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October 28, 2016

St. Monica Catholic Community Journeys to Africa

In 2002 St. Monica Catholic Community forged a relationship with Holy Cross Dandora Parish, a dynamic yet under-resourced community on the outskirts of Nairobi, Kenya. Now, fourteen years later, the Holy Cross Africa Ministry (HCAM) a...

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June 24, 2016

Morning Prayer on Campus

When you think college students, “morning” and “prayer” are not the first words that spring to mind. At 8:30am on Tuesday mornings, a couple white-robed Dominican chaplains and campus minister Julie Bellefeuille of the CONTINUE READING

June 24, 2016

“I Love my Church” Lawn Signs

Driving around Medford, you’re as likely to see lawn signs proudly display “I LOVE MY CHURCH” as you are the next presidential candidate in the election season. This past May, St. Mary of the Lakes Catholic Church...

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June 24, 2016

Small Groups: Room for God

Life is better connected. As a result, many parishes are finding their way toward small groups. Rev. Erik Arnold, Pastor of Our Lady of Perpetual Help (OLPH) Parish in Ellicott City, MD, describes their church...

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June 24, 2016

Ministry for the Poor

"Where did all this come from?" asked a parishioner from my former parish. This “it” was the care or predilection for the poor. Not that I was adverse or blind to the poor before, but my excuse was that I did not have the opportunity.  I was n...

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June 24, 2016

Get Out of the Office

If there is one thing that I learned and could put into practice from the late St. John Paul II, it is to get out of the office. He was the frequent flyer pontiff. It is so easy to bury ourselves in our office. We have our impressive desk, our phone...

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March 14, 2016

Evangelization though Community: Why Catholic Beer Club is Different

Like many great ideas, Catholic Beer Club was discovered by accident. One evening, a couple of friends simply decided to grab a beer. As they sat together discussing higher things and the beauty of relationships, they ...

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February 16, 2016

Caffeine Catalyzer

When I arrived at St. Catherine's a year and half ago, the undergraduate student population had fallen on somewhat hard times. As the newly ordained associate pastor, a number of shifts in parish staffing and managemen...

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June 30, 2014

What Does Discipleship Mean, Anyway?: Making Clear Distinctions and a Clear Vocabulary

One of the early steps in the analysis of our nearly 250(!) interviews has been to separately define the oft-overlapping concepts of Discipleship, Evangelization, Stewardship, and Engagement. In each interview, the pas...

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