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

The Monk's Record Player
Thomas Merton, Bob Dylan, and the Perilous Summer of 1966
Robert Hudson

Heroism and Genius
How Catholic Priests Helped Build—and Can Help Rebuild—Western Civilization
William J. Slattery

The Absolute in History
The Collected Works of Walter Kasper
Walter Cardinal Kasper

Creation and the Cross
The Mercy of God for a Planet in Peril
Elizabeth A. Johnson

Saint Catherine of Siena and Her Times
Margaret Roberts


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Datebook Plus listings are for informational purposes. Efforts are made to ensure the appropriateness and relevancy of each listing. However, being listed does not imply that this Office or the Society of the Divine Word endorses the event, speaker, agenda, topic, sponsor, or author.
 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Center for Ministry Development
The Center for Ministry Development (CMD) works to provide dynamic resources for comprehensive youth ministry and is committed to helping parishes, dioceses, and campuses implement the vision for ministry with young adults as articulated by the U.S. Catholic Bishops in Sons and Daughters of the Light--A Pastoral Plan for Ministry with Young Adults. The webinars are leader/ministry/staff focused and are priced at $25 per participant with group discounts available.
www.cmdnet.org/cmd-store/category/24-webinars

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

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May 2, 16 and 30, 2018
4:00pm ET

Getting the Most Out of a Psychological Assessment: Part One: Understanding the Basics
Co-sponsored by the Religious Formation Conference (RFC) with the Conference of Major Superiors of Men (CMSM)

This is a three-part webinar series. You are encouraged to participate in all three webinars, but can participate in any of them individually as well. Your registration will be valid for all three dates. Each webinar is 60 minutes in length and will be led by Fr. Gerald McGlone, SJ, Associate Director of the Conference of Major Superiors of Men.

Part One: Understanding the Basics (May 2nd)
Part Two: Dealing with Difficult Findings and Difficult Realities (May 16th)
Part Three: Developing and Managing Inter-Cultural Competencies within Formation (May 30th)

Site: Online
Registration: Free
https://www.relforcon.org/webinars

 

May 17, 2018
1:00pm ET

New Listing
Intervening with a Peer: When Avoiding is Enabling
St. Luke Institute (SLIconnect)

How can we successfully challenge a friend, family or community member’s unhealthy behaviors while still maintaining a good relationship? At what point does our desire to avoid conflict actually enable the behavior we are trying to address? Michael R. Pollard, LCSW, identifies strategies for managing difficult conversations with those close to us. Who should participate: Priests, deacons, men and women religious, lay ministers, and those involved in vocations, formation, or clergy and ministry personnel needs.

Site: Online
Registration: $25
https://www.sliconnect.org/product/intervening-peer-avoiding-enabling/

 

June 21, 2018
1:00pm ET

Interpersonal Skills for Successful Ministry
St. Luke Institute (SLIconnect)

Ministry life for priests and consecrated religious requires working in and living as part of a community. Many people find it challenging in daily ministry to be “a bridge and not an obstacle” (Pastores Dabo Vobis), as it requires a high level of emotional maturity and the ability to relate well to others, even under stress. Jane Becker, OSB, Ph.D., offers strategies for cultivating the emotional and interpersonal skills needed to thrive in ministry. Time: One hour.

Site: Online
Registration: $25
https://www.sliconnect.org/product/interpersonal-skills-successful-ministry/

 

July 19, 2018
1:00pm ET

Surviving the Digital Age: Strategies for Healthy Technology Use
St. Luke Institute (SLIconnect)

Technology, from smartphones to social media to virtual reality, is impacting our lives in ways no one could have predicted. While there are certainly benefits to these advances, being overly engaged with technology in its various forms can have long-term negative consequences for psychological and emotional health. Crystal Taylor-Dietz, Psy.D., discusses the mental health impact of being “plugged in” and offers strategies for managing technology use effectively.

Site: Online
Registration: $25
https://www.sliconnect.org/product/surviving-digital-age-strategies-healthy-technology-use/

 

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May 14, 2018
(6:00-7:30pm)

New Listing
Understanding Honduras
8th Day Center for Justice

Please join us to learn about the rapidly worsening humanitarian crisis in Honduras from the people living there. On May 14th, Father Melo and a delegation of victims and human rights defenders from Honduras will travel on tour to El Paso, San Francisco, Boston and Chicago to testify about the rising repression in Honduras and call for peace and justice. We are pleased to have them join us for our Evening Speaker Series.

Site: 8th Day Center for Justice, Chicago, Illinois
Registration: Free will donation
http://8thdaycenter.org/our-work/ongoing-events/evening-speaker-series/

 

May 15-18, 2018

Mariological Society of America 2018 Annual Meeting
Mariological Society of America

The conference builds on last year’s theme “Mary and the Sacraments of Initiation,” and focuses on “Mary and the Sacraments of Service and Healing.” The annual meeting usually includes a presidential address, 5 or 6 presentations; and a survey of recent Marian publications, focusing primarily on books and articles in English, but including recent writings on Mary in other languages as well.

Site: Bergamo Center for Lifelong Learning, Dayton, Ohio
Registration: $60 (meals and lodging additional)
http://mariologicalsociety.com/

 

May 16, 2018
(7:00-9:00pm)

New Listing
In Pursuit of Justice
Sacred Heart Parish Adult Formation Team

The program features Fr. Michael Pfleger, pastor of St. Sabina parish in Chicago. Brought to you by the Sacred Heart Parish Adult Formation Team. Pizza, snacks and adult beverages will be served. Join us & bring a friend. Parking is available in the Church parking lot located at 1077 Tower Road.

Site: Sacred Heart Parish Center, Winnetka, Illinois
Registration: Free will offering
http://socialjusticeresourcecenter.org/event/in-pursuit-of-justice/

 

May 19, 2018

Accompanying Youth
Center for Ministry Development

Accompaniment is our model for ministry with youth and their families. God began the conversation with young people; our job is to pay attention to what God is doing in the lives of young people, walk with youth as they grow in discipleship, and help them discern their response to God’s plan for their life. This workshop will explore ways to help youth pray and discern their vocation. It is designed for all parish leaders whose ministries touch the lives of adolescents and their families—including pastors, deacons, pastoral associates, coordinators of youth ministry, leaders in faith formation and catechists, Confirmation preparation leaders, and service/social concerns leaders.

Site: Wilmington (Middleton), Delaware
Registration: $54 (includes workshop, lunch, materials)
https://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/eventReg?oeidk=a07eezqzqox43cc6efa&oseq=&c=&ch=

See website for other locations and dates:
https://www.cmdnet.org/accompany-locations

 

May 19, 2018

Living Every Day with Passion & Purpose
Dynamic Catholic

With his signature combination of the profound and the practical—and witty sense of humor—Matthew Kelly introduces you to new habits that will re-energize every area of your life, and inspires you to start living with passion and purpose. This half-day event features live music from singer-songwriter Eliot Morris, and includes a free bag of Dynamic Catholic resources for every attendee.

Site: DeltaPlex Arena, Grand Rapids, Michigan
Registration: $29
https://dynamiccatholic.com/passion-and-purpose-live-grand-rapids-mi-may-19-2018

 

May 20-25, 2018

God, Evolution and the Unfinished Self
Maryknoll Mission Institute

Nature has an intrinsic need to transcend itself and while we continue to resist these transcendent forces we are in continual evolution. Where are we going? And, what is God doing? With a particular focus on the integral relationship between mind and matter we will explore the relationship between consciousness, space and the mystical quest for holistic reality. Quantum physics, cosmology and evolution will provide the insights from which to do this exploration. We will reflect on Teilhard de Chardin’s notion of withinness and withoutness to see how we might evolve toward a planetary consciousness of love.

Site: Ossining, New York
Registration: $200 plus $60 yearly registration/deposit; $55 per night room and board
http://support.maryknollsisters.org/site/Calendar?id=100163&view=Detail

 

May 21-25, 2018

2018 Festival of Homiletics
Festival of Homiletics

"Preaching and Politics" is the theme. Be inspired by God’s Word proclaimed by some of the nation’s finest preachers and teachers. Experience the fellowship of hundreds of preachers. Learn and worship in an atmosphere that’s dynamic, friendly, nurturing and prophetic. Come renew, refresh and recharge your spirit.

Site: Washington, D.C.
Registration: $300
http://www.festivalofhomiletics.com/

 

May 27 – June 1, 2018

NAFSA 2018 Annual Conference & Expo
NAFSA: Association of International Educators

The 2018 annual conference theme, “Diverse Voices, Shared Commitment,” highlights the value and power of diverse voices that lead to more authentic collaborations and speak to alternative narratives that challenge our old ideas and make us think about new solutions and opportunities. The NAFSA Annual Conference & Expo is an experience and opportunity that stands apart from other events and resources in its scope, breadth, and access to thousands of colleagues. NASFA 2018 will allow you to meet and dialogue with peers and leaders across borders to discuss key issues. Come to share and gain valuable insights on all areas of international education administration, student services, research and teaching—from a global perspective. The NAFSA 2018 Expo Hall will showcase hundreds of exhibitors from all parts of the globe—meet with current and prospective partners and find the solutions you need in one place.

Site: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Registration:
Member $749 / Nonmember $1,075
http://www.nafsa.org/Annual_Conference/

 

May 29 – June 1, 2018

Called 2018: That Your Joy be Complete
Catholic Campus Ministry Association (CCMA)

Join Catholic campus ministers from around the country for the 2018 National Convention, hosted by the Catholic Campus Ministry Association (CCMA). In conjunction with the Synod on Youth, Faith and Vocational Discernment, Called 2018 will explore the call of campus ministers to make disciples and transform campuses.

Site: Minneapolis, Minnesota
Registration: Member $375 / Non-member $425
http://ccmanet.org/

 

May 30 – June 2, 2018

Annual NCCL Conference & Exposition
National Conference for Catechetical Leadership

Walk with Christ. Camina Con Cristo. Come to be spiritually, intellectually and pastorally fed! Apart from the opportunity for prayer, rejuvenation, and formation, our gathering will provide us with the best opportunity to come together as catechetical professionals for networking. We are the nation’s experts (diocesan, parish, academics, and resource providers) on evangelization and what makes NCCL an extraordinary organization is that it brings together the full complement of ministry collaborators.

Site: Chicago, Illinois
Registration: Member $350 / Non-member $450
https://www.nccl.org/conference/

 

May 31 – June 3, 2018

CTS Annual Convention 2018
College Theology Society

UPDATE Our theme this year is "You Say You Want a Revolution?" 1968-2018 in Theological Perspective. The convention chairs and annual volume editors are Susie Paulik Babka, Elena Procario-Foley, and Sandra Yocum. Our local host and coordinator is Colleen Carpenter, professor of Theology at Saint Catherine University.

Site: St. Paul, Minnesota
UPDATE Registration: $100
http://www.collegetheology.org/Registration

 

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June 3-6, 2018

Child and Youth Protection Catholic Leadership Conference (CYPCLC): 13th Annual
USCCB Secretariat of Child and Youth Protection

The Secretariat of Child and Youth Protection is excited to announce the Archdiocese of New Orleans as the host of the 13th annual Child and Youth Protection Catholic Leadership Conference (CYPCLC). The CYPCLC will be held from June 3-6, 2018 in downtown New Orleans. The CYPCLC brings together leaders from dioceses/eparchies, both clergy and lay, to network and hear from experts on issues of victim assistance, pastoral care, and the creation of safe environments in the Church. Diocesan clergy and staff from all dioceses are encouraged to attend.

Site: New Orleans, Louisiana
Registration: $400
http://www.nolacatholic.org/cypclc2018nola

 

June 3-8, 2018

Spiritual Resources for Interfaith Peacemaking
Maryknoll Mission Institute

How can Jews, Christians, Muslims, and others join forces to heal the wounds of conflict by transforming fear to trust, anger to forgiveness and grief to compassion for the suffering of others? This program will address these challenges and help participants develop insights and skills for interfaith peacebuilding. Conducted as an interactive workshop, use will be made of case studies including Israel/Palestine, Nigeria, Northern Ireland, South Africa, and the United States. 

Site: Ossining, New York
Registration: $200 plus $60 (yearly) registration/deposit; $55 per night room and board
http://support.maryknollsisters.org/site/Calendar?id=100164&view=Detail

 

June 4-6, 2018

Summer Institute (2018) for Catholic Education Leadership
Loyola University New Orleans

This year's Institute--co-sponsored by the Loyola Institute for Ministry, the Office of Catholic Schools, and the Office of Religious Education of the Archdiocese of New Orleans--focuses on spiritual leadership. To be a leader in Catholic education/formation is to be a spiritual leader. Yet, God doesn't call the qualified but, instead, qualifies the called. And so, spiritual leadership is a process, a journey. We'll address questions like, How can spiritual leaders: Cultivate spiritual leadership in themselves? Be on the lookout for grace, even in unlikely people and places? Foster gifts in others? and Build faith community among various stakeholders?

Site: New Orleans, Louisiana
Registration: $150 (includes breakfast and lunch)

http://cnh.loyno.edu/lim/summer-institute

 

June 7-10, 2018

73rd Annual Convention CTSA
Catholic Theological Society of America

The theme of the 2018 CTSA convention will be “Grace at Work in the World.” To my astonishment, and perhaps yours, “grace” has never been the theme of a CTSA convention, and so—long overdue—its time has come. If the theme were simply grace, of course, nothing from the Christian tradition would be excluded, and the conference might have no focus at all. Perhaps that is why it has never been addressed before, maybe just taken for granted as that which underlies consideration of every other theme. So the theme is not just grace, but grace as it is at work in the world. You will perhaps see immediately the play on words in the relationship suggested between grace and work, or works. But you will also note that the focus is on the work of grace in the world, thus inviting us to consider the whole range of issues that have to do with the way God is at work in the secular world. This should not be construed as only or even primarily a matter of the activity of Christians but also and perhaps more intriguingly attention to how the grace of God in the secular world and in religious traditions other than Christianity speaks to the Christian community of faith.

Site: Indianapolis, Indiana
Registration: Member $160 / Non-member $185

https://www.ctsa-online.org/event-2726943

 

June 7-13, 2018

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

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 see 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 (includes meals and lodging)
https://www.misericordia.edu/page.cfm?p=960

 

June 8-10, 2018

Power & Purpose Conference
Franciscan University

When we fall short of the life that we know God has planned for us, it can be very easy to become discouraged. But His mercy is always new, and at every moment of our lives, the Holy Spirit desires to transform us and give us the opportunity for a new beginning … we only have to welcome Him into our hearts. Come experience the movement of the Holy Spirit in a powerful way this summer at the Power and Purpose Conference! He is ready to do something new in your life.

Site: Steubenville, Ohio
Registration: $165; Priest registrations are free in gratitude for their willingness to hear confessions (meals plan and housing charges still apply); $70 meal plan (six meals); $85 housing
https://steubenvilleconferences.com/adult/ppc/

 

June 10-12, 2018
 

Assembly 2018 CHA
Catholic Health Association of the United States

The annual Catholic Health Assembly is the premier gathering of Catholic health care leaders in the United States. This two-and-one-half day convention brings leaders from across the ministry together for learning, networking, celebration and renewal. Keynote speakers feature prominent voices from health care, academia, media, public policy and philanthropy.

Site: San Diego, California
Registration: Member $995 by June 8; $1,195 onsite / Nonmenbers $1,795 by June 8
https://www.chausa.org/assembly-2018

 

June 10-13, 2018

A Hunger for Wholeness: Exploring the Inner-Outer Universe (Annual Summer Seminar)
Saint Mary’s College

Through illuminative lectures and question and answer time, keynote seminar speaker Ilia Delio, OSF, will examine the need for spiritual alignment with nature in an age of digital distractions. Building on her 2017 Madeleva Lecture manuscript titled, “A Hunger for Wholeness: Soul, Space and Transcendence,” Sr. Ilia will explore the interior freedom humans possess and how this affects our relationship to God’s Trinitarian life. Additional speakers John F. Haught and Heidi Russell will address God’s love acting in a world of dynamic change. Seminar participants will also enjoy meals and fellowship together, Eucharistic liturgies, and optional evening activities to nurture mind, body, and spirit. Books written by the speakers will be made available for purchase on-site.

Site: Notre Dame, Indiana
Registration: $375
https://www.saintmarys.edu/spiritual-life/center-for-spirituality/summer-seminar

 

June 10-13, 2018

Catholic Youth Ministry Training Convention
lifeteen.com

The Catholic Youth Ministry Training Convention provides a beautiful mix of practical, comprehensive training and spiritual renewal. There will be over 60 creative sessions to choose from, led by some of the best youth leaders around. Daily Mass, Eucharistic Adoration, Reconciliation, praise and worship, and other times of prayer will be incorporated throughout the Convention. By the end, youth leaders will leave knowing they are not alone, but a part of a greater community that is ready to help and support them.

Site: Scottsdale, Arizona
Registration: $540
http://lifeteen.com/events/catholic-youth-ministry-convention/

 

June 10-15, 2018

Under the Baobab Tree: Spirituality Nourished by Nature
Maryknoll Mission Institute

Do you have a pet? What have you learned from it? Theologian Matthew Fox has said that his dog is his “spiritual director.” What does nature have to teach us? How is the “cry of the earth” related to the “cry of the poor”? Can we find a mystical meaning “in a leaf, in a mountain trail, in a dewdrop, in a poor person’s face?” (Laudato Si’, 233) During this program we will explore these and other questions that have a bearing on our spiritual life as well as on the life of the planet. Part workshop and part spiritual journey, the program will be interactive and will offer time for personal reflection and group sharing. We will practice conflict resolution skills and examine sources of healing and reconciliation. We will learn the secret of living joyfully in a world full of suffering.

Site: Ossining, New York
Registration: $200 plus $60 (yearly) registration/deposit; $55 per night room and board
http://support.maryknollsisters.org/site/Calendar?id=100165&view=Detail

 

June 11-13, 2018

The Vision and Reality of Vatican II: Fashioning a Church for the 21st Century (Visions in Faith)
Rock Hill Oratory

The Second Vatican Council (1962-65) was called by Pope John XXIII in the hope it would serve as a new Pentecost for the Church.  It has been called the most significant Church event in modern Church history, providing a charter for the Church of the 20th century and beyond.  It is now a little over 50 years since the Council ended and a time to reflect on why it was called, what it has achieved and what remains to be done. This event is offered for laity and religious.

Site: Rock Hill, South Carolina
Registration: $75
http://www.rockhilloratory.net/center-for-spirituality/programs/
(Tab: Download Fall 2017 – Summer 2018 Programs; see page 5 for event description; pages 21-22 for registration instructions)

 

June 11-15, 2018

Summer Institute 2018 (Week 1)
Catholic Theological Union

Summer Institute participants have the opportunity to study with CTU’s renowned faculty on campus in Chicago or online. With accreditation from the Association of Theological Schools (ATS), CTU offers the highest quality theological preparation and formation for people of varying needs and interests. Courses may be audited, taken for Continuing Education Units (CEUs), or taken for credit after a short admissions process. Blended (online and on campus) classes are also available. The Summer Institute Program consists of Week 1 held June 11-15; Week 2 held June 18-22; Week 3 held June 25-29.

Site: CTU Campus, Chicago, Illinois
Registration: $50 fee plus $350 per course; $500 room and board per week
http://ctu.edu/special-programs/#1509130566279-38348d5d-4f71

 

June 12-14, 2018

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

The Reverend Joseph A. Fitzymer, S. J. Institute on Sacred Scripture will convene at Georgetown University for the 55th consecutive year. 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. Institute sessions will meet from 9:00 a. m. to 4:30 p. m. on Tuesday and Wednesday and from 9:00 a. m. to 1:30 p. m. on Thursday. 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: $350
http://faculty.georgetown.edu/mitchela/guiss/

 

June 12-15, 2018

2018 Catholic Media Conference
Catholic Press Association

The Catholic Media Conference is the world's largest gathering of Catholic communicators. You will return home with fresh insights and approaches to proclaim the Gospel in your diocese and meet new contacts and connections to build up your professional network. We invite you to Green Bay where we will encounter Jesus and Mary, helping us to grow as missionary disciples, in service of Him!

Site: Green Bay Wisconsin
Registration: Member $430 / Non member $530
https://www.cmctitletown.com/

 

June 15-17, 2018

2018 ASM Annual Meeting
American Society of Missiology

Leading missiologists, Frances Adeney, Terry Muck, Evelyne Reisacher and Amos Yong, as well as a host of "story tellers" will inspire and facilitate us in conversations around interfaith friendship as a means of incarnational mission practice particularly suited to these troubling times; its history, its biblical foundations, and its best practices. Centered in the divine hospitality of God who first welcomed us that we might welcome others into the Kingdom, interfaith friendships begin with making room for God. Come and worship God, revel in friendships old and new, and consider what God may be up to in the world of interfaith relationships!

Site: Notre Dame University, South Bend, Indiana
Registration: $150 by May 13; $175 after

https://www.asmweb.org/content/annual-meeting

 

June 15-21, 2018

Elder Religious and Diocesan Priests Workshop
Misericordia University

The annual Elder Religious and Diocesan Priests Workshop 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 administering to the elders in our religious congregations and dioceses.

Site: Dallas, Pennsylvania
Registration: $910 (includes meals and lodging)
https://www.misericordia.edu/page.cfm?p=961

 

June 17-22, 2018

Facing Into Chaos: Deepening Communal Contemplation, Transforming Consciousness
Maryknoll Mission Institute

In chaos theory the tipping point is described as the time when all the familiar structures and systems no longer work. At that point we are invited to either breakdown or breakthrough. This program invites you to explore the world views that are operative today. Drawing on integral theory, the various stages of consciousness will be explored. We will see how each stage perceives reality differently and how this contributes to the polarities we experience in the political and ecclesial arenas today. Realizing that we need to address these growing divisions if we are to survive as a planetary community, we will ponder whether what is necessary is really impossible. Drawing on our faith tradition, we will explore the power of contemplation to transform our consciousness and help us imagine other ways of being and doing. The week will be a blend of prayer, presentations, small and large group processes - all of which are rooted in communal contemplation.

Site: Ossining, New York
Registration: $200 plus $60 (yearly) registration/deposit; $55 per night room and board
http://support.maryknollsisters.org/site/Calendar?id=100166&view=Detail

 

June 18-21, 2018

Castelot Summer Scripture 2018
Archdiocese of Detroit

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

Site: Lake Orion, Michigan
Registration: $405 (meals and lodging are additional)

http://castelotscripture.com/

 

June 18-22, 2018

Summer Institute 2018 (Week 2)
Catholic Theological Union

Summer Institute participants have the opportunity to study with CTU’s renowned faculty on campus in Chicago or online. With accreditation from the Association of Theological Schools (ATS), CTU offers the highest quality theological preparation and formation for people of varying needs and interests. Courses may be audited, taken for Continuing Education Units (CEUs), or taken for credit after a short admissions process. Blended (online and on campus) classes are also available. The Summer Institute Program consists of Week 1 held June 11-15; Week 2 held June 18-22; Week 3 held June 25-29.

Site: CTU Campus, Chicago, Illinois
Registration: $50 fee plus $350 per course; $500 room and board per week
http://ctu.edu/special-programs/#1509130566279-38348d5d-4f71

 

June 19-23, 2018

Archbishop Lyke Conference
Archbishop Lyke Conference

Provides a culturally rich atmosphere encompassing music, art, ritual, along with other activities and experiences that will inspire and enable participants to enrich worship services in their own parishes. Teaches, trains and forms liturgical ministers. Develops and inspires our youth spiritually and culturally to recognize and share their giftedness and to share their time and talents in fostering Christian values.

Site: New Orleans, Louisiana
Registration: To be advised. (Hotel rate: $115 plus tax per night)
http://www.lykeconference.com

 

June 23, 2018

Living Every Day with Passion & Purpose
Dynamic Catholic

With his signature combination of the profound and the practical—and witty sense of humor—Matthew Kelly introduces you to new habits that will re-energize every area of your life, and inspires you to start living with passion and purpose. This half-day event features live music from singer-songwriter Eliot Morris, and includes a free bag of Dynamic Catholic resources for every attendee.

Site: Miller High Life Theatre, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Registration: $29
https://dynamiccatholic.com/passion-and-purpose-live-milwaukee-wi-june-23-2018

 

June 24-29, 2018

Summer Scripture Seminar 2018
University of Saint Mary of the Lake

Speakers and audience come from anywhere across and outside the United States. The approximate audience is a blend of ordained priests and deacons, religious brothers or sisters, lay ministers, educators, catechists and those seeking knowledge of the Scripture. Since the Bible is the soul of theology, USML chose to stress ongoing study of the scriptures as the emphasis of the seminar. The seminar is a cooperative venture by the Institute For Ongoing Formation and the Department of Biblical Exegesis and Proclamation of Mundelein Seminary at the University of St. Mary of the Lake.

Site: Mundelein, Illinois
Registration: $825 (full conference with overnight accommodations)

https://usml.edu/event/summer-scripture-2017/

 

June 24-29, 2018

Mission, Margins and Intercultural Living
Maryknoll Mission Institute

International religious communities (and parishes) are much more diverse than formerly, when people belonged to a Province (or parish) along with others from their own cultural and linguistic group. Today’s communities are increasingly characterized by diversity – of age, social class, ethnicity, culture, and so on. But diversity does not necessarily produce harmony and many people might be said to be “living together separately.” This happens in communities that are international and multi-cultural, rather than intercultural. Intercultural living is only possible through a concerted effort inspired and sustained by faith rather than pragmatism. But unless the future of international religious life becomes intercultural in character, such communities will fragment rather than cohere, and become local, monocultural or tribal. In today’s world, international religious communities should be leaders in the reconfiguring of society into communities of diverse people sustained by common aims and vision. But the dynamics of culture and social margins, and the forces of marginalization must be better understood if this is to happen. This program invites us all to reflect on how we might better image the realm of God and promote God’s Mission in our daily living, whether we are young and active, or aging and perhaps infirm. The presenter is Anthony J. Gittins, CSSp.

Site: Ossining, New York
Registration: $200 plus $60 (yearly) registration/deposit; $55 per night room and board
http://support.maryknollsisters.org/site/Calendar?id=100167&view=Detail

 

June 25-28, 2018

2018 AUSCP Assembly
Association of U.S. Catholic Priests

The theme of this year’s Assembly is “The Church in a Post-Modern World: Spirituality and Ministry in a Secular Age” with a robust focus and discussion on attracting and growing disciples. Featured speakers are Katarina Schuth, Richard Rohr, and Robert Bishop McElroy.

Site: Albuquerque, New Mexico
Registration: $495
http://www.uscatholicpriests.org/assembly-in-albuquerque-2018

 

June 25-29, 2018

Summer Institute 2018 (Week 3)
Catholic Theological Union

Summer Institute participants have the opportunity to study with CTU’s renowned faculty on campus in Chicago or online. With accreditation from the Association of Theological Schools (ATS), CTU offers the highest quality theological preparation and formation for people of varying needs and interests. Courses may be audited, taken for Continuing Education Units (CEUs), or taken for credit after a short admissions process. Blended (online and on campus) classes are also available. The Summer Institute Program consists of Week 1 held June 11-15; Week 2 held June 18-22; Week 3 held June 25-29.

Site: CTU Campus, Chicago, Illinois
Registration: $50 fee plus $350 per course; $500 room and board per week
http://ctu.edu/special-programs/#1509130566279-38348d5d-4f71

 

June 25-29, 2018

2018 Washington Island Forum
Wisconsin Council of Churches

The Washington Island Forum is especially tailored to lay leaders and pastors who want to deepen their spirituality and connect with the message of the scriptures in a more profound way. The Forum is a 40 year tradition and is sponsored by the Wisconsin Council of Churches and The Christian Century magazine. Enjoy four and one half days of worship, workshops, discussion, and contemplation in an ecumenical retreat setting on Washington Island, just six miles off the tip of Door County Wisconsin. The week begins with a welcome and opening picnic Monday afternoon at Trinity Lutheran Church. Tuesday through Thursday enjoy morning prayer and workshop sessions with Anna Carter Florence and optional afternoon discussion groups. Friday begins with a Eucharist, a final workshop and discussion, with departure at noon.

Site: Washington Island, Wisconsin
Registration: $299
https://www.wichurches.org/calendar/event-list/2018-washington-island-forum-2/

 

June 27-30, 2018

2018 Sacred Liturgy Conference
Sacred Liturgy Conference

Schola Cantus Angelorum is pleased to announce the sixth annual Sacred Liturgy Conference to be held in Salem, Oregon, June 27-30, 2018. The theme is “Transfiguration in the Eucharist” and will focus on the Eucharist as the way of beholding Jesus in His glory. Special guest speakers will include Bishop Athanasius Schneider from Astana, Kazakhstan, Rev. Cassian Folsom, OSB from Norcia, Italy, Bishop James D. Conley from Lincoln, NE and many other distinguished presenters. The Sacred Liturgy Conference is open to anyone interested in the treasures of the Catholic Faith, and promises to be intellectually, liturgically, and spiritually enriching. Come join us as we deepen our understanding and love for the Holy Eucharist, and the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.

Site: Salem, Oregon
Registration: $285

https://sacredliturgyconference.org/

 

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July 5-6, 2018

National Gathering on Christian Initiation
Liturgy Training Publications

Join us for the 2018 National Gathering on Christian Initiation™ on July 5–6 at the Sheraton Grand Chicago, one block west of Lake Michigan, overlooking the Chicago River in the heart of the city. 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. The theme for the 2018 National Gathering on Christian Initiation™ is To Emmaus and Back: Liturgy and Catechesis. Those who attend the 2018 NGCI will be challenged and invigorated to consider the many ways in which "catechesis both precedes the liturgy and springs from it" (National Directory for Catechesis, 33).

Site: Chicago, Illinois
Registration: $250; July 4th Opening Reception and Fireworks $30 (optional event)
https://www.ngci.org/home/index

 

July 5-8, 2018

Education Law Symposium
National Catholic Education Association and Loyola Marymount University

Co-sponsored by the National Catholic Education 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, twenty-five experts in the field will present on a variety of topics, including: social media, cyber security, 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. Don't miss this wonderful opportunity to learn and network!

Site: Louisville, Kentucky
Registration: $595 by June 1; $650 after
http://soe.lmu.edu/centers/cce/events/educationlawsymposium/

 

July 8-13, 2018

Clergy Institute for Priests and Deacons
San Alfonso Retreat House

The week starts on Sunday at 4:00PM and ends Friday after lunch. Accommodations including linens and all meals are provided. There are multiple conferences from each speaker, daily liturgy, and free time for personal reflection, prayer and relaxation. Presentations: Cardinal Joseph Tobin, C.Ss.R. "Living Our Vocation in an Outward-looking Church"; Dr. Janet Ruffing, RSM "Poetry as an Opening to the Religious Experience and as a Resource for Preaching" and Fr. Larry Lewis, MM "Our Incompleteness as a Gateway to God: Film and the Spiritual Life."

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

 

July 9-11, 2018

Guest House 17th Annual Summer Leadership Conference
Guest House

This conference explores some of the unique challenges and graced opportunities ordained and vowed religious encounter on the journey to sobriety and serenity. The conference is designed for Church leaders who are responsible for the formation and care of clergy and men religious. This includes Bishops, Provincials, Superiors, Chancellors, Vicars for Clergy, Canon Lawyers, Vicar Generals, Vocation Directors, Seminary Personnel, Directors of Clergy Personnel and Healthcare Coordinators. In addition to a full schedule of presentations, morning and evening prayer, daily liturgy, and a campus tour are also on the agenda.

Site: Troy, Michigan
Registration: $399 (includes presentations, meals and two nights lodging)
http://guesthouse.org/project/17th-annual-summer-leadership-conference-july-9-11-2018/

 

July 9-13, 2018

NPM 41st Annual Convention
National Association of Pastoral Musicians

The National Association of Pastoral Musicians (NPM) is an organization for anyone who recognizes and supports the value of musical liturgy. We are choir directors, organists, guitarists, pianists, instrumentalists of all kinds, priests, cantors, and pastoral liturgists. We are members of contemporary ensembles, handbell choirs, and choral groups. Some of our members are young people in high school and college, while some are veteran directors of music ministries. We represent parishes large and small as well as seminaries, schools, religious communities, cathedral churches and diocesan offices. Join at our annual convention...Praise, Grow, Serve: Building on Our Heritage.

Site: Baltimore, Maryland
Registration: Member $360 by June 6; $410 after / Non member $470 by June 6; $520 after
http://npm.org/featured-content/2018-baltimore-convention/

 

July 10-21, 2018

2018 NRVC Summer Institute
National Religious Vocation Conference

Our annual Summer Institute will offer five workshops at the downtown campus of DePaul University, July 10-21, 2018. Choose to attend one or several workshops. Located in the popular Chicago Loop at 1 East Jackson Boulevard, DePaul University is easily accessible from both Midway and O’Hare airports by shuttle, taxi, and Chicago mass transit. This year we are offering two workshops simultaneously the week of July 16-21. You will have the opportunity to network with more NRVC members at breaks and lunch, which we hope will magnify your experience and have a greater impact in your ministry. Visit the NRVC website for full details and descriptions of all the Workshops being offered.

Site: Chicago, Illinois
Registration: Member $150 per day / Non member $225 per day
https://nrvc.net/505/publication/7496-2018-summer-institute

 

July 11, 18 and 25, 2018

Mini Course: Biblical Themes in Laudato Si’
Dominican University

In his letter on Ecology, Pope Francis concentrated on three important themes: our understanding of human nature; the interconnectedness of all creation; the interdependence of all creatures. This mini-course will offer biblical grounding for these important themes. Presenter: Dianne Bergant, PhD

Site: River Forest, Illinois
Registration: $50 for three week session
http://events.dom.edu/mini-course-biblical-themes

 

July 12-15, 2018

2018 Theological Institute: Salvation & The Community of Faith
Manna House of Prayer

This year’s institute examines the ways in which human beings become aware of their need for salvation, with particular attention to the diversity of the church. How does the diversity of the church contribute to our experience of salvation in history? What are the various ways in which the Catholic faith has understood salvation? How does the community of faith mediate salvation in the world? This course will draw on Pope Francis’ Evangelii Gaudium.

Site: Concordia, Kansas
Registration: $300
https://mannahouse.org/event-registration-2/?ee=82

 

July 12-15, 2018

2018 Joint NACC and APC Conference
National Association of Catholic Chaplains and Association of Professional Chaplains

The theme of the 2018 Joint Conference is “Partners in Shaping the Future.” Our goals at the Conference are: Leading with Professionalism and Integrity, Collaborating with other Professions to Serve Those in our Care, Empowering the Profession through Research, and Supporting Diversity and Inclusiveness.

Site: Anaheim, California
Registration: Member $754 by July 10; $819 onsite / Nonmember $904 by July 10; $969 onsite
https://www.nacc.org/conference/

 

July 15-19, 2018

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

Cultivating Creativity in Social Justice Ministry: 'Love requires a concrete, creative response' -Pope Francis is the theme for the 2018 Social Action Summer Institute (SASI) that will be held at Saint Joseph's University in Philadelphia, PA from July 15 -19, 2018. This five-day program offers first-time participants grounding in Catholic social teaching, biblical theology, and the spirituality of social justice. Returning attendees take part in an advanced program focused on particular areas of social action ministry. Social justice ministry is dedicated to serving those individuals on the margins of society and within our Church, yet the way in which we minister must evolve. How can social action directors fully embrace the Holy Father's call to missionary discipleship in order to advance God's kingdom of peace and justice? What creative, new methods, new visions can be utilized? SASI 2018 will look to provide new ideas and new ways for social ministers to bring back to their respective diocese or parish.

Site: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
UPDATE Registration: $525 (also includes lodging and most meals)
https://www.catholicroundtable.org/events/social-action-summer-institute-sasi

 

July 15-20, 2018

37th Summer Bible Institute
Rock Hill Oratory

The Summer Bible Institute is an annual opportunity to come together to study and reflect on the Scriptures. Two program tracks are offered. Old Testament (Mornings) with Fr. Garrett Galvin, ofm Franciscan School of Theology, California will look at a new way to see kings in the Old Testament, not as monsters with the occasional angelic ruler, but in a more nuanced way. We will consider the original concept and context of kingship before concentrating on some individuals. New Testament (Evenings) with Fr. George Smiga St. Mary Seminary & Graduate School of Theology. We will consider how Jesus preferred to teach in parables. The gospels are filled with these images and stories that are both elusive and powerful. They engage, delight, and disturb those who hear them. We will explore what parables are, how they work, and what Jesus’ parables reveal about the Kingdom of God.

Site: Rock Hill, South Carolina
Registration $175 tuition, $250 room & board
http://www.rockhilloratory.net/center-for-spirituality/programs/
(Tab: Download Fall 2017 – Summer 2018 Programs; see page 6 for event description; pages 21-22 for registration instructions)

 

July 15-20, 2018

Following Jesus on the Path of Non Violence
Maryknoll Mission Institute

Long time activist and author, Fr. John Dear, will lead us in reflections on the life of Jesus from the perspective of Gandhian/Kingian nonviolence. He will help us reflect on the world of violence and the alternative of active nonviolence, then take us through the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus’ engaged nonviolence, his campaign of nonviolence to Jerusalem, his resistance in the Temple, his execution and resurrection, and what it might mean for us as mature disciples of the nonviolent Jesus in a world of war, poverty, racism and environmental destruction. Daily presentations will include quiet time, small and large group discussion, and opportunity to journal and reflect. Together, participants will reclaim the vocation to be peacemakers-missioned to redouble our work for justice, disarmament and creation.

Site: Ossining, New York
Registration: $200 plus (a once a year) $60 registration/deposit; $55 per night room and board
http://support.maryknollsisters.org/site/Calendar?id=100169&view=Detail

 

July 16-19, 2018

St. John Bosco Conference
Franciscan University

In a world that is being torn apart due to a lack of real love, catechists and those who work in ministry have a challenging mission on their hands. But if God has called you to ministry, you have nothing to fear – the Holy Spirit is with you and is already working to bring about the unity and love for which our world desperately longs. Come be renewed this summer at the St. John Bosco Conference alongside other religious educators and ministers, and get ready for the Holy Spirit to pour out His love into your heart in ways that you could never imagine!

Site: Steubenville, Ohio
Registration: $280; Priest registrations are free in gratitude for their willingness to hear confessions

https://steubenvilleconferences.com/adult/sjb/

 

July 16-20, 2018

Liturgical Music Ministers (LMM) Conference
McGrath Institute for Church Life / Notre Dame Center for Liturgy

The Liturgical Music Ministers (formerly called Vision LMM) seeks to provide liturgical musicians an opportunity for spiritual, intellectual, human, and pastoral formation. Our theme for 2018 is “Liturgical Music for the Liturgical Year.” Each keynote session will focus on a different liturgical season, inviting participants to delve more deeply into the unique theology of each season and learn how liturgical music can help us celebrate the feasts and seasons more fruitfully. The Church Life Summer Symposium for Liturgical Music Ministers is for directors of music, choir directors, accompanists, cantors, choir members, instrumentalists—anyone involved in liturgical music ministry at the parish or diocesan level, or within a grade school, high school, or university setting.

Site: Notre Dame, Indiana
Registration: $475
http://liturgy.nd.edu/events/summerliturgy/notre-dame-vision-for-liturgical-music-ministers/

 

July 18-22, 2018

2018 Annual Tekakwitha Conference
Tekakwitha Conference

The Tekakwitha Conference is the Voice, Presence and Identity of Indigenous Catholics of North America under the protection and inspiration of Saint Kateri Tekakwitha. We strive to: Reinforce Catholic identity; affirm pride in our cultures and spiritual traditions; promote healing through forgiveness and reconciliation, advocate for peace and justice in our Indigenous communities, build stronger catechesis that is meaningful to Indigenous Catholic People, nurture the relationship between Indigenous people and the Catholic Church, and empower Catholic Indigenous People as leaders within our communities and Church.

Site: Tacoma, Washington
Registration Adult (18-54 yrs ): Member $135 / Non-member $175
Registration Senior (55 yrs and over): Member $110 / Non-member $150
http://tekconf.org/2015

 

July 20-23, 2018

RBC 2018 Assembly
Religious Brothers Conference

Brother John Mark Falkenhain, a monk of the Saint Meinrad Archabbey, will be the keynote speaker at this year's Assembly. A sightseeing trip in Washington, D.C. is planned.

Site: Potomac, Maryland
Registration: $675
http://www.todaysbrother.com/?page_id=29

 

July 22-27, 2018

Our Incompleteness is our Dignity: Faith Confirmed in Film
Maryknoll Mission Institute

John of the Cross believed we are created to need God and “our incompleteness is our dignity.” Most cultures assert the opposite: “need no one; be self-sufficient!” Film artists remind us of our relationships and life experiences often leave us confused, empty and anxious. John of the Cross says “when we utter our appeal from there, we are being mature, being what we were meant to be . . . and if our anxieties are tokens of our deeper need, then when it begins to ache, this is not an obstacle to prayer. It can be the point which opens on to God,” (cf. Iain Matthews, The Impact of God). We will explore these truths through film and in dialogue along with Christian spiritual sources.

Site: Ossining, New York
Registration: $200 plus (a once a year) $60 registration/deposit; $55 per night room and board

http://support.maryknollsisters.org/site/Calendar?id=100170&view=Detail

 

July 25-27, 2018

Applied Biblical Studies
Franciscan University

A key part of the New Evangelization is the call for all Catholics to deepen their love for Sacred Scripture. At the Applied Biblical Studies Conference you will receive personal formation on the Catholic understanding of Scripture as well as the practical training to effectively communicate these truths. You will be instructed, encouraged and inspired by a team of world-class Biblical teachers in an environment that feeds and welcomes your love for Sacred Scripture and the Holy Catholic Church. Come and you will grow in your knowledge of God’s word and be equipped to lead others to deeper faith.

Site: Steubenville, Ohio
Registration: $165; priest registrations are free in gratitude for their willingness to hear confessions
https://steubenvilleconferences.com/adult/abs/

 

July 26-28, 2018

Missional Church Anniversary Convocation 2018
Center for Parish Development

Empowered by the Holy Spirit, the church is called to take part in God’s mission for the sake of the world. In every generation, the church is challenged to be faithful to a living and dynamic God who says, “Behold, I am doing a new thing” (Isaiah 43:19). What is God calling the church – your church – to be and do NOW? Join in this 50th anniversary convocation to discover new ways of putting the questions, new frameworks for dealing with them, and crafting new proposals for shaping the church’s ministry and mission. And join in celebration of the Center’s life work – both legacy and future – in this 50th anniversary year at this convocation event: Faithful at the speed of change! Roger Schroeder, SVD will be a keynote presenter.

Site: Techny Towers Conference & Retreat Center, Techny, Illinois
Registration: $295
https://missionalchurch.org/resources/missional-church-convocation/

 

July 26-28, 2018

Virgin Mary USA (ESBVM USA)
Misericordia University

The Ecumenical Society of the Blessed Virgin Mary USA (ESBVM USA) exists to advance the study of Mary, the Mother of Christ, in Christian biblical and spiritual perspectives, and in the light of such study, to promote ecumenical interchange and prayers. Its aim is to show that in Mary, Christians of many traditions may find a focus in their search for unity.

Site: Dallas, Pennsylvania
For more information and to register, contact the ESBVM USA President at
ccarr@misericordia.edu

 

July 27-29, 2018

Henri Nouwen: Master of Soul Care
Christ the King Priory

Henri Nouwen embodied soul care—in the way he cared for his own soul and the souls of others. In this retreat we will focus on how we, too, can engage in deep, personal soul work. Through Nouwen’s rich insights and lived example we will learn how to care primarily for our own souls in order that we can more effectively companion other souls in their spiritual journey---whether as a spiritual friend, guide, mentor, or spiritual director. Note that this a retreat opportunity.

Site: Schuyler, Nebraska
Registration: $202.53 (includes meals and lodging)
https://christthekingpriory.com/retreats-schedule/2018/7/27/henri-nouwen-master-of-soul-care

 

July 27-29, 2018

Defending the Faith
Franciscan University

In the journey of our lives, we are always being called to conversion; as long as we have breath in our lungs, God is not done working on our hearts! And although we will face opposition and trials, God is with us to help us remain steadfast and set an example of faith for future generations. Join us at the Defending the Faith Conference this summer, to be equipped for the race and to learn about how to empower your brothers and sisters in Christ on their own journeys. God has beautiful things in store for you!

Site: Steubenville, Ohio
Registration: $165; priest registrations are free in gratitude for their willingness to hear confessions
https://steubenvilleconferences.com/adult/dfc/

 

July 28-31, 2018

81st International Meeting of the Catholic Biblical Association of America
Catholic Biblical Association of America

The purpose of the Catholic Biblical Association is to promote, within a context of faith, scholarly study in Scripture and related fields by meetings of the association, publications, and support to those engaged in such studies.

Site: Denver, Colorado
Registration: $127

https://catholicbiblical.org/meetings/225-am2018/453-am2018

 

July 29 – August 3, 2018

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.

Site: Dallas, Pennsylvania
Registration: $715 (includes meals and lodging)
https://www.misericordia.edu/page.cfm?p=962

 

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August 1-4, 2018

2018 ACCCRUS Convention
African Conference of Catholic Clergy and Religious in the United States

The theme of this year's conference is "Building Intercultural Competency for African Priests and Religious in the United States. In addition to keynote addresses, there will be small group discussions, Evening Prayer and Mass, Holy Hour and Adoration, and a closing banquet.

Site: Phoenix, Arizona
Registration: $100 Priests and Men Religious / $50 Women Religious
http://acccrus.org/

 

August 6-8, 2018
(Save the Date)

F. Gerald Martin Pastoral Ministry Conference 2018
We Are the Church Conference

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Site: St. Isidore Parish, Macomb Township, Michigan
Registration: tba
http://www.wearethechurchconferences.com/

 

August 14-17, 2018

Creating Communities of Hope on a Global Scale
Maryknoll Mission Institute

The Spirit is speaking loudly at this time, exhorting us to attend ever more deeply to God’s call to us in the depths of our being as well as more widely in the midst of the cries of God’s people and God’s earth. This time asks us to build community with all with whom we collaborate for mission. Pope Francis invites all baptized to live as ‘missionary disciples’ (Joy of the Gospel). Collaboration for mission thus includes a transformative invitation to all of us to create communities of hope across life commitments and continents in building the Reign of God. With lenses that include scripture, tradition, the arts and the sciences, we shall consider vowed life, collaboration for mission, community, interculturality, communal discernment, and spirituality for mission today. Note: This program’s content is the same as that being offered at Monrovia, California on August 19-24; only the site and fees differ.

Site: Los Altos, California
Registration: $150 plus (a once a year) $60 registration/deposit; $40 per night room and board
http://support.maryknollsisters.org/site/Calendar?id=100171&view=Detail

 

August 19-24, 2018

Creating Communities of Hope on a Global Scale
Maryknoll Mission Institute

The Spirit is speaking loudly at this time, exhorting us to attend ever more deeply to God’s call to us in the depths of our being as well as more widely in the midst of the cries of God’s people and God’s earth. This time asks us to build community with all with whom we collaborate for mission. Pope Francis invites all baptized to live as ‘missionary disciples’ (Joy of the Gospel). Collaboration for mission thus includes a transformative invitation to all of us to create communities of hope across life commitments and continents in building the Reign of God. With lenses that include scripture, tradition, the arts and the sciences, we shall consider vowed life, collaboration for mission, community, interculturality, communal discernment, and spirituality for mission today. Note: This program’s content is the same as that being offered at Los Altos, California on August 14-17; only the site and fees differ.

Site: Monrovia, California
Registration: $200 plus (a once a year) $60 registration/deposit; $30 per night room and board

http://support.maryknollsisters.org/site/Calendar?id=100172&view=Detail

 

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September 15, 2018

Accompanying Youth
Center for Ministry Development

Accompaniment is our model for ministry with youth and their families. God began the conversation with young people; our job is to pay attention to what God is doing in the lives of young people, walk with youth as they grow in discipleship, and help them discern their response to God’s plan for their life. This workshop will explore ways to help youth pray and discern their vocation. It is designed for all parish leaders whose ministries touch the lives of adolescents and their families—including pastors, deacons, pastoral associates, coordinators of youth ministry, leaders in faith formation and catechists, Confirmation preparation leaders, and service/social concerns leaders.

Site: Knoxville, Tennessee
Registration: $54 (includes workshop, lunch, materials)
https://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/eventReg?oeidk=a07ef1ne5nvfb5d021a&oseq=&c=&ch=

See website for other dates and locations: https://www.cmdnet.org/accompany-locations

 

September 20-21, 2018

New Listing
Partner Conference
Catholics on Call

Every fall, Catholics on Call offers the Partner Conference. Campus ministers, vocation directors, volunteer directors, and anyone who ministers to young adults have the opportunity to come together to learn and discuss best practices for supporting young adult men and women in their vocational discernment.

Site: Chicago, Illinois
Registration: tba
http://www.catholicsoncall.org/partner-conference

 

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October 5-7, 2018

New Listing
National Storytelling Festival
International Storytelling Center

In addition to main stage performances, other special events will be presented during the Festival weekend and before - don’t miss them! Come to Jonesborough early and join Donald Davis for a remarkable evening of storytelling, Wednesday night, October 3rd on the Festival grounds. Stay up late and enjoy a night of rollicking, grown-up fun at the ever-popular Midnight Cabaret. Brave the Ghost Story Concerts with two different collections of frightening tales served up beneath the nighttime sky during open-air performances which are always a Festival favorite. Hear a specially-invited showcase of storytellers new to the National Storytelling Festival stage at a revered festival custom, Exchange Place. Join the fun of the National Storytelling Festival Story Slam! where the teller is you! Take part in a Festival tradition at the Swappin’ Ground. Here, anyone can tell a tale and many do. You can even share a story of your own, just be sure to register ahead of time at Festival headquarters.

Site: Jonesborough, Tennessee
Registration: $165; $150 Senior
http://www.storytellingcenter.net/festival/

 

October 8-11, 2018
(Save the Date)

New Listing
2018 CLSA Convention
Canon Law Society of America

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Site: Phoenix, Arizona
Registration: tba
https://canonlawsocietyofamerica.org/event/2018-clsa-convention/?event_date=2018-10-08

 

October 11-14, 2018
(Save the Date)

New Listing
BCTS Annual Meeting 2018
Black Catholic Theological Symposium

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Site: Sacred Heart Major Seminary, Detroit, Michigan
Registration: tba
http://bcts.org/

 

October 12-13, 2018
(Save the Date)

New Listing
2nd Annual Catholic Prison Ministry Conference
Dismas Ministry

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Site: Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Registration: tba
http://www.dismasministry.org/conference/

 

October 28-31, 2018

New Listing
ICSC 56th Annual Conference
International Catholic Stewardship Council

Since 1965, ICSC has hosted annual conferences in cities across North America. Hundreds of pastors, diocesan directors of stewardship and development, parish and school leaders, professional firms, Catholic associations and religious congregations from around the world come together each year for presentations, workshops, liturgies and major addresses. Timely topics by knowledgeable and experienced speakers fill a comprehensive program. Experts share practical information and experiences that have proven successful. Inspiring liturgies, annual award presentations, networking luncheons, engaging receptions and specialized exhibits supplement this worthwhile event.

Site: Nashville, Tennessee
Registration: Member $529 by July 31; $599 after / Nonmember $1,199

http://catholicstewardship.com/events/icsc-annual-conference/

 

October 30 – November 2, 2018
(Save the Date)

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2018 RCRI National Conference
Resource Center for Religious Institutes

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Site: Orlando, Florida
Registration: tba
http://www.trcri.org/page/NC18

 

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101 Questions & Answers on Catholic Social Teaching
Second Edition
Kenneth R. Himes, OFM

Now in a second edition, this is a concise overview of what the major documents of the tradition say about political, economic, and social life, making accessible the key ideas that the Church has proclaimed in the area of social teaching.

ISBN: 978-08091-4849-3, paperback $14.95
Paulist Press

 

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The Absolute in History
The Collected Works of Walter Kasper
Walter Cardinal Kasper

This new volume in the Collected Works of Walter Kasper makes available Kasper’s examination of German Idealism from a theological point of view for the first time in English. Walter Kasper's work on F.W.J. von Schelling informs Kasper’s own philosophy of history and his understanding of God's revelation with respect to God and freedom.

ISBN: 978-08091-0629-5, hardcover $79.95
Paulist Press

 

The Catholic Ethicist in the Local Church
Edited by Antonio Autiero and Laurenti Magesa

The latest volume in this prestigious series brings together twenty-five international scholars who reflect on the role of Catholic ethicists in the context of their particular local churches, and in light of the ecclesiological shifts following Vatican II. The first half of this work examines the connections between ecclesiology and moral theology. The second half is more practical, treating different themes surrounding concrete life in the local communities: the figure and the role of theological ethicists, their relationship with the community and the local authorities, their academic and ecclesial configuration, and more. Contributors also consider the emergence of local conflicts, as well as strategies for their solutions.

ISBN: 978-1-62698-274-1, 336 pages, paperback $48
Orbis Books

 

The Cost of Compassion
Five Women Who Paid the Ultimate Price
Barbara Pawlikowski

In 1992, five American Missionary Sisters, Members of the Ruma, Illinois, Province of the Adorers of the Blood of Christ, were murdered by soldiers during a civil war in Liberia, West Africa. This is a story about women who promised to dedicate their life to serving others. The women portrayed here, Sisters Barbara Ann Muttra, Shirley Kolmer, Mary Joel Kolmer, Agnes Mueller, and Kathleen McGuire, displayed a unique courage, competence, and commitment in their missionary calling. But they were also funny, joyful, intelligent, stubborn—and, yes, afraid. By her excellent portrayal of intimate details of the lives of five selfless American women who came to be swept up in a horrible war in a tiny African country 25 years ago, Barbara Pawlikowski re-energizes the hope their murderers will be brought to the bar of justice.

SKU: 1168, paperback $14.95
http://actapublications.com/the-cost-of-compassion/

 

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Creation and the Cross
The Mercy of God for a Planet in Peril
Elizabeth A. Johnson

In this fresh creative approach to theology, Elizabeth Johnson asks how we can understand cosmic redemption in a time of advancing ecological devastation. In effect, how can we extend the core Christian belief in salvation to include all created beings? Immediately this question runs into a formidable obstacle: the idea that Jesus’s death on the cross was required as atonement for human sin—a theology laid out by the eleventh-century theologian St. Anselm. Constructing her argument (like Anselm) in the form of a dialogue, Johnson lays out the foundations in scripture, the teachings of Jesus, and the early Church for an understanding that emphasizes the love and mercy of God, showing how this approach can help us respond to a planet in peril.

ISBN: 978-1-62698-266-6, 256 pages, hardcover $28
Orbis Books

 

Facing the World
Political Theology and Mercy
Edited by John K. Downey, Steve T. Ostovich, and Johann M. Vento

There is great interest in mercy in response to Pope Francis declaring a Jubilee Year of Mercy. This declaration has allowed us to give voice to our sense of living in “dark times” amid a “culture of indifference.” This book invites readers to consider the topic of mercy from the perspective of the political theology of Johann Baptist Metz. The language of mercy speaks of compassion and solidarity, key terms within political theology. Much of what has been written about mercy shares the political theological conviction that mercy is a praxis, a way of living critically that entails the kind of re-understanding of human subjectivity that political theology has characterized as an “anthropological revolution.” This book is being written to use as a text for undergraduate or graduate teaching as well as for a broader audience of educated readers. We are concerned with stimulating the critical imagination to live out the meaning of mercy as we respond to the persons and conditions that call for mercy. We do not offer final answers or an explanatory theory but models for the questioning that is needed.

ISBN: 978-08091-5362-6, paperback $29.95
Paulist Press

 

Go to Heaven
A Spiritual Road Map to Eternity
Fulton J. Sheen

Why is it, asks Bishop Fulton Sheen, that one hears so often the expression Go to hell! and almost never the expression "Go to heaven!" Here, at his most penetrating, challenging, and illuminating best is Bishop Sheen with his answer, in a book that breathes new meaning into the truths about heaven and hell, and new life into the concepts of faith, tolerance, love, prayer, suffering, and death. In Go to Heaven, a great spiritual teacher and writer, deeply aware of the human and spiritual conflicts being waged in the world, shows us the way to heaven in a most eloquent book, encouraging the reader to choose heaven now, and to understand the "reality of hell."

ISBN: 9781621641544, 250 pages, paperback $16.95
Ignatius Press

 

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Heroism and Genius
How Catholic Priests Helped Build—and Can Help Rebuild—Western Civilization
William J. Slattery

With stubborn facts historians have given their verdict: from the cultures of the Jews, Greeks, Romans, Arabs, and Germanic peoples, the Catholic Church built a new and original civilization, embodying within its structures the Christian vision of God and man, time and eternity. Heroism and Genius presents some of these formidable men: fathers of chivalry and free-enterprise economics; statesmen and defiers of tyrants; composers, educators, and architects of some of the world's loveliest buildings; and, paradoxically, revolutionary defenders of romantic love.

ISBN: 9781621640141, 292 pages, hardcover $24.95
Ignatius Press

 

Humility Rules
Saint Benedict's Twelve-Step Guide to Genuine Self-Esteem
Augustine Wetta

Saint Benedict's fifth-century guide to humility offers the antidote to the epidemic of stress and depression overwhelming modern young adults. But the language of The Rule by Saint Benedict is medieval, and its most passionate advocates are cloistered monks and nuns. How then does this ancient wisdom translate into advice for ordinary people? Drawing upon his own life experiences, both before and after becoming a Benedictine monk, the author explains every step, illustrating each chapter with color reproductions of sacred art that he has embellished with comic flourishes. The winsome combination is sure to keep readers from taking themselves too seriously—which is already a first step on the path to humility.

ISBN: 9781621641490, paperback $17.95
Ignatius Press

 

In Praise of the Useless Life
A Monk's Memoir
Paul Quenon, OCSO

The humble peace and simplicity of the monastery and of Quenon's daily life are beautifully portrayed in this memoir. Whether it be through the daily routine of the monastery, his love of the outdoors no matter the season, or his lively and interesting conversations with visitors (reciting Emily Dickinson with Pico Iyer, discussing Merton and poetry with Czeslaw Milosz), Quenon's gentle musings display his love for the beauty in his vocation and the people he’s encountered along the way. Inspired by his novice master Merton, the poet and photographer’s stories remind us that the beauty of life can best be seen in the "uselessness" of daily life—having a quiet chat with a friend, spending time in contemplation—in our vocations, and in the memories we make along the way.

ISBN: 978-1-59471-759-8, 160 pages, $15.95 paperback
Ave Maria Press

 

Kidnapped by the Vatican
The Unpublished Memoirs of Edgardo Mortara
Vittorio Messori

In 1888 Fr. Edgardo Mortara wrote his autobiography so that the world would understand he had not been kidnapped by the Vatican. Here, along with a thorough introduction by Vittorio Messori, his story is published for the first time in English. As an infant, Mortara was on the point of death and secretly baptized by a Catholic servant employed by his family. He recovered his health, and in the Papal States where his family lived, the law required that he, like other baptized children, receive a Christian education. After several failed attempts to persuade his parents to enroll him in a local Catholic school, in 1858 Pope Pius IX had the boy taken from his family in Bologna and sent to a Catholic boarding school in Rome. There the child grew in Faith and eventually responded to the calling to become a Catholic priest. The Mortara Case reverberated around the world. Journalists, politicians, and Jewish leaders tried to pressure Pius IX to reverse his decision. The pope's refusal to do so was used as one of the reasons to dissolve the Papal States in 1870. Currently the case is being used as an argument against the canonization of Pius IX, whom John Paul II beatified in 2000.

ISBN: 9781621641988, 190 pages, paperback $17.95
Ignatius Press

 

The Lost Letters of Pergamum
A Story from the New Testament World
Bruce W. Longenecker

Transported two thousand years into the past, readers are introduced to Antipas, a Roman civic leader who has encountered the writings of the biblical author Luke. Luke's history sparks Antipas's interest, and they begin corresponding. As Antipas tells Luke of his reactions to the writing and of his meetings with local Christians, it becomes evident that he is changing his mind about them and Jesus. Finally, a gladiatorial contest in Pergamum forces difficult decisions on the local Christians and on Antipas. While the account is fictional, the author is a highly respected New Testament scholar who weaves reliable historical information into a fascinating story. Bruce Longenecker is able to mix fact and fiction to offer a fresh, engaging, and creative way to learn about the New Testament world.

ISBN: 9780801097966, 208 pages, paperback $19.99, Baker Academic
Amazon.com

 

Make A List
How a Simple Practice Can Change Our Lives and Open Our Hearts
Marilyn McEntyre

From the ancient book of Numbers to the latest clickbait listicle, list-writing has been a routine feature of human experience. Shopping lists. To-do lists. Guest lists. Bucket lists. Lists are everywhere you look. But what if our lists did more than just remind us to buy milk and take out the trash? What if the practice of list-making could help us discover who we truly are and even point us to our deepest joys, hopes, and desires? In Make a List teacher, writer, and wordsmith Marilyn McEntyre shows readers how the simple act of writing a list can open doors to personal discovery and spiritual growth. Deepening her reflections with abundant writing prompts and real-life examples, McEntyre turns the humble list into a work of art—one that has the power to clear minds, open hearts, and change lives.

ISBN: 978-0-8028-7574-7, 202 pages, hardcover $21.99
Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.

 

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The Monk's Record Player
Thomas Merton, Bob Dylan, and the Perilous Summer of 1966
Robert Hudson

In 1965 writer-activist-monk Thomas Merton fulfilled a twenty-four-year dream and went to live as a hermit beyond the walls of his Trappist monastery. Seven months later, after a secret romance with a woman half his age, he was in danger of losing it all. Yet on the very day that his abbot uncovered the affair, Merton found solace in an unlikely place—the songs of Bob Dylan, who, as fate would have it, was experiencing his own personal and creative crises during the summer of 1966. In this striking parallel biography of two countercultural icons, Robert Hudson plumbs the depths of Dylan’s surprising influence on Merton’s life and writing, recounts each man’s interactions with the woman who linked them together—Joan Baez—and shows how each transcended his immediate troubles and went on to new heights of spiritual and artistic genius. Readers will discover here a riveting story of creativity and crisis, burnout and redemption, in the tumultuous era of 1960s America.

ISBN: 978-0-8028-7520-4, 263 pages, hardcover $23.99
Wm. B. eerdmans Publishing Co.

 

Mother Angelica on Prayer
And Living for the Kingdom
Mother Angelica

In these insightful pages, Mother Angelica deepens your understanding of prayer and the practicalities of living with our ultimate purpose—eternity in heaven with Jesus. The celebrated television personality brings to bear her spiritual wisdom and personal experience in this indispensable collection of writings. Mother Angelica dedicated her life to prayer and her ministry to directing the gaze of her viewers and listeners to heaven; this volume brings together, for the first time, the writing on these topics that preceded and inspired her extraordinary media ministry. In this book Mother invites you into her world of prayer, including discussions of the various types of prayer that can be found in the rich tradition of the Catholic Church. She also offers you some of her original prayers that will enhance your daily spiritual life.

ISBN: 978-1-68278-046-6, 340 pages, hardcover $14.95
Sophia Institute

 

Revolutionary Saint
The Theological Legacy of Óscar Romero
Michael E. Lee

Many years after his death in 1980, the world is still absorbing the witness of Óscar Romero, the archbishop of San Salvador, martyred for his commitment to the poor and social justice. In this work, Michael E. Lee offers a profound reflection on the theological implications of Romero’s life and ministry. Drawing on Romero’s biography as well as his homilies and other writings, Lee considers specifically how Romero’s witness challenges Christians in the U.S. to reimagine a robust Christian spirituality that is at once a mystical encounter with God and a prophetic engagement in the struggle for justice. In light of Romero’s beatification and pending canonization, Lee reflects on the implications of the archbishop's recognition as a martyr and on the model of holiness he offers for the wider church today.

ISBN: 978-1-62698-226-0, 240 pages, paperback $27
Orbis Books

 

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5-Saint Catherine of Siena and Her Times
Margaret Roberts

St. Catherine of Siena and Her Times tells the moving tale of Catherine, whose call to live a cloistered life of prayer and penance was trumped not only by the poverty and plagues of her day, but by the explicit orders of the Pope, who, hearing of her remarkable powers of reconciliation of enemies, called her out of obscurity to mediate between the warring parties, sometimes even at the risk to her life. From letters Catherine sent to popes and politicians, cardinals and kings, as well as from the written accounts of many friends of Catherine, author Margaret Roberts has crafted the moving tale of this holy 14th Century woman who rivaled in stature and influence the storied prophets of the Old Testament – and whose life serves as a noble example for Christians in our own turbulent times.

ISBN: 978-1-622824-540, 320 pages, paperback $16.95
Sophia Institute

 

Tiny New York
The Smallest Things in the Biggest City
Suzi Siegal

Meet the tiniest standouts in the Big Apple, from a baby dinosaur at the Museum of Natural History to a dinky basketball court in the Village that has produced some of sport’s biggest legends. Tiny New York peeks into the city’s nooks and crannies to find the little things that tell the real New York story. Because in New York, Tiny isn’t cute. It’s tough. Tiny doesn’t wait for handouts. It hustles. Tiny isn’t insignificant. It’s precise. Tiny isn’t a jack-of-all-trades. It’s the master of one. There are plenty of books about New York City. But there has never been a book about the smallest things in the biggest city.

ISBN: 978-1-4930-3150-4, 224 pages, hardcover $28.95
Rowman & Littlefield

 

What I Am Living For
Lessons from the Life and Writings of Thomas Merton
James Martin SJ, Mary Neill OP, Robert Ellsberg, Daniel P. Horan OFM, Kevin Hunt OCSO, Gregory K. Mills, and Kaya Oakes

What I Am Living For offers readers new to Merton, as well as longtime enthusiasts, an opportunity to see how the influential twentieth-century monk and writer continues to encourage the awakening of faith in the twenty-first century. The book is in two parts. Each contributor to part one focuses on an aspect of the spiritual life that is of vital importance today and on which Merton made a profound impact. Part two features shorter, often more personal reflections on the future of faith, the life and teachings of Merton, and what he still says to anyone who seeks a relationship with God.

ISBN: 978-1-59471-741-3, 224 pages, $16.95 paperback
Ave Maria Press

 

 

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