A LIVING MOSAIC

GREAT CATHOLIC PARISHES

How Four Essential Practices Make Them Thrive

“An insightful look at what is going right in those parishes that are successfully nourishing their spiritual families.”

-Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan

Archbishop of New York

 

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Featured in the Wall Street Journal

Waking Up From Spiritual Sleepwalking

October 20, 2016

By William E. Simon Jr., author of Great Catholic Parishes

Bill’s Op-Ed piece was featured in the Wall Street Journal! Read the article about how we studied hundreds of parishes to figure out what makes the vibrant ones shine.

The Buzz Around Bill's Book

The Making of the Book

What People Are Saying

“An insightful look at what is going right in those parishes that are successfully nourishing their spiritual families.”

Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan 
Archbishop of New York

“This book may be the best catalyst ever for assisting Catholic parish life to be even better.  It gives fascinating details on many of the best parishes in North America. It gives practical tips on how to improve hymns, homilies, architecture, liturgy, the works.  It gives a tremendous boost to great pastors (especially the overworked and under sung).  It covers virtually every aspect of parish life, and is a powerful invitation to great lay people to pitch in.  For most of us, the parish is the church…Hurrah for the editors and author!”

Michael Novak
Catholic philosopher, theologian, and author

About the Author

Bill Simon, Jr.

Businessman, professor, and philanthropist, William E. Simon Jr. has been highly influenced by the dynamic and inspiring Catholic parishes he has attended for more than 25 years. In 2012, he founded Parish Catalyst, an organization devoted to researching and supporting the health and development of Catholic parishes. Great Catholic Parishes looks at Simon’s insights and the success stories of 244 vibrant parishes to show what makes them great.