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Mystics in Action
Twelve Saints for Today
Bruce G. Epperly

Once a Warrior
How One Veteran Found a New Mission Closer to Home
Jake Wood

A World Undone
Finding God When Life Doesn't Make Sense
Fr. Mike Schmitz

Catholic Reader's Bible
The Epistles and Revelation
The Four Gospels and the Acts of the Apostles
Sophia Institute Press

... plus check out an Ignatian at-home retreat, a gospel for the person who has everything, the Vatican's Christmas cookbook, and more

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

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

 Listings and links reviewed: March 2017

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December 11-13, 2020

Enneagram Weekend—Visited/Revisited
Genesis Spiritual Life & Conference Center

This weekend workshop will provide experienced and inexperienced attendees with much valuable information on one's personal enneagram type as well as eight other types. It will speak to differences among us and will focus on life experience. We will be using a Narrative Approach to the Enneagram through the use of presentations, valuable handouts, actual videos of all nine types, and sharing of personal experiences. Our goal will be to focus on differences in our life experience. Hopefully, we will learn from one another using this participative model.

Site: Westfield, Massachusetts
Registration: $305



December 15-17, 2020
10:00am – Noon ET

Refugees and the Mission of the Church
Overseas Ministries Study Center

The seminar features speaker Cindy Wu of Houston Welcomes Refugees. Cindy M. Wu is a wife, mom, author, and speaker based in Houston, TX. She currently works as Program Manager for a non-profit named Houston Welcomes Refugees, whose mission is “to ease the resettlement process for refugees coming to Houston by mobilizing invested, caring volunteers, fostering hope amidst crisis.” Prior to this, she part-time homeschooled her 3 kids for 10 years, serving in various volunteer capacities at church and in her community, as well as researching/writing on global Christianity and refugees.

Site: Online
Registration: $100


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January 15-17, 2021

Horizon Conference
Life Teen

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

Site: Melbourne Beach, Florida
Registration: Opening soon


January 18-20, 2021

Walking with the Wounded
Guest House

The objectives of this seminar include: Promoting the understand of the nature of addiction and compulsive behavior; focusing on the unique issues of addiction in the lives of Catholic clergy and religious; offering a confidential forum for leadership to discuss concerns related to wellness and recovery for their community members, parishes and ministry settings; and more. There will be presentations by experts in the field and those with experience working with clergy and religious; case studies with real-world examples; small group discussions; and opportunities for confidential questions/answers.

Site: Fort Myers Beach, Florida
Registration: There is no registration fee for attending this Guest House seminar but participants are responsible for their hotel stay and transportation (scroll down to event)


January 29, 2021

National March for Life
March for Life

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

Site: Washington, DC
Registration: See website


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February 1-5, 2021

Associate Pastor Workshop
Saint Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology

Designed for the recently ordained priest, the Associate Pastor Workshop offers a chance to reflect on the first months of priestly life and ministry. Participants engage in continuing formation with the goal of beginning to integrate priestly formation and spirituality into their sacramental configuration to Christ the High Priest. The sessions offer opportunities for formation, reflection, and individual and communal prayer in the beautiful setting of Saint Meinrad Archabbey and its Seminary and School of Theology.

Site: St. Meinrad, Indiana
Registration: $800



February 6-9, 2021
See website for daily schedule

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

The Catholic Social Ministry Gathering is an annual major Gathering organized by the Department of Justice, Peace and Human Development in collaboration with 10 other USCCB departments and 16 national Catholic organizations. This central gathering of Catholic social ministry leaders in the U.S. annually brings together hundreds of participants whose faith inspires them to respond to pressing current domestic and global challenges.

Site: Online
Registration: tba



February 18-21, 2021
(See website for daily schedule)

Archdiocese of Los Angeles

This year's RECongress will be a virtual event. Details will be posted on their website as they become available. RECongress is a dynamic gathering of the global church, welcoming all to meet Jesus through Connection, Learning and Worship. RECongress inspires, transforms, and sends us out to spread the joy of the Gospel, to be a voice for justice and to serve the needs of the world.

Site: Online
Registration: $35


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Currently there are no on-site events to recommend at this time.
Suggest checking Webinar events above.


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April 5-30, 2021
See website for weekly schedule

New Listing
2021 American Counseling Association Virtual Conference Experience
American Counseling Association

This year, we have reimagined our annual, in-person conference to a monthlong celebratory, community building and engaging virtual experience. By joining our monthlong Virtual Conference Experience, you’ll participate in a different weekly focus that encompasses the profession as a whole and engage in specific issues counselors face. During the month you'll be able to engage in education sessions with live Q&A; listen to keynote speaker-of-the-week; network with fellow attendees; daily 15-minute Quick Chats; and take advantage of on-demand content 24/7.

Site: Online
Registration: Member $149 before March 2; $199 after / Nonmember $199 before March 2; $249 after



April 6-9, 2021

New Listing
2021 Convention of Religion Communicators Council
Religion Communicators Council, Associated Church Press, and Canadian Christian Communicators Association

The 2021 Convention of Religion Communicators Council (RCC) will be held as a virtual event. Please hold the dates of April 6-9, 2021. The RCC DeRose-Hinkhouse Awards and the Wilbur Awards will be held during the event. Watch for further details and schedule.

Site: Online
Registration: Coming soon



April 6-15, 2021
See website for schedule

Aging in America Conference
American Society on Aging

ASA’s annual conference has always been an opportunity to connect and share ideas and resources. Over the past few months, we have learned a great deal about the importance of connecting in new ways. We are drawing from this knowledge to build ways for our community to come together, even in the face of the health risks and economic impacts brought by the pandemic. For the first time, ASA will convene new virtual events in the months leading up to the conference, to generate ideas and discussion that will be carried into conference programming.

Site: Online
Registration: Member $190 by December 31, 2020; $290 after / Nonmember $440 by December 31, 2020; $540 after


April 12-15, 2021

New Listing
National Workshop on Christian Unity
National Ecumenical Officers Association

NWCU Background: In 1963, a group of Roman Catholics, in the context of Vatican II, met to equip local leadership for the task of ecumenical ministry. In 1969, they invited leaders of other Christian communions to join, and today the national ecumenical officers of the churches continue their oversight of the workshop, which is planned by national and local committees. There are both denominational and ecumenical sessions during the workshop. Specific details about the 2021 Workshop will be forthcoming.

Site: Christ Cathedral, Garden Grove, California
Registration: Coming soon



April 19-22, 2021

New Listing
Conference on Human Formation
Saint Luke Institute and Saint Meinrad Archabbey and Seminary

The third biennial Conference on Human Formation will address mental health concerns that commonly arise among men and women pursuing priesthood and religious life. This conference is designed for formation and vocations personnel as well as diocesan and religious leadership. Topics include addressing mood disorders and anxiety, understanding personality disorders, screening for emotional and psychosexual concerns, dealing with trauma or abuse in discernment, and more. We will re-open registration in the coming weeks. Contact us with any questions: 502-632-2471.

Site: Online
Registration: Coming soon


April 25-28, 2021

Conference of the National Association of Vocation / Formation Directors
Canadian Religious Conference

Our Association’s mandate is to encourage and foster a culture of vocation among all Catholics across Canada by helping each person to recognize and realize their unique call from God to their own special way of living in this world.

This conference is open to all persons and organizations who are passionate about fostering a culture of vocation. Scheduled keynote speakers are Dr. Richard R. Gaillardetz of Boston College; Sister Margo Ritchie, CSJ of London, Ontario; and Father Daniel Horan, OFM of Chicago.

Site: St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada
Registration: Members $450 CDN before March 15; $500 CDN after / Nonmembers $500 CDN before March 15; $550 CDN after



April 26-28, 2021
See website for
schedule details

New Listing
NACPA Convocation 2021
National Association of Church Personnel Administrators

In response to our members wants, needs and abilities, we will be holding the 50th Anniversary of NACPA Convocation entirely online. NACPA's annual convocation allows members to learn from experts in HR and the world of HR in the Church; from those who have succeeded in creating a better and more prosperous environment, through the field of HR, within their communities. NACPA continues to connect members to professionals with up-to-date, tactics, policies and skills, as well as to friends and colleagues from around the country and valued partners in sponsors and exhibitors. Over the course of three days, attendees enjoy the camaraderie of Mass and the Opening Ceremony, three Plenary presenters, 16 different Workshop Sessions, Hot-Topic Roundtables or Intimate Forums and Post-Session and Speaker Chats, all culminating in the Tuesday night Awards Banquet.

Site: Online
Registration: Members $400 / Nonmembers $585


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May 9-14, 2021

New Listing
Leaning into the Gospel: Learning Love and Freedom
Maryknoll Mission Institute

How do we grow in love and freedom? How do we offer nonviolent compassion to those who are suffering, including ourselves, other living beings and the planet itself? This program will explore answers to those questions, through reflections on the Gospel message, stories and models of nonviolence in the past and present, and teachings from different spiritual traditions. It will also draw on new research, from scholars like Erica Chenoweth and others, who reveal that the key to creating effective and lasting social change lies in nonviolent movements. Participants will be introduced to the work of the Catholic Nonviolence Initiative, a growing global movement within the Catholic Church, to more fully embrace Jesus’ message of nonviolence. The core truth and challenge of the Gospel message of nonviolence will be applied to the crisis that threatens survival on the planet today, and offer participants a way forward, based in hope and humility. As we face the intersection of climate destruction, global poverty and the cry of the oppressed, especially women, the necessity of Gospel nonviolence as a means of social transformation is clearer than ever.

Site: Ossining, New York
Registration: $200 Tuition; $60 Deposit; $60 Room/Board (per night)


May 11-14, 2021

New Listing
Mariological Society of America 2021 Annual Conference
Mariological Society of America

Theme: Mary and the Word of God. In his 2010 apostolic exhortation, Verbum Domini, Pope Benedict XVI encouraged scholars “to study the relationship between Mariology and the theology of the Word,” which he saw as “most beneficial both for the spiritual life and for theological and biblical studies.” He went on to say that our understanding of Mary “stands at the heart of Christian truth. The incarnation of the Word cannot be conceived apart from the freedom of this young woman who by her assent decisively cooperated with the entrance of the eternal into time” (no. 2)

Site: Libertyville, Illinois (Marytown National Shrine of St. Maximilian Kolbe)
Registration: Members will be advised


May 16-21, 2021

New Listing
When Tears Sing: Lament as a Way Home to the Heart of God
Maryknoll Mission Institute

The violets in the mountains have broken the rocks.” Words of Tennessee Williams, on his tombstone, mirror a way home to the heart of God. When vulnerable and fragile persons find one another, when vulnerable and fragile communities come together, a spirit of hearty resilience and deep joy germinates verdant life between the fissures of a terrible broken world. The Christian tradition names this experience koinonia. Where koinonia is, there is ecclesia, church. During this program, participants will create koinonia, church, by bringing their lived experiences into plenary and small group conversations and exercises. Particular “voices” will join the conversations and experiences: the Civil Rights Movement of the South; the Missing Generation those who died from AIDS from 1992 to 1993; lament psalms; as well as fiction, non-fiction, and cinema. Over the course of the week, participants will learn practical models of relation that will make a difference for the good in the communities to which they will return. Bill, with the help of biblical, theological, psychological, literary and visual resources, constructs lament as fundamentally relational. His research and experiences in parish and non-parochial settings has led him to trust that when more of life-the-way-it-really-is, is addressed in communities through relational practices and commitments, greater solidarity emerges, deeper joy is aroused, and more fervent passion for justice is awakened.

Site: Ossining, New York
Registration: $200 Tuition; $60 Deposit; $60 Room/Board (per night)


May 30 – June 4, 2021

New Listing
NAFSA 2021 Annual Conference & Expo
NAFSA: Association of International Educators

Join together with the global international education community from more than 100 countries to discover the latest innovations, new strategies, and best practices. Establish and build upon your institutional partnerships as we come together to “think big” about the future of international education. Attend sessions developed by your peers from international education leaders and changemakers all across the globe. Connect with fellow attendees and build a network essential to your professional success. Explore the NAFSA 2021 theme, “Designing our Shared Future,” which focuses on how international educators design new ways to engage our global community in building bridges and responding to the needs of the next generation. We are excited to join with you to learn from each other, and be together.

Site: Orlando, Florida
Registration: Coming soon


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Ascending with Ignatius   Return to top
A 30-Day At-Home Retreat
Mark E. Thibodeaux, SJ

Deepen your faith life with this at-home retreat! Mark Thibodeaux, SJ, combines his Louisiana storytelling, his knowledge of the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius, and his gifts as a spiritual director to create an at-home retreat that is a journey of transformation. Experience God’s presence in a deeper way, and encounter God’s personal love for you as you follow along with this book over thirty days.

ISBN: 978-1-59325-595-4, $11.96 softcover
Word Among Us


The Age of Selfies
Reasoning About Rights When the Stakes Are Personal
Adam J. MacLeod

This book diagnoses an unexamined cause of the incivility in our public discourse. Our most contentious controversies today are moral. We disagree not only about questions of efficiency and democracy and civil liberties but also about what is right to do and who we are becoming as a people. We have not yet understood the implications of this shift in public reasoning from discourse about political ideals to debates about moral imperatives. The book prescribes a way to educate ourselves and our young people how to disagree well. We are not able to engage in moral discourse effectively because our educational programs are still organized around obsolete principles of political neutrality. Meanwhile, our young people have learned to bend moral claims in service to self-authorship. Also, different groups of us look to different sources of moral truth. Further complicating our efforts, different generations use the same language to refer to different moral ideas. The book suggests principles for a practical education that is robustly moral, that will enable us to understand and overcome these new challenges. And it lays out a framework for flourishing together in society despite our radical differences.

ISBN: 978-1475854251, 168 pages, $25 softcover, Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield


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Catholic Reader's Bible
The Epistles and Revelation
The Four Gospels and the Acts of the Apostles
Sophia Institute Press

One of the most prized Bible translations, the Confraternity edition of Challoner-Rheims, is presented here as a “Reader’s Bible,” offering the sacred words of Scripture in the form in which they were originally written – without all the verse numbers, section heads, comments, references, and footnotes that, although valuable to scholars, clutter up most Bibles today, drawing attention away from the meaning of the Sacred Text itself. Instead of double columns that squeeze short lines of text up against each other, here you’ll find generous, single-column pages graced with handsome, readable type. For navigation purposes, the top of each page lists the range of verses on that page. The Catholic Reader’s Bible is perfect for brief devotional moments as well as for long, delightful hours of extended reading.

The Epistles and Revelation: ISBN: 978-1-64413-323-1, 320 pages, $24.95 hardcover, Sophia Institute (Epistles)

The Four Gospels and the Acts of the Apostles: ISBN: 978-1-622828-241, 364 pages, $24.95 hardcover, Sophia Institute (Gospels)


The Gospel for the Person Who Has Everything   Return to top
Will Willimon

Bishop William Willimon brings the Gospel of Jesus Christ to life for the person who has everything – happy, fulfilled human beings, who don’t feel the same level of need expressed by the downcast, the outcast, the brokenhearted, and the miserable. Willimon says that the church’s message to the wretched and sad must not exclude the strong and the joyous. In nine concise, inspired chapters, he discusses numerous ideas such as must one be sad, depressed, wallowing in sin and degradation, immature, and childishly dependent in order truly to hear the Good News? and what do we say to the strong?”

ISBN: 9781640605404, $16.99 softcover
Paraclete Press


Moral Struggle and the Prophets
Howard Thurman

Howard Thurman (1899-1981) was one of the leading religious thinkers of 20th-century America, a mentor to the leaders of the civil rights movement, and a mystic who pioneered influential innovations in worship and spirituality in the quest for common ground. As a minister, Thurman devised a way of preaching to a congregation that sought “support, strength, and guidance.” He found that the most creative method was a “sermon series,” a group of sermons organized around a common theme. This series, Walking with God, will assemble the best of Thurman’s “sermon series,” all previously unpublished.

ISBN: 978-1-62698-399-1, 240 pages, $25 softcover
Orbis Books


Letters of Tribulation
Pope Francis

In 1987, Jorge Mario Bergoglio, an Argentinean Jesuit (now better known as Pope Francis), published a small collection of letters by Jesuit Superiors General from the eighteenth century—a time of grave suffering for the Society of Jesus, as it faced suppression by the Vatican. These letters outline a spiritual path for the church as a whole in times of “confusion and tribulation,” focusing especially on the practice of discernment. Pope Francis has many times recommended this little volume, which also sheds light on his own manner of coping with divisive criticism. Now, with the cooperation of Jesuit colleagues, Pope Francis has authorized this new edition of the letters, adding his own reflections on a contemporary situation of extraordinary tribulation for the people of God: the scandal of sexual abuse by priests. In these letters to the bishops and to the people of God in Chile, the pope offers some of his most profound reckoning with this scandal, while also offering a personal guide for the pilgrim church in a time of tribulation.

ISBN: 978-1-62698-391-5, 144 pages, $20 softcover
Orbis Books


Listening For God
Discovering the Incredible Ways God Speaks to Us
Teresa Tomeo

We all long to know the will of God in our lives, to obtain answers to our prayers, and to receive tangible evidence of the personal care of our heavenly Father. We deeply desire to hear His voice. And here’s the good news: God is not silent. He is constantly reaching out to each of us. Often His voice is quiet and can be heard only in prayer. He frequently breaks into our lives with timely remedies, miraculous encounters, and surprising circumstances that can be explained only by the reality of a loving and caring God. Popular Catholic author and radio host Teresa Tomeo has gathered an inspiring collection of such “Godcidences” from her life, as well as personal stories from a variety of Catholics—including broadcasters Joan Lewis, Al Kresta, Steve Ray, and authors Greg and Julie Alexander—of the unmistakable ways God has spoken to them. These and many more profound and intimate stories will deepen your faith as they remind you of the active presence of God in your life. Each comes with lessons for you to apply to your life and reflections to help you grow in your ability to hear and respond to the still, small, powerful voice of God.

ISBN: 978-1-64413-302-6, 240 pages, $17.95 softcover
Sophia Institute


Live Not by Lies
A Manual for Christian Dissidents
Rod Dreher

In Live Not By Lies, Dreher amplifies the alarm sounded by the brave men and women who fought totalitarianism. He explains how the totalitarianism facing us today is based less on overt violence and more on psychological manipulation. He tells the stories of modern-day dissidents--clergy, laity, martyrs, and confessors from the Soviet Union and the captive nations of Europe--who offer practical advice for how to identify and resist totalitarianism in our time. Following the model offered by a prophetic World War II-era pastor who prepared believers in his Eastern European to endure the coming of communism, Live Not By Lies teaches American Christians a method for resistance.

ISBN: 978-0593087398, 256 pages, $17.25 hardcover, Publisher: Sentinel


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Mystics in Action
Twelve Saints for Today
Bruce G. Epperly

Mystics in Action portrays the lives and experiences of twelve mystical activists, exploring their worldview and spirituality and their relationship to social transformation. The author provides spiritual practices to promote our own experiences of holistic, “heavenly minded, and earthly good” spirituality. These twelve figures from a variety of traditions include Thomas Merton, Abraham Joshua Heschel, Dorothy Day, Martin Luther King, Jr, Peace Pilgrim, Simone Weil, Dietrich Bonhoffer, Albert Schweitzer, Rufus Jones, Oscar Romero, Dag Hammarskjold, and St Theresa of Calcutta. Each in their way show how our encounters with God call us to move from isolated individualism to a common call and response.

ISBN: 978-1-62698-389-2, 184 pages, $22 softcover
Orbis Books


O Death, Where is Thy Sting?
A Meditation on Suffering
Joe Hoover

In this compelling book of contemporary theodicy, Jesuit brother Joe Hoover relates stories from unique, compelling angles as he grapples with the age-old questions of human suffering: Where is God? Why do we suffer? Does death have the last word? Creatively weaving together meditations on the poor of El Salvador, the Toronto L’Arche community, the attacks of September 11, and other encounters, Hoover confronts, denies, and reclaims theology, philosophy, art, and personal stories to grapple with the eternal, vexing question of the presence of God in human suffering.

ISBN: 978-1-62698-392-2, $18 softcover
Orbis Books


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Once a Warrior
How One Veteran Found a New Mission Closer to Home
Jake Wood

When Marine sniper Jake Wood arrived in the States after two bloody tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, he wasn’t leaving war behind him–far from it. Ten years after returning home, Jake’s unit lost more men to suicide than to enemy hands overseas. He watched in horror as his best friend and fellow Marine, Clay Hunt, plunged into depression upon returning, stripped of his purpose, community, and sense of identity. Despite Jake’s attempts to intervene, Clay died by suicide, alone. Reeling, Jake remembered how only one thing had given Clay a measure of hope: joining him in Haiti on a ragtag mission to save lives immediately following the 2010 earthquake. His military training had rendered him unusually effective in high-stakes situations. What if there was a way to help stricken communities while providing a new mission to veterans? In this inspiring memoir, Jake recounts how, over the past 10 years, he and his team have recruited over 130,000 volunteers to his disaster response organization Team Rubicon. Racing against the clock, these veterans battle hurricanes, tornados, wildfires, pandemics, and civil wars, while rediscovering their life’s purpose along the way.

ISBN: 9780593189351, 320 pages, $27 hardcover
PenguinRandom House


The Unexpected and Extraordinary News of the Gospel
Fr. John Riccardo

How can we believe and be transformed by the gospel? Once we understand that the gospel is not merely “good” news but explosive, life-changing news, we will never be the same again. And in response to God’s work in our lives, what part can we play in recreating the world for God’s good plan? In this powerful book, Fr. John Riccardo helps us to see the world through God’s lens, with a clear vision of the plot and the outcome of the story we’re living in.

ISBN: 978-1-59325-381-3, $11.96 softcover
Word Among Us


Responding to Suicide
A Pastoral Handbook for Catholic Leaders
Association of Catholic Mental Health Ministers

Many pastoral leaders feel ill-equipped to respond to the turmoil of those who face the death by suicide of a loved one. Responding to Suicide is the first book written for Catholic leaders that takes a holistic approach to understanding suicide and ministering effectively in its aftermath. More than a dozen leading mental health practitioners, Catholic theologians, and pastoral care experts share how best to respond to suicide as leaders in parishes, schools, healthcare systems, and other Church settings. The book offers a cross-disciplinary approach that provides basic information about the central role of mental health in suicide and clarifies Church teaching about suicide, funerals and burials for those who have died by suicide, and their afterlife.

ISBN: 9781646800117, 224 pages, $18.95 softcover
Ave Maria Press


The Vatican Christmas Cookbook   Return to top
David Geisser and Thomas Kelly

The Vatican Christmas Cookbook, eagerly-awaited sequel to the acclaimed #1 bestseller, The Vatican Cookbook, has been released just in time for what is sure to be a most memorable holiday season. “Swiss Guard Chef” David Geisser offers more than 70 new recipes, some from his days in the Guard, many new versions of Christmas classics, and more fresh innovations from this award-winning leader of the new wave of European chefs. Thomas Kelly provides the rich history and lore of Christmas at the Vatican and around the world, with inspiring stories of the popes at Christmas, the Three Wise Men, and the First Christmas, all surrounded by magnificent art and photography. This book earns a place in the kitchen as a handy reference for an assortment of mouthwatering holiday recipes, and on display on the coffee table for all to enjoy. For those who love Christmas, cooking, fine art, and the storied history of the Vatican and the Swiss Guard, this is a perfect gift.

ISBN: 978-1-64413-305-7, 192 pages, $34.95 hardcover
Sophia Institute


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A World Undone
Finding God When Life Doesn't Make Sense
Fr. Mike Schmitz

Discover the one thing that changes everything. In this booklet, beloved speaker Fr. Mike Schmitz unfolds the mystery of brokenness. He reminds us that we have been fought for by a God who wants us as we are, not as we should be or hope to be. The Lord’s will for us is to find our identity in him and to thrive, living the life he has given us.

ISBN: 978-1-59325-599-2, $6.36 softcover
Word Among Us


The World According to God
The Whole Truth About Life and Living
F.X. Cornin

When author F. X. Cronin became a Catholic, many of his friends challenged him, claiming not only that the Catholic Faith is untrue but also that truth itself does not exist. In this warm response to such enduring claims, Cronin takes skeptics and believers alike on a delightful tour of reality, starting with proofs for the existence of truth itself. Thereafter, Cronin considers — and refutes — step by step, most of our culture’s common relativistic beliefs, demonstrating not only the existence of God but also the truth of Christianity, and in particular of the Catholic Faith. Doubters will be won over by Cronin’s gracious exhortations to lay aside for a moment their often reflexive assumptions in order to ponder with him the evidence he brings forth. Believers will be surprised by his piercing insights into realities that, if truth be told, most of us have insufficiently pondered ourselves. All will be delighted by his lyrical appeals to mind and heart, both of which must be engaged by anyone who would grasp in its entirety our remarkable world and its abundant evidence for the reality and glory of God.

ISBN: 978-1-64413-235-7, 320 pages, $18.95 softcover
Sophia Institute


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At Home with the Word® 2021
Liturgy Training Publications

At Home with the Word® guides readers to a deeper understanding of the Sunday Scriptures, providing the readings for the liturgical year, insights from Scripture scholars, and action steps to help parishioners fully connect with the readings from Mass. Equally beneficial for personal, family, or small group use, At Home with the Word is an excellent complement to Sunday Mass. For each Sunday, At Home with the Word® provides: Full texts of the three Scripture readings, the responsorial psalm, insights into the readings written by Scripture scholars, suggestions for the practice of hope, faith, and charity, and additional downloadable questions and activities for catechumenal groups, adult faith-sharing groups, and families

English edition (Code AHW21): ISBN: 978-1-61671-536-6, 160 pages, $9 softcover (quantity discounts available)
Liturgy Training Publications: At Home (English Edition)

Large Print edition (Code AHW21L): ISBN: 978-1-61671-537-3, 304 pages, $13 softcover (quantity discounts available)
Liturgy Training Publications: At Home (Large Print Edition)

Spanish edition (Code PD21): ISBN: 978-1-61671-548-9, 160 pages, $9 softcover
Liturgy Training Publications: At Home (Spanish Edition)


eOrdo 2021
Liturgy Training Publications

The e-Ordo is an electronic calendar file containing the details of the liturgical year that can be imported into most electronic calendars and platforms. It follows the liturgical year from November 29, 2020 through November 27, 2021. The e-Ordo is in compliance with the Universal Norms on the Liturgical Year and the Calendar and includes all the liturgical calendar information including: Colors, seasons' feasts, solemnities, memorials and optional memorials; citations of the readings for every day of the week; information about the Liturgy of the Hours; the designation as to whether or not to pray the Gloria and the Creed; biographies of the saints; and explanations of special feast days

$19.95 (Code ORDO21E). quantity discounts available
Liturgy Training Publications: eOrdo


Fresh Light: Homilies on the Gospels of Year B
Liturgy Training Publications

This is a book of short homilies on the Gospels for the Sundays and celebrations of Year B, featuring the Gospel of Mark. Each homily discusses in a simple and straightforward way the core message of the reading and its application to everyday life. It makes a wonderful companion and guide for those who prepare the homilies as well as those who want further reflection on what they hear at Mass.

English edition (Code HFFLB): ISBN: 978-1-59525-012-4, 176 pages, $18 softcover
Liturgy Training Publications


Keeping the Season for Advent & Christmas 2020-2021
Bilingual Print and Digital Resources for Your Parish
Liturgy Training Publications

Keeping the Seasons: Bilingual Print and Digital Resources for Your Parish allows you to provide bilingual catechesis, prayer, and spiritual nourishment to your parishioners throughout the weeks of Advent and Christmas Time. This resource includes seven handouts, in English and in Spanish, one for each week of Advent and Christmas. On the front of each handout is a prayer, illustration, and a reflection on the Sunday Scripture. On the back is catechesis for each weekday about the day's Scripture, saint, or Catholic practices, along with a smaller illustration. Citations for Scripture readings are included with each day. By sharing the art and formation found in Keeping the Seasons, you can help parishioners celebrate the seasons of Advent and Christmas Time. All content and art is available in digital form so your parish can be flexible in the ways it shares formation with the community.

Bilingual edition (Code BKSA21): ISBN: 978-1-61671-544-1, 8-page guide with digital content, $30
Liturgy Training Publications: Keeping the Season


Liturgy and Appointment Calendar 2021
Liturgy Training Publications

This calendar helps you celebrate the liturgy each day! The calendar works like a mini-ordo—each day includes the liturgical observance (i.e. First Sunday of Advent, memorial of Our Lady of Sorrows, etc); the readings from the Daily Mass with citations from the Lectionary for Mass, the proper liturgical colors, as well as the psalter for the Liturgy of the Hours. The calendar also includes other Catholic events and observances such as Holy Days of Obligation, First Friday and Saturday devotions, popular novenas, USCCB national and international collections, Catechetical Sunday, Respect Life Sunday, and World Youth Day (among many, many others). Secular and other religious observances are noted as well. The Liturgy and Appointment Calendar 2021 is an easy-to-use reference guide for liturgical preparation, organizing parish events within the liturgical year, and scheduling your personal, spiritual, and work life. It is essential for those actively involved in Church ministry.

Code LAC21, $16 spiral bound, quantity discounts available
Liturgy Training Publications: Calendar


Ordo 2021
Paulist Press

Order of Prayer in the Liturgy of the Hours and Celebration of the Eucharist 2021. Includes daily readings and précis; outline of Mass and Hours, profile of Saints, Pastoral Notes, and Necrology. Individual Ordos for all (arch) dioceses in the U.S. are listed on the Paulist Press website. Price: $18.95 each.

Paulist Press: Ordo (Print Edition)

Paulist Press: Ordo (eBook version)


Sacred Space for Advent and the Christmas Season 2020-21
Loyola Press

Sacred Space for Advent and the Christmas Season invites readers to develop a closer relationship with God during this season of preparation and anticipation. What we know and trust about the Sacred Space online prayer experience is now available in a compact, portable print format to heighten our Advent prayer practice in a way that is accessible, engaging, and meaningful to daily life. Throughout the Advent season, each day includes a Scripture reading and points of reflection, as well as a weekly topic enhanced by six steps of prayer and reflection. With its small size and meaningful message, Sacred Space for Advent and the Christmas Season is a simple way to build a richer relationship with God and embrace the Advent season as a sacred space.

ISBN: 978-0-8294-5015-6, 98 pages, $3.99 softcover
Loyola Press: Sacred Space for Advent


Sourcebook for Sundays, Seasons, and Weekdays 2021
Liturgy Training Publications

Around the world, Catholics are experiencing Sunday Mass in new ways. Whether livestreamed or in-person, liturgists and all those who help prepare masses continue to rely on Sourcebook for Sundays, Seasons, and Weekdays as the definitive source for preparing liturgies. Sourcebook for Sundays, Seasons, and Weekdays has been the trusted companion of liturgists and all those who help prepare liturgies for thirty years. Recently reenvisioned, Sourcebook provides: Extensive, but easy-to-read sections for preparing Sunday and weekday Masses, preaching points, music preparation guidance and song suggestions, original Mass texts for Sundays, solemnities, and feasts of the Lord, seasonal worship committee agendas, ideas for celebrating other rites and customs, ways to connect the liturgy to Christian Life, and an online supplement for preparing the sacramental rites. Familiar features include: Seasonal introductions; daily calendar preparation guides;  dated entries with liturgical titles; Lectionary numbers, and vestment colors; scripture insights; and brief biographies of the saints and blesseds, And much more!

English edition (Code SSS21): ISBN: 978-1-61671-549-6, 416 pages, $18 softcover (quantity discounts available)
Liturgy Training Publications: Sourcebook


Word and Worship Desk Calendar 2021
Paulist Press

This spiral-bound desk calendar shows the designated Bible Reading for the day, feasts and saints’ days, rubrics and chronological days in a handsome week-at-a-glance format. The pocket edition is a fingertip guide to the designated Bible reading for the day, plus feast and saints' days. Its calendar format shows one full week at a glance.

Desk Calendar: ISBN: 978-08091-5439-5, $15.95 spiral bound
Paulist Press: SB Desk Calendar

Pocket Calendar: ISBN: 978-08091-5440-1, $7.95
Paulist Press: Pocket Calendar


Workbook for Lectors, Gospel Readers, and Proclaimers of the Word® 2021
Liturgy Training Publications

In this time of social distancing, effective practice and proclamation of Scripture is essential. As assembly members continue to experience Mass in a variety of ways, they still encounter the Lord through the Word proclaimed—at home through live streaming, or in a church while socially distanced. Whether preparing readings for live-streamed or in-person Masses, Workbook for Lectors, Gospel Readers, and Proclaimers of the Word® continues to help and inspire readers and gives them tools they need to proclaim the Word at Mass, or simply reflect at home with a greater understanding of the readings. Workbook provides: The Sunday readings in large print for practice, proclamation suggestions for emphasis in bold text, commentaries that provide background and explain the meaning of the reading, and the Responsorial Psalms for meditation and context.

United States edition (Code WL21): ISBN: 978-1-61671-552-6, 304 pages, quantity discounts available, $14 softcover
Liturgy Training Publications: Workbook (U.S. Edition)

Canadian edition (Code WL21C): ISBN: 978-1-61671-553-3, 320 pages, $14 softcover
Liturgy Training Publications: Workbook (Canadian Edition)

Spanish edition (Code MP21): ISBN: 978-1-61671-546-5, 288 pages, $14 softcover
Liturgy Training Publications: Workbook (Spanish Edition)


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