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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.

Freedom and Forgiveness
A Fresh Look at the Sacrament of Reconciliation
by Father Paul Farren

Faith and Struggle in the Lives of Four African Americans
Ethel Waters, Mary Lou Williams, Eldridge Cleaver, and Muhammad Ali
by Randal Maurice Jelks

Give Up Worry for Lent!
40 Days of Finding Peace in Christ
by Gary Zimak

The Angry Christian
A Bible-based Strategy to Care for and Discipline a Valuable Emotion
by Brandon Vogt and Bert Ghezzi
 

plus . . . small things with great love, the art of Lent, the last hours of Jesus, and more. Explore...
 

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Amazing Parish Online
Features video modules on the most popular Amazing Parish conference content, featuring Patrick Lencioni and focusing on teamwork. AP Online is designed to walk parish leaders and teams through videos and exercises, giving them the tools they need to build an amazing parish. Each module takes 45-60 minutes and is accompanied by a study guide. AP Online is made available to you free of charge thanks to the generosity of our donors who believe your parish can and should be amazing.
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 21, 2019
1:00pm EST

New Listing
Suicide Prevention
Saint Luke Institute

Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States, yet it is also one of the most preventable causes of death. Michael Day, Psy.D., offers a practical, research-based approach to intervening with and supporting individuals who are suicidal.

Site: Online
Registration: $25 (Can’t make the live event? The $25 registration fee includes unlimited access to the on-demand recording and resource materials.)
https://www.sliconnect.org/product/suicide-prevention/

 

March 12, 2019
1:00pm EST

New Listing
Defusing Conflict: Strategies for De-escalation
Saint Luke Institute

Emotions and tempers can flare quickly in our busy, high-stress world, and digital communication adds a new and often complex layer to personal and professional relationships. Careful communication and intentional self-care are critical to navigating tense interpersonal and online interactions. Emily R. Cash, Psy.D., offers practical strategies for de-escalating conflict in a ministry setting.

Site: Online
Registration: $25 (Can’t make the live event? The $25 registration fee includes unlimited access to the on-demand recording and resource materials.)
https://www.sliconnect.org/product/defusing-conflict-strategies-for-de-escalation/

 

April 25, 2019
1:00pm EST

New Listing
Living Celibacy: Coping with Attraction
Saint Luke Institute

Pope John Paul II wrote that the true charism of celibacy doesn’t seek to eradicate human romantic and sexual desires, but rather leaves our “affections and…instinctive impulses intact.” Sustainable, healthy celibacy therefore focuses on the development of skills for coping with such desires. Br. John Mark Falkenhain, OSB, Ph.D., offers practical ways to manage feelings of attraction in the context of celibate living.

Site: Online
Registration: $25 (Can’t make the live event? The $25 registration fee includes unlimited access to the on-demand recording and resource materials.)
https://www.sliconnect.org/product/living-celibacy-coping-with-attraction/

 

May 16, 2019
1:00pm EST

New Listing
Friendship and Spiritual Growth
Saint Luke Institute

Cultivating friendships – with God, self and others – can be a powerful impetus to spiritual growth and discernment. Rev. John Crossin, OSFS, Ph.D., explores spiritual friendship and its impact on our relationship with God.

Site: Online
Registration: $25 (Can’t make the live event? The $25 registration fee includes unlimited access to the on-demand recording and resource materials.)
https://www.sliconnect.org/product/friendship-and-spiritual-growth/

 

June 20, 2019
1:00pm EST

New Listing
Preventing Compassion Fatigue
Saint Luke Institute

Ministering to and caring for others in distress can, over time, lead to a type of secondary traumatic stress known as compassion fatigue. Caregivers should learn to recognize and manage the symptoms of compassion fatigue in order to stay healthy and ensure meaningful long-term ministry. Taryn Millar, Psy.D., offers strategies for lowering the risk of compassion fatigue.

Site: Online
Registration: $25 (Can’t make the live event? The $25 registration fee includes unlimited access to the on-demand recording and resource materials.)
https://www.sliconnect.org/product/preventing-compassion-fatigue/

 

July 18, 2019
1:00pm EST

New Listing
Spiritual Care for Trauma Survivors
Saint Luke Institute

The struggle to find meaning in suffering is an ongoing human experience for believers and non-believers alike.  Uncovering your operative model for understanding suffering is essential to accompanying others who have experienced trauma. Rev. Paul Scaglione, M.Div., discusses a pastoral approach to accompanying trauma survivors.

Site: Online
Registration: $25 (Can’t make the live event? The $25 registration fee includes unlimited access to the on-demand recording and resource materials.)
https://www.sliconnect.org/product/spiritual-care-for-trauma-survivors/

 

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February 10, 2019

Sundays at CTU – What is Truth (John 18:38)?
Catholic Theological Union

A recent cover of TIME magazine posed the question in bold red letters set against a stark black background: “Is Truth Dead?” With the proliferation of “made-up facts” and “fake news,” it is a difficult time to know how to discern truth. In the Gospel of John, Jesus tells the Jews who had believed in him, “If you continue in my word, you are truly my disciples; and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free” (John 8:31-32). And at the end of the Gospel, as he is being interrogated by Pontius Pilate, Jesus says, “for this I came into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone who belongs to the truth listens to my voice,” to which Pilate responds, “What is truth?” (John 18:37-38). That is still a live question. To help us know how to answer it, the Scriptures and Dominican tradition, with its motto “Veritas,” can offer guidance in these troubling times for how to seek the truth that sets us free. Lecture begins at 3:00 p.m. with Mass at 4:00 p.m.

Site: CTU Campus, Chicago, Illinois
Registration: Free will donation
https://ctu.edu/event/sundays-at-ctu-what-is-truth/

 

February 14-16, 2019

2019 Mid-Atlantic Congress (MAC)
Co-sponsors: Association of Catholic Publishers (ACP) and the Department of Evangelization at the Archdiocese of Baltimore

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

Site: Hilton Baltimore, Maryland
Registration: $210
http://www.midatlanticcongress.org/home.html

 

February 21, 2019

New Listing
Lazarus, Come Forth: War, Soul Death, and Homecoming
DePaul University

Robert Emmet Meagher, author of Killing from the Inside Out, gives this fourth talk in CWCIT's Spiritual Works of Mercy Series. He addresses the work of mercy known as "praying for the living and the dead," from a unique perspective, as it relates to the spiritual wounds of war in veterans, their families, and their communities.

Site: DePaul University Student Center, Chicago, Illinois
Registration: Free of charge; all are welcome
http://events.depaul.edu/event/lazarus_come_forthwar_soul_death_and_
homecoming#.XDeJl_ZFxUQ

 

February 21, 2019

Spirituality, Healthy, and Justice
St. Catherine of Sienna Center, Dominican University

Jesus instructs us in the greatest commandment to Love God, and love your neighbor as yourself. In today's challenging context how are we able to be persons of justice when we are weary and stressed out? What spiritual practices can assist us in attending to our spiritual and physical health without feeling selfish? Dr. White’s presentation will guide us in a reflective process of prayer and shared story as we discover tools that can assist us in becoming more energized, focused and open to the loving presence of the Spirit of God as we continue on our journey in justice and loving others. Dr. White is an Assistant Professor of Spirituality and Ministry at Catholic Theological Union.

Site: River Forest, Illinois
Registration: $10
http://events.dom.edu/spirituality-health-and-justice

 

February 25-27, 2019

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

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

Site: Austin, Texas
Registration: Member $975; Nonmember $1,275

https://nocercc.org/convention

 

February 28, 2019

New Listing
Bearing Wrongs Patiently: Challenges & Hopes for the Catholic Church in Contemporary China
De Paul University

Dr. Mary Mee-Yin Yuen (Holy Spirit Seminary College, Hong Kong) gives this fifth talk in CWCIT's Spiritual Works of Mercy Series. She addresses the work of mercy commonly known as "bearing wrongs patiently" as it relates to the situation of the Catholic Church in contemporary China. Living under communism, Catholics in China, among other Christians, face the risk of persecution and violence. They’ve long been torn between an “underground” Church and a state-sanctioned one, and in February 2018, Beijing issued new regulations that aim to sinicize (adapt) religions to communism—e.g., banning online Bible sales. And as Dr. Mary Yuen tells us, despite a recent agreement between China and the Vatican, persecution continues. And yet Catholics in mainland China continue to nurture hope.

Site: DePaul University Student Center, Chicago, Illinois
Registration: Free of charge; all are welcome

http://events.depaul.edu/event/bearing_wrongs_patiently_challenges_
hopes_for_the_catholic_church_in_contemporary_china#.XDeLRPZFxUQ

 

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March 2, 2019

Into the Deep: Finding Peace Through Prayer
Avila Institute for Spiritual Formation

Presenter: Dan Burke. This is Dan's most powerful and most frequently requested event. Dan provides three powerful talks on the secrets of the saints regarding how to deepen our prayer lives and answer Jesus' invitation to "put out into the deep." In this event, Dan also provides a very powerful approach to extending the impact of the event into our daily lives for months and years to come.

Site: Immaculate Conception Church, Somerville, New Jersey
Registration: $25
https://avila-institute.org/product/into-the-deep-somerville-nj/

 

March 5-8, 2019

Human Rights in Christian Perspective
Overseas Ministries Study Center

The idea of inherent, universal human rights, protected under international law, has come to represent the best hope of many for freedom from the suffering of injustice. Faith in human rights has given hope to historic struggles against colonial oppression and racist apartheid. Amidst this complex landscape, what can be said about the special relationship between Christian faith and human rights? Exploring this subject from theological, spiritual, historical, and legal perspectives, we will think together about what this relationship has been, what it is today, and what hopes we might have for this relationship tomorrow and beyond.

Site: New Haven, Connecticut
Registration: $150
https://www.omsc.org/event-schedule/2019/5/5/human-rights-in-christian-perspectives

 

March 9, 2019

New Listing
They Were Speaking of His Exodus that He Was Going to Accomplish in Jerusalem
Christ the King Priory

This year we will read and hear Luke’s account of the Passion of Jesus on Palm/Passion Sunday. Each evangelist has a unique way of presenting Jesus, the disciples and other characters in the passion story. We will take this day to explore how Luke weaves familiar elements of the story together to create the image of a dying Messiah and King who forgives his enemies and brings others along with him into the Kingdom. At the same time, we will see what kind of discipleship stands out for us in these final days of Jesus and what are to be the marks of the community who still gathers around to share in his Last Supper.

Site: Schuyler, Nebraska
Registration: $40.76 (includes program fee, meal and taxes)

https://christthekingpriory.com/retreats-schedule/2019/3/9/they-were-speaking-of-his-exodus-that-he-was-going-to-accomplish-in-jerusalem-fr-joel-macul-osb-stl

 

March 13, 2019

Teilhard, Original Sin, Evolution, and the Curia: What Went Wrong
Chestnut Hill College (The Institute of Science and Religion)

Teilhard's critique of the dogma of original sin came close to what could be called a modern, science-based view. The Vatican's silencing of him was procedurally unjustified. Might the outcome have been difference?

Site: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Registration: Open to the public, free will donation
http://irands.org/event/teilhard-de-chardin-evolution-evil-and-original-sin-daryl-domning-phd/

 

March 21-23, 2019

2019 Catholic Social Tradition Conference
University of Notre Dame

This biennial conference sponsored by the Center for Social Concerns at the University of Notre Dame will explore how Catholic social tradition can engage academics and practitioners in the challenges of the most marginalized and vulnerable people in societies today, as well as how the development and impact of the Latin American theological concept of Option for the Poor has been globally embraced to build a more just and humane world. If the moral test of a society is how it treats vulnerable people, the signs of the times suggest there is significant room for improvement in communities around the world. By assembling experts in Catholic social ethics, the conference seeks to identify social issues with practical responses adequate to address the difficulty of resulting injustices.

Site: Notre Dame, Indiana
Registration: $250
https://socialconcerns.nd.edu/catholic-social-tradition-conference#

 

March 22-24, 2019

RECongress 2019
The Los Angeles Catholic Archdiocese Office of Religious Education

The Religious Education Congress 2019 will offer over 300 workshops and keynotes, over a dozen liturgy and prayer experiences, lunchtime entertainment and evening concerts, a film showcase, over 250 exhibitors, Sacred Space, an Art Exhibit, live Internet Arena (English) and Hall B (Spanish) events, the Opening Event streamed into Hall B, and so much more. Still the best bargain for adults around, wrapped into a three-day weekend!

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

 

March 28-31, 2019

The Universal Christ: Another Name For Every Thing
Center for Action and Contemplation

Join us as we explore the central themes of Father Richard’s new book (available Spring 2019) and discover the roots of the universal Christ in the rich history of the Christian tradition. Experience Easter in a new way as we consider Holy Week through a larger, cosmic view of Christ, drawing upon theology, practices, conversation, and liturgy. How might this vision impact our own lives and communities? Franciscan Richard Rohr will be joined by historian John Dominic Crossan and public theologian Jacqui Lewis in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and online via live webcast.

Site: Albuquerque, New Mexico
Registration: $375 Onsite Attendance; $59 Webcast
https://cac.org/another-name-for-every-thing-the-universal-christ/

 

March 28-31, 2019

ACA 2019 Conference & Expo
American Counseling Association

The ACA Conference & Expo is your opportunity to update your skills, enhance your knowledge and broaden your horizons. There’s no better place to demonstrate your commitment to your profession – and the many people you support. We welcome licensed professional counselors, counselor educators, students, school counselors, substance abuse counselors, psychologists and others eager to interact with the latest and greatest products and services that help mental health professionals help others thrive. Attendees work in all settings including private practices, counseling agencies, schools and universities, government/military, treatment centers and more.

Site: New Orleans, Louisiana
Registration: Member $532 / Nonmember $695

https://www.counseling.org/conference/about

 

March 30, 2019

New Listing
Wonderful Cosmos: Science and Creation
Christ the King Priory

The penetrating view modern astronomy affords with its telescopes gives us spectacular pictures of the cosmos. Together with scientific theories we come to new descriptions of the whence and where of nature and humanity. All this knowledge helps us to see how marvelous our world is. Science and the marvel of creation are no longer a contradiction. A complementary view can deepen the understanding of them both. The day will help us to find traces of the wonder in our cosmos and bring together science and faith in a fruitful dialogue.

Site: Schuyler, Nebraska
Registration: $40.76 (includes program fee, meal and taxes)
https://christthekingpriory.com/retreats-schedule/2019/3/30/wonderful-cosmos-science-and-creation-fr-christoph-gerhard-osb

 

March 30, 2019

Ministry Enrichment Gathering®
Liturgy Training Publications

In the liturgy, the faithful experience and celebrate the presence of Christ among them in Word, in sacrament, and in their brothers and sisters. From the liturgy, the faithful are sent to be, to enact, and to proclaim that presence in the world so that all may come to know Christ, to be welcomed into the Kingdom he proclaimed, and to participate in the praise and worship of God in the liturgy here on earth and in eternity. Through catechesis, storytelling, Church documents, art, music, and videos, participants renew their insight and energy for their ministries. 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. This gathering offers participants the opportunity to reflect on the power of the liturgy for themselves and those they serve.

Site: Hunt Valley, Maryland
Registration: $20
http://ministryenrichmentgathering.org/events/baltimore

 

March 30, 2019

Find Your Greatness
Dynamic Catholic

Great habits create great lives. Are your habits helping you become the-best-version-of-yourself? Find Your Greatness will introduce you to four simple ways to reach your full potential and create habits for a great life! This half-day event features live music and includes a free bag of Dynamic Catholic resources for every attendee.

Site: morris Plains, New Jersey
Registration: $25
https://dynamiccatholic.com/find-your-greatness-morris-plains-nj-mar-30-2019

 

March 31, 2019

Find Your Greatness
Dynamic Catholic

Great habits create great lives. Are your habits helping you become the-best-version-of-yourself? Find Your Greatness will introduce you to four simple ways to reach your full potential and create habits for a great life! This half-day event features live music and includes a free bag of Dynamic Catholic resources for every attendee.

Site: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Registration: $25
https://dynamiccatholic.com/find-your-greatness-philadelphia-pa-mar-31-2019

 

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April 1-3, 2019

Word and Wisdom Conference
McGrath Institute for Church Life, University of Notre Dame

The conference honors the 2019 publication of Olivier-Thomas Venard's A Poetic Christ: Thomistic Reflections on Scripture, Language and Reality, translated by Francesca Murphy and Kenneth Oakes. How can we reconnect Word and Wisdom? If biblical studies cannot survive in its present form, could a sophisticated synthesis of history, contemporary philosophy of language, theology of culture, and traditional exegetical resources guide Biblical studies toward a better future? As part of the conference, Armenian composer and friend of Fr. Venard, Michel Petrossian, has been commissioned to create a new written score for a choral anthem to be performed for the first time on Tuesday April 2, 2019 at the Eck Visitor Center. The concert will be preceded by a talk given by Fr. Venard.

Site: Notre Dame, Indiana
Registration: Free but registration is required
https://mcgrath.nd.edu/conferences/academic-pastoral/venard/

 

April 6, 2019

Ministry Enrichment Gathering®
Liturgy Training Publications

In the liturgy, the faithful experience and celebrate the presence of Christ among them in Word, in sacrament, and in their brothers and sisters. From the liturgy, the faithful are sent to be, to enact, and to proclaim that presence in the world so that all may come to know Christ, to be welcomed into the Kingdom he proclaimed, and to participate in the praise and worship of God in the liturgy here on earth and in eternity. Through catechesis, storytelling, Church documents, art, music, and videos, participants renew their insight and energy for their ministries. 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. This gathering offers participants the opportunity to reflect on the power of the liturgy for themselves and those they serve.

Site: Bridgeport, Connecticut
Registration: $20
https://formationreimagined.org/events/liturgy-as-source-and-summit-2/

 

April 6, 2019

Find Your Greatness
Dynamic Catholic

Great habits create great lives. Are your habits helping you become the-best-version-of-yourself? Find Your Greatness will introduce you to four simple ways to reach your full potential and create habits for a great life! This half-day event features live music and includes a free bag of Dynamic Catholic resources for every attendee.

Site: arlington heights, Illinois
Registration: $25
https://dynamiccatholic.com/find-your-greatness-arlington-heights-il-apr-6-2019

 

April 6-11, 2019

NAB Show 2019
National Association of Broadcasters

NAB Show is where ground-breaking technology is unveiled, innovative solutions are displayed and game-changing trends are exposed. Prepare to explore aisle after aisle of awesome tech, cool gear, smart software, capable cloud solutions and limitless ideas and inspiration. Only here can you roll-up your sleeves and be hands-on with the products, services and people driving the future of content.

Site: Las Vegas, Nevada
Registration: Members $505 / Nonmembers $705
https://www.nabshow.com/about-nab-show/show-overview

 

April 7, 2019

Cultivating a Sense of Place: Contemplative Ecology in a Time of Loss
The Institute for Religion and Science

This workshop will focus on what it means to cultivate a deeper sense of place and a stronger ethical commitment to caring for the places we love. Presenter: Douglas Christie, PhD, Professor of Theological Studies, Loyola Marymount University

Site: Chestnut Hill College, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Registration: Free will donation
http://irands.org/event/cultivating-a-sense-of-place-contemplative-ecology-in-a-time-of-loss-douglas-christie-phd/

 

April 7, 2019

Exploring Emotional Sobriety
Genesis Spiritual Life & Conference Center

…If we examine every disturbance we have, great or small, we will find at the root of it some unhealthy dependence and its consequent demand. Let us, with God´s help, continually surrender these hobbling demands. Then we can be set free to live and love: we may then be able to gain emotional sobriety. – Bill Wilson, co-founder of Alcoholics Anonymous. This gathering will explore the emergent concept of Emotional Sobriety and its implications in everyday living. Our afternoon will by dynamic, consisting of presentation, reflection and group discussion.

Site: Westfield, Massachusetts
Registration: Free will donation
https://www.genesisspiritualcenter.org/retreats-programs/calendar/exploring-emotional-sobriety/

 

April 9, 2019

Barking to the Choir: The Power of Radical Kinship
St. Catherine of Sienna Center, Dominican University

Gregory Boyle, founder of Homeboy Industries, will share how compassion, kindness, and kinship are the tools to fight despair and decrease marginalization. Through his stories and parables, all will be reminded that no life is less valuable than another.

Site: River Forest, Illinois
Registration: $10
http://events.dom.edu/gregboyle

 

April 10-13, 2019
Save the Date

RCC 2019 Convention
Religion Communicators Council (RCC) and Associated Church Press (ACP)

Seeing in New Ways: Possibilities and Perceptions. When we consider the time in which we live, as religion communicators and journalists too often we see situations and experiences in the same old ways. During our 2019 RCC-ACP Convention, we will strive to see in new ways with new possibilities and perceptions to reach existing and new audiences with a refreshing message of truth, justice, freedom and hope. We will be meeting jointly with the Associated Church Press (ACP). The convention is being planned by a team from both organizations and we’ll share in workshops, keynote speakers, networking opportunities and faith expressions. of special note is that this year's convention is Religion Communicators Council's 90th anniversary.

Site: Chicago, Illinois
Registration: $395

https://www.religioncommunicators.org/convention

 

April 15-18, 2019

Aging in America 2019 ASA Conference
American Society on Aging

Join American Society on Aging in New Orleans next April to learn best practices and gain insights from leaders in the field about the current state of aging in America. AiA19 is the place to be for knowledge, inspiration and networking with others who are dedicated to improving the lives of older adults. The 2019 conference will have a strong focus on critical and emergent topics facing the field of aging, as well as cutting-edge and responsive programmatic, research, policy and advocacy efforts. Interest areas include: emergency/disaster readiness, housing and transportation access, caregiving, substance use/opioid crisis, multiple aspects of dementia, technology and aging, intergenerational models, population health, shifting policy and legislative issues affecting older adults, and much more. Join us to learn about innovative policies, programs, practices, models, businesses and learning that you can use in your work with older adults.

Site: New Orleans, Louisiana
Member Registration: Member $585 February 28; $670 after
Nonmember Registration: $835 before February 28; $960 after
http://asaging.org/aging-in-america

 

April 23-25, 2019

NCEA Convention & Expo 2019
National Catholic Educational Association

There is nothing like seeing thousands of Catholic school educators come together to celebrate the gift and impact of Catholic school education to the country, and we are expecting this coming convention to be one of biggest gatherings that we have had in several years. As the largest, private-education association gathering in the world, NCEA 2019 is the perfect time and place for you to connect with others, acquire new knowledge and experience and witness our Holy Father’s calling of missionary discipleship. If you only attend one education event this year, this is the one. we hope that you will be able to join us and experience this unique professional development opportunity to grow in faith and knowledge and to celebrate the great gift of Catholic school education.

Site: Chicago, Illinois
Member Registration: $300 by April 21; $355 after
Nonmember Registration: $355 by March 30; $375 after
https://www.ncea.org/ncea2019

 

April 26, 2019

Find Your Greatness
Dynamic Catholic

Great habits create great lives. Are your habits helping you become the-best-version-of-yourself? Find Your Greatness will introduce you to four simple ways to reach your full potential and create habits for a great life! This half-day event features live music and includes a free bag of Dynamic Catholic resources for every attendee.

Site: depere, wisconsin
Registration: $25
https://dynamiccatholic.com/find-your-greatness-de-pere-wi-apr-26-2019

 

April 27, 2019

Find Your Greatness
Dynamic Catholic

Great habits create great lives. Are your habits helping you become the-best-version-of-yourself? Find Your Greatness will introduce you to four simple ways to reach your full potential and create habits for a great life! This half-day event features live music and includes a free bag of Dynamic Catholic resources for every attendee.

Site: milwaukee, wisconsin
Registration: $25
https://dynamiccatholic.com/find-your-greatness-milwaukee-wi-apr-27-2019

 

April 27-28, 2019

New Listing
The Path is Made by Walking...
Christ the King Priory

The Beatitudes invite us to open our hearts and minds to God-with-us in our daily life, teach us the broader meaning of “Give us this day our daily bread,” and coach us to “Pass it on” in thanksgiving for God’s mercies received. Together we will explore what it means to be “Beatitude People.”

Site: Schuyler, Nebraska
Registration: $130.08 (includes program fee, meals and taxes)
https://christthekingpriory.com/retreats-schedule/2019/4/27/sr-marie-micheletto-rsm-lpc-nancy-hemesath

 

April 28-30, 2019

NACPA 2019 Convocation
National Association of Church Personnel Administrators

NACPA members return to Convocation each year not only for the ongoing education and peer relationship building but to come away with the solutions to the daily challenges and hurdles which are specific to the lives of an HR Director in a church or diocesan office. As the professional membership organization for HR practitioners who see their career as a ministry and desire to exercise good management practices anchored in Gospel values, NACPA’s annual Convocation offers your organization an opportunity to present ideas that will create relationships with churches, diocesan offices and eparches around the country.

Site: San Antonio, Texas
Member Registration: $590 by March 30; $700 after
Nonmember Registration: $700 by March 30; $800 after
http://www.nacpa.org/convocation/

 

April 29 – May 2,
2019

2019 National Convocation of Priests
National Federation of Priests' Councils (NFPC)

The National Association of Church Personnel Administrators (NACPA) promotes leadership in human resources, finance and administration that models Gospel values, promoting justice in the workplace. NACPA members return to Convocation each year not only for the ongoing education and peer relationship building but to come away with the solutions to the daily challenges and hurdles which are specific to the lives of an HR Director in a church or diocesan office.

Site: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Member Registration: $590 by March 31, 2019; $700 after
Nonmember Registration: $700
http://nfpc.org/2019-convocation/

 

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May 5, 2019

Exploring Spiritual Experiences: The Search for a Loving Higher Power
Genesis Spiritual Life & Conference Center

Throughout recorded history people with a variety of faith traditions, or without, have reported having spiritual experiences; such as hearing, seeing, being inspired by, or feeling the presence of a higher power. In this workshop we will explore a variety of spiritual experiences both in past and modern times. The experience of mystics such as the canonized Teresa of Avila, the origins of A Course in Miracles, the “white light” experience of Bill Wilson who co-founded Alcoholics Anonymous, and accounts from everyday people will be shared. We will explore how people both define and attempt to connect to spirituality, and the barriers to connecting with a loving Higher Power. We will offer some of the ways people use to develop a conscious contact to spirituality. Participants will be invited to share their experiences and perspectives on developing a spiritual connection in an open, accepting and non-judgmental space.

Site: Westfield, Massachusetts
Registration: $40
https://www.genesisspiritualcenter.org/retreats-programs/calendar/exploring-spiritual-experiences-the-search-for-a-l/

 

May 5-8, 2019

New Listing
2019 CPPCD Conference
Conference for Pastoral Planning and Council Development

"Out of Chaos Finding God" 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. Through member involvement, education, personal development, and professional programming, the organization and its members work together to develop their full potential in their unique ministries. The annual national convention, the electronic discussion group CPPCD FORUM, the newsletter Member Update, and certification programs are just a few of the ways members get connected, stay connected, and grow through their own and others’ ministerial experiences.

Site: Parma (Cleveland), Ohio
Member Registration: $625 (lodging and meals on site)
Nonmember Registration: $695 (lodging and meals on site)
http://www.cppcd.org/conference/

 

May 12-17, 2019

All the Light We Need
Maryknoll Mission Institute

This program will enable us to reflect on the meaning of holiness today. Two sources will guide us: Gaudete Et Exsultate by Pope Francis and the Biblical tradition. The focus of exploration will be to examine what it means to be faithful in the radically changing context of our current time; a time of new challenges where the old answers limp and new ways are being explored. This program will include time for presentations, contemplation and sharing.

Site: Maryknoll, New York
Registration: $60 deposit; $200 tuition; $60 room/board per night
https://www.maryknollsisters.org/mission-institute/missioninstitute/

 

May 14-17, 2019
Save the Date

2019 Meeting of the Mariological Society of America
Mariological Society of America

The Mariological Society of America (MSA) holds an annual three-day meeting. Anyone may attend the sessions of the annual meetings. The annual meeting usually includes a presidential address, 5 or 6 presentations; and a survey of recent Marian publications, focusing primarily on books and articles in English, but including recent writings on Mary in other languages as well. The proceedings of the annual meeting are published in Marian Studies, which is now available through E-Commons.

Site: Attleboro, Massachusetts
Registration: tba
http://www.mariologicalsociety.com/

 

May 15-17, 2019

23rd Annual CCFM Conference
Conference for Catholic Facility Management

The Conference for Catholic Facility Management (CCFM) provides a forum for professionals working for our church in matters of real estate, construction, and facility management. The conference promotes professional development while nurturing the spiritual growth of its members responsible for Catholic owned buildings and properties through sharing the knowledge and experience of all members. CCFM seeks to contribute to the effectiveness and strength of our Church by providing professional training, continuing education, networking, and advocating the highest standards of work and professionalism for all members.

Site: Minneapolis, Minnesota
Registration: Coming soon
http://www.ccfm.net/

 

May 19-23, 2019
Save the Date

NCCL Annual Conference & Exposition
National Conference for Catechetical Leadership

Nurturing the Hungry Heart. We come together in the Diocese of Orange this year to celebrate our 83rd national conference. Apart from the opportunity for prayer, rejuvenation, and formation, our gathering will provide us with the best opportunity to connect as catechetical professionals. You’ll come away with confidence in leadership, a broader and deeper network, and a revitalization of your ministry to bring to your own faith community.

Site: Orange County, California
Member Registration: $375 until May 18; $400 onsite
Nonmember Registration: $475 (includes one year membership)
https://nccl.org/product/2019conference/

 

May 19-24, 2019

Oasis in the Overwhelmed
Maryknoll Mission Institute

We live in challenging times. Day by day, stress seems to increase exponentially. That's the bad news! The good news? The new neuroscience assures us that we can re-wire our own brains to increase our resilience, our health, our happiness, our hope. During this program we will focus on the really big questions: Who am I? What am I here on this earth for? Come surf with us. Get clear so you can take powerful action!

Site: Maryknoll, New York
Registration: $60 deposit; $200 tuition; $60 room/board per night
https://www.maryknollsisters.org/mission-institute/missioninstitute/

 

May 26-31, 2019

NAFSA 2019 Annual Conference & Expo
NAFSA: Association of International Educators

Global Leadership, Learning, and Change. The 2019 annual conference theme encourages reflection on the current state of the field and on how to work through the changes and challenges faced by our profession. We will examine how to effectively deal with uncertainty and ambiguity in critical areas such as immigration, health, and safety, and consider the differences in perceptions of how countries welcome others. We will study current standards of successful leadership, at all levels of the field, in the face of change. We will discuss how the present affects the future of our field.

Site: Washington, DC
Member Registration: $689 by April 21; $809 after
Nonmember Registration: $989 by April 21; $1,159 after
http://nafsa.org/Annual_Conference/Annual_Conference___Expo/

 

May 28-31, 2019

7th Annual Sacred Liturgy Conference
Sacred Liturgy Conference

The Living Waters of the Eucharist. This year’s theme will focus on the Eucharist as the preeminent source of supernatural grace in both our personal lives and the world. A special conference session will include a pre-recorded interview with His Eminence Joseph Cardinal Zen from Hong Kong, China on the current state of the Liturgy in China. The Sacred Liturgy Conference is open to anyone interested in the treasures of the Catholic Faith, and promises to be intellectually, liturgically, and spiritually enriching.  Come join us as we deepen our understanding and love for the Holy Eucharist, the Catholic Faith and the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.

Site: Spokane, Washington
Registration: $195 before February 15; $245 after
https://sacredliturgyconference.org/

 

May 30 – June 2, 2019

CTS 2019 Annual Convention
College Theology Society

The College Theology Society is a professional association of college and university professors. Founded in 1954 as a Roman Catholic organization of lay and religious teachers of undergraduate theology, the CTS today has a membership of over 900 college and university professors throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe. While maintaining its roots in the Roman Catholic tradition, the Society is increasingly ecumenical in its membership and concerns. The 2019 Convention theme is "All the Ends of the Earth: Challenge and Celebration of Global Catholicism."

Site: South Bend, Indiana
Registration: Opening March 2019
http://collegetheology.org/Annual-Convention

 

May 31 – June 3, 2019

New Listing
NACC 2019 National Conference
National Association of Catholic Chaplains

In May/June 2019, Chaplains and those serving in varied ways in pastoral care from across the nation, Canada, and beyond, will gather in Mundelein, IL, to be energized, supported, challenged and transformed personally and professionally. This year’s conference theme “Partners in Pastoral Care” will provide the opportunity for each person to: Be inspired and supported in their own particular ministry, within and on behalf of the Church; receive specialized sessions in their own area of ministry; network with other pastoral care providers in health care, parish, correctional, and other ministry settings; be exposed to diverse resources to improve their ministry. The 2019 conference will also allow participants to celebrate the Eucharist and other liturgical services along with the opportunity to enjoy the beautiful environs of the University of St. Mary of the Lake campus.

Site: Mundelein, Illinois
Registration Member: $345 by March 15; $395 after
Registration Nonmember: $400 by March 15; $450 after
https://www.nacc.org/conference/

 

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June 3-5, 2019

New Listing
Summer Institute for Catholic Education Leadership
Loyola University New Orleans

Each year, the Institute--co-sponsored by the Loyola Institute for Ministry, the Office of Catholic Schools, and the Office of Religious Education of the Archdiocese of New Orleans--focuses on leadership development for religious educators.

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

 

June 5-12, 2019

Institute for Seminary Formators
Sulpicians

The Fourteenth Institute for Seminary Formators is presented and sponsored by the Society of St. Sulpice, Province of the United States, as a formational program for those who minister within the seminary as an advisor, a spiritual director, or a member of the formation team. The Institute employs a workshop format to provide an opportunity for the education and formation for those who assume the responsibility of forming future priests. The Institute for Seminary Formators seeks to situate these important formational roles within the vision of Pastores Dabo Vobis and the Program of Priestly Formation.

Site: Washington, D.C.
Registration: $1,170
http://sulpicians.org/

 

June 6-9, 2019

New Listing
74th Annual Convention of the CTSA
Catholic Theological Society of America

Theme: Another World is Possible: Violence, Resistance and Transformation
Speakers include Kevin J. Burke, SJ, Regis University; Emily Reimer-Barry, University of San Diego; Gerald Boodoo, Duquesne University; and Paul Lakeland, Fairfield University

Site: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Registration Member: $160 by May 11; $185 after
Registration Nonmember: $185 by May 11; $205 after
https://ctsa-online.org/Convention

 

June 6-12, 2019

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

This year's program examines in-depth the civil and canon law implications of the vows, including the relationships created by the vows. This program will enable you to: Gain a new perspective on the role and responsibilities of leadership; interact with those who share similar responsibilities and challenges; discover alternative solutions to problems; create a network of peers; and, refresh yourself in a restful, relaxed and pleasant environment, with opportunities to participate in recreational and cultural activities.

Site: Dallas, Pennsylvania
Registration: $895 before March 1; $915 after
https://www.misericordia.edu/page.cfm?p=960

 

June 7-9, 2019

New Listing
Peter and Paul: How Can Unity Grow in Diversity?
Christ the King Priory

Saint Peter and Saint Paul are the key figures of the early church. However, their origin, life story, and character could not have been more different. How was it that they were able to let both unity and diversity grow in the Church? As in this day and age both unity and diversity are under threat, we can take them as role models for our lives.

Site: Schuyler, Nebraska
Registration: $205.77 (includes program fee, meals and taxes)
https://christthekingpriory.com/retreats-schedule/2019/6/7/peter-and-paul-how-can-unity-grow-in-diversity-fr-mauritius-wilde-osb-phd-

 

June 7-9, 2019

Power & Purpose
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: $131 by February 28; $171 after. Priests willing to hear confessions will receive free registration
https://steubenvilleconferences.com/events/ppc/

 

June 9-12, 2019

New Listing
Catholic Youth Ministry Training Convention
Life Teen

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: Opening February 15, 2019
https://lifeteen.com/events/catholic-youth-ministry-convention/

 

June 14-16, 2019
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ASM 2019 Annual Meeting
American Society of Missiology

Lifestyles of the Rich and Faithful: Stewardship, Simplicity and Mission. As we come to grips with the economic and cultural consequences of globalization, where the gap between the rich and the poor has only widened (and not in a disconnected kind of way along racial and cultural lines) it feels timely once again to mine the depths of the rich biblical theme of stewardship. The truth that all peoples and all cultures are equal in the eyes of God has gained more overt affirmation than ever before, as the world has entered the postcolonial era. This has resulted in an earnest desire for authentic friendships and genuine partnerships as a way to define and practice intercultural mission. However, in order to achieve genuine equality in friendships and ministry partnerships across cultures, power dynamics, wealth and poverty, personal lifestyles, authority structures, etc. are issues to which we must attend. Otherwise, the missionary community-host church relationship falls to default colonial patterns of inequality that do not reflect the kingdom of God. Stewardship is a valuable underlying biblical theme that can aid in dealing with this range of issues. 

Site: South Bend, Indiana
Registration: Opening February 2019
https://www.asmweb.org/annual-meeting

 

June 14-20, 2019

Elder Religious and Diocesan Priests Workshop
Misericordia University

This workshop provides information that specializes in practical applications and solutions and a strong support-networking system across the spiritual, psychological, medical, pastoral, and practical aspects of caring and administering to the elders in our religious congregations and dioceses. The program includes: Mini sabbatical for priests, brothers, and sisters; faculty specifically chosen for their expertise and ability to relate to this focused group; integrates the spiritual, psychological, medical, pastoral, and practical issues concerning the aged; and, opens channels linking you into a strong support and networking system

Site: Dallas, Pennsylvania
Registration: $860 before May 1; $910 after
https://www.misericordia.edu/page.cfm?p=961

 

June 16-21, 2019

Traveling the Road to Joy with Thomas Merton and Friends
Maryknoll Mission Institute

"Rejoice always!" (1 Thes.5:16) How do we do so? What is joy? How do we find joy? What are the obstacles to joy in our lives? What does the practice of joy entail? Guided by mystic and prophet, Thomas Merton, we will explore signposts on the road to joy, including the joy of being human, the joy of friendship, mercy, mission, and the joy of becoming ONE. We will draw on the wisdom of writers that Merton counted among his friends, incluing the Dalai Lama, Abraham Heschel, Julian of Norwich, Thich Nhat Hanh and Rainer Maria Rilke.

Site: Maryknoll, New York
Registration: $60 deposit; $200 tuition; $60 room/board per night
https://www.maryknollsisters.org/mission-institute/missioninstitute/

 

June 17-19, 2019

Castelot Summer Scripture
Archdiocese of Detroit

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

Site: Lake Orion, Michigan
Registration: Coming soon

http://castelotscripture.com/

 

June 17-20, 2019

New Listing
Liturgy Week: Liturgy and the Domestic Church
McGrath Institute for Church Life, University of Notre Dame

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, and nationally-renowned experts in liturgical and sacramental education.

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

 

June 17-22, 2019

Evolutionary Faith
Genesis Spiritual Life & Conference Center

The story of evolution belongs to no one person, group, or specialization; it belongs to all of us who participate in it. It needs all our collective wisdom and, above all, the creative dialog that can ensue from that enterprise. In this retreat, we will explore and weave together insights from various disciplines including anthropology, theology, and Scripture. Through input, reflection and dialogue, we will review and discern some of the major challenges for living our faith differently in the 21st century. Begins Monday with supper at 6pm and concludes Saturday with lunch at noon.

Site: Westfield, Massachusetts
Registration: $645 (includes meals and private room)

https://www.genesisspiritualcenter.org/retreats-programs/calendar/evolutionary-faith/

 

June 18-21, 2019

2019 Catholic Media Conference
Catholic Press Association of the United States & Canada

Join fellow Catholic communicators as we make the annual pilgrimage to re-connect, update skills and refresh knowledge with those who share in the goal of communicating The Good News. The conference is scheduled over a three day period, with more than 25 sessions covering issues relevant to many aspects of developing, managing and producing all forms of communications, and the business side that makes it all happen.

Site: St. Petersburg, Florida
Member Registration: $430 by May 29; $480 after
Nonmember Registration: $530 by May 29; $580 after
https://www.catholicpress.org/page/2019CMC

 

June 19-23, 2019

New Listing
Annual (Ninth) Philosophy Workshop
Mount Saint Mary College

Theme: Aquinas on Human Action and Virtue. Aquinas offers a powerful synthetic account of human action and of the virtues that dispose human beings to act well. These topics have also attracted significant interest in contemporary philosophy. Theories of human action are also of first importance for ethics. What are the basic constituent dimensions of a human act? How do we distinguish acts of different moral kinds? (For example, what is the distinction between shooting someone as an act of self-defense and shooting someone as an act of murder?) What makes an act voluntary, and what factors undermine moral responsibility for an act? Are some acts wrong no matter what the circumstances? If yes, why, and which kinds of acts?

Site: Newburgh, New York
Registration: $385 by May 7, 2019
https://www.msmc.edu/About_MSMC/philosophy_workshop

 

June 23-28, 2019

Mission Inter Gentes: An Egalitarian Missiology for the 21st Century
Maryknoll Mission Institute

Ever since Pope Paul VI challenged us to be open to being evangelized by those we seek to evangelize, mission has become a highly collaborative endeavor. Gospel empowerment rather than conversion is the primary goal. We will explore the ensuing theological and practical implications.

Site: Maryknoll, New York
Registration: $60 deposit; $200 tuition; $60 room/board per night
https://www.maryknollsisters.org/mission-institute/missioninstitute/

 

June 24-27, 2019

New Listing
2019 AUSCP Assembly
Association of U.S. Catholic Priests

God's Priestly People: The Baptized and the Ordained. Keynote speakers include Cardinal Blase Cupick, Archdiocese of Chicago; Richard Gaillardetz, Joseph Professor of Catholic Systematic Theology, Boston College; and Sr. Norma Pimentel, MJ, Executive Director, Catholic charities of Rio Grande Valley. A retreat led by Fr. Thomas Rosica, CSB, CEO of Canada's Salt and Light Catholic Media Foundation, is also on the agenda.

Site: St. Louis, Missouri
Registration: $475 by March 31; $495 after
http://www.uscatholicpriests.org/

 

June 27-30, 2019

General Meeting of the ITMS
International Thomas Merton Society

O, Peace, Bless this Mad Place. On the schedule for the General Meeting will be a variety of workshops, time for guided prayer, and special presentations. There are numerous concurrent Sessions to choose from. Please see the website for details on those. Plenary speakers include Rose Marie Berger, Robert Ellsberg, Ron Hansen, and Richard Rodriguez.

Site: Santa Clara, California
Registration: Member $350 / Nonmember $400
http://www.merton.org/2019/default.aspx

 

June 28-29, 2019

New Listing
Seeking God Together
Christ the King Priory

Spiritual formation is part of life, for monastics, married couples, parents, children, and members of faith communities. But formation is difficult and demands that we be accountable to others. Kathleen Norris will bring stories of her own formation, as well as those of monastics, and invite participants to bring their stories to share. Her presentations will be at once intimate and historical, rich in poetry and meditations, brimming with exasperation and reverence, deeply grounded in both nature and spirit, sometimes funny, often provocative and always important.

Site: Schuyler, Nebraska
Registration: $205.77 (includes program fee, meals and taxes)
https://christthekingpriory.com/retreats-schedule/2019/6/28/seeking-god-together-kathleen-norris

 

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July 2-3, 2019

New Listing
National Gathering on Christian Initiation
Liturgy Training Publications

Join us for the 2019 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 March 6; $250 after
http://ngci.org/home/index

 

July 2-6, 2019

New Listing
Archbishop James Patterson Lyke Conference & Rivers Music Institute
Lyke Conference

Theme: Every Knee Shall Bend: Reconciliation Black and Catholic
Meeting the liturgical needs of the Black Catholic community. Provides a culturally rich atmosphere encompassing music, art, ritual, along with other activities and experiences that will inspire and enable participants to enrich worship services in their own parishes.

Site: National Harbor, Maryland
Registration: $175 Conference; $175 Institute; $250 both
http://www.lykeconference.com/

 

July 7-12, 2019

New Listing
Listening for the Heartbeat of God: A Celtic Spirituality
Maryknoll Mission Institute

One of the most cherished images in the Celtic world is the memory of John the Beloved leaning against Jesus at the Last Supper. It was said that he therefore heard the heartbeat of God. He became a symbol of the practice of listening, listening for the beat of the Sacred deep within ourselves, within one another and within the body of the earth. This is the Christianity that emerged in the Celtic world in the earliest centuries. And it is a stream of Christian wisdom that is flowing again. It moves us to be aware of the Sacred at the heart of every moment and it calls us back into true relationship with the earth, with one another and with what is deepest in ourselves, all made of God.

Site: Maryknoll, New York
Registration: $60 deposit; $200 tuition; $60 room/board per night
https://www.maryknollsisters.org/mission-institute/missioninstitute/

 

July 7-12, 2019

New Listing
Summer Institute 2019
San Alfonso Retreat House

People in ministry are often so busy meeting the needs of those around them that they fail to care for themselves. This workshop is an opportunity to renew and deepen our self-care skills so that our ministry can be fruitful and life-giving to ourselves as well as others. We will discuss signs and sources of depletion in ministry and its impact on our physical and emotional health. Participants will be invited to examine the current challenges in self-care. And will be offered a series of practical tools for healthy stress management, deepening self care, healthy boundary setting, and increasing joy in everyday life.

Site: Long Branch, New Jersey
Registration: $695 stipend
https://www.sanalfonsoretreats.org/67

 

July 9-24, 2019
 

New Listing
NRVC 2019 Summer Institute
National Religious Vocation Conference

The NRVC will offer five workshops in Chicago July 9-24. The following courses will be offered, all of them on the campus of the Catholic Theological Union in the dynamic lakeside neighborhood of Hyde Park. Registration for Summer Institute will open in February.

The courses offered are:
July 9-13: Orientation Program for New Vocation Directors
July 15-16: Ethical Issues in Vocation and Formation Ministry
July 18-20: Behavioral Assessment 1
July 18-20: Due Diligence in Vocation Ministry (for those involved in vocation ministry for four years or more)
July 22-24: Communication Skills to Promote Vocations

Site: Chicago, Illinois
Registration: tba
https://nrvc.net/publication/5311/article/18363-2019-summer-institute

 

July 13, 2019

New Listing
Body Awareness and Mind-Body Medicine
Christ the King Priory

This workshop presents the latest research on how mind, body and spirit are integrated. We are literally catching up to Jesus and what many people have always intuitively known that breath is Spirit and body is Temple. This workshop will offer techniques which introduce the peace and calm of the spiritual life into our busy and stress filled lives. Learning the skills of self-care we can more energetically go out and serve others and God. Participants will learn and practice mindful breathing, use of the imagination, self-affirmations, written dialogues, genograms and imagery.

Site: Schuyler, Nebraska
Registration: $40.76 (includes program fee, meal and taxes)
https://christthekingpriory.com/retreats-schedule/2019/7/13/body-awareness-and-mind-body-medicine-patrick-powers-mdiv-ma

 

July 14-19, 2019

New Listing
Teilhard and Struggle: Drawn to the Road of Fire
Maryknoll Mission Institute

While on retreat in 1919, Teilhard experienced a transfiguration-like vision that he shares in his essay, The Spiritual Power of Matter. During this vision, Teilhard is moved to commit himself to a life of struggle in every aspect without yet knowing what these struggles might be. In this program, we will consider the many ways Teilhard is confronted with struggle—as a scientist, as a believer, as a lover, as a Jesuit, as a mystic, and as a faithful member of the Church. Together we will explore some of the more significant examples, notice Teilhard's responses and share our experiences in order to learn better ways of dealing with the struggles that we face in our lives and in our world today.

Site: Maryknoll, New York
Registration: $60 deposit; $200 tuition; $60 room/board per night
https://www.maryknollsisters.org/mission-institute/missioninstitute/

 

July 15-18, 2019

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: $261 by February 28; $281 by March 31; $301 after (Priest Registration Rate: Free)
https://steubenvilleconferences.com/events/sjb/

 

July 16-19, 2019

New Listing
NPM 42nd Annual Convention
National Association of Pastoral Musicians

Theme: That You May Be Healed. The National Association of Pastoral Musicians (NPM) is an organization for anyone who recognizes and supports the value of musical liturgy. We are choir directors, organists, guitarists, pianists, instrumentalists of all kinds, priests, cantors, and pastoral liturgists. If you are already a member of NPM, you know the importance of the Association for advancing the musical and liturgical life of the Church in the United States. If you are not currently a member or have never participated in an NPM event, we extend to you a warm invitation to join us in "fostering the art of musical liturgy."

Site: Raleigh, North Carolina
Registration Member: $280 by March 1; $315 by June 14; $355 after
Registration Nonmember: $390 by March 1; $425 by June 14; $465 after
https://npm.org/featured-content/42nd-annual-convention/

 

July 17-21, 2019

New Listing
2019 Annual Tekakwitha Conference
Tekakwitha Conference

The Tekakwitha Conference is a religious non-profit organization that advocates for evangelization among the Indigenous Catholics of 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. Our Annual Tekakwitha Conference, a gathering of All Nations, is dedicated to her.

Site: Sharonville, Ohio
Registration Member: $120 by March 25; $135 after / Senior (55 yrs and over) $95 by March 25; $110 after
Registration Nonmember: $160 by March 25; $175 after / Senior (55 yrs and over) $135 by March 25; $150 after
https://tekconf.org/conferences

 

July 18-21, 2019

New Listing
2019 Theological Institute: The Long Struggle to Desegregate Catholic America
Manna House of Prayer

The 2019 Institute will deal directly with the reality of racism. We will explore how white people have learned to rationalize ourselves into being nonracist while actually being racist. We also hope to expose the evil within and among us and begin to expunge it from our language, attitudes and cultural mores. Because racism is an evil with which we subtly cooperate we will weave into our days with Dr. Williams discerning processes through which we might begin to invite God to change us into the inclusive Christian body we are meant to be.

Site: Concordia, Kansas
Registration: $325
https://mannahouse.org/event-registration-2/?ee=82

 

July 21-26, 2019

New Listing
RSM Institute on Sacred Scripture
Misericordia University

Theme: 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. New this year! Two tracks for your convenience. Attend one or both: July 21-23 and/or July 23-26

Site: Dallas, Pennsylvania
Registration: $715 by April 1; $750 after
https://www.misericordia.edu/page.cfm?p=962

 

July 21-26, 2019

New Listing
The Sacred Heart of the Cosmos: Mission Spirit in Modern Time
Maryknoll Mission Institute

During this program we will be led on a mission journey of the heart with artwork of Bro. Mickey McGrath, OSFS, MFA created in Guatemala, Kenya, India and Camden, New Jersey. Bro. Mickey's images of the Cosmic Heart of Christ reflect the works of diverse figures from Hildegard of Bingen and Vincent van Gogh to Pope Francis, Merton, and Teilhard. Bro. Mickey not only shares his art work but the interesting stories behind the art pieces. Hands-on creative activity will be included through the creation of a cosmic mandala.

Site: Maryknoll, New York
Registration: $60 deposit; $200 tuition; $60 room/board per night
https://www.maryknollsisters.org/mission-institute/missioninstitute/

 

July 24-26, 2019

New Listing
Applied Biblical Studies
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: $131 by February 28; $151 by March 31; $171 after; Priests willing to hear confessions will be given free registration
https://steubenvilleconferences.com/events/abs/

 

July 25-28, 2019
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Social Action Summer Institute
Roundtable/Association of Catholic Diocesan Social Action Directors

Site: Salt Lake City, Utah
Registration: tba
https://catholicroundtable.org/#https://www.catholicroundtable.org/events/social-action-summer-institute-sasi

 

July 26-28, 2019

New Listing
Defending the Faith
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: $131 by February 28; $151 by March 31: $171 after; Priests willing to hear confessions will be given free registration
https://steubenvilleconferences.com/events/dfc/

 

July 27-30, 2019
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New Listing
82nd International Meeting Catholic Biblical Association of America
Catholic Biblical Association of America

Site: North Canton, Ohio
Registration: tba
https://www.catholicbiblical.org/meetings/82nd-international-meeting

 

July 28-30, 2019
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2019 Conference National Association of Catholic Family Life Ministers
National Association of Catholic Family Life Ministers

Theme: The Future Starts with the Family

Site: Denver, Colorado
Registration: tba
http://nacflm.org/2019-conference/

 

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The Angry Christian
A Bible-based Strategy to Care for and Discipline a Valuable Emotion
Brandon Vogt and Bert Ghezzi

If we are seeking a secret that will simply eliminate anger, we’re pursuing a vain hope. Anger will surely be with us until we die. It may even go with us to heaven, where the Lord may allow us to share his anger at the evils that afflict his creation. But we can learn to increase good anger and to minimize the bad. That’s the Christian approach summed up by Paul when he admonished the Ephesians to “Be angry, but do not sin” (Eph 4:26). If used constructively, anger can even help us live a more Christian life. This is not a psychology or self-help book. It presents a Bible-based strategy for caring for and disciplining a valuable emotion. It describes a method that helps us use anger successfully to overcome the obstacles strewn across the path of our Christian journey. The book contains questions for discussion, personal reflection and application which make it ideal for either individual or group use.

ISBN: 9781640600393, 112 pages, $19.99 softcover
Paraclete Press

 

The Art of Lent
A Painting a Day from Ash Wednesday to Easter
Sister Wendy Beckett

This delightful book describes and interprets a series of paintings for each day of Lent. Artists often address subjects that our culture seeks to avoid, and Sister Wendy's brilliant and perceptive reflections will help you to read these paintings with a more discerning eye and encounter deeper levels of spiritual meaning than may at first appear.

ISBN: 978-0281078554, 112 pages, $14.22 softcover, Publisher: SPCK
Amazon.com

 

Be Still and Listen
Experience the Presence of God in Your Life
Dale Hanson Bourke, Phileena Heuertz and Amos Smith

The various crises we experience in society and culture today, at their root, reveal a spiritual problem: a profound lack of meaning. The mystical truths revealed in scripture can surely help. Part One, “Entering the Desert,” introduces the reader to principles of awareness, deep listening, and contemplation as essential for “hearing” what Scripture has to say. Part Two details the importance of mystery and struggle in the process of healing from any past or present wounds. And Part Three explores the “undivided heart” that is possible when we come to know God in silence and stillness. With Be Still and Listen it is possible to explore the contemplative dimensions of the Bible, either on your own or in a group setting, as you perhaps never have before.

ISBN: 9781612618654, 160 pages, $16.99 softcover
Paraclete Press

 

Enduring Lives
Living Portraits of Women and Faith in Action
Carol Lee Flinders

In this companion volume to her best-selling Enduring Grace, Flinders profiles the lives of four contemporary women of faith. Contending that her modern subjects are the spiritual heirs to saints and mystics such as St. Teresa of Avila, Julian of Norwich, and St. Clare, she draws parallels between her modern subjects and their historical predecessors. Tracing the evolution of what she terms the ‘mother line’ through the centuries, she uncovers an unbroken line of succession linking the holy women of the past and the present. Fascinating enough to stand on their own, the individual stories of death-row-activist Sister Helen Prejean, primatologist and environmentalist Jane Goodall, Holocaust victim Etty Hillesum, and Tibetan Buddhist nun Tenzin Palmo serve as a collective inspirational tribute to the sacred feminine. (Review by Booklist)

ISBN: 978-1-62698-034-1, 288 pages, $24 softcover
Orbis Books

 

Everyone's Way of the Cross
Clarence Enzler

For almost fifty years, the simple, intimate, and powerful words of Clarence Enzler’s perennially bestselling Stations of the Cross booklet have invited readers to grow closer to Christ by embracing the mystery of suffering in the world. Beautiful, bold commissioned woodcuts by Annika Nelson and her mother Gertrud Mueller Nelson help us meditate on the passion and death of Christ and to see how Christ is among us—often in unexpected places. Also available in Spanish and in a large-print edition, the booklet is ideal for personal or parish-wide use during the Lenten observance of the Stations of the Cross.

ISBN: 978-1-59471-430-6, 32 pages, $1.50 booklet
Ave Maria Press

 

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Faith and Struggle in the Lives of Four African Americans
Ethel Waters, Mary Lou Williams, Eldridge Cleaver, and Muhammad Ali
Randal Maurice Jelks

In 1964, Muhammad Ali said of his decision to join the Nation of Islam: “I know where I'm going and I know the truth and I don't have to be what you want me to be. I'm free to be what I want to be.” This sentiment, the brash assertion of individual freedom, informs and empowers each of the four personalities profiled in this book. Randal Maurice Jelks shows that to understand the black American experience beyond the larger narratives of enslavement, emancipation, and Black Lives Matter, we need to hear the individual stories. Drawing on his own experiences growing up as a religious African American, he shows that the inner history of black Americans in the 20th century is a story worthy of telling. This book explores the faith stories of four African Americans: Ethel Waters, Mary Lou Williams, Eldridge Cleaver, and Muhammad Ali. It examines their autobiographical writings, interviews, speeches, letters, and memorable performances to understand how each of these figures used religious faith publicly to reconcile deep personal struggles, voice their concerns for human dignity, and reinvent their public image. For them, liberation was not simply defined by material or legal wellbeing, but by a spiritual search for community and personal wholeness.

ISBN: 978-1350074620, 224 pages, $20.95 softcover, Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
Amazon.com

 

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Freedom and Forgiveness
A Fresh Look at the Sacrament of Reconciliation
Father Paul Farren

In Freedom and Forgiveness: A Fresh Look at the Sacrament of Reconciliation, readers are asked to think about their understanding of the sacrament of reconciliation because whatever they imagine that it means, and does, often also reveals their very image of God. In the Rite, the Scriptures and prayers offer many images of God. The stories of the prodigal son, the woman taken in adultery, the forgiveness of Jesus on the cross are stories of the forgiving Father. Father Farren takes a close look at these, and then offers an image of God as the one who confesses. God confesses love, forgiveness, trust, and belief in the penitent. It is God’s love that transforms our lives and affects our relationships with others. In other words, the sacrament of reconciliation is God’s gift to us. Other chapters of this interesting book focus on forgiveness, sin, the sacrament, and celebrating the sacrament. The commentary is insightful and provocative. Father Farren offers thoughtful examples. (Excerpt from the Preface by Sister Kate Dooley, OP Dominican University)

ISBN: 9781612614984, 112 pages, $9.99 softcover
Paraclete Press

 

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Give Up Worry for Lent!
40 Days of Finding Peace in Christ
Gary Zimak

Catholic author and self-described “recovering worrier” Gary Zimak combines practical spirituality, daily scripture readings, and simple action steps to help you kick the worry habit as part of your Lenten renewal. He shows you how to let go of the anxiety-producing areas of life in order to find the lasting peace that comes from trusting God. During the season of Lent, Catholics and other Christians frequently give up something they enjoy as a measure of penance or self-discipline—and often fall back into old habits at the first “Alleluia!” In Give Up Worry for Lent!, Zimak offers fellow worriers practical, scripture-centered advice on how to relinquish the need to control the uncontrollable—not just for Lent but for good—and how to find peace in Christ.

ISBN: 978-1-59471-881-6, 160 pages, $13.95 softcover
Ave Maria Press

 

The Handbook of Spiritual Perfection
Philip E. Dion, CM

Here's help for everyone who makes good resolutions, but who has trouble keeping them. According to the author, Fr. Philip E. Dion, your problem is probably not that you're too weak to be good - God gives everyone the help he needs to conquer sin. Rather, you may be struggling because you aren't taking full advantage of the many spiritual means that God has made available to help you live a truly holy life. That's why Fr. Dion wrote The Handbook of Spiritual Perfection - to show you simple ways that you can, by God's grace, start keeping your resolutions once and for all.

ISBN: 978-1-928832-40-9, 208 pages, $14.95 softcover
Sophia Institute

 

How Christianity Saved Civilization
...And Must Do So Again
Mike Aquilina and James Papandrea

Ancient Rome’s brutal culture exploited the weak and considered human life expendable. Women were used as property; unwanted children were left on the streets to die. Four centuries later, even ordinary men and women prospered in what had become a vigorous new Christian society – a society that served the vulnerable, exalted women, treasured virtue, and loved peace. Faith had triumphed. Truth was proclaimed. And on this rock-solid foundation, Christian society flourished in the West for the next 1500 years. These eye-opening pages document the many ways in which Christians penetrated and civilized that debased Roman empire, introducing then-radical notions such as the equal dignity of women, respect for life, protection of the weak and vulnerable, and the obligation of rulers to serve those they rule and maximize their freedom. Here you’ll learn about the seven specific areas where any paganism, ancient or modern, is particularly vulnerable. They provide a roadmap for modern Christians to reclaim for the Faith our own neo-pagan modern culture.

ISBN: 978-1-622827-190, 320 pages, $19.95 softcover
Sophia Institute

 

The Last Hours of Jesus
From Gethsemane to Golgotha
Fr. Ralph Gorman

Each of the four Gospels tells only part of the story of Jesus . . . and all of them leave out background facts that are essential to understanding events surrounding Jesus’ arrest, trial, and crucifixion. That’s because the Gospels were written for readers already familiar with many of the persons, places, parties, and politics that governed events in those long-past days. Not so modern readers, twenty centuries later! Which is why Fr. Ralph Gorman has here crafted a single, unforgettable, detailed account that combines material from all four Gospels with critically-important Old Testament passages, plus relevant facts from Jewish and Roman history, laws, traditions, and practices. He also includes helpful first century military, political, geographical, and archaeological information and keen depictions of Gospel places based on his three years residence there.

ISBN: 978-1-622824-700, 304 pages, $18.95 softcover
Sophia Institute

 

Moral Leadership for a Divided Age
Fourteen People Who Dared to Change Our World
David P. Gushee and Colin Holtz

We can't help but be inspired by great leaders--those who led lives of moral purpose and in some way left the world a different and better place. Great moral leaders inspire, challenge, and unite us. In the midst of our increasingly divided age, examining remarkable leaders can help us understand the central qualities of moral leadership and discover lessons for our own lives and times. Moral Leadership for a Divided Age explores the lives of fourteen great moral leaders of recent centuries; among them Abraham Lincoln, Ida B. Wells, John Paul II, Malala Yousafzai. Short biographies of each leader combine with a tour of their historical context, unique faith, and lasting legacy to paint a vivid picture of moral leadership in action. Through skillful storytelling and honest appraisals of their legacies, we encounter exemplary human beings who are flawed in some ways, gifted in others, but unforgettable all the same.

ISBN: 9781587433573, 384 pages, $24.99 hardcover
Baker Publishing Group: Brazos Press

 

Not by Bread Alone 2019
Daily Reflections for Lent 2019
Mary DeTurris Poust

Prayerfully journey through Lent with Mary DeTurris Poust's fresh and meaningful reflections on the daily Mass readings. In just minutes per day, the insightful meditations of Not by Bread Alone 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: 978-0-8146-4511-6, 104 pages, $2 softcover (1-49 copies), $1 softcover (50 or more copies)
Liturgical Press

 

Reflections with Fr. Leo Clifford
Fr. Leo Clifford, OFM

Fr. Leo has long been beloved by Catholics for his profound wisdom and insight into nearly every aspect of life and religion. Now his daily television messages have been distilled into this reader-friendly set of meditations, perfect as a spiritual retreat or for spiritual reading anytime and anywhere. Fr. Leo gives you practical ways to use God’s graces profitably and intelligently, and he will help you to deal with many of the obligations and problems that arise as you grow spiritually.

ISBN: 978-1-68278-073-2, 176 pages, $14.95 softcover
Sophia Institute

 

Rejoice and Be Glad 2019
Daily Reflections for Easter 2019
Michelle Francl-Donnay; Jerome Kodell, OSB; Rachelle Linner; Ronald Witherup, PSS; Catherine Upchurch; Jay Cormier; Genevieve Glen, OSB; Introduction by Abbot John Klassen, OSB

Introducing a splendid new annual resource for deepening prayer—in the tradition of our best-selling Advent/Christmas and Lent annual reflection guides! 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. Rejoice and Be Glad is ideal for: Parish communities, schools, Campus Ministry programs, prayer groups, RCIA catechumens and candidates, and more!

ISBN: 978-0-8146-4413-3, 112 pages, $2 softcover (1-49 copies), $1 softcover (50 or more copies)
Liturgical Press
Liturgical Press

 

Saint Pope Paul VI
Celebrating the 262nd Pope of the Roman Catholic Church
Dr. Matthew Bunson

Pope Paul VI was one of the most perceptive and visionary popes in the modern era, foreseeing not just the rise of secularism, but the negative effect it would have on the family and the human soul. Widely recognized as the first modern pope, Pope Paul VI led the Catholic Church in the wake of the controversies surrounding how to implement and interpret the Second Vatican Council. On one side he battled a reluctant Vatican bureaucracy resistant to authentic reform, while on the other side he guided the faithful in a time of rampant confusion. Bunson also details the graceful and holy way in which Pope Paul VI handled the many dissenting voices raised against the Church’s teachings on contraception, and how he fought for the dignity of the human person as he faced criticism from both the left and the right. Read this book, and you’ll enter into the mind of one of the Church’s newest saints, better prepared not just to defend the teachings of the Church, but to do so in an approachable and holy way.

ISBN: 978-1-68278-070-1, 304 pages, $18.95 softcover
Sophia Institute

 

Small Things with Great Love
A 9-Day Novena to Mother Teresa, Saint of the Gutters
Donna-Marie Cooper O'Boyle

What can we learn from the Saint of the Gutters? How might her wisdom and intercession help us in our present needs? After all, Mother Teresa was very small in stature, even frail in some respects, and she was a woman—the supposed “weaker sex.” However, this petite woman’s “yes” to God truly changed the world forever. She opened the world’s eyes to our duties to feed the hungry and clothe the naked, and told us that a far worse hunger exists in our Western world. She continues to encourage us to reach out in love to those in need. Through this novena of prayer, our faith is energized as we "sit at St. Teresa of Calcutta’s feet” to learn lessons of love, and invoke her intercession for our urgent needs, as well as our spiritual wellbeing.

ISBN: 9781640601130, 64 pages, $8.99 softcover
Paraclete Press

 

Young Adult American Catholics
Explaining Vocation in Their Own Words
Edited by Maureen K. Day

In anticipation of World Youth Day and the Synod on Young Adults, this book collects the various perspectives of young Catholic adults to help parishes, seminaries, and other Catholic leaders make sense of the pastoral needs and understanding of "vocation" among young adults. The three parts of the book—life cycle, identity and practice, and ecclesial leadership—provide three lenses with which to view vocation. Life-course, the first part, follows Catholics over time, allowing a window to view the changing needs of young adults as they enter college, forge their own path as single adults, and raise children. In examining identity and practice within the second part, the reader will discover the ways various commitments and aspects of identity—such as political ideology or ethnicity—shape understandings of religious vocation. The final part examines understandings of vocation among those directly working the the church as priests, sisters, and lay ecclesial ministers. These three parts together will get at vocation from a variety of angles, collectively offering a complete picture of vocation among young adult Catholics today.

ISBN: 978-08091-5393-0, $29.95 softcover
Paulist Press

 

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