On the road: big sky, big mountains, big hearts

I finally got home late (very late) Sunday from a long weekend in the Diocese of Great Falls-Billings, Montana, where I led a retreat for the deacons and their wives. The diocese is big. No, it’s huge. No, it’s GINORMOUS. The website says it “comprises the eastern two-thirds of the State of Montana and includes [Read More...]

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Phoenix bishop releases Apostolic Exhortation to men, “Into the Breach,” complete with its own website and video

Bishop Thomas Olmstead just might be making history with this, and utilizing the tools of the modern era in a bold new way. This is an Apostolic Exhortation, targeting specifically men, released with its own splashy website and dramatic promotional video, almost like the trailer of a Hollywood movie. I received an email about this Tuesday afternoon: [Read More...]

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Archdiocese of Chicago hires Commonweal’s Grant Gallicho as director of publications and media

The press release:  The Archdiocese of Chicago today named Grant Gallicho as its director of publications and media, a new position, effective November 1, 2015. In his new role, Gallicho will review the Archdiocese’s publications strategy and manage its print and digital properties. A Chicago native, Gallicho is currently an associate editor of Commonweal, the oldest [Read More...]

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Meet some Franciscans and their unique method of evangelization in Rome

Check out this video from Rome Reports, showing how members of one order are fulfilling Pope Francis’ call to go into the peripheries: [Read more...]

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Want to save souls? Try this.

My blog neighbor Larry D has the scoop on an impressive apostolate that began in Detroit, but is catching fire and winning converts around the world. He turns a welcome spotlight on the St. Paul Street Evangelization project. From The Michigan Catholic:  Just three years ago, Steve Dawson took an idea and ran with it. It was [Read More...]

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The one question every Catholic needs to ask…

…comes from the always-interesting Brandon Vogt. And it’s a good one:  New research shows that 7% of Catholics contribute 80% of all donations and volunteer hours. It’s easy to cater everything to this group. We know they’ll sign-up, they’ll show up, they’ll subscribe, they’ll buy books, they’ll give. But every Catholic needs to ask this question: [Read More...]

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Evangelical pastor says the Catholic Church is leading the way in evangelization

From Christian Today:  Influential evangelical and Alpha pastor Rev Nicky Gumbel yesterday sang the praises of the Catholic Church for being at the fore in bringing new Christians to faith in Jesus. Gumbel, of Holy Trinity Brompton, the heart of Anglican church growth in the diocese of London and the nation, told a gathering of [Read More...]

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Scalia the prophet: “See how these Christians complain to one another”

This essay by Fr. Paul Scalia (son of Supreme Court Justice Antonin) popped up on my Facebook feed yesterday. “The Church Militant or the Church Belligerent?” was published eight years ago, but it seems even more pertinent—even prophetic—today. Read it all, but here’s a snip, from Catholic Answers: The Church, like a nation, must defend herself [Read More...]

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“One cannot announce Christ without the Church…”

From Pope Francis’s message for World Mission Sunday (October 20): The work of evangelization often finds obstacles, not only externally, but also from within the ecclesial community. Sometimes there is lack of fervour, joy, courage and hope in proclaiming the Message of Christ to all and in helping the people of our time to an [Read More...]

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Want to listen to the Bible? There’s an app for that.

CNS throws a spotlight on an intriguing (and free) audio app: The gentle lilt of Julia Ormond emotes the Magnificat, the deep voice of Blair Underwood narrates as Gospel writer Mark, Kristin Bell plays Mary Magdalene and Brian Cox is the voice of God. You’ve never heard the Gospel quite like this. Hoping to create [Read More...]

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