Understanding the Forces of Darkness and Light and How They Drive Us to Despair or Liberation; Discernment and Freedom – Rules of Discernment: Practical Progress in Spiritual Warfare and Hearing the Voice of God; and Discernment and Freedom – Final Rules and the Examen Prayer: Concrete Steps to Peace of Mind and Discerning God’s Will – Moving from Encounter to Commitment; A Commitment Opportunity for You to Make

Site: Online
Registration: $29
https://spiritualdirection.com/events/setting-the-captives-free-on-november-6-2021-hosted-in-leeds-al

 

November 7-12, 2021

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

This five-day workshop is designed exclusively for new pastors and parish life coordinators. Sessions include: The Pastor as Person, The Catholic Community and Pastoral Leadership, The Pastor as Steward, the Pastor as Administrator, and The Pastor as Priest. Note: Guests who are not vaccinated are asked to wear a mask while on the campus.

Site: Baltimore, Maryland
Registration: $1,200
http://www.stmarys.edu/the-center-for-continuing-formation/clergy-programs/new-pastors-program/

 

 

November 8-12, 2021

The Newly Appointed Pastor Workshop
Saint Meinrad Seminary & School of Theology

This four-day workshop addresses the duties of pastors: teaching, sanctifying and governing. Effective pastoring requires skills in leading and managing, planning and communicating, organizing and stewarding. Understanding and implementing the practices necessary for working well with fellow clergy, staff and volunteers, both within his own parish and larger circles of the Church, are key to pastoring successfully. Same workshop was also held on September 13-17, 2021.

Site: St. Meinrad, Indiana
Registration: $800
https://www.saintmeinrad.edu/priests-ongoing-formation/effective-pastoring-workshops/the-newly-appointed-pastor/

 


Online

November 9, 2021
8:00pm EST
 

 

New Listing
[reclaim!]
Dynamic Catholic

Isn’t it time you reclaimed…your dreams, your voice, your time, your health, your personal finances, your relationships, your spirituality, your hope for the future, your soul, your heart, your childlike wonder, your needs, your peace of mind… your…Last year tens of thousands of people joined Matthew Kelly for a night of Amazing Possibilities! This year we invite you to join him as we explore practical ways to reclaim the-best-version-of-yourself in the midst of a culture that is constantly trying to rob you of. Move to clarity from confusion, to courage from fear, to hope from despair. It is time to reclaim! We’re excited to announce a special virtual event—featuring a powerful new message from Matthew Kelly, inspiring music, a dynamic Dream Session, and live Q&A with Matthew. We can’t want to see you there!

Site: Online
Registration: $39
https://www.dynamiccatholic.com/events/reclaim.html

 

November 11-13, 2021

2021 CSWNA Conference
Catholic Social Workers National Association

The 2021 conference theme is Trusting God in Family Life. Msgr. James P. Shea, President of St. Mary's University, Bismarck, North Dakota is the keynote speaker.

Site: Steubenville, Ohio
Registration: Member $200 / Nonmember $275

https://www.cswna.org/2021-cswna-annual-conference/

 

November 12, 2021

Profound Preaching Conference
Liturgical Institute (University of St. Mary of the Lake)

Site: Mundelein, Illinois
Registration: Coming soon
https://www.liturgicalinstitute.org/conferences

 

November 20-23, 2021

2021 AAR Annual Meeting
American Academy of Religion

The 2021 Annual Meeting in San Antonio, Texas, November 20–23, hosted by the American Academy of Religion and Society of Biblical Literature, is the world's largest gathering of scholars interested in the study of religion. More than 1,000 events take place during the Annual Meetings, including a plethora of academic sessions, workshops, meetings, receptions, and tours. The Annual Meeting Exhibit Hall, with more than 130 publishers exhibiting, is the best place to review the latest publications within the field. At the Annual Meetings, there are unparalleled opportunities to engage with leading scholars and scholarship within the field of religion. Register soon to receive the best attendee rate and hotel selection, and join the 10,000 attendees who are expected to attend the 2021 Annual Meetings!

Site: San Antonio, Texas
Registration:  Member $290 by September 23, $400 after / Nonmember $550 by September 23, $765 after
https://aarweb.org/2021AARAnnualMeeting/

 

November 29 – December 2, 2021

Liturgy Weeks Conference
Liturgical Institute (University of St. Mary of the Lake)

Site: Mundelein, Illinois
Registration: Coming soon
https://www.liturgicalinstitute.org/conferences

 

November 29 – December 2, 2021

Encore Priests
Saint Meinrad Seminary & School of Theology

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

Site: St. Meinrad, Indiana
Registration: $750
https://www.saintmeinrad.edu/priests-ongoing-formation/encore-priests/

 

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January 6-10, 2022

New Listing
NCOD Pastoral Week 2022
National Catholic Office for the Deaf

Site: Savannah, George
Registration: Coming soon
https://www.ncod.org/

 

January 8-9, 2022

New Listing
ACHA 102nd Annual Meeting
American Catholic Historical Association

Site: New Orleans, Louisiana
Registration: Coming soon
https://achahistory.org/neworleans2022/

 

January 19, 2022

New Listing
March for Life Expo
March for Life

The March for Life Expo is an opportunity for March for Life attendees to connect with pro-life organizations and ministries from across the country. This event is FREE to attend and open to the public.

Site: Washington, D.C.
Registration: Free
https://marchforlife.org/expo/

 

January 20, 2022

New Listing
March for Life Capitol Hill 101
March for Life

Capitol Hill 101 is a FREE seminar, giving participants the opportunity to learn how to make their voices heard by their elected representatives. Hear from the top lobbyists in the pro-life movement how to effectively navigate the legislative system, from Capitol Hill to Town Hall.

Site: Washington, D.C.
Registration: Free

https://marchforlife.org/national-march-for-life/

 

January 21, 2022

New Listing
March for Life Rally
March for Life

Join us in Washington, DC for the March for Life Rally. This FREE event features inspiring speeches from pro-life leaders, sharing how to stay involved in the pro-life movement all year long. The Rally will begin at 12 pm ET on the National Mall. You can also watch the live-streamed event on our website, Facebook, and YouTube channel.

Site: Washington, D.C.
Registration: Free
https://marchforlife.org/national-march-for-life/

 

January 21, 2022

New Listing
March for Life
March for Life

This is the main event! The March for Life will begin immediately following the Rally – usually around 1 p.m. – starting between 12th and 14th Streets. We will march peacefully up Constitution Ave. to the steps of the U.S. Supreme Court. After marching, consider attending the Silent No More testimonies outside the Supreme Court, visiting your Representative to advocate for life, or proceeding past the Supreme Court to help the flow of oncoming marchers.

Site: Washington, D.C.
Registration: Free
https://marchforlife.org/national-march-for-life/

 

January 29 – February 1, 2022

New Listing
2022 Catholic Social Ministry Gathering
USCCB: Justice, Peace & Human Development

This central gathering of Catholic social ministry leaders in the U.S. usually draws over 500 participants whose faith inspires them to respond to pressing current domestic and global challenges. Each year the Catholic Social Ministry Gathering provides an excellent opportunity for Catholic leaders to Connect, Learn, Pray and Advocate!

Site: To be determined
Registration: Coming soon
https://www.usccb.org/offices/justice-peace-human-development/catholic-social-ministry-gathering#tab--what-is-csmg

 

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Angels in the Bible
George M. Smiga

The Bible is full of passages about angels who are sent to accomplish God’s will. Angels speak for God, direct the course of nations, and protect God’s people. They worship God and deliver God’s judgment. In Angels in the Bible, George Smiga examines some of the Bible’s most fascinating passages about angels, exploring their ministry on God’s behalf and drawing insights for our own spiritual lives. Because angels are mediators of God’s presence and action, studying angels is studying God. Commentary, study and reflection questions, prayers, and access to online lectures are included.

Liturgical Press, ISBN: 9780814665596, 112 pages, $16.95 softcover
Angels in the Bible: : George M. Smiga with Little Rock Scripture Study Staff: 9780814665596: Litpress.org : Paperback

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Called to Christian Joy and Maturity
Forming Missionary Disciples
Gordy DeMarais and Daniel Keating

More than ever, Christians must be grounded in their identity and purpose to reach a hurting world. This groundbreaking book brings together the latest best practices for how to be (and help others become) mature, balanced, and joyful Christians today. Evangelism experts Gordy DeMarais and Daniel Keating lay out thoughtful actions for effectively bringing Christ to the world. A must-read for every follower of Jesus.

The Word Among Us, ISBN: 978-1-59325-387-5, $16.95 softcover
The Word Among Us Press: Called to Christian Joy and Maturity: Forming Missionary Disciples (wau.org)

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« Christianity and Wokeness
How the Social Justice Movement is Hijacking the Gospel—and the Way to Stop It
Owen Strachan

The “wokeness” that emerged from the social unrest of 2020 has swept through schools, businesses, and even sports. Driven by the radical ideologies of Critical Race Theory and intersectionality, it has destabilized public and private life—including the Church. But as theologian Owen Strachan makes clear, this is not true justice, nor is it true Christianity. While wokeness employs biblical vocabulary and concepts, it is an alternative religion, far from Christianity in both its methods and its fruit. A potent blend of racism, paganism, and grievance, wokeness encourages “partiality” and undermines the unifying work of the Holy Spirit. It is not simply not the Gospel; it is anti-Gospel. As Strachan traces the origins of wokeness, lays out its premises, and follows them to their logical conclusions, the contrast of that false faith with the Word of God stands out unmistakably. This succinct but groundbreaking work reveals that wokeness, like other heresies, is not really new. Nor is the antidote: Christ crucified for us.

Regnery Publishing, ISBN: 9781684512430, $12.99 softcover
Christianity and Wokeness - How the Social Justice Movement Is Hijacking the Gospel - and the Way to Stop It - Regnery Publishing

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Conversion as a Way of Life
Advice from the Epistles
James J. Bacik

Some Catholics are leery of the word conversion because they associate it with the sudden, total, once-and-for-all turning from a sinful life to acceptance of Christ, commonly described by evangelical Christians. But conversion is a process of expanding our horizons and making progress in the various dimensions of our lives: intellectual, moral, and religious. Conversions involve achieving higher standpoints (think of climbing a mountain) that reveal broader horizons, which in turn open new sources of knowledge and opportunities for love.

Paulist Press, ISBN: 978-08091-5536-1, $26.95 softcover
Conversion as a Way of Life - James J Bacik : PaulistPress

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Eucharist, Bread of Life
Joshua Whitfield

God feeds his people. In the desert, God’s covenant with Israel was sealed through sacrifice and a meal. On the altars of our churches, God continues to feed us with the bread and wine of the new covenant—the food and drink that is Christ himself. In Eucharist, Bread of Life, Fr. Joshua J. Whitfield, priest and preacher, explores three Scripture passages and helps us rediscover this enduring mystery, from the heights of Sinai to the depths of our own hearts and lives.

Liturgical Press, ISBN: 9780814666265, 48 pages, $7.95 softcover
Eucharist, Bread of Life: : Joshua Whitfield: 9780814666012: Litpress.org : Paperback

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« A Focus on Truth
Thomas Merton's Uncensored Mind
Patrick W. Collins

The published writings of the Trappist monk Thomas Merton were always censored from two sources during his lifetime. First, by Merton himself, as he certainly didn’t write everything down or share all of what he included in his drafts. He selected carefully what he considered appropriate for publication. Second, Thomas Merton was extensively censored by his religious superiors. They regularly judged that things Merton chose to write should not be made available in print. This was not infrequently a source of great frustration to Merton. In this book, Fr. Patrick W. Collins presents an uncensored view of the life and thoughts of Thomas Merton by plumbing his correspondence with family, friends, and colleagues over the years. Merton’s personal and professional correspondence was previously published by Farrar, Straus, and Giroux. In this volume, Collins extracts and organizes from these sources many of the significant subjects about which Merton wrote and presents each topic chronologically. In this way, readers can easily follow the development of Merton's thoughts, feelings, intuitions, and impressions over the years on a variety of topics of concern to him.

Liturgical Press, ISBN: 9780814688496, 216 pages, $19.95 softcover
A Focus on Truth: Thomas Merton's Uncensored Mind: Patrick W. Collins; Foreword by Jonathan Montaldo: 9780814688496: Litpress.org : Paperback

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The Forty Parables of Jesus
Gerhard Lohfink (Translated by Linda M. Maloney)

In this book, which covers all of Jesus’ parables, award-winning author Gerhard Lohfink takes a closer look at the origins of each one—its shape, its realistic details, but most of all its original message and the situation into which it was once spoken. Jesus’ parables speak in bold images of the kingdom of God, making it present to us as they reveal something of the mystery of his own person. Lohfink also offers a review of some of the scholarship in this area—as this topic has sustained research on Jesus since the first telling of these stories—but not for the purposes of debate. His reflections interpret the forty parables and show how they speak of the coming of the reign of God, lead us to Jesus, and reveal the mystery of Jesus himself.

Liturgical Press, ISBN: 9780814685105, 272 pages, $29.95 hardcover
The Forty Parables of Jesus: : Gerhard Lohfink;  Translated by Linda M. Maloney: 9780814685105: Litpress.org : Hardcover with Dust Jacket

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v Hope For Judas
God's Boundless Mercy for Us All
Christoph Wrembek, SJ

“Hope for Judas” . . . Judas? The son of destruction? Judas, about whom the gospels tell us very little beyond the dramatic events during the Passion? Jesus’s loving-saving action finds its culmination in him? Beginning from a sculpture carved at the capital of a column in the medieval Basilica of St. Mary Magdalene in Vézelay, France, Fr. Christoph Wrembek will take you on a breathtaking, challenging, yet ultimately deeply touching journey through key stories of sacred scripture, stories about being lost but ultimately always about salvation. This journey leads into the soul of the gospel, which is Jesus himself.

New City Press, ISBN: 978-1-56548-381-1, 160 pages, $24.95 softcover
Hope for Judas |Discover God's Boundless Mercy (newcitypress.com)

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« Jesus, the Master Psychologist
Listen to Him
Dr. Ray Guarendi

Rightly regarded as America’s leading Catholic psychologist and family counselor, EWTN’s Dr. Ray Guarendi details here the fundamentals of Christian psychology in his incomparable down-to-earth style. In some teachings, Jesus is two millennia ahead of what psychology is only now coming to understand. In others, He directly contradicts what today’s psychology preaches. In these pages, Dr. Ray explores the teachings of both modern psychology and Jesus Christ to identify the therapy tools worth employing — and those we should avoid. Most notably, he helps us understand that every tool and counseling guideline worth pursuing can find its roots directly in the words of Christ. Dr. Guarendi’s experience as a father of ten and his mastery of the New Testament enable him to provide recommendations for dealing with numerous daily issues.

Sophia Institute Press, ISBN: 978-1-68278-236-1, 144 pages, $15.95 softcover
Jesus, the Master Psychologist | Sophia Institute Press

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v  Living the Scriptures
Mother Angelica

Replete with Mother Angelica’s charismatic blend of insight, clarity, and humor, here is the definitive collection of her best on-air presentations and extemporaneous meditations. Their unifying theme: Scripture as it was intended for us — as a divine guide to everyday spiritual life, not as a complicated puzzle for pensive biblical scholars.

Sophia Institute Press, ISBN: 978-1-68278-238-5, 160 pages, $17.95 softcover
Living the Scriptures | Sophia Institute Press

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Love in the Time of Coronavirus
A Pandemic Pilgrimage
Angela Alaimo O'Donnell

Living amid the Coronavirus catastrophe has occasioned extraordinary outpourings of love over the past year. These poems recognize the public love of healthcare workers, front-line essential workers, people helping their sick and elderly neighbors and family members, school teachers ministering to students and their parents—all signs of our belief in the common good, as well as the many forms of private and personal love we practice. These are but a few of the many forms love has taken—and continues to take—during these late days of pandemic. The poems remind us that love flourishes even, and perhaps especially, during times of extremity, when the reality of mortality becomes palpable to us and we begin to see life in the context of eternity. It is then that love becomes the most powerful antidote we have to human suffering.

Paraclete Press, ISBN: 9781640607415, 80 pages, $19 softcover
Love in the Time of Coronavirus (paracletepress.com)

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v Prayer as a Political Problem
Jean Denielou

Decades before secularism and atheism wrested control of our institutions and took to the streets, the late Cardinal Jean Danielou foresaw their ominous ascent. While most of the Church was reveling in the optimism of Vatican II, Cardinal Danielou courageously sounded the alarm over the rise of these twin evils and the damage they would inflict on the Church and culture. Christianity, he argues, is in grave danger of being overwhelmed by the concurrent rise of seductive technologies, secularist doctrines, and atheistic ideologies. Modern society is allowing less and less space for the religious dimension of man, which is creating conditions that place the survival of the Christian people very much in doubt. But the surging secularism of privileged elites is not what concerned Danielou the most. Rather, he feared the de-Christianization of the masses and the effect that would have on society — and on civilization itself. Why? Because when a Christian people is subverted and destroyed, it can be built back up again only through a long, painstaking effort. In Prayer as a Political Problem, Danielou explains the conditions that are necessary to build and maintain a Christian people. He explains why civilization requires that the Catholic Faith be truly rooted in society, with her teachings and sacraments available to all.

Sophia Institute Press, ISBN: 978-1-64413-447-4, 112 pages, $14.95 softcover
Prayer as a Political Problem | Sophia Institute Press

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Priest and Beggar
The Heroic Life of Venerable Aloysius Schwartz-
Kevin Wells

In 1957, at twenty-seven years old, Father Aloysius Schwartz of Washington, D.C., asked to be sent to one of the saddest places in the world: South Korea in the wake of the Korean War. Just a few months into his priesthood, he stepped off the train in Seoul into a dystopian film. Squatters with blank stares picked through hills of garbage. Paper-fleshed orphans lay on the streets like leftover war shrapnel. The scenes pierced him. Within just fifteen years, Father Schwartz had changed the course of Korean history, founding and reforming orphanages, hospitals, hospices, clinics, schools, and the Sisters of Mary, a Korean religious order dedicated to the sickest of the sick and the poorest of the poor. All the while, he himself—like the Sisters—lived the same hard poverty as the people he served and loved. Biographer Kevin Wells tells the story of a different kind of American hero, an ordinary priest who stared down corruption, slander, persecution, and death for the sake of God's poor.

Ignatius Press, ISBN: 9781621645061, 230 pages, $17.95 softcover
Priest and Beggar (ignatius.com)

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« Saint Pius V
The Legendary Pope Who Excommunicated Queen Elizabeth I, Standardized the Mass, and Defeated the Ottoman Empire
Prof. Roberto de Mattei

Professor Roberto de Mattei has written an exceedingly compelling and powerful biography of Pope Pius V, widely recognized as one of the boldest and most courageous popes of the past millennium, who decisively defeated the Ottoman Turks at the Battle of Lepanto and fought head-on the Protestant Reformation, which had assailed the Church. The life of every Christian is a battle, and St. Pius V offers us a luminous example of leadership in a time of trial. You’ll learn of Pope Pius V’s remarkable spiritual life and regimen, his foresight and prudence in dealing with the iconoclastic fury of the Huguenots in France, and the way he handled the trials of excommunicated heretics and reformed the rotting religious orders of his day. Professor de Mattei makes clear that Pope Pius V was so effective and so holy that no pontificate can be judged accurately without measuring it against his. In page after fascinating page, he shows contemporary Catholics what it means to be “a great pope” or “a saintly bishop.” Here, at last, is the complete life and times of one of the Church’s greatest prelates by one of her finest historians.

Sophia Institute Press, ISBN: 978-1-64413-461-0, 464 pages, $24.95 softcover
Saint Pius V | Sophia Institute Press

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Sky Full of Stars
Learning to Surrender to God's Perfect Plan
Meg Apperson

Do You Trust God? Meg Apperson grew up having a relationship with Jesus, and she always trusted God. But it wasn’t until her daughter Avery—a miracle in so many ways—was born with a litany of life-threatening birth defects that she began to fully understand what it means to trust Jesus with everything. In this heartbreakingly beautiful memoir, you’ll learn how a mother fought for her child, her family, and even herself as she grappled with the weight of failure—of letting down everyone around her and feeling let down by God. But in the midst of the fight, through heavy grief, she not only discovered her own voice—she discovered that God is both good and faithful. If you have ever experienced grief, suffering, or pain … If God has ever asked you to surrender more than you thought possible … If you’ve ever questioned how God is at work in the darkness … Sky Full of Stars is for you. This book will show you that when everything around you is dark, peace can be found in the suffering. You’ll discover new ways to rely on God’s trustworthiness.

Regnery Publishing, ISBN: 9781684510634, $$24.99 hardcover
Sky Full of Stars - Learning to Surrender to God's Perfect Plans - Regnery Publishing

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Speechless
Controlling Words, Controlling Minds
Michael Knowles

The Culture War is over, and the culture lost. The Left’s assault on liberty, virtue, decency, the Republic of the Founders, and Western civilization has succeeded. You can no longer keep your social media account—or your job—and acknowledge truths such as: Washington, Jefferson, and Columbus were great men. Schools and libraries should not coach children in sexual deviance. Men don’t have uteruses. How did we get to this point? Michael Knowles of The Daily Wire exposes and diagnosis the losing strategy we have fallen for and shows how we can change course—and start winning.

Regnery Publishing, ISBN: 9781684510825, $28.99 hardcover
Speechless - Controlling Words, Controlling Minds - Regnery Publishing

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Web of Faith
A Curious Catholic's Answers to Theological Questions
Fr. Ken Brighenti and Fr. John Trigilio

Whether about morality or matters of doctrine, hundreds of questions a year are posed to the average priest, with vast spiritual significance hinging on each answer — conversions and reconversions, children’s formation, the survival of marriages, new vocations to the priesthood, and the eternal destiny of those on their deathbeds. Fr. John Trigilio and Fr. Ken Brighenti, hosts of EWTN’s Web of Faith, draw on their years of pastoral experience to compile a comprehensive list of the best questions ever asked of them, responding to each with the same natural warmth, intellectual heft, and spiritual acuity that has earned them such a large international following. As on the Web of Faith television program, their conversational style opens fresh lines of questioning to which Fr. Trigilio and Fr. Brighenti provide clear, insightful answers.

Sophia Institute Press, ISBN: 978-1-68278-060-2, 384 pages, $19.95 softcover
Web of Faith | Sophia Institute Press

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What Does the Bible Say About Angels and Demons
John Gillman and Clifford M. Yeary

Modern western culture seems to find angels, demons, and even dragons irresistible. They are the topic of many books, films, and television series. A recent poll indicated that nearly eighty percent of people believe in such beings. But they are hardly a modern invention. Such creatures that go beyond time and space have been imagined for centuries. The Bible itself addresses the topic with various tales of angels and demons, and yes, even dragons. If you are intrigued about this background, this book is for you. It reveals how thoroughly biblical these creatures are, and what they can still teach us.

New City Press, ISBN: 978-1-56548-379-8, 132 pages, $16.95 softcover
What Does the Bible Say About Angels and Demons? (newcitypress.com)

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