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

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

My Uncle Fulton Sheen
Joan Sheen Cunningham and Janel Rodriguez

Letters on Liturgy
Fr. Dwight Longenecker

Luke 10 Leadership
How to Succeed at Parish Ministry
Dave Heney

Lenten Resources

... plus the art of Michael D. O'Brien,
what you never learned about the Ten Commandments,
encountering Jesus, 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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April 1, 2020
8:00pm EST

New Listing
The Sacrifice of God: The Mystery of the Cross in the Eastern Christian Tradition
God With Us Online

“... hung upon the cross, He who suspended the Earth amid the waters... He, who wrapped the heavens in clouds is clothed with the purpose of mockery. He was transfixed with nails, who is the Bridegroom of the Church... We worship your passion, O Christ. Show us also your glorious resurrection.” - Vespers of Great Friday

Site: Online
Registration: Free of charge but registration is required

God With Us Online is dedicated to the catechetical renewal of Eastern Catholics in the United States in accord with the Church’s call for the New Evangelization. While the goal is to teach Eastern Catholics about their faith, this will be of interest to many Roman Catholics also.


May 6, 2020
May 13, 2020
May 20, 2020
Each session starts at 8:00pm EST

New Listing
Purification of the Heart: The First Stage of the Spiritual Life
God With Us Online

The purification of the heart is the essential starting point of the Christian life. How do we identify the presence of the passions in our own lives, and what are the means, the medicine, that the Church gives us to overcome them?

Site: Online
Registration: Free of charge but registration is required

God With Us Online is dedicated to the catechetical renewal of Eastern Catholics in the United States in accord with the Church’s call for the New Evangelization. While the goal is to teach Eastern Catholics about their faith, this will be of interest to many Roman Catholics also.


June 3, 2020
June 10, 2020
June 17, 2020
Each session starts at 8:00pm EST

New Listing
The Third Heaven: The Key to the Epistles of St. Paul
God With Us Online

In this Bible study we’ll explore the life of the thirteenth Apostle and the impact of his conversion on the Church, and learn how to read Saint Paul’s epistles in the context of his life to understand them more fully.

Site: Online
Registration: Free of charge but registration is required

God With Us Online is dedicated to the catechetical renewal of Eastern Catholics in the United States in accord with the Church’s call for the New Evangelization. While the goal is to teach Eastern Catholics about their faith, this will be of interest to many Roman Catholics also.


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March 17-21, 2020

Religion Communication Congress 2020
Religion Communicators Council

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

Site: Washington, D.C.
Registration: $425


March 20, 2020

Find Your Greatness (Harrison City, Pennsylvania)
Dynamic Catholic

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

Site: St. Barbara Catholic Church, Harrison City, Pennsylvania
Registration: $25


March 20-21, 2020

Symposium on Advancing the New Evangelization
Gregorian Institute at Benedictine College

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

Site: Atchison, Kansas
Registration: $95 standard registration
Priests and Religious: No-charge


March 20-22, 2020

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

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

Site: Villa Maria, Pennsylvania
Registration: $100


March 21, 2020

Find Your Greatness (Cranberry Township, Pennsylvania)
Dynamic Catholic

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

Site: St. Ferdinand Church, Cranberry Township, Pennsylvania
Registration: $25


March 22, 2020

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

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

Site: Westfield, Massachusetts
Registration: $35


March 23-26, 2020

2020 National Workshop on Christian Unity
National Workshop on Christian Unity

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

Site: Houston, Texas
Registration: $410


March 23, 2020

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

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

Site: Chestnut Hill College, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Registration: Free will donation


March 23-26, 2020

2019 National Workshop on Christian Unity
National Workshop on Christian Unity

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

Site: Houston, Texas
Registration: Opening soon


March 24-27, 2020

Aging in America Conference
American Society on Aging

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

Site: Atlanta, Georgia
Registration: ASA Member $670 / Nonmember $960


March 29-31, 2020

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

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

Site: Notre Dame, Indiana
Registration: To register contact Gabriel Said Reynolds:


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April 14-16, 2020

NCEA 2020 Convention & Expo
National Catholic Educational Association

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

Site: Baltimore, Maryland
Registration: NCEA Member $335 thru April 10; $435 after
Nonmember $535 thru April 10; $635 after


April 16-19, 2020

ACA 2020 Conference & Expo
American Counseling Association

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

Site: San Diego, California
Registration: ACA Member $599
Nonmember $840


April 18, 2020

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

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

Site: Schuyler, Nebraska
Registration: Free


April 18, 2020

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

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

Site: Westfield, Massachusetts
Registration: $35


April 18-22, 2020

NAB Show
National Association of Broadcasters

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

Site: Las Vegas, Nevada
Registration: The variety of passes range from $159 to $1,325 by March 22; $199 to $1,505 after
Visit for show pass details.


April 20, 2020

Healing the Earth—Our Common Home
St. Francis Center

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

Site: Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
Registration: Free will offering, but registration is required (scroll down page to the event)


April 20-23, 2020

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

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

Site: St. Meinrad, Indiana
Registration: $595 (includes conference materials, room and meals)


April 21-23, 2020

TNPA Fundraising and Marketing Conference
The Nonprofit Alliance

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

Site: Boston, Massachusetts
Registration: TNPA Member $395
Nonmembers $475


April 26-29, 2020

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

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

Site: Jesuit Retreat Center, Parma, Ohio
Registration: CPPCD Member $625
Nonmember $725


April 29 – May 2, 2020

NAVFD 2020 Conference
National Association of Vocation & Formation Directors

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

Site: St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada
Registration: NAVRD Member $450 before March 15; $475 after
Nonmember $500 before March 15; $525 after


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May 3-5, 2020

NACPA 2020 Convocation
National Association of Church Personnel Administrators

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

Site: Albuquerque, New Mexico
Registration: NACPA Member $590 thru March 31; $700 after
Nonmember: $700 thru March 31; $800 after


May 10-15, 2020

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

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

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


May 11-14, 2020

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

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

Site: Cleveland, Ohio
Registration: NACC member $740 by April 6; $815 after
Nonmember $840 by April 6; $915 after


May 13-16, 2020

MSA Annual Conference
Mariological Society of America (MSA)

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

Site: Federal Way, Washington
Registration: Contact MSA for details


May 15-17, 20210

New Listing
7th Annual Marian Eucharistic Conference
Ave Conferences

The theme this year is Mary, Mother of the Eucharist. Events include Candlelight Rosary Walk, Holy Mass, Adoration, Benediction, Chaplet of Divine Mercy, and Praise & Worship. Scheduled speakers include Dr. Mark Miravalle, author, Professor of Mariology, Franciscan University of Steubenville; Christine Watkins, author and speaker; and Johnnette Benkovic, EWTN host, author and speaker.

Site: Ave Maria, Florida
Registration: $170 (includes lodging and all meals)


May 15-17, 2020

Conspire 2020
Center for Action and Contemplation

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

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


May 17-21, 2020

NCCL 2020 Annual Convocation
National Conference for Catechetical Leadership (NCCL)

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

Site: Dubuque, Iowa
Registration: Contact NCCL for details


May 17-22, 2020

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

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

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


May 24-29, 2020

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

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

Site: St. Louis, Missouri
Registration: NAFSA Member $749 by April 17; $899 after
Nonmember $1,049 by April 17; $1,199 after


May 26-29, 2020

Catholic Campus Ministry Association

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

Site: San Diego, California
Registration: CCMA Member $625
Nonmember $650


May 28-31, 2020

College Theology Society 66th Annual Convention
College Theology Society

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

Site: Spring Hill College Campus, Mobile, Alabama
Registration: CTS Member $120 / Nonmember $200


May 31 – June 5, 2020

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

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

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


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June 1-3, 2020

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

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

Site: New Orleans, Louisiana
Registration: $150


June 1-4, 2020

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

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

Site: San Antonio, Texas
Registration: $250 (includes lodging, meals, printed materials and program costs)


June 4-6, 2020

NALM 2020 Annual Conference
National Association for Lay Ministry

We are convinced that sustaining healthy ministerial workplaces, built on covenant relationships and a commitment to justice, equips parishes for communio and mission. Healthy workplaces result when pastoral leadership teams actively cultivate trust, community, fairness, financial well-being, shared values, manageable workload, appreciation and vocational commitment. Still inspired by the USCCB pastoral letter, Co-Workers in the Vineyard of the Lord (2005), we invite you on this journey to help foster healthy workplaces for all who minister in the name of Christ.

Site: Collegeville, Minnesota
Registration: Member $350 / Nonmembers $425


June 4-10, 2020

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

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

Site: Dallas, Pennsylvania
Registration: $915 by April 1; $935 after


June 5-6, 2020

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

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

Site: Schuyler, Nebraska
Registration: $149.55


June 5-7, 2020

Power and Purpose Conference
Steubenville Conferences

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

Site: Steubenville, Ohio
Registration: $176 / Clergy and Religious $97


June 7-10, 2020

Catholic Youth Ministry Convention
Life Teen, Inc.

Our mission at this event is simple: equip adults to lead teens closer to Christ. Whether you are new to ministry or looking for the best practices to continue your ministry, you’ll find this event has something for you. You can count on incredible keynotes from the best and brightest Catholic speakers and artists, breakout sessions designed to be practical and relevant to your ministry, and a foundation in the sacraments to renew your ministry through your relationship with God. Whether you are a priest, youth minister, DRE, core member, campus minister, or an interested parent, we are ready to serve and train you.

Site: Scottsdale, Arizona
Registration: $555 by March 15; $575 by April 15; $595 after


June 7-12, 2020

Loving Water Across Religions
Maryknoll Mission Institute

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

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


June 8-12, 2020

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

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

Site: CTU campus, Chicago, Illinois
Registration (Audit): $300 per course
Registration (Academic): $1,410 per 1.5 credit hours
Additional Fees: $50 non-refundable registration fee; $550 room, board and parking per week (optional)

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


June 9-11, 2020

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

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

Site: Washington, D.C.
Registration: $325 before March 31; $350 after


June 9-12, 2020

8th Annual Sacred Liturgy Conference
Sacred Liturgy Conference

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

Site: Gonzaga University campus, Spokane, Washington
Registration: $275


June 11-14, 2020

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

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

Site: Baltimore, Maryland
Registration: Open to members only


June 12-14, 2020

Sister Water and the Sultan
Galilee Centre

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

Site: Galilee Centre, Arnprior, ON, Canada
Registration: $330


June 12-18, 2020

Elder Religious & Diocesan Priests Workshop
Misericordia University

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

Site: Dallas, Pennsylvania
Registration: $880 by April 1, $930 after


June 13, 2020

Ministry Enrichment Gathering
Liturgical Training Publications / Diocese of Manchester

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

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


June 14-19, 2020

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

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

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


June 15-19, 2020

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

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

Site: CTU campus, Chicago, Illinois
Registration (Audit): $300 per course
Registration (Academic): $1,410 per 1.5 credit hours
Additional Fees: $50 non-refundable registration fee; $550 room, board and parking per week (optional)

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


June 16-20, 2020

Archbishop Lyke Conference
Xavier University of Louisiana

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

Site: New Orleans, Louisiana
Registration: $250


June 19-21, 2020

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

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

Site: St. Mary's College, South Bend, Indiana
Registration: $150 by May 11; $175 after


June 21-26, 2020

Summer Scripture Conference 2020
University of Saint Mary of the Lake

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

Site: Mundelein, Illinois
Registration: $825 (includes overnight accommodations)


June 21-26, 2020

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

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

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


June 22-25, 2020

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

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

Site: Notre Dame, Indiana
Registration: $275


June 22-25, 2020

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

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

Site: Baltimore, Maryland
Registration: $495


June 22-26, 2020

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

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

Site: CTU campus, Chicago, Illinois
Registration (Audit): $300 per course
Registration (Academic): $1,410 per 1.5 credit hours
Additional Fees: $50 non-refundable registration fee; $550 room, board and parking per week (optional)

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


June 24-25, 2020

Washington Island Forum
Wisconsin Council of Churches

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

Site: Washington Island, Wisconsin
Registration: $299


June 24-28, 2020

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

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

Site: Mount Saint Mary College campus, Newburgh, New York
Registration: $400 (includes workshop materials, campus lodging, meals)


June 29 – July 2, 2020

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

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

Site: Notre Dame, Indiana
Registration: Details coming soon


June 29 – July 2, 2020

Catholic Media Conference
The Catholic Press Association

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

Site: Portland, Oregon
Registration: Member $430 by June 5; $480 after / Nonmember $530 by June 5; $580 after


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July 2-3, 2020

National Gathering on Christian Initiation
Liturgy Training Publications

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

Site: Chicago, Illinois
Registration: $250
Group rates are available (see site)


July 7-10, 2020

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

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

Site: Louisville, Kentucky
Registration: NPM member $295 by March 6; $330 by June 5; $376 after
Nonmember $410 by March 6; $446 by June 5; $490 after


July 8-12, 2020

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

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

Site: Chicago, Illinois
Registration: NRVC member $1,477
Nonmember $1,870


July 8-23, 2020

2020 NRVC Summer Institute
National Religious Vocation Conference

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

Site: Chicago, Illinois
Registration: See site for workshop fees


July 9-12, 2020

Wild Goose Festival 2020
The Wild Goose Community

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

Site: Hot Springs, NC
Registration: $309


July 10-12, 2020

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

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

Site: Schuyler, Nebraska
Registration: $216.56 (includes program fee, mean and taxes)


July 11-14, 2020

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

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

Site: Louisville, Kentucky
Registration: $595 by June 14; $650 after


July 12-17, 2020

Call to Personal and Global Transformation
Maryknoll Mission Institute

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

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


July 13-14, 2020

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

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

Site: Chicago, Illinois
Registration: NRVC member $695
Nonmember $865


July 13-16, 2020

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: $310 / Priest Rate: Free (meal and housing charges still apply)


July 15-19, 2020

Annual Tekakwitha Conference
Tekakwitha Conference

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

Site: Raleigh, North Carolina
Registration: Member $135
Nonmember $175


July 16-18, 2020

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

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

Site: Chicago, Illinois
Registration: NRVC Member $985
Nonmember $1,240


July 16-18, 2020

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

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

Site: Chicago, Illinois
Registration: NRVC Member $985
Nonmember $1,240


July 18, 2020

Creativity and Divine Surprise
Christ the King Priory

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

Site: Schuyler, Nebraska
Registration: $46.02


July 19-24, 2020

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

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

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


July 19-24, 2020

RSM Institute on Sacred Scripture
Misericordia University

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

Site: Dallas, Pennsylvania
Registration: $735 by April 1; $770 after


July 20-23, 2020

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

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

Site: Chicago, Illinois
Registration: NRVC Member $1,072
Nonmember $1,378


July 21-23, 2020

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

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

Site: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Registration: $225 before March 31; $250 after


July 21-26, 2020

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

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

Site: Collegeville, Minnesota
Registration: $800 by March 31; $850 after


July 22-24, 2020

Applied Biblical Studies Conference
Steubenville Conferences

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

Site: Steubenville, Ohio
Registration: $176
Priests willing to hear confessions will receive free registration (meal and housing charges still apply)


July 22-25, 2020

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

Site: Des Moines, Iowa
Registration: Coming soon


July 23-26, 2020

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

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

Site: Atlanta, Georgia
Registration: Coming soon


July 23-26, 2020

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

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

Site: Concordia, Kansas
Registration: $325


July 24-26, 2020

Defending the Faith Conference
Steubenville Conferences

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

Site: Steubenville, Ohio
Registration: $176
Priests willing to hear confessions will receive free registration (meal and housing charges still apply)


July 26-31, 2020

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

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

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


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August 1-4, 2020

New Listing
83rd International Meeting of The Catholic Biblical Association
The Catholic Biblical Association

The annual meeting offers the following venues for participation...Research reports: an excellent opportunity for individuals to present, and have critiqued, work recently published or still in progress; Continuing Seminars: A Continuing Seminar is so called because it ‘continues’ to convene on each day of the meeting; and Task Forces: group of core members who are committed to meeting for at least five years in order to pursue a common long-term goal that may or may not include a publication. The Task Force leader(s) may circulate papers or other materials before the meeting.

Site: Washington, DC
Registration: $189 (estimate)


August 6-9, 2020

New Listing
Christian Faith and Spirituality in an Evolving Universe
Galilee Centre

Scientific thought provides fresh openings to mysterious sacred depths of reality. Where do we encounter God in today’s world of quirks and quarks, chaos and creativity? How shall we pray? Alone or with others? Sister Donna Geernaert, SC will be facilitating the program.

Site: Site: Galilee Centre, Arnprior, ON, Canada
Registration: $330


August 10-13, 2020

New Listing
Encore Priests
Saint Meinrad Seminary & School of Theology

A workshop designed for priests in their 60s or approaching retirement, Encore Priests prepares priests for this transition. Of course, priests never fully retire. By the nature of the sacrament of Holy Orders, priests always have some form of priestly ministry. But how can a mature priest transition into a retirement that is meaningful and vital? If you're a priest nearing retirement age, this workshop is designed to help you. This workshop is also being offered on November 30-December 3, 2020.

Site: St. Meinrad, Indiana
Registration: $750


August 28-30, 2020

New Listing
Praying with the Gospel of Matthew – Hope in Daily Life as a Disciple
Christ the King Priory

Learn about the Gospel of St. Matthew and pray with it. Enter more deeply into Jesus’ teaching about the mystery of the Kingdom of God. We will explore the Gospel used for the current Liturgical Year (A) and reflect on writings from the saints to deepen our hope coming from the Gospel of Jesus Christ! The weekend includes personal and community prayer, opportunity for individual spiritual direction and the sacrament of reconciliation, adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, and Mass both Saturday and Sunday.

Site: Schuyler, Nebraska
Registration: $216.56 (includes program fee, meal and taxes)


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The Art of Michael D. O'Brien
Michael D. O'Brien

Michael O'Brien has been a professional painter of religious art since 1970. Though his reputation as a Catholic novelist and essayist began in 1996, and continues on the strength of more than twenty-eight published books, he is also widely known as a visual artist, with his paintings in churches, universities, and other institutions, as well as in public galleries and private collections throughout the world. In this book, O'Brien presents and comments on many of his important pieces. He explains his development as a religious artist and his philosophy of sacred art. The vibrancy, originality, and variety of his work are on display in more than one hundred twenty full-color reproductions of his paintings and Byzantine-style icons. Also included are some of his drawings and other works in black and white.

ISBN: 9781621642770, 175 pages, $39.95 hardcover
Ignatius Press


Can We Believe in People?
Human Significance in an Interconnected Cosmos
Stephen R.L. Clark

The view that humanity is “in the image and likeness of God” has influenced the past two millennia of European history, and retains its significance despite the apparent decline of theism as a major social factor. Human beings are understood to be in some way “special,” deserving of “respect,” capable of understanding (even remaking) the universe. The aim of the author—drawing on a wide range of resources ancient and modern—is to clearly delineate this view: its apparent justifications, its implications, and what can and should be said to challenge it. Can We Believe in People? preserves a strong account of human reason and human dignity while yet fully acknowledging the claims of other terrestrial and extraterrestrial life.

ISBN: 978-1621385097, 236 pages, $19.95 softcover, published by Angelico Press


The Case for Clerical Celibacy (Second Edition)
Its Historical Development Theological Foundations
Cardinal Alfons Stickler

How should we think about clerical celibacy? Is it an "invention" of the Church intended for pastoral purposes? Or is clerical celibacy rooted in the priestly ministry of Jesus Christ? What to make of married priests in the early centuries of the Church and in Eastern-rite Catholicism and Orthodoxy today? How did clerical celibacy develop? What are its theological foundations? Cardinal Stickler, a theological expert at Vatican II, an eminent canon lawyer, and church historian, answers those and other crucial questions on clerical celibacy. He clarifies the concepts of celibacy and sexual continence. He then examines the development of clerical celibacy in the Latin West, exploding the myth celibacy is a medieval invention or simply a church-instituted practical discipline. He shows how though most priests (as well as bishops and deacons) of the early Church were married, they were also to observe "sexual continence"—to refrain from sexual relations with their wives. Next, he turns to consider the practice of Eastern Christianity. Finally, he concludes with a theological reflection on the priesthood of Jesus Christ, which shows why the popular distinction between "doctrine" and "discipline" doesn't fully explain all the important aspects of the requirement of clerical celibacy and continence.

ISBN: 9781621643548, 112 pages, $10.95 softcover
Ignatius Press


Christ in the Eclipse
A Clinical Study of the Good Christian
Frank Sheed

People whose day-to-day lives have not been changed through knowing Christ fill the pews of today's churches, says the urbane, astutely provocative F.J. Sheed – a modern-day Jeremiah in a two-piece suit. Likewise, Sheed asserts, church leaders exhibit similar lacks, and neither clergy nor laymen are blind to, nor silent about, the others' weaknesses. Sheed charges that both share a common failure to consider Christ in their scathing criticisms as they propose both radical change and a return to old ways to correct the problems they see. Says Sheed, "I have fallen into a way of reminding the objectors that . . . an administration is necessary if the Church is to function, but Christ is the whole point of that functioning." Writing from the perspective of a half-century preaching career which began on a corner soapbox in London, this man who expressed concern that "people, more than ever, don't find God interesting" shows in this book, that, more than ever, he does. His main question in this book for all of us to answer is "How real is Christ to us, how well do we know him, what strong desire have we to know him better?"

ISBN: 9781621643081, 170 pages, $15.95 softcover
Ignatius Press


Contemplative Enigmas
Insights and Aid on the Path to Deeper Prayer
Fr. Donald Haggerty

Despite signs in recent decades of a crisis in the Church, a countercurrent of intense interest in prayer and a close relationship with God is clearly at work today. A deeper esteem for contemplation has accompanied this turning to prayer, and many people desire spiritual direction and guidance. Written by a recognized expert on contemplative prayer, this book concentrates on the interior hardships experienced by souls who give themselves to God wholeheartedly. More than a summary of the symptoms of interior trial, these poignant observations are the fruit of the author's many years in retreat work. Personal experience, not simply knowledge of the spiritual tradition, inform his concise, carefully crafted comments. Throughout the book, the writing invites the reader to ponder the subject of spiritual darkness, perplexity, and other struggles in the spiritual life always in the light of the loving God, who draws souls into greater surrender to himself.

ISBN: 9781621643432, 288 pages, $17.95 softcover
Ignatius Press


The Decalogue Decoded
What You Never Learned about the Ten Commandments
Fr. Brian Mullady, OP

Because the Ten Commandments seem harsh and unyielding to modern ears, few today realize that they embody the most perfect expression of human freedom. Only by abiding by the Commandments can you have a fully human life and achieve union with God. But you need more than a tenth-grade understanding of them to unleash their remarkable spiritual power in your daily life...which is why Fr. Brian Mullady has written this remarkable book that reveals the many often-overlooked, soul-nourishing elements and implications of each of the Commandments. Here you’ll come to understand how the Commandments are not just ten individual rules; they are an entire plan of life that draws you ever more into God and brings you enduring peace with others—and with yourself.

ISBN: 978-1-68278-103-6, 128 pages, $14.95 softcover
Sophia Institute


Draw Ever Closer
Henri J.M. Nouwen

Draw Ever Closer is an easy-to-use devotional for all who seek both intimacy with God and relationship with other people. This book offers you a personal, thirty-day retreat based on the most popular works of modern spiritual writer Henri J. M. Nouwen, a priest, psychologist, and lifelong seeker whose books include Out of Solitude and With Open Hands. Requiring only a few minutes each day, Draw Ever Closer allows you to reflect deeply on the fundamental longings for meaning, belonging, and intimacy as well as the call to service and social justice in each person’s life.

ISBN: 978-1-59471-963-9, 112 pages, $10.95 softcover
Ave Maria Press


Encountering Jesus
A Holy Land Experience
Vincenzo Peroni

Monsignor Vincenzo Peroni, Master of Ceremonies for Pope Francis, takes pilgrims on an unforgettable tour of the most important sites in the Holy Land through guided meditations and prayerful reflections. Eighteen original watercolor drawings by Alessandro Alghisi capture the beauty and sacredness of these places.

ISBN: 9781632533159, 160 pages, $18.99 softcover
Franciscan Media


From the Depths of Our Hearts
Priesthood, Celibacy and the Crisis of the Catholic Church
Pope Benedict XVI, Cardinal Robert Sarah

In this book, Pope Emeritus Benedict and Cardinal Robert Sarah give their brother priests and the whole Church a message of hope. They honestly address the spiritual challenges faced by priests today, including struggles of celibacy. They point to deeper conversion to Jesus Christ as the key to faithful and fruitful priestly ministry and church reform. From the Depths of Our Hearts is an unprecedented work by the Pope Emeritus and a Cardinal serving in the Vatican. As bishops, they write “in a spirit of filial obedience” to Pope Francis, who has said, “I think that celibacy is a gift for the Church … I don’t agree with allowing optional celibacy, no.” Responding to calls for refashioning the priesthood, including proposals from the Amazonian Synod, two wise, spiritually astute pastors explain the biblical and spiritual role of the priesthood, celibacy, and genuine priestly ministry. Drawing on Vatican II, they present priestly celibacy as more than “a mere precept of ecclesiastical law”. They insist that renewal of the Church is bound to a renewed understanding of priestly vocation as sharing in Jesus’ priestly identity as Bridegroom of the Church. This is a book whose crucial message is for clergy and laity alike.

ISBN: 9781621644149, 152 pages, $19.95 softcover
Ignatius Press


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Letters on Liturgy
Fr. Dwight Longenecker

The timeless beauty of the Catholic liturgy should provide stability and depth in the superficial, fast-changing modern world, but too often it sacrifices part of its soul to the Spirit of the Age. In Letters on Liturgy, Fr. Dwight Longenecker writes to a fictional seminarian about the meaning and purpose of the liturgy in the modern world. His witty, wise, and down-to-earth letters blend a love of literature, drama, and art with decades of experience as a pastor. They leave technical jargon, arcane arguments, and unrealistic ideals behind, offering in their stead accessible, practical ways to bring beauty and reverence back into Catholic worship.

ISBN: 978-1-62138-512-7, 178 pages, $16.95 softcover, $26 hardcover, published by Angelico Press


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Luke 10 Leadership
How to Succeed at Parish Ministry
Dave Heney

Heney shows leaders—clergy and lay, paid and volunteer—how to get started in a new leadership position or give an existing role a new direction.  He offers practical tips for growing leadership skills and implementing pastoral strategies in areas such as communication, planning, organization, and change. Leadership in Catholic parishes varies greatly from place to place. But no matter what your particular setting is—whether you are just beginning your ministry or starting out in a new place—this primer of pastoral skills and strategies offers simple, challenging, and transformative lessons for you.

ISBN: 978-1-59471-947-9, 128 pages, $14.95 softcover
Ave Maria Press


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My Uncle Fulton Sheen
Joan Sheen Cunningham and Janel Rodriguez

Joan Sheen Cunningham was happily growing up with her family in Illinois when her uncle Bishop Fulton Sheen offered her the opportunity of a lifetime: to attend a private school in New York City. With the blessing of her parents, she eagerly accepted, and Fulton Sheen became a second father, a role model, and a lifelong friend. In this memoir, Joan describes many formative experiences she had with Fulton Sheen—from shopping for a winter coat to meeting Al Smith, the governor of New York. She fondly recollects how her uncle guided her courtship, helped her and her new husband find an apartment, and baptized their children and grandchildren. Sheen is most known for his popular television show, Life Is Worth Living. The Sheen that Joan presents, however, is not only a polished television personality, but a man of prayer, generosity, and missionary zeal who interacted with count- less people from all walks of life. In one story after another, she illustrates that this great man’s chief concern was sharing the mercy of God with everyone.

ISBN: 9781586178208, 144 pages, $15.95 softcover
Ignatius Press


Overcoming Spiritual Discouragement
The Wisdom and Spiritual Power of Venerable Bruno Lanteri
Fr. Timothy Gallagher

With warmth, understanding, and pastoral skill, Fr. Timothy Gallagher provides here a hopeful invitation to all who struggle to overcome the greatest obstacle of all in the spiritual life — discouragement. Our enemy actively exploits our vulnerabilities, shrewdly leading us time and again into an overwhelming sense of disturbance. But Fr. Gallagher pulls the curtain back on the wiles of the devil, offering gentle reflections that are remarkably effective in lightening the burdens of your day-to-day spiritual life. You’ll learn practical ways to find peace amid your spiritual struggles, and patience in the face of even the most intense trials. Best of all, you’ll learn how to profit spiritually from the afflictions that beset you.

ISBN: 978-1-68278-095-4, 128 pages, $14.95 softcover
Sophia Institute


Philosophy in Word and Name
Myth, Wisdom, Apocalypse
William C. Hackett

Myth. Wisdom. Apocalypse. Three words of ancient pedigree offering the seeker a promise: to unlock the door of understanding to the highest and best things—the divine things. Three keys, then, for a Philosophy in Word and Name that wants, simply, to comprehend whatever makes the meaning of our humanity take on its fullest scope and significance. This text intends to be no more than a “sketchbook” for such a philosophy. Its six Studies include two dedicated to each key, engaging with words and names ancient and modern, eastern and western, and with an approach casting back into traditional intellectual practices long strictured in the modern west. Above all, the defining feature of the modern intelligence—the asphyxiating alienation of philosophy and theology from one another, and both from the mystical—is weighed and found wanting. A turn to modes of thought and styles of writing for which religion is not foreign ground is required if we are to have any chance of fidelity to these things themselves; and should this draw us closer to “premodern,” or even “eastern,” modalities, must we not remain open to these as well?

ISBN: 978-1-62138-503-5, 318 pages, $19.95 softcover, $30 hardcover, published by Angelico Press


Raising Money for Your Congregation
Robert Connolly

In this invaluable and timely congregational-development tool, Connolly gives specific, practical, tried-and-true advice—laced with examples, humor, and stories—on how congregations can raise, on an ongoing and sustainable basis, the money they need to carry out their ministry and mission. He succinctly covers the issues of recruiting and training leaders; developing relationships with people both inside and outside the congregation; and choosing the best strategies to insure the right “mix” of money for your congregation. He gives a detailed outline of strategies for annual giving, capital and debt reduction appeals, earned income, and endowment funds.

ISBN: 978-0-87946-677-0, 72 pages, $7.95 softcover
Acta Publications


The Redeemer's Call to Consecrated Souls
With Loud Cries and Tears
Edited by Rev. H. Monier-Vinard, SJ

This is a first-time English translation of the French spiritual classic Cum Clamore Valido: The Redeemer's Call to Consecrated Souls. The book consists of a series of extraordinary locutions to an anonymous French nun in the years leading up to WWII. The original French edition was published with full ecclesiastical approval. This work has been translated and published now in the belief that Our Lord's words then bear even more on our world situation today. All those truly consecrated to a life of faith and devotion need to hear what Christ has to say.

ISBN: 978-0-9801174-6-2, 245 pages, $12.95 softcover, published by Logos Institute Press


Revolution of the Heart (DVD)
The Dorothy Day Story
Martin Doblmeir, Director

Revolution of the Heart is a new documentary on one of the most extraordinary and courageous women in American history, one who is being considered for sainthood, Dorothy Day. Realist and radical, Day was both a typical grandmother and a self-described anarchist who once made the FBI list as a “dangerous American.” As a journalist, Day covered workers’ rights and child labor. She was a cofounder (with Peter Maurin) of the Catholic Worker Movement, which first as a newspaper, expanded to become a network of houses of hospitality to welcome the poor and destitute. Includes rare archival photographs and film footage plus interviews with her granddaughters, Martin Sheen, Joan Chittister, and many others.

Item No: NCR850, 57 minutes runtime, $19.95 DVD format
Paulist Press


Separated by the Border
A Birth Mother, a Foster Mother, and a Migrant Child's 3,000-Mile Journey
Gena Thomas

In 2017 five-year-old Julia traveled with her mother, Guadalupe, from Honduras to the United States. Her harrowing journey took her through Mexico in the cargo section of a tractor trailer. Then she was separated from her mother, who was held hostage by smugglers who exploited her physically and financially. At the United States border, Julia came through the processing center as an unaccompanied minor after being separated from her stepdad who was deported. Gena Thomas tells the story of how Julia came to the United States, what she experienced in the system, and what it took to reunite her with her family. A Spanish-speaking former missionary, Gena became Julia's foster mother and witnessed firsthand the ways migrant children experience trauma. Weaving together the stories of birth mother and foster mother, this book shows the human face of the immigrant and refugee, the challenges of the immigration and foster care systems, and the tenacious power of motherly love.

ISBN: 978-0-8308-4575-0, 224 pages, $16 softcover
InterVarsity Press


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Give Up Worry for Lent!
40 Days to 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


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

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

ISBN: 9781640604605, 128 pages, $14.99
Paraclete Press


Lenten Journey with Mother Mary
Fr. Edward Looney

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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


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